SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church President Thomas S. Monson
says Latter-day Saints should not be discouraged by those who may
malign or ridicule the church as it seeks to uphold its moral values in a changing world.
His remarks on the second day of the annual spring conference are a tacit reminder of the negative backlash The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has felt since last fall when it worked with a coalition of groups to successfully ban gay marriage in California.
Many gay marriage advocates turned their anger toward the Mormon
church, picketing outside church temples nationwide. In Utah, a church meeting house was vandalized and envelopes filled with white powder were sent anonymously to church headquarters.
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