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Mormons quit church in mass resignation ceremony
reuters ^ | Jun 30, 2012 | Jennifer Dobner

Posted on 07/01/2012 4:05:12 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.

Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a "Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.""This feels awesome," said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. "I don't know if I would have had the courage except in a group."

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its culture of obedience, and the mass ceremony was a seldom-seen act of collective revolt......

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Other Christian
KEYWORDS: mormon Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: JoeProBono

All thier debt has been forgiven by persons unknown. Make sure you smile for the camera and make yourself available for interviews.


2 posted on 07/01/2012 4:09:14 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: JoeProBono

Chee.....an they’re even carrying Amurriccan flags.

Don’ vote for ..........................who?


3 posted on 07/01/2012 4:11:23 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: JoeProBono
I smell an OsamaObama setup facilitated by a Communist news service.The timing is too convenient,the coverage by that Communist news service is too glaring....
4 posted on 07/01/2012 4:11:35 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Flintlock


5 posted on 07/01/2012 4:17:42 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: greyfoxx39; colorcountry; Colofornian; ejonesie22; Elsie; Godzilla; MHGinTN; narses; reaganaut; ...
Ping.
6 posted on 07/01/2012 4:19:17 AM PDT by Zakeet (We have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt - Joe Biden)
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To: JoeProBono

After cracking wise earlier on a different thread on this, when I see pictures of them, I am reminded of how serious all this is.

I hope for the best.


7 posted on 07/01/2012 4:19:27 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12


8 posted on 07/01/2012 4:23:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: ronnie raygun

Why is this considered “news”?

(Yes, I am being sarcastic. The MSM is really coming up with some weird ideas as they scrape the bottom the “Eeeeek! Mitt’s a Mormon! barrel.”


9 posted on 07/01/2012 4:28:22 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: ronnie raygun

They could have just not showed up anymore.

They needed an elaborate ceremony with a news crew because they decided not to be Mormons anymore?


10 posted on 07/01/2012 5:09:29 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: All; greyfoxx39; colorcountry; Colofornian; ejonesie22; Elsie; Godzilla; MHGinTN; narses; ...
Better account of the event from the Salt Lake Tribune: Mormon group quits LDS Church en masse.

Interestingly, according to this article, most the Mormons didn't resign in disagreement with Church doctrine as suggested in the original AP write-up. Instead, they had a much stronger reason that was beautifully summarized in this passage:

A 40-year-old Salt Lake City resident said she had been "very faithful" her whole life. As she was doing research on the church to help her questioning family members, she said she decided the timeline of events laid out in the Book of Mormon didn’t make sense.

Her voice cracking, she described the revelation as "very heartbreaking."

"It’s just all man-made. It’s very disappointing."

My guess is that excuses presented in the original article ... i.e. the Church's ban on homosexuality or stern family value discipline ... were cooked by the Mormon Church PR staff in order to hide the real cause for the defections.

I also guess that LDS leadership is shuddering over the mass resignation at this very moment ... despite the Utah desert climate, high summer heat, and thermal insulation inherent with wearing sacred underwear.

11 posted on 07/01/2012 5:10:03 AM PDT by Zakeet (We have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt - Joe Biden)
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To: Ronin
Yeah, big news, isn't it: 150 whiners and belly-achers versus how many million still satisfied with their faith?

When I left the ACLU (as did thousands of others the time), why do you think we did feel the need for some overhyped public ceremony?

Not that it would have been covered, anyway. The vast majority of us were conservatives, disgusted that the ACLU had changed to the dark side on far left causes.

I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of this 150 are libtards, mostly angry because the Mormon church won't get on board with gay marriage or some other pet libtard cause. IOW, refused to change to suit them. Huge difference.

12 posted on 07/01/2012 5:21:12 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I smell an OsamaObama setup facilitated by a Communist news service.

Just two berths left!

Book YOUR tour for the Egyptian River Cruise toDAY!!

13 posted on 07/01/2012 5:22:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I smell an OsamaObama setup facilitated by a Communist news service.

Just two berths left!

Book YOUR tour for the Egyptian River Cruise toDAY!!

14 posted on 07/01/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: VanDeKoik
They needed an elaborate ceremony with a news crew because they decided not to be Mormons anymore?

