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[LDS] Group calls on Santorum to disavow pastor over Mormon comments
KSL.com ^ | March 14th, 2012 @ 10:50am | KSL.com

Posted on 03/14/2012 2:51:59 PM PDT by T Minus Four

SALT LAKE CITY -- An LDS-oriented group is calling on GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum to disavow a pastor who made anti-Mormon comments earlier this week.

In a news release, MormonVoices, which is associated with the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, called for Santorum to "condemn the anti-Mormon comments made by his supporter, an honorary Florida chairman, the Rev. O'Neal Dozier" of the Worldwide Christian Center.

On Monday Dozier said "the Mormon religion is prejudiced against blacks, Jews and native Americans." He called Mormonism a "racist" religion and called on Romney to renounce it.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did not issue a response to Dozier but earlier has said "people of all races have always been welcomed and baptized into the church since its beginning" and "the church unequivocally condemns racism, including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the church."

Scott Gordon, managing director of MormonVoices, not associated with the church, said, "Dozier's comments represent a form of religious bigotry that should not be tolerated by any serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States. His comments are either ignorant or are willful misrepresentations for personal or political purposes."


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To: reaganaut

It sure is true! I know this first hand. There was open racism with Mormons and non-mormons when I grew up. I used to laugh it off and think the mormon kids were all brats. We would have Mormons (white folk) versus the Catholics (mostly Mexicans and anyone who was Christian) games(softball, kickball, etc.). I guess it was better than what my Dad had to put up with - which was total segregation from them. In our local historical museum they now call it white and non-white segregation but we knew it was mormon and non-mormon segregation.


51 posted on 03/14/2012 5:01:42 PM PDT by Right Ahead
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To: Cicero
Mormons are nice people...but they are victims of a cult.

Romney is both victim and leader!

He must be stopped.

52 posted on 03/14/2012 5:03:46 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: NKP_Vet

Seventh Day Adventist, maybe? IIRC part of their baptism is the requirement or statement you accept Ellen G. White as a prophet.


53 posted on 03/14/2012 5:30:38 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Eva; T Minus Four

They have allowed duplicate posts on other occasions. No big deal and could you provide a link, because I didn’t see the other thread.


54 posted on 03/14/2012 5:33:10 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: BlueMoose; T Minus Four

We’ve been giving it. How about you on either of your Freeper accounts?


55 posted on 03/14/2012 5:37:28 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: BlueMoose; T Minus Four; Elsie

So God just changed his mind in 1978? How unGodlike.


56 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:04 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: bert; Graybeard58

What does being a Baptist have to do with anything (I’m not Baptist btw)??!

The truth is the truth, Santorum’s Catholic faith, and other Christian churches recognize that Mormonism is a cult.


57 posted on 03/14/2012 5:42:44 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: BlueMoose; T Minus Four

How about some commentary rather thank just links to Mormon excuses??

Do you EVER speak for yourself? Or do you let your church do your thinking for you?


58 posted on 03/14/2012 5:44:05 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: BlueMoose

Spreading more Mormon lies and excuses? C’mon you can do better than that.


59 posted on 03/14/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: RoosterRedux

I have posted before on the anthropological, sociological, and theological definitions of a cult and Mormonism fits all 3.

Short version...

Anthropological - its a religion
Sociological - its a ‘high demand group’
Theological - its doctrines are outside traditional Christian theology.

Your definition is close to the sociological one and very accurate. And, yes, I know that already. I learned the hard way.


60 posted on 03/14/2012 6:18:30 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: T Minus Four
[LDS] Group calls on Santorum to disavow pastor over Mormon comments

Hypocritical JERKS!!





Questions put to Joseph Smith: "'Do you believe the Bible?' [Smith:]'If we do, we are the only people under heaven that does, for there are none of the religious sects of the day that do'. When asked 'Will everybody be damned, but Mormons'? [Smith replied] 'Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent, and work righteousness." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 119).
Joseph Smith: "for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible" (from Pearl of Great Price 1:12). "What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally with a hope of salvation? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the devil, by which he deceives the whole world" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.270).
 
