Skip to comments.Five Myths about Mormonism
Posted on 08/06/2011 4:01:34 PM PDT by Colofornian
The campaigns by Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. for the GOP presidential nomination, along with the popular and profane Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, are putting Mormons in the public eye.
1. Mormons practice polygamy.
Mainstream Mormons do not practice polygamy today, but it remains part of our history and theology. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion, married at least 33 women (often without the consent of his first wife, Emma) and preached that polygamy was divinely sanctioned...
Polygamy remains a source of tension for mainstream Mormons. Mormon public figures routinely play down our polygamous history, saying that only a tiny percentage of 19th-century Mormon families were polygamous. (Historians say it was 20 to 30 percent.) But the LDS Church, which teaches that marriages or sealings performed in its temples are eternal, has never disavowed elements of Mormon theology suggesting that polygamy will be practiced in heaven. Church policy permits widowed and some divorced men to be sealed for all eternity to more than one wife, while Mormon women may not be sealed to more than one husband...some mainstream LDS Church members anticipate polygamy as part of eternity, while others reject it.
2. Mormons arent Christians.
A few weeks ago, an anchor on Fox News stated that Mitt Romney is obviously not a Christian.
Growing up in California, I frequently heard that I belonged to a cult...Some people will never see Mormons as Christians...
4. Mormon women are second-class citizens.
Mormon women are sometimes perceived as voiceless, mindless members of our faith; LDS Church spokespeople portray us as uniformly happy with our situation. Neither perspective is accurate.
...We believe in a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother...
5. A Mormon president would blur the line between church and state.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
And I try to let every FR lurker, black/white/green know as much about ALL of MORMON history as I can!
Don’t forget the purple ones.