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Special Report: Mormonism besieged by the modern age

Mormon missionaries or elders Owens, Valente and Velez (L-R) cross a railroad as they mission in San Fernando, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, February 17, 2009.

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Mormon missionaries or elders Owens, Valente and Velez (L-R) cross a railroad as they mission in San Fernando, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Mormon missionaries or elders Owens, Valente and Velez (L-R) cross a railroad as they mission in San Fernando, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, February 17, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
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The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Brothers Van and Dean Call watch Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012 file photo. Dean's sign reads "Go Mitt Romney Mormons Rock". 

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Brothers Van and Dean Call watch Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012 file photo. Dean's sign reads "Go Mitt Romney Mormons Rock". REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Brothers Van and Dean Call watch Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina, January 11, 2012 file photo. Dean's sign reads "Go Mitt Romney Mormons Rock". REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Robert Oliver (L) holds a rainbow colored flag as a woman who identified herself as Mama Joi (R) talks to a crowd outside the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a "No on Prop 8" march and rally on Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, November 6, 2008. 


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Robert Oliver (L) holds a rainbow colored flag as a woman who identified herself as Mama Joi (R) talks to a crowd outside the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a "No on Prop 8" march and rally on...more

Robert Oliver (L) holds a rainbow colored flag as a woman who identified herself as Mama Joi (R) talks to a crowd outside the Los Angeles California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a "No on Prop 8" march and rally on Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, November 6, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sings during the fourth session of the 181st Annual General Conference of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 3, 2011. 
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sings during the fourth session of the 181st Annual General Conference of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sings during the fourth session of the 181st Annual General Conference of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 3, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey
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President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas Monson smiles after the 181st Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011.  REUTERS/George Frey

President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas Monson smiles after the 181st Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey

President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas Monson smiles after the 181st Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey
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Children attend Sunday school at the Belgrano Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, December 28, 2008. 

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Children attend Sunday school at the Belgrano Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Files

Children attend Sunday school at the Belgrano Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, December 28, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci/Files
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Actor Andrew Rannells performs a scene from "The Book of Mormon" during the American Theatre Wing's 65th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

Actor Andrew Rannells performs a scene from "The Book of Mormon" during the American Theatre Wing's 65th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

Actor Andrew Rannells performs a scene from "The Book of Mormon" during the American Theatre Wing's 65th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files
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The spires of the Salt Lake Mormon temple are shown here as thousand of faithful Mormons gather for the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. 

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The spires of the Salt Lake Mormon temple are shown here as thousand of faithful Mormons gather for the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011....more

The spires of the Salt Lake Mormon temple are shown here as thousand of faithful Mormons gather for the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey
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Thousand of faithful Mormons sing a song during the fourth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2, 2011.   REUTERS/George Frey

Thousand of faithful Mormons sing a song during the fourth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey

Thousand of faithful Mormons sing a song during the fourth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey
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People sit by a reflecting pool outside the Salt Lake Mormon temple as they wait in line to attend the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011.  


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People sit by a reflecting pool outside the Salt Lake Mormon temple as they wait in line to attend the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. ...more

People sit by a reflecting pool outside the Salt Lake Mormon temple as they wait in line to attend the fifth session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, October 2, 2011. REUTERS/George Frey
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The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

The LDS Church's Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, is seen January 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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