June 17th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

As ‘Book of Mormon’ takes New York, city gets Mormon church ad campaign

By Julia Talanova, CNN

New York (CNN) - First came the popular Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” which won nine Tony Awards on Sunday.

Now, the actual Mormon church is hitting the Great White Way, with a big electronic billboard just around the corner from where "The Book of Mormon" is playing.

The new billboard is part of a broader “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign the church launched Thursday in New York, which also includes signs on taxicab tops and subway ads.

The ads show people from diverse ethnic backgrounds doing things like smiling, mountain climbing, riding a motorcycle and surfing, all with the tagline “I’m a Mormon.”

The Times Square Billboard is around the corner from the Eugene O’Neill Theater, where “The Book of Mormon” opened earlier this year. The irreverent play is by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

"Our Church is known for our efforts to share our message,” said Richard G. Hinckley, Executive Director of the Missionary Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church. “This is one way to get to know us — through the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

New York joins nine other cities in an ongoing campaign launched last year. The LDS church says New York State has seen a rise in its membership over the past decade, growing to 78,000 members, a 75 percent increase since 2000.

The ads will be on display for the summer, with the church launching additional U.S. cities this fall.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Mormonism • New York

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  1. PRISM 1234

    "Believing in angels aka tinkerbells or fai-ries is a basic indicator of being a mindless drone!!!"

    Does it believing that life on Earth evolved from a amoeba, and that your ancestors were lizards, frogs, do-do bids and monkeys, make you be in category of higher mentally developed humans ?
    Don't make me laugh, Un-Real-ity!
    You yourself show many intelligence deficiencies. How can you evaluate those of others?

    June 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Unafiliated

    So-called "christians" turn my stomach. Mention religion and they jump on these forums to tell you what is wrong with yours. I still don't understand what "christians" believe in, unless is it hatred, intolerance, and slander.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Mosihasteen

      That's because you are trying tooo hard to be antagonistic, and not trying hard enough to understand. Christians are always persecuted for what they believe, after a while everybody gets a little hostile. Read the New Testament.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Unafiliated

      So, are you saying that it is OK for "christians" to be hostile toward people of other religious beliefs? That it is a natural progression of being "christian"?

      June 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  3. M

    Well, I know Mormons do believe in prayer.

    June 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  4. honk eeey tonk


    June 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  5. honk eeey tonk


    June 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  6. M

    Erik is right, there are people from the LDS faith in all walks of life and in all professions. There are inventors like Philo T Farnsworth, the inventor of the television. There are scientists like Henry Eyring who pioneered aspects of Quantum Mechanics. There are well-known democrats like Harry Reid and equally well-known republicans like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. With 14 million of them in the world, there are probably a handful in your neighborhood, on your school board and in your local government. They are hard-working people who value education, honesty, integrity, service and kindness. They aren’t perfect but they try to do their best to help society.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Nonimus

      I don't really get this recent ad campaign from LDS. There are also people in all walks of life from the Hindu, Muslim, Pagan, Satanic(?) religions, and even non-religions like Atheism. What point is being made?

      June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • M

      I think the point is to illustrate what you have just said. For the most part the world is willing to accept Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus etc. as just normal people. For some reason, however, Mormons are often dismissed as strange or somehow different than everyone else. I think the LDS Church is trying to make the point that there isn't anything sinister about being a Mormon. Mormons are normal people. They don't have horns. They don't bite.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  7. Zelda

    Mormons need to trust in the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross alone for salvation. Mormonism is as useless as any self-relying religion.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:15 am |
    • Erik

      What makes you say we don't. We teach every Sunday that salvation was made possible only through the atonement of Christ. We know we cannot save ourselves and have never taught that.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • thenickhis

      There's a logical fallacy called "False Dilemma." Look it up.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • thenickhis

