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Suitland Maryland Open House Allows Neighbors To Knowing More About Mormons
Washington Post pgM14 9Feb00 D1
By Hamil R. Harris: Washington Post Staff Writer

CAMP SPRINGS, MARYLAND -- An open house last weekend at the Suitland Stake Center of the LDS Church brought together a cross section of religious and civic leaders and area residents, both to see the new $2 million Suitland building and for an interfaith forum on strengthening the family.

It also gave LDS Church leaders a chance to express interest in working with their neighbors on social issues, "We wanted to bring together the interfaith community and see what problems that we can work on together," said Suitland Stake President Spencer Blackburn.

The weekend open house included bluegrass and quartet gospel music, and included exhibits about the LDS Church. Cole Goodwin, who chaired the event, said more than 2,400 visitors got a chance to learn more about the Church, hopefully dispelling some of the myths and misunderstandings about LDS doctrine.

The Suitland Stake is one of 10 stakes in the Washington DC area.

The article gives a historical background of the LDS Church, emphasizing the role that African Americans play, especially since the 1978 revelation allowing them to hold the priesthood.

African-American members included 20-year-old missionary Marvin Moore as well as Daryl Nelson, president of the Capitol Heights Branch of the LDS church. Moore is from St. Louis and is serving a mission for the Church in the Washington DC area. He says he is often told, "I didn't know that there were African American Mormons," and says, "I feel my role in the church is very important."

The article also addresses the LDS Church's view of the family, and the implications that this has for genealogical research and reviews the custom of sending young men out as missionaries throughout the world.

One of the missionaries mentioned was Elder Scott Jones, who delayed his football scholarship to BYU until after serving an LDS mission. "I chose this life," said Jones. It is an honor to be a missionary."

The article touches on the LDS welfare program and its regional welfare complex in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and on the Church's music program, including the local Mormon Choir of Washington, which performed in the new building on January 29th. The performance was highlighted by a gospel quartet from the Community Baptist Church of Cedar Heights.


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