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No cross on Mormon temples

I was pleased to note in your Cover Story ``Religion Is Alive and Diverse in US,'' Jan. 10, that you recognize ``Mormon'' as one of the major religions of the United States. It is unfortunate that the article does not use the proper name of the church but rather its nickname. The proper name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A picture of the temple of The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Independence, Mo., is mistakenly labeled a ``Mormon Temple.'' It is not. It is a different church. There are many Mormon temples that could have been shown - in Washington, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles. We do not display the cross on any of our buildings.

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The article also suggests that there may not be as many members of the church as we claim. As one who has worked with membership records for decades, I can attest that membership is very carefully documented. Calvin Quayle, Eau Claire, Wis.

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