      As James the apostle said, faith without works is dead. You cannot say: since the Mormons believe in good works as part of their salvation, that means that's the only thing they believe in. THAT is the false dilemma fallacy. In one of their scriptures it says: "Salvation cometh unto none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." Actively serving in their various callings in their church is for their exaltation and their salvation, while just sitting around but having faith in Jesus Christ will guarantee only your salvation.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Christian Schizophrenia

      Any man made god or religion is quite useless in this day and age.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Zelda

      True followers of Jesus DO what God says and do good works more than anyone else. The problem of Mormons is that they trust in their good works, not in the atonement of Jesus. They must read Ephesians chapter 2. Good works are never good enough to save a person, since those are tainted and therefore filthy if not-accompanying the faith in Jesus alone. Read the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and John.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • M

      Mormons do believe that Christ and his atonement are their only salvation. They do not put their faith in their own hand or in the hand of man. They do not believe that their works will save them. This seems to be a misunderstanding about Mormons among other Christian faiths. Now, if someone believed in Christ and accepted him as their savior, shouldn't that person obey Christ's commandments? Shouldn't that person take upon themselves the name of Christ and do work that Christ would have them do?

      June 21, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Zelda

      @M, Mormons don't admit Jesus as the unique Son of God therefore reject the Bible among other things. When they say things on God or on salvation, they mean entirely something else using the same terms. Mormons need to read the Bible and conviction from the Holty Spirit.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Zelda

      I mean "the Holy Spirit."

      June 21, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • M

      It seems like other Christian religions always want to put Mormons in a box by telling them that they somehow believe in a different Jesus. That's just not true. Mormons believe in the same Jesus. They believe he is the only begotten Son of God. They do read the Bible and they do believe that the Holy Spirit confirms the truth to a person's heart. I don't know why other religions are so threatened by Mormons and insist that they are somehow flawed. Why don't people say the same thing about Lutherans, Presbyterians or Baptists? They each have some beliefs that are unique to their churches.

      June 21, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  8. frank

    Was the Holy Ghost an Apache?

    June 20, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Zelda

      American atheists act like bugs.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • Regis990

      Well, Zelda, at least those "bugs" don't come knocking on my door at 8am Saturday mornings trying to sell me a product I don't want to buy. Better yet, when I have talked with the door knockers, and tried to share my beliefs, they don't really wanna hear it.


      June 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Mosihasteen

      It should actually be Holy Spirit – not Holy Ghost. The Mormons use the term Holy Ghost because this was the mistranslation in the Joseph Smith days. It is the spirit that inspires. A ghost is a remnant of that which is dead.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And niether exist!

      June 21, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  9. Benito

    The new ad-campaign will not answer all the questions or dispel all misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But the purpose of the campaign will be accomplished. Honest seekers of truth will be touched. The Spirit of God will work upon their hearts and they will be interested in finding out for themselves the truth.

    I am grateful for the LDS faith and how each teaching is centered on Jesus Christ. I know who Jesus Christ is because of this faith and I am becoming more like Him because He actively guides it today.

    June 20, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • We Love Mormons

      Wrong Jesus! I highly, and kindly, encourage you to watch the Shawn Mccraney videos below.

      June 20, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Benito

      I follow the Jesus who went about doing good, who loved his neighbor, who served his friends, enemies, and family. I follow the Christ who lived a perfect life in behalf of all men so that we might be forgiven of our faults and be received into God's glory. I follow the Savior of the world, one who invited others to come unto him and be perfected in him.

      I do not follow the rants of a crazed man.

      June 20, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • We Love Mormons

      Benito, thanks for the response. I have a question. Is Jesus God?

      June 20, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Benito

      All your questions are not mine to answer. I appreciate the invite to learn more of Christ. I will. I invite you to ask such questions to God the Father in sincere prayer.

      June 20, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • We Love Mormons

      I appreciate your comments. I still suggest that you will benefit greatly from the below videos, but you may be very interested in the information here. http://www.utlm.org

      June 20, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Erik

      Is Jesus a diety, a supreme being that is omnipotent, omniscient? Yes. Is he God the Father? No. They are two distinct beings. He himself confirmed this several times in the Bible.

