By Stephen Mansfield
Stephen Mansfield, the acclaimed long island occasions best-selling writer, has highlighted the transforming into acclaim for Mormonism—a trust process with cultic roots—and the results of its severe upward thrust. Mormons are getting into the highlight in popular culture, politics, activities, and leisure through presidential applicants like Romney and Huntsman, media character Glenn Beck, mega-bestselling Twilight writer Stephanie Meyer, and The publication of Mormon, the most popular convey on Broadway. Mormonism used to be a renegade cult at warfare with the U.S. military within the 1800s, however it has now emerged as not just the fastest-growing faith, yet as a high-impact mainstream cultural impression.
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