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Mormon congress members host LDS missionaries for holiday reception

Mormon members of Congress hosted a holiday reception on Capitol Hill for the 180 LDS Church missionaries serving in the greater Washington, D.C., area and while they shared inspirational messages, they also mixed in a bit of humor.

Before giving his remarks, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, asked how many in the crowd were from his northern Utah district, prompting a scattering of raised hands.

"You guys I care about. The rest of you, I'm sorry," Bishop quipped to laughter.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, noted that his wife, Elaine, goes to the LDS Temple just outside Washington every Wednesday and Thursday.

Said Hatch: "Elaine is often fond of saying, 'Every Wednesday and Thursday I go to Heaven. Every day, Orrin, he just goes to Hell.'"

That one drew a few awkward chuckles, prompting Hatch to add, "Maybe I shouldn't have told that."

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, meanwhile, spent some time explaining how the LDS Church has done market research into selling its product -- also known as eternal life -- but it was his actions before his speech that were most funny to those standing behind him.

While Bishop was speaking, Bennett spent several minutes on his Blackberry playing Brick Breaker and Tetris. No word on his high score.

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