      June 20, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • We Love Mormons

      You may want to revisit your bible. Here are but a few of many, many other verses that you may want to study my friend.
      John 1:1, John 1:14, John 5:18, John 8:24, John 8:58, Exodus 3:14, John 10:30-33, John 20:28, Col. 2:9, Phil. 2:5-8, Heb. 1:8, Psalm 45:6, Matt. 4:10, Matt. 2:2, Matt. 2:11, Matt. 14:33, Matt. 28:9, John 9:35-38, Heb. 1:6, Acts 7:55-60, 1 Cor. 1:1-2, 1 Kings 18:24, Zech. 13:9, Rom. 10:13-14, Joel 2:32, Isaiah 44:6, Rev. 1:17-18

      June 20, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • We Love Mormons


      June 20, 2011 at 1:10 am |
    • Erik

      So we agree, Jesus is God. He just is not GOD the Father. See below:
      called the Son of the Highest, Luke 1:32
      Son can do nothing … but what he seeth the Father do, John 5:19
      Father that sent me beareth witness of me, John 8:18
      my Father is greater than I, John 14:28
      that they might know thee the only true God, John 17:3
      I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, John 20:17
      being by the right hand of God exalted, Acts 2:33
      saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55

      June 20, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  10. Now is the time


    June 20, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  11. We Love Mormons


    June 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  12. JESUS is a MORMON! DuH! And We Mormons Will Rule THE WORLD!


    June 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      That poor, deceived man on the other end of the line!
      Yep, there is nothing no one can do or say to make him see how brainwashed he is! They don't know that they are worshiping "another" Jesus, because Jesus Christ they talk about is NOT Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible! Their angel "Moroni" is no other then satan himself, disguised as angel of light, as spoken in the scriptures of the Holy Bible.
      Those people don't know where they are heading!

      June 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  13. We Mormons Will Rule THE WORLD!


    June 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  14. We Mormons Will Rule THE WORLD!


    June 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  15. ORLY?

    ...and people have no problem with these or other religious billboards. But when an atheist organization puts up a billboard, the religiulous start to resemble hornets whose nest has had a rock thrown into it.
    Face it, your religion is no more correct than anyone else's religion (which are all wrong). And calling atheism a religion is like calling "bald" a hair color so don't even bother using that fallacy.
    "When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

    June 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  16. jb

    Erik, are you locked in a ward? It seems so by your comments.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Erik

      No I'm free to move about as I see necessary.

      June 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  17. nytw

    These people are delusional.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • M

      Which people? There are about 100 different religions and/or points of view showing up in these comments and in the videos people have posted. It's getting kind of confusing.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  18. Rick Springfield

    Mormans and Islams. Both worship a leader who;s buried in the ground. Both believe in many wives. Both believe in sitting at the right hand of their diety. Both require a pilgrimage to a central location on planet Earth. Both believe if you marry outside the faith, you are excommunicated. Both believe in big families as a way to spread the religion. Both believe in mandatory mission service. Both have leaders who were persecuted for their religion. Both send their disciples in multiples of two. Both have leaders who traveled long distances to settle a specific spot and make it a holy place. Both have a mandatory requirement for giving money and time to support the faith, and its not negotiable. Both build very large, ornate temples and cap it in gold. Both have highly secretive ceremonies in a mostly windowless temple.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Dose of Reality

      Where are you getting your information? Speaking as someone who knows an awful lot about both religions, you don't seem to really know what you are writing about. I would say you have abour 20% of your information right on Mormons and maybe 50% on Muslims. If you are going to compare the two, at least take the time to understand them accurately.

      June 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Mosihasteen

      The only Muslim 'missionary' is terrorism.

      June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  19. Reality

    The better name for the Book of Mormon (musical and Joe Smith's version) would be the "The Last Angel Con" –

    To wit:

    Joe Smith had his angel, Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
    Some added references to "tink-erbells".

