Mormon Youths Dispel Falsehoods

February 23, 2009

Author: Julie Kippenbrock and Genna Yedlicka


Misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon church, have abounded since the Book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Since then, Mormons have suffered ridicule and persecution as they have defended their faith -- which was founded when Joseph Smith dug up and then transcribed golden tablets inscribed with an ancient language.

Some observers, such as the creators of the animated TV program "South Park," have been skeptical about the faith's origins. Others have taken aim at the officially discontinued practice of polygamy, or plural marriage, and say that is reason enough to question Mormonism and the people who believe in it.

However, five Mormon youths in the Indianapolis area say they are unaffected by the misconceptions and criticism of their religion. To them, their faith gives them joy and peace, and they are happy to abide by some practices that others find outdated.