Beats a SECRET ceremony when they BECOME one!

15 posted on 07/01/2012 5:23:25 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Zakeet
AWwww... MAybe they just did not want to be DAMNED!!!


"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned;

and I will go still further and say, take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given,

and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that you will be damned.

Brigham Young - JoD 3:266 (July 14, 1855)

16 posted on 07/01/2012 5:24:38 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Vigilanteman; SZonian; caww; reaganaut; aMorePerfectUnion
Yeah, big news, isn't it: 150 whiners and belly-achers versus how many million still satisfied with their faith?

Faith in a con mans story and their own works?

Sounds like DECEPTION to me; but HEY!

I'm just a Gentile - saved by GRACE.

What do I know??

17 posted on 07/01/2012 5:27:27 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Vigilanteman
I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of this 150 are libtards, mostly angry because the Mormon church won't get on board with gay marriage or some other pet libtard cause. IOW, refused to change to suit them.

It appears that you'd LOSE that bet!

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52486958-78/mayne-gay-lds-ward.html.csp


I'm a MORMON ...
 
 
 

http://www.affirmation.org/

18 posted on 07/01/2012 5:30:20 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: JoeProBono
G5RIh

As opposed to.....?

super-386x450

"Here he comes to DESTROY Amerika"

19 posted on 07/01/2012 5:35:57 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Zakeet

I suspect this will not be the last. They wanted him they got him and all the publicity it will bring. I thought the LDS PR machine was smarter. maybe greed blinded them.

My only regret is all the division that has occurred among conservatives over this guy and his cult. Liberalism has penetrated Christianity far deeper than I realized...


20 posted on 07/01/2012 5:38:03 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Two sides of the same coin. Obamacare is Romneycare’s daddy, “mandates” (tax) and all...

That this is lost now on many conservatives awash in a sea of desperation will bite us in the end...


21 posted on 07/01/2012 5:41:42 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: ejonesie22
It should be Romneycare is Obamacare’s daddy...

If course in the end it doesn't matter.

Mitt gets in with a Republican congress unwilling to oppose a Republican White House we will get one of them...

22 posted on 07/01/2012 5:44:11 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Elsie

I want a window seat ...


23 posted on 07/01/2012 5:48:08 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: VanDeKoik
They could have just not showed up anymore
- - -

That's a good point; but people like getting into the spotlight and will
swarm to group-think events like moths to a bug zapper.

24 posted on 07/01/2012 5:54:28 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: ejonesie22
Just because you go to church doesn't mean you aren't a sinner.

ObamaKKKare and RomneyKKKare are steeped in sin of alien origin.

I think it would be cheaper to simply hire a European country to take these people off our hands.

25 posted on 07/01/2012 6:03:02 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Vigilanteman

A real conservative could never be misled by the ACLU.


26 posted on 07/01/2012 6:13:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Elsie
"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned;

and I will go still further and say, take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given,

and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that you will be damned.

Brigham Young - JoD 3:266 (July 14, 1855)

Gee, is that the BEST you can do in demonizing Mormonism?

CHEW ON THIS:

Quran (2:191-193) - "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."

Quran (4:104) - "And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain..."

Quran (9:29) - "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

Bukhari (52:260) - "...The Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "

Bukhari (83:37) - "Allah's Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate."

Qur'an (4:11) - (Inheritance) "The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females" (see also verse 4:176). In Islam, sexism is mathematically established.

Qur'an (2:282) - (Court testimony) "And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women."

Qur'an (2:228) - "and the men are a degree above them [women]"

Qur'an (4:3) - (Wife-to-husband ratio) "Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four"

Qur'an (4:34) - "Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great."

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."

Quran (3:56) - "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help."

Quran (3:151) - "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".

"Slay them wherever you find them. Drive them out of the places from which they drove you. Idolatry is worse than carnage. . . . [I]f they attack you put them to the sword. Thus shall the unbelievers be rewarded: but if they desist, God is forgiving and merciful. Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme. But if they desist, fight none except the evil-doers"(2:190–93).

"Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you. God knows, but you know not" (2:216).

