Walker does a great job of identifying and correcting misunderstanding, and he correctly identifies the problem Callahan faced in accurately representing Church policies and procedures without using resources like mormonnewsroom.org. Realistically, are journalists going to use LDS Church resources when writing about Mormons? Probably not.Callahan wrote: "There are 136 Mormon temples in the world, though most members worship at one of the thousands of smaller churches … " She erred by suggesting LDS temples and meetinghouses are functionally interchangable, going so far as to say that "there are rooms for Sunday services" in the temples – which is simply not true. In fact, LDS temples are closed on Sundays. On the Newsroom website Callahan would have found articles explaining Mormon worship services and the respective purposes of temples and chapels.
Not once did Callahan quote a reputable source for her 'facts' about the Mormons. Instead, she wrote without disclosing her sources, excepting one liberal Mormon journalist whose ideas and views are not always reflective of the LDS Church itself. I don't think this LDS person is trying to be divisive, but it comes across that way at times. This is news media, after all. We all need to be careful not to allow the media or anyone else to lead us, as Mormons or Americans to create rifts. The heart of the LDS faith, like the rest of Christianity, is to follow Jesus Christ. If you're curious about what Mormons believe, value, do at church, or anything else then go to the source. NOT the press. Most of the press has a vested interest in causing problems for Romney and accuracy wouldn't fit their templates.