Mormonism and America: Dr. Norm Tolk and Jared Halverson

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as Mormonism) is one of the fastest-growing religious groups in the United States today. Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy has once again brought Mormonism into the public eye, as did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid before him.  

Whether we look at the realms of entertainment, politics, or religious identity, the history of the Mormon Church is deeply entwined with the history of America.  

On this week's show, our guests discuss the history of the Mormon religion, the connection of the Mormon church to American history, and the role of religion in the 2012 Presidential election. 

Dr. Norm Tolk is professor of physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has served as a Bishop and stake president for several Mormon congregations.  Jared Halverson is director of education for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Middle Tennessee Region.

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