"Let the believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful—he that does this has nothing to hope for from God—except in self-defense" (3:28).

MOREOVER, I'm certain you can find something similarly DISGUSTING as this in the Mormon's Holy Book and John Smith or Brigham Young's conduct?

aisha-mo2

" 'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) MARRIED ME WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD, AND I WAS ADMITTED TO HIS HOUSE AT THE AGE OF NINE.
" She further said: We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman (my mother) came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me. She took hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha (as if I was gasping), until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar. They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have share in good. She (my mother) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah's Messenger (, may peace be upon him) came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him."

BRITAIN G20 PALACE

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

from page 261 of the paperback edition of “The Audacity of Hope.

27 posted on 07/01/2012 6:15:10 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Zakeet
Better account of the event from the Salt Lake Tribune: Mormon group quits LDS Church en masse.

Good follow-up Zak. It has been so commonly displayed here as well in other forums, to try to paint exmo's as not being cut out for 'exaltation' to godhood and try to discredit their testimony with sexual impropriety smears etc.

29 posted on 07/01/2012 6:55:22 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: Elsie

Liberals are thinking that the American people are as intolerant and narrow minded as they are and will rush to vote for Obama (or not vote) because of the Awfulness of Mormonism. They forget that most Americans are for more have more toleration than they imagine. This is an MSM “News Story” cooked up to indirectly hit Mitt Romney. Look to see more of this in the next four months.


30 posted on 07/01/2012 7:14:10 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade


31 posted on 07/01/2012 9:26:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Zakeet

“To remove their names from membership rolls, Mormons must write letters and are informed of the “consequences” by their bishop, including that it cancels the effects of baptism and confirmation. “


32 posted on 07/01/2012 9:36:10 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Vigilanteman

Sadly, looking at the responses on this thread, this story is doing exactly what it is designed to do — fan dissension in Conservative ranks by making Mitt’s Mormonism an ongoing topic of discussion.

The clever part of this that they never have to mention Mitt by name — others do it for them.


33 posted on 07/01/2012 2:59:42 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: MHGinTN

You may sit with me; if you let me take pictures as we travel.


34 posted on 07/01/2012 5:05:15 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Gee, is that the BEST you can do in demonizing Mormonism?

You REALLY want to move the spotlight off of them; don't you!

It is MORMONism's Second Living Prophet® that spoke that SCRIPTURE, so you need to complain to him.

35 posted on 07/01/2012 5:08:14 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
They forget that most Americans are for more have more toleration than they imagine.

Sadly...


Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil ... a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment.
Tolerance applies only to persons ... never to truth.
America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not.
It is suffering from tolerance.
Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.
Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.
 
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen -- "A Plea For Intolerance" (1931)
 
 
 

36 posted on 07/01/2012 5:11:30 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Ronin
Sadly, looking at the responses on this thread, this story is doing exactly what it is designed to do — fan dissension in Conservative ranks by making Mitt’s Mormonism an ongoing topic of discussion.

Of course you are right here.

Because Mitt's LACK of Conservatism is WELL known; we may as well expose the heresy that calls itself MORMONism.

Any person, who lacks sufficient discernment to avoid MORMONism is not FIT to be the Leader of the Free World.

I want someone representing ME who will listen to the TRUE God in a tense situtation; not some jacked up fake that MORMONism adores.

37 posted on 07/01/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: ronnie raygun

Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist.


I can see how queers would have a problem with the mormon church as they would have with any Church that preached gods Commandments.


38 posted on 07/02/2012 10:11:52 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: Elsie

“Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned;


Yeah it is sure that they will be dammed by the women they would not choose. Ha Ha.


39 posted on 07/02/2012 10:20:25 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf
Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage and doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist.

