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Elder Ballard speaks on the Church in the media

A top LDS religious leader gave a rare unscripted fireside to Brigham Young University-Idaho students Saturday.

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focused much of his remarks on how the LDS Church is viewed by nonmembers and the media. He taught students about conveying the message of the LDS faith.

Ballard spoke candidly about experiences with the national news media, specifically touching on his experiences during former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Romney is LDS.

The apostle talked about the challenge of defending and conveying LDS beliefs in a way that could be understood by people not affiliated with the church.

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