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Press Kit

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Mormon Newsroom website (MormonNewsroom.org) provides journalists, opinion leaders and the public with official news and information about the Church. From news releases to background information to commentaries on current issues, Mormon Newsroom is the official resource for news media, opinion leaders and the public.

Here is a brief description of different portions of MormonNewsroom.ca’s front page:

  • “News Releases” tab: Most recent news releases and stories
  • “Topics and Background” tab: Background information on a variety of topics (for example, “I’m a Mormon” Campaign, Political Neutrality, Who Are the Mormons?)
  • “Leadership and Organization” tab: Bios of Church leaders
  • “Facts and Statistics” tab: Church statistical information (for example, total Church membership, number of congregations)
  • “Multimedia” tab: Photos of Church leaders, temples, and other Church topics
  • “Contact” tab: Contact information of official spokespersons for journalists
  • “Blog” tab: Entries on the Mormon Newsroom Blog. The information here is reliable and accurate but should not necessarily be viewed as official statements from the Church.
  • “Search” box: Located at the top right corner of each page, suggested results will quickly point you to relevant content.

FAQ and Other Relevant Content

The following MormonNewsroom.org content may be especially useful in answering journalists’ questions about the Church during what journalists are calling the “Mormon Moment”:

Mormonism 101: The following series of answers to frequently asked questions  about the Church’s teachings should help further illuminate what Latter-day Saints believe.

Church Statement on Political Neutrality: The Church is neutral in matters of party politics. This link contains the Church's political neutrality statement and an accompanying whiteboard video animation.

Approaching Mormon Doctrine: The doctrinal tenets of any religion are best understood within a broad context, and thoughtful analysis is required to understand them. News reporters pressed by daily deadlines often find that problematic. As the Church continues to grow throughout the world and receive increasing media attention, a few simple principles that facilitate a better understanding may be helpful.

Christianity: Following Jesus in Word and Deed: For Latter-day Saints, Jesus Christ is the Savior of all people, the divine Son of God. He is the same Jesus Christ of the New Testament, who taught about faith and about love for God and mankind. Jesus Christ — not Moses, Paul or Joseph Smith — is the object of Mormons’ devotion and worship.

What to Expect at Church Services: This page will help first-time visitors understand what to expect at our weekly Sunday worship services (Mormons welcome all visitors to their worship services).  We also feature a video of a bishop talking about these weekly worship services, which include the sacrament (similar to receiving communion) and its central focus on Jesus Christ.

Lay Leadership: Volunteer Ministry of the Church: This page explains the structure of local ministration and leadership within the Church. The Church functions in large measure because of the unpaid volunteer ministry of its members.

Humanitarian Aid and Welfare Services Basics: How Donations and Resources Are Used: This page provides background and context to the Church’s humanitarian aid and welfare services efforts, and also includes a detailed breakdown of some of the ways Church donations and resources are used.

Tithing and Church Finances: Tithing is a natural and integrated aspect of Mormon religious belief and practice. Also, the key to understanding the Church is to see it not as a worldwide corporation, but as millions of faithful members in thousands of congregations across the world following Christ and caring for each other and their neighbors.

Permanent Things: Toward an Understanding of Mormons: From time to time Mormons are thrust into the public spotlight. Yet the permanent things that ground their inner lives in this changing religious landscape are often left out of the picture. The Mormon understanding of what it means to be human and to belong to the larger human family rarely finds a place in the public narrative.

"I'm a Mormon" Campaign: The Church's national media campaign called “I’m a Mormon” includes television spots, billboards, and ads on buses and on the Internet. The ads give a glimpse into the lives of Latter-day Saints from all over the world and refer people to the mormon.org website.

Divine Revelation in Modern Times: Mormons believe “all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and … that He will yet reveal many great and important things” (Articles of Faith 1:9).

The Religious Experience of Mormonism: The religious experience of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based on a spiritual witness from God that inspires both heart and mind, creating an interpersonal relationship directly with the divine.

Commentaries: The purpose of commentaries on MormonNewsroom.ca is to deepen conversations surrounding the Church, explain Latter-day Saint teachings and practices, and contextualize Mormon interactions with the broader society.

Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.