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Mormons are educating about their beliefs

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Winston Capel, Public Relations Director of the Jackson, Mississippi Stake, has a strong belief Mitt Romney's bid for president will shine more light on what he considers a misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"I see this as a tremendous opportunity to reach out and state our beliefs, and people will see that as a refreshment and dispelling the myths and erroneous beliefs that they thought we believed for years."

Members don't usually call themselves Mormons, they like to emphasize the church.

Members worship in a chapel each Sunday but Temples are reserved for sacred ceremonies, such as some marriages and baptism of the dead.

Mormons have been in Mississippi since the early to mid-1800's.

According to the church's website( http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/print/58710/United-States-information-Mississippi.html ), there were more than 20,000 Mormons in the state as of 2009.

However, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can some times be lost because other denominations of Christianity are a majority in the state.

"We're marked. We're identified as a religious minority but expectations are pretty high for us and we have a lot to live up to," says Capel during an interview inside the state's Stake office in Clinton.

He says Mitt Romeny is rich but worked alongside the poor as a Bishop in the church.

Capel also believes this year's campaign for president will be marked as a positive experience for the church but understanding and tolerance are just beginning to evolve.

Capel says the church is a diverse group, world-wide, and reaches out to spread the gospel.

"Even though it may be assumed most members of the church, by de facto, are gonna vote for Mitt Romney. There is diversity in the church, tremendous diversity, but it's not often portrayed about the church. There are congregations here that represent every ethnic minority of Mississippi," explains Capel.

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