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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 01:23 AM

Hawaii's Mormons: 'Chosen People, Promised Land'

By Chad Blair 09/04/2012
Michael Levine/Civil Beat

Mitt Romney's campaign for the U.S. presidency has greatly increased attention on the Mormon church in America. If elected, he would be the first Mormon president.

A new book, "A Chosen People, A Promised Land" (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), helps remind us of the church's deep roots in Hawaii and its connections with the group that comprised nearly all of its first converts: Native Hawaiians.

"Chosen People, Promised Land" is not a political book per se and has nothing to do with Romney. But it does chronicle the remarkable establishment and rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, as the Mormon church is more formally called, in a Pacific outpost far from the Mormon home in Utah.

As explained by author Hokulani K. Aikau, an associate professor of indigenous and Native Hawaiian politics at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Laie community on Oahu's North Shore represents a second "promised land" for a "chosen people" to help spread the religion into the Pacific.

More: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/09/04/16993-hawaiis-mormons-chosen-people-promised-land/

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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 01:51 AM

1. mormons sterilized and destroyed more than 1 polynesian culture & now have a disneyland style

tourist attraction to provide work for all the converted polynesians that came to Oahu Brigham Young campus

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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 03:45 AM

2. The Mormons brought many Hawaiians over to be closer to the temple........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iosepa,_Utah

This had horrific consequences, and they were later sent back. Sad tragic miscalculation.

Leprosy in the Utah desert..........

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