As The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) grows, its members become more visible, and the world begins to see the excellence and high standards of Latter-day Saints. Mormons, so nicknamed because of their companion scripture to the Bible, the Book of Mormon, follow a strict health code in order to create a pure and healthy tabernacle for the Holy Spirit to dwell. The presence of the Spirit adds to the “Mormon Glow” what mere good health cannot. Mormons also emphasize education and wholesome recreation, so they are beginning to shine in the world of athletics.
Whenever journalists write about Mormon athletes they mention the integrity and humility of the athletes as well as their physical prowess. Mormonism is a religion that values betterment of self and society. It celebrates various kinds of achievement, including athletic. In fact, one of the Articles of Faith (or fundamental principles) of Mormonism states:
“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (Joseph Smith).
The Olympic Games certainly foster praiseworthy achievements, and the gathering of diverse peoples from around the globe is heart-warming. It comes as no surprise, then, that residents of Utah were so enthusiastic about hosting the Salt Lake Winter Olympics in 2002, volunteering in great numbers and doing their best to receive the world hospitably. Because of the extensive media coverage, many people around the world were suddenly exposed to the unfamiliar yet appealing faith and culture of the predominant Mormons. Because so many members of the Church of Jesus Christ have served as Mormon missionaries in foreign lands, many volunteer as translators at various Olympic games, but especially the games in Salt Lake City.
The purpose of this site is to keep the Olympic flame lit in the minds of Mormons, and to kindle and fuel a flame of deeper understanding in the hearts of our friends of other faiths. You will find inspiring information here about current and past Olympics, and about Mormon athletes who played in the renowned Games, some very famous, like gymnast Peter Vidmar.
You will also find useful links to other websites containing interesting information about Mormons and the Olympics.
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