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Study: LDS members feel misunderstood, yet more accepted by other Americans

Posted: 5:16 PM, Jan 13, 2012
Updated: 2012-01-13 19:16:06-05
Study: LDS members feel misunderstood, yet more accepted by other Americans

With increasing attention on Mormonism in recent years, the Pew research group wanted to know what Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members think of themselves and how they are viewed by non-members.

The research shows a mixed picture. On one hand, 46 percent of LDS members in the study said they felt discriminated by other Americans. On the other hand, there is a perception that more LDS members feel more people are accepting Mormonism as mainstream.

LDS members that FOX 13 spoke with say they feel misunderstood at times.

"To be quite honest, I've been a member of the LDS church my entire life and I don't feel discriminated against. I think discriminated is the wrong term to use," said LDS member Rachelle Morris.

Those who FOX 13 surveyed say people certainly have more questions about their faith lately, but interest is a good thing.

The Pew Research Center surveyed people within and outside Utah. More can be read at the following link to their site: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/2166/mormons-mormonism-mitt-romney-book-of-mormon-lds-church-jesus-latter-day-saints