    June 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Little

      Your mouth is FLYING away with you. Every religion has its quirks, just like every country. Does that mean it's untrue or stupid?

      June 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Rahvin

      No, Little. The little quirks do not mean they are false or stupid. The fact that they make claims that cannot be supported by any reproducible and testable evidence and in many cases directly contradicts known facts makes them false. The fact that people still believe the nonsense when they should know better makes it all stupid.

      June 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • SurRy

      "Does that mean it's untrue or stupid?" Yes it does.

      June 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Reality


      A summary for your perusal:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      "New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. "

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:

      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      June 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  20. Gerald

    Only a weak minded nut would believe in a book that vanished translated by someone who could not understand Aramaic in the first place. Bunch of gullible retards as any other who believes in any other biblical book. They were all written by people to interpret what they thought and the book is interpreted in a thousand ways...all stupid as the Eastern Islander who believed their Gods were birds and they all came from this bird God...Gods are as infinite as our imaginations, and retards believe in it out of fear of the unknown...retards! Evolve!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Little

      Wow. I'm amazed by your evolution. Which is to say, none. 14.1 million people have joined this church, including but not limited to geniuses, politicians, athletes, authors, and the like.

      Retards? I think not.

      June 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Erik

      Retards? I think not. The LDS have some of the highest education rates among all groups. I'm an MD/PhD. We are a small minority where I live. The hospital that I work there are 25 doctor here who are LDS. More than half the adults in my ward have graduate degrees.

      June 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • SurRy

      "Only a weak minded nut would believe in __________________ ." (fill in the blank with your choice of religion)

      June 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Little

      Thank you, Erik!

      June 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Monbois

      To Little: The 14.1 million who've joined also includes bigots, wife-beaters, hate-mongerers, pedophiles, adulterers, gay men and lesbians (even though they're reviled by the church, so presumably most are self-loathing, which is fine by church leaders), men and women who beat their children, liars, rapists, drug dealers, cheaters, tax-evaders, murderers, drug addicts and the list goes on. With that many people you're guarnateed to have more than one of everything both good and bad, so what's your point?

      June 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Larry

      Erik, doctors at your hospital don't need to know how to construct sentences? Somehow your credibility is lacking.

      June 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Erik

      Sorry Larry, but English was not my major nor my first language and after an 18 hour shift grammar is far from a priority. The point is, there are enough exceptionally intelligent people believe and convert that the idea that we are mindless drones is beyond reproach.

      June 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Reality

      Believing in angels aka tinkerbells or fai-ries is a basic indicator of being a mindless drone!!!

      June 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Erik

      Having the arrogance that things don't exist beyond our eyes is an indicator of a mindless drone.

      June 20, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Herby Sagues

      Geniuses? Really? Tell me one, just one.
      In any case, religion is such an insidious bug that it wouldn't be surprising to see the mind of a genius fall for one of them, especially if indocrtinated since very young. And that's the reason why religions try to work the minds of children, and why we must work extra hard to ensure that doesn't happen and that any religious inclination is the result of a non-brainwashed adult exercising free will.

      June 20, 2011 at 4:59 am |
    • M

      Erik is right, there are people from the LDS faith in all walks of life and in all professions. There are inventors like Philo T Farnsworth, the inventor of the television. There are scientists like Henry Eyring who pioneered aspects of Quantum Mechanics. There are well-known democrats like Harry Reid and equally well-known republicans like Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. With 14 million of them in the world, there are probably a handful in your neighborhood, on your school board and in your local government. They are hard-working people who value education, honesty, integrity, service and kindness. They aren’t perfect but they try to do their best to help society. Which of these LDS values do you take issue with?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Zelda

      I wonder if Mormons are like me. I like to stroke my bible and whisper to God.

      June 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Real Zelda

      The above Zelda is a fake. Another perv atheist.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:55 am |
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