22 January 2008

Interview about Mormons in Orange County

The Orange County Register published their interview with Newport Beach Stake president, Dr. Weatherford Clayton.  This article appeared in the newspaper in December (last month).  Mormons have received lots of media coverage in Newport Beach because of the new LDS Temple (in the photo) which was recently constructed.  The temple is situated very close to the campus of the University of California Irvine.

Some excerpts from the interview:
  • On the 8.8-acre Newport Beach campus, where along with the temple there is a meeting house, we met with Dr. Weatherford Clayton, 55, stake (diocese) president. An obstetrician and father of five children, he has been a Mormon "basically all my life.
  • Christ instructed his apostles to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." We believe this injunction to still be in force, and over 50,000 missionaries are currently serving the savior throughout the world.
  • We enthusiastically accept . . . that the two greatest commandments are to love the lord with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

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