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Amid Mormon Conference, Utah Lawmakers Discuss Intersection Of Faith, Politics

Several Mormons who serve as state lawmakers are scheduled to discuss the intersection of their faith and politics in Utah at an event Monday afternoon.

The panel discussion is sponsored by ABU Education Fund, an affiliate of the left-leaning group Alliance for a Better Utah and will be held at the University of Utah.

Participants in Monday's event will include Republican state lawmakers Howard Stephenson and Todd Weiler, Democratic state Rep. Brian King and Democratic legislative candidate Suzanne Harrison.

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Weiler says in a statement that politicians from both sides of the aisle share ideals and values and the discussion will touch on those.

Relatedly, the president of the Mormon church delivered a much-anticipated but short sermon about Jesus Christ on the final day of a twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Thomas S. Monson spoke for five minutes on Sunday before a large crowd of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Monson, who is 89-year-old, has been speaking less at church conferences in recent years and Mormon officials have acknowledged that he's "feeling the effects of advancing age." He was helped to the podium by an aide.

Monson said that members need not just to believe in the mission of Jesus Christ but to live it.

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Mormons regard Monson as a prophet, seer and revelator.