What is your church doing to help the male to stay true?
 




prophet kimball"All of this should be conveyed without having priesthood leaders focus upon intimate matters which are a part of husband and wife relationships. Skillful interviewing and counseling can occur without discussion of clinical details by placing firm responsibility on individual members of the Church to put their lives in order before exercising the privilege of entering a house of the Lord. The First Presidency has interpreted oral sex as constituting an unnatural, impure, or unholy practice. If a person is engaged in a practice which troubles him enough to ask about it, he should discontinue it."
- Official Declaration of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982


spencer kimball"Prophets anciently and today condemn masturbation. It induces feelings of guilt and shame. It is detrimental to spirituality. It indicates slavery to the flesh, not that mastery of it and the growth toward godhood which is the object of our mortal life. Our modern prophet has indicated that no young man should be called on a mission who is not free from this practice. What is more, it too often leads to grievous sin, even to that sin against nature, homosexuality. For, done in private, it evolves often into mutual masturbation-practiced with another person of the same sex and thence into total homosexuality...."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Pages 77-79, 81-82

"Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions - all ugly sins - but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions. Almost like twins, 'petting' and fornication are alike."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 65


spencer kimball"Also far-reaching is the effect of the loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle."
-
Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 196


"And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth." (Genesis 4:9-14.) That was true of murder. It is also true of illicit sex, which, of course, includes all petting, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and all other perversions. The Lord may say to offenders, as He did to Cain, "What hast thou done?" The children thus conceived make damning charges against you; the companions who have been frustrated and violated condemn you; the body that has been defiled cries out against you; the spirit which has been dwarfed convicts you. You will have difficulty throughout the ages in totally forgiving yourself."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965. Often-used quote still used today in LDS seminary classes.


kimball"I do not find in the Bible the modern terms "petting" nor "homosexuality," yet I found numerous scriptures which forbade such acts under by whatever names they might be called. I could not find the term "homosexuality," but I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965


"If adultery or fornication justified the death penalty in the old days, and still in Christ's day, is the sin any less today because the laws of the land do not assess the death penalty for it? Is the act less grievous? There must be a washing, a purging, a changing of attitudes, a correcting of appraisals, a strengthening toward self-mastery. There must be many prayers, and volumes of tears. There must be an inner conviction giving to the sin its full diabolical weight. There must be increased devotion and much thought and study. And this takes energy and time and often is accompanied with sore embarrassment, heavy deprivations and deep trials, even if indeed one is not excommunicated from the Church, losing all spiritual blessings."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Page 155


"How like the mistletoe is immorality. The killer plant starts with a sticky sweet berry. Little indiscretions are the berries -- indiscretions like sex thoughts sex discussions, passionate kissing, pornography. The leaves and little twigs are masturbation and necking and such, growing with every exercise. The full-grown plant is petting and sex looseness. It confounds, frustrates, and destroys like the parasite if it is not cut out and destroyed, for, in time it robs the tree, bleeds its life, and leaves it barren and dry; and, strangely enough, the parasite dies with its host."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference Address, April 1, 1967.

40 posted on 07/02/2012 1:42:57 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

What is your church doing to help the male to stay true?


So, what is your take on it? do you think the Mormon leaders are wrong to say that Homosexuality is wrong or do you think they are right.


41 posted on 07/03/2012 7:39:54 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ronnie raygun

Hate Mormons because they preach against the abomination of homosexuality, sounds like a nice group of Obama supporters, yeah right.


42 posted on 07/03/2012 8:22:56 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: muawiyah

I think of that every time I see Bob Barr’s face in the news, albeit very rarely now. Barr went to work for the ACLU when he was ‘unelected’ down in Georgia.


43 posted on 07/03/2012 8:29:40 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: ravenwolf
do you think the Mormon leaders are wrong to say that Homosexuality is wrong or do you think they are right.

SAY??


What they DO is MUCH more telling!!!


http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52486958-78/mayne-gay-lds-ward.html.csp


I'm a MORMON ...
 
 
 

http://www.affirmation.org/

44 posted on 07/03/2012 8:40:42 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Elsie

