SALT LAKE CITY -- America's Mormons have built plenty of resilience over nearly two centuries as outsiders, but they're anxious about the next few months. Mitt Romney is about to become the first Mormon nominee for U.S. president on a major party ticket.
His nomination by the Republicans will give Mormons a chance like no other to explain their tradition to the public. But critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have a bigger platform, too. And it will all take place amid the emotion of what may well be a nasty general election.
The church's focus is on getting its own story out. In fact, since 2010, it has been running a multimillion-dollar series of ads, called "I'm a Mormon," to dispel stereotypes by telling stories of individual Mormons.