Pew's studies add to understanding of Latter-day Saints in America

Stop for a minute and ask what it is that the news media teaches about what we Latter-day Saints believe.

Chances are each article is a little different. Chances are some elements of our faith are highlighted over others because of the needs of an article. Often, chances are the reporting seems mostly accurate, but something, especially in the aggregate, seems missing. It's like looking at yourself in an old fun-house mirror — you can recognize yourself, but the view is distorted.

I thought of the funhouse mirror — an analogy I borrow from the great LDS scholar Richard Bushman, who used it in another context — as I read in detail Pew's new, much-reported study on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — of how we Latter-day Saints view ourselves.

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