Program Helps People Understand other ReligionsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Mitt Romney's religion has some voters confused and worried. Now a program helps people understand The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Mitt Romney's religion has some voters confused and worried. Now a program helps people understand The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
David Myers taught world religion for years at MSUM...About 2 years ago he created The Center For Interfaith Projects.
DAVID: "We try to promote respect for people who hold different faiths, often lack of respect or prejudice is based on ignorance."
Myers holds meetings where people can come to learn about other religions...on this agenda...Meet The Mormons.
DAVID: "One reason we are doing it now is because there is a great deal of interest in what Mormons believe and people kind of are baffled about Mormonism."
A panel of three local Latter Day Saints discussed church history, practices, and confronted myths and stereotypes. Brad Leeser says one of the biggest misconceptions is Mormons are not true Christians.
BRAD: "And the answer to that is of course we are Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is our savior, we believe that he atoned for our sins, we believe that we are member of his church."
A Christian herself Lisa Richmond asked questions throughout the meeting, She only knows about the religion through the eyes of the hit TV show "big love."
LISA: "I certainly didn't know that their women's Relief Society, that their women's society was the first i think they said ever crated at least in the United States."
Although Richmond says she will not be voting for Mitt Romney regardless of his religion, this meeting helped her better understand his beliefs and those of a small community right in her backyard.
LISA: "I guess in some ways it made me feel better about him and again that kind of commonality of belief that he maybe seems a little less exotic or strange."
There are 1000 Mormons in the metro.