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Published on Apr 17, 2008
Elder Quentin L. Cook, an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, appealed to news media today to make a clear distinction in their reports between the Church and the polygamist sect in Texas which has made headlines throughout the world.
He praised news media that are making this distinction but expressed concerns about others who are perpetuating mistruths about the Church, whose members are commonly referred to as Mormons.
Elder Cook said it is very confusing to the public when some media use "Mormon" to describe the Texas-based polygamous group which is currently under investigation for possibly incidents of child abuse. He reiterated that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with over 13 million members worldwide, is not connected in any way to small sects that practice polygamy.
Drawing contrasts between the Church and polygamists, Elder Cook said, Church members do not live in isolated compounds, arrange marriages, dress in old fashioned clothing or wear unique hairstyles.
Rather, they are contributing members of the communities in which they live throughout the world, get married at the average age of 23, and are well educated. In fact, 60% of Church members in the United States have some college education, which is 10% above the national average.