Mormons Follow Jesus Christ: An Informational Exhibit
The recent Broadway production of The Book of Mormon Musical combined with Mitt Romney, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, running as the Republican candidate for President of the United States, has brought more attention to the Church than at any time in its history. Journalists, opinion leaders, and others from around the world seem to have taken a sudden keen interest in what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (more commonly referred to as Mormons) believe.
As a means to address the questions that are being raised through public interest, a new informational exhibit about what Mormons really believe is now on display at the Washington DC Temple Visitors Center located in Kensington, Maryland. Concerning the exhibit, Don Olsen, the Visitors Center Director said:
The increasing discussion of the Church, its beliefs and doctrine, has spawned not only some misunderstandings, but also some interesting myths and legends. . . We have taken the questions about the Church that seem to have most captured the public’s fascination and answered them in an exhibit format.
The exhibit is called “We Follow Jesus Christ” which makes a powerful statement about Latter-day Saints in and of itself. Visitors who come to see the exhibit will be able to learn what the Church teaches about such issues as: race relations, political neutrality, religious freedom, and marriage. They will also be able to learn about the Church’s position on immigration and abortion, and read about proxy baptism (baptism for the dead). Other questions that are answered by the exhibit include: (1) Are Mormons Christian?, (2) What do Latter-day Saints believe about God?, (3) Do Mormons believe in the Trinity?, (4) Do Mormons believe in the Holy Bible?, and (5) Do Mormons believe they can become “gods” or that they will get their own planet? Furthermore, the exhibit speaks to the role of women in the Church, and addresses the question of why some Latter-day Saints wear Temple garments.
The exhibit will be on display at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center through the end of August 2012. As with all events and activities at the Visitors’ Center, the “We Follow Jesus Christ” exhibit is free to the public. The Visitors’ Center is located at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington, Maryland and is open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM. For more information contact Don Olsen at (301)587-0144 or via email at Don.Olsen@ldschurch.org.