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With reference to the Sept. 10 Newsweek cover story, I want to go on record as saying that I find the article, "A Mormon Moment," to be mean-spirited, derisive and not worthy of a magazine of the caliber of Newsweek.

Although Kenneth Woodward may have done some superficial research, he apparently has no core understanding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His article shows little insight into the faith that has brought more than 11 million members into its fold, including nationally renowned doctors, lawyers and educators, as well as world leaders. His writing reflects nothing of the vitality and faith of a people who made great sacrifices in an unprecedented and unparalleled historical trek across a whole continent to preserve this faith. He places little emphasis on the Mormon commitment to families and to solid, unchanging moral values in a confused and rudderless, dizzily changing world.

Indeed, Woodward seems determined to focus on anything sensational or controversial that he can search out to devalue the basic tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This biased tone and emphasis leads me to question the intent and integrity of his article.

Lois G. Jensen

Salt Lake City