Spurred by factors as diverse as a Presidential candidate and a Broadway musical, global curiosity about the Mormon Church has increased dramatically in recent months. As media entities look for information, many want sources other than the official Church or its critics; they are looking for inputs from regular, faithful Mormons.
MormonBriefing.com is not an alternative voice nor does it seek to represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in any official way. It exists for those in media and elsewhere who want a source that is credible but not official.
MormonBriefing.com was not initiated nor is it in any way directed by the Church. None of its members are general officers or official spokespersons for the Church; but all are practicing* members who have held numerous lay positions within the Church and can speak accurately if not officially about virtually any Mormon-related issue.
Speaking frankly, we are not happy when we see our Church defined and typified (sometimes accurately but often not) by media and other non-adherents whose sources frequently do not even include any practicing or faithful members of the Church.
We would rather define ourselves and answer questions about ourselves; and we believe that the public would prefer this insiders’ vantage point over that of our detractors or of self-styled experts on our theology and lifestyles. We are concerned both for the public and for members of our Church who get flawed or erroneous information from these dubious sources.
As participants in this effort, we are doing three things: 1. Making ourselves available for questions and interviews, 2. Offering this website for quick access to authentic facts and data, and 3. Developing some outreach to make it easier for those who are interested in knowing more about our Church to connect with credible, inside sources.
In recent months, MormonBriefing or its spokespersons have helped with or been quoted in articles or reports in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Stern (Germany), Liberation (France), and a major periodical in Mainland China.
We encourage all interested parties to take the time to talk to the Church itself – you can find the phone numbers on mormonnewsroom.org. But for an additional voice of faithful members who are tired of seeing their church misrepresented, give us a call. We have something to say!