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Posted on 09/09/2012 10:23:41 AM PDT by Mozilla
On Thursday night, Glenn Beck tackled an issue that has come up frequently throughout the 2012 presidential campaign Republican candidate Mitt Romneys Mormon faith. Prior to the show, the radio and television host invited TheBlaze readers and viewers to submit their questions, as he sought to address the myths that often surround The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Beck, who is also a Mormon, told viewers that his faith is inherent in all that he does. In fact, it is his personal relationship with God that guides his actions and sustains him.
I do what I do, because of my faith, Beck told viewers. Because of my faith, Im not afraid.
He also went on to highlight some of the elements that people need to know about his personal faith and its central underpinnings. From a belief in Jesus Christ to the notion that helping ones fellow man is essential, these values lay at the center of the Mormon experience.
God lives. We survive. America flourishes, he continued, listing off the other sentiments that Mormons embrace. The Messiah came and he will come again. Be good to one another. Give until it hurts. Give to the poor, the hungry and the underprivileged. Obey God. Make a covenant with him. He keeps his word. But be on his side. Dont try to get him on your side.
The first issue or myth, rather that Beck tackled was polygamy, a marriage that includes more than two individuals. Since there is mass confusion surrounding Mormons and plural marriage, Beck provided in-depth background and historical analysis on the issue. While he explained that Mormons did, indeed, practice polygamy at one point in time, he notes that this dynamic ended 122 years ago and that the church takes a strong stance against it today.
GlennBeck.com has more about Becks statements surrounding historical constructs of the former practice:
He explained that in the 1800s, there was massive persecution of Mormons wer driven out of New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. In Missouri, the governor even issued Executive Order-44 which ordered that all Mormons be exterminated or driven out of the state, resulting in 10,000 Mormons who lived there either being killed or forced to flee. Executive Order-44 wasnt overturned until 1976. As a result of this persecution, there werent many men left. The desire to repopulate played a role in the decision to practice polygamy, but only about 5% did it before the practice came to an end in 1890.
He called polygamy a perversion of everything we believe in.
The media would have nothing more to have Americans believe that anybody who believes what I believe is [Warren Jeffs], Beck said, referring to a cult leader who is serving a life sentence for having relationships with underage girls.
Contemporary polygamists arent Mormons, Beck explained. Watch the host tackle the polygamy issue, below:
Next, he delved into the so-called magic underwear discussion. He was, of course, referring to the undergarments that Mormon adherents wear. Many times, this element of the faith is mocked and ridiculed, as non-believers dont understand the significance and havent necessarily been exposed to the reasoning behind wearing the clothing.
It is to remind us of something very sacred, Beck explained. Its a reminder of the promises we make at the Temple.
Rather than serving as a secretive and elusive tool, the underwear represent the personal promises that Mormons make to be faithful, modest, and temperate.
While its not always easy to wear the undergarments, especially when it comes to finding clothing to wear over them, Beck said that the difficulty makes it more sacred and meaningful. Considering the importance of the underwear to the Mormon faith, it also become more painful, the host admitted, when others mock the practice:
Beck also tackled the purported secretive activities that unfold in the temple. While many critics have alleged that the church is elusive and that some of the activities are top-secret, Beck made it clear that theres nothing surprising or startling going on behind closed doors.
Theres no secret stuff, Beck explained. Theres nothing you will find in the temple that you wont find in the Old or New Testament.
Marriage and baptism are two of the practices that take place inside Mormon houses of worship elements that most other Christian denominations can relate to. Beck did delve into baptism for the dead, a practice that he said has roots in 1 Corinthians.
See him tackle these subjects, below:
There is also, of course, the question of Mormon missionaries. Beck described the fascinating, two-year trips that young believers make to help spread the faith, while simultaneously embarking on a journey to find themselves.
During this time, young Mormons find themselves preaching the word and reading the scriptures, as they go door-to-door to discuss their faith. While sharing an example of a friends son who just left for Finland for a mission, Beck encouraged others regardless of their faiths to engage in similar experiences.
He will live the exact opposite of a trophy society. In a culture where Ive got to go find myself, while spending $50,000 a year and listen to a bunch of liberal Marxist professors at some liberal college these guys do find themselves, Beck proclaimed. Please, do this in your faith. It changes your children its one of the reasons that Mormons are so successful. They know why they are at an early age.
Its not weird to be a Mormon. And its not weird to be president if youre Mormon, Beck concluded.
This special episode comes as the nation prepares to potentially elect its first Mormon president. While some biases certainly continue to color Romneys candidacy, the impact appears to be minimal. As weve previously reported, November 2011 Pew Research Center results found that, while Romney may have experienced some negative results due to his Mormon faith in the primary race, his general election chances likely wont be impacted.
Unfortunately, this hasnt stopped anti-Mormon attacks from unfolding in media. Becks goal, of course, was to dispel some of the myths that drive and fuel these incidents.
This article is about a religion, Mormonism...
Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???
Ping for later
Polygamy is a marriage that includes a man and more than one wife. Polyandry is a marriage in that includes a wife and more than one husband.
It seems that Beck left out the part about God once being a mere man.
I’m sure his next video will be a show on all the archaeological sites mentioned in the Book of Mormon.
Just minor oversights.
I was somewhat disappointed in the clips of the show that I saw. He does explain that polygamy is not officially countenanced by the LDS today, but he did not do a very good job of explaining why they allowed it in the first place, nor the reasoning behind stopping the practice.
The reason Malibu Ken’s grandfather took his multi-wived family to live in Mexico was because polygamy was outlawed in the U.S.A.. He just left that part out when he appealed to the Mexican vote during the RNC convention.
“This article is about a religion, Mormonism...
Shouldnt it be in the Religion Forum ???”
With all the anti-Morman attacks in today’s politics and in the 2012 campaign I think it’s perfectly placed. Of course, some will want to “hide” threads such as this.
How many wives did King Solomon and King David have?
Beck can save his efforts. Ryan has my vote sewn up.
More than I do? ;-)
In the religion forum? No, if its here, everyone can comment, not just the mormons. So i like that. It seems like an open way to discuss things. Even people like you can chime in and opine as long as you stay within FR rules. Besides, every day i get treated for example to numerous Catholic theads here that are nothing but pure esoteric dogma discussions, and they are not always in the religion forum. Yet, i never see you whine about that?
Thought about it. But had already been posting it in the news area so just finished it and posted. Sorry.
Yeah. I see numerous Catholic and Islamic threads in the news area.
Mormonism has enough fantasies, from God being married to blacks being excluded from the priesthood that is not even part of the NT church, that men like Beck can only engage in damage control when exposed.
It owes what virtue it has to the Bible, which the LDS exalts its own writings and authority over.
Oh good God Almighty.
This piece is so full of distortions on the history of mormonism I am howling with laughter.
But hey, Beck marches to the mormon godS drum, not a surprise.
The real question is should he be exposing mormonism before the election.
And when those of us who know mormonism and said Romney is mormonism that’s who he is, will they finally get it.
Funny how we never see you attacking Islam.
But it's the theology that's central and that's where orthodoxy and Mormonism part ways.
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