The Rules

  1. Learn and obey all missionary rules.
  2. Keep your thoughts, words, and actions in harmony with the gospel message.
  3. Read only books, magazines, and other material authorized by the Church.
  4. Don't debate or argue.
  5. Center your mind on your mission.
  6. Dress conservatively. Elders: white shirts, conservative ties, and business suits. Sisters: conservative colors and skirts that cover your knees. No floor-length skirts or dresses.
  7. Cut your hair regularly.
  8. Keep your hair clean and neatly combed at all times in the approved style.
  9. Be neat and clean.
  10. Bathe frequently.
  11. Use deodorant.
  12. Polish your shoes.
  13. Iron your shirt and business suit.
  14. Arise at 6:30 A.M.
  15. Study for 2 hours every morning.
  16. Proselytize for 10 hours between 9:30 A.M. and 9:30 P.M.
  17. Turn off your lights at 10:30 P.M.
  18. Exercise regularly.
  19. Write in your journal regularly.
  20. Follow the "Missionary Gospel Study Program" (31157) for your personal study.
  21. Regularly study the Missionary Guide and the Discussions.
  22. Attend Sunday priesthood or Relief Society meetings, Sunday School, and sacrament meeting.
  23. Attend the general session of Stake Conference.
  24. Attend general conference broadcasts if available.
  25. Avoid all other church meetings unless you have a special assignment or are brining an investigator.
  26. Proselytize as much as possible on weekends and holidays because this is when you'll find people home.
  27. End your preparation day at 6:00 P.M. and proselytize from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
  28. Wear your missionary uniform in public on preparation day while not engaged in recreational activities.
  29. Arise at 6:30 on preparation day and study for 2 hours from the approved books.
  30. Take care of your physical preparation for the week on preparation day: wash your clothes, clean your apartment, wash your car, get your haircut, and shop for groceries.
  31. Write to your parents every week on preparation day.
  32. Write less frequently to your siblings, friends, and acquaintances.
  33. Don't communicate with any friends or acquaintances that are within or close to your mission boundaries, except as a part of official mission business.
  34. Plan safe, wholesome, and uplifting activities for preparation day.
  35. Stay with your companion during all activities.
  36. Do not go on road trips.
  37. Do not leave your assigned area without permission
  38. Do not watch television.
  39. Do not view unauthorized videocassettes.
  40. Do not listen to the radio.
  41. Do not listen to unauthorized audiocassettes or CD’s.
  42. Do not participate in musical groups.
  43. Do not participate in athletic teams.
  44. Do not sponsor athletic teams.
  45. Do not engage in contact sports.
  46. Do not engage in water sports.
  47. Do not engage in winter sports.
  48. Do not engage in motorcycling.
  49. Do not engage in horseback riding.
  50. Do not engage in mountain climbing.
  51. Do not embark on a private boat.
  52. Do not embark in a private airplane.
  53. Do not handle firearms.
  54. Do not handle explosives.
  55. Do not swim.
  56. Do not play full court basketball.
  57. Do not play basketball in leagues.
  58. Do not play basketball in tournaments.
  59. You may play half-court basketball.
  60. Never be alone.
  61. Seek advice from your mission president if your companion is "having difficulties".
  62. Be loyal to your companion.
  63. Ask your mission president for help if your companion doesn’t obey the rules.
  64. Pray with your companion every day.
  65. Study with your companion every day.
  66. Plan your work with your companion every day.
  67. Take time at least once a week for companionship inventory.
  68. Seek to be one in spirit and purpose and help each other succeed.
  69. Always address your companion as Elder or Sister.
  70. Sleep in the same bedroom as your companion.
  71. Do not sleep in the same bed as your companion.
  72. Do not arise before your companion.
  73. Do not retire after your companion. (apparently, being together is more important than getting the correct amount of sleep that your unique body requires.)
  74. Frequently study with your companion the Missionary Guide section on companions.
  75. Never be alone with anyone of the opposite sex.
  76. Never associate inappropriately with anyone of the opposite sex (conversely, they don't mention whether or not it is against the rules to associate inappropriately with anyone of the same sex).
  77. Do not flirt.
  78. Do not date.
  79. Do not communicate via phone or letter with anyone of the opposite sex living within or near mission boundaries.
  80. Do not visit a single or divorced person of the opposite sex unless accompanied by a couple or another adult member of your sex.
  81. Try to teach single investigators in a member’s home or have missionaries of the same sex teach them.
  82. Always follow the above rules, even if the situation seems harmless.