 
 
Brigham Young stated this repeatedly: "When the light came to me I saw that all the so-called Christian world was grovelling in darkness" (Journal of Discourses 5:73); "The Christian world, so-called, are heathens as to the knowledge of the salvation of God" (Journal of Discourses 8:171); "With a regard to true theology, a more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called Christian world" (Journal of Discourses 8:199); "And who is there that acknowledges [God's] hand? ...You may wander east, west, north, and south, and you cannot find it in any church or government on the earth, except the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (Journal of Discourses , vol. 6, p.24); "Should you ask why we differ from other Christians, as they are called, it is simply because they are not Christians as the New Testament defines Christianity" (Journal of Discourses 10:230).
 
 
 
Orson Pratt proclaimed: "Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon' whom the Lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness. Any person who shall be so corrupt as to receive a holy ordinance of the Gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent" (The Seer, p. 255).
 
 
 
Orson Pratt also said: "This great apostasy commenced about the close of the first century of the Christian era, and it has been waxing worse and worse from then until now" (Journal of Discourses
, vol.18, p.44) and: "But as there has been no Christian Church on the earth for a great many centuries past, until the present century, the people have lost sight of the pattern that God has given according to which the Christian Church should be established, and they have denominated a great variety of people Christian Churches, because they profess to be ...But there has been a long apostasy, during which the nations have been cursed with apostate churches in great abundance" (Journal of Discourses , 18:172).
 
 
President John Taylor stated: "Christianity...is a perfect pack of nonsense...the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century." (Journal of Discourses , vol. 6, p.167); "Where shall we look for the true order or authority of God? It cannot be found in any nation of Christendom." (Journal of Discourses , 10:127).
 
 
 
James Talmage said: "A self-suggesting interpretation of history indicates that there has been a great departure from the way of salvation as laid down by the Savior, a universal apostasy from the Church of Christ". (A Study of the Articles of Faith, p.182).
 
 
 
President Joseph Fielding Smith said: "Doctrines were corrupted, authority lost, and a false order of religion took the place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as it had been the case in former dispensations, and the people were left in spiritual darkness." (Doctrines of Salvation, p.266). "For hundreds of years the world was wrapped in a veil of spiritual darkness, until there was not one fundamental truth belonging to the place of salvation ...Joseph Smith declared that in the year 1820 the Lord revealed to him that all the 'Christian' churches were in error, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, p.282).
 
 
 
More recent statements by apostle Bruce McConkie are also very clear: "Apostasy was universal...And this darkness still prevails except among those who have come to a knowledge of the restored gospel" (Doctrines of Salvation, vol 3, p.265); "Thus the signs of the times include the prevailing apostate darkness in the sects of Christendom and in the religious world in general" (The Millennial Messiah, p.403); "a perverted Christianity holds sway among the so-called Christians of apostate Christendom" (Mormon Doctrine, p.132); "virtually all the millions of apostate Christendom have abased themselves before the mythical throne of a mythical Christ whom they vainly suppose to be a spirit essence who is incorporeal uncreated, immaterial and three-in-one with the Father and Holy Spirit" (Mormon Doctrine, p.269); "Gnosticism is one of the great pagan philosophies which antedated Christ and the Christian Era and which was later commingled with pure Christianity to form the apostate religion that has prevailed in the world since the early days of that era." (Mormon Doctrine, p.316).
 
 
 
President George Q. Cannon said: "After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, there were only two churches upon the earth. They were known respectively as the Church of the Lamb of God and Babylon. The various organizations which are called churches throughout Christendom, though differing in their creeds and organizations, have one common origin. They all belong to Babylon" (Gospel Truth, p.324).
 
 
President Wilford Woodruff stated: "the Gospel of modern Christendom shuts up the Lord, and stops all communication with Him. I want nothing to do with such a Gospel, I would rather prefer the Gospel of the dark ages, so called" (Journal of Discourses , vol. 2, p.196).

61 posted on 03/14/2012 6:21:04 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Paperdoll; Psalm 144

I have a friend whose son is just leaving for his LDS mission. Him and several of his high school friends have been ‘called’ to Mexico rather than the US. Out of 8 or 9 that either are on their mission or just getting ready to go, only 1 got called to the US. His cousin just returned from Central America. That is where their growth is, countries with high illiteracy, high Catholic population, and limited access to the internet. Gee...I wonder why?


62 posted on