In this era of leaks and hacks, secrets have been stolen from organizations as varied as the Democratic Party, the Vatican, Sony Pictures and Yahoo. Fifteen videos were posted online this week showing senior leaders of the Mormon Church in private meetings discussing issues including same-sex marriage, marijuana, Somali pirates and even whether the church could be vulnerable to WikiLeaks. The church has acknowledged that the videotapes are authentic.
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Arias, 32, converted to Mormonism when she began to date Alexander, then 29, in Though they were both outwardly devout, they immediately developed a sexual relationship. The trial has cast a spotlight on the tight-knit Mormon community in Mesa, Ariz. According to Patrick Mason, a professor of religion who specializes in Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University in California, the trial shows the difficulty Mormons face in coping wiith the church's demand for chastity. Arias is on trial for murdering Alexander , whom she dated for a year and then continued to have sex with for a year after that. Prosecutors allege she killed him in a fit of jealousy in June , after taking graphic sexual photos with him and having sex earlier in the day.
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She was speaking from the lectern, saying that God "did not mess up" when he "made me this way" — when the church leader abruptly cut her mic asking her to sit down. Norton edited the video. It brought love and solidarity to the girl.
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