  83. Use the commitment pattern to get referrals from members.
  84. Keep your dinner visits with member briefs and during the customary dinner hour in the area.
  85. Remember to say thank you to those who feed you.
  86. Visit members and nonmembers only at appropriate times.
  87. Do not counsel or give medical treatment.
  88. Do not stay in the homes of people when they are on vacation.
  89. Only write letters to family members and friends at home.
  90. Do not telephone parents
  91. Do not telephone relatives.
  92. Do not telephone friends.
  93. Do not telephone girlfriends.
  94. Contact your mission president in case of an emergency.
  95. Take problems and questions to your mission president.
  96. Do not write to the President of the Church or to other General Authorities. Letters from missionaries to General Authorities are referred back to the mission president
  97. Respect the customs, traditions, and property of the people who you are trying to convert.
  98. Obey all mission rules.
  99. Obey the laws of the land.
  100. Do not get involved in politics.
  101. Do not get involved in commercial activities.
  102. Do not give any information about the area.
  103. Respect the customs and cultures of those who you are trying to convert to your own customs and culture.
  104. Respect the beliefs, practices, and sites of other religions.
  105. Do not say or write anything bad about the political and cultural circumstances where you serve.
  106. Do not become involved in adoption proceedings.
  107. Do not suggest or encourage emigration. (This rule is a bit ironic, given the now-defunct doctrine of gathering the believers to Zion)
  108. Be courteous.
  109. Provide community service.
  110. Do not provide community service that isn’t approved by your mission president.
  111. Do not provide more than 4 hours a week of community service.
  112. Do not provide community service during the evening, weekend or holidays—those are peek proselytizing times.
  113. Your mission president must approve your housing.
  114. Keep your housing unit clean.
  115. Do not live with single or divorced people of the opposite sex.
  116. Do not live where the spouse is frequently absent.
  117. Your living unit must have a private bath and entrance.
  118. You may occasionally fast for a special reason, but generally the monthly fast is sufficient.
  119. Do not fast longer than 24 hours at a time.
  120. Do not ask friends, relatives, and members to join in special fasts for investigators.
  121. Maintain your health.
  122. Eat a healthy diet.
  123. Sleep from 10:30 to 6:30.
  124. Follow the approved exercise program.
  125. Keep your body, clothes, dishes, linens, towels and housing unit clean.
  126. Dispose of your garbage properly and promptly.
  127. Follow the safety rules for all of your stuff.
  128. Seek medical care if you are in an accident or become sick.
  129. Be immunized.
  130. Spend your money only on things relating to your mission.
  131. Budget your money carefully.
  132. Keep a record of what you spend.
  133. Do not spend more than your companion.
  134. Do not loan money.
  135. Do not borrow money.
  136. Keep a reserve fund of $50 to $100 at all times for transfers.
  137. Pay your bills before leaving an area.
  138. Pay cash for all resale literature and supplies ordered from the mission office.
  139. Do not waste money on souvenirs.
  140. Do not waste money on unnecessary items.
  141. Be a frugal photographer.
  142. Do not accumulate excess baggage.
  143. Obey custom laws and regulations.
  144. Pay fast offerings each fast Sunday to the bishop or branch president where you serve.
  145. Pay tithing on outside sources of income (i.e. interest) to your home bishop or branch president.
  146. Evaluate your funds a few months before the end of your mission. If you have more than you need, ask that less be sent so that you can return home without excess money.
  147. Do not drive without a license.
  148. Drive only Church-owned vehicles.
  149. Do not drive members’ cars.
  150. Do not drive nonmembers’ cars.
  151. Do not give rides to members or investigators in Church-owned cars.
  152. Use cars only on approved mission business.
  153. Use cars only within the assigned geographical area.
  154. Be conscious of safety at all times.
  155. Drive defensively.
  156. Wear your seat belt.
  157. Pray for the Lord’s protection while driving.
  158. If your companion is driving, assist him or her.
  159. Do not tamper with the vehicle’s odometer.
  160. Know bicycle safety rules.
  161. Use extreme caution on your bicycle.
  162. Do not ride your bicycle after dark.
  163. Do not ride your bicycle in heavy traffic.
  164. Do not ride your bicycle in adverse weather conditions.
  165. Go directly to your new area when transferred.
  166. Find your new companion without delay when transferred.
  167. Have a maximum of two suitcases and a briefcase.

45 posted on 07/03/2012 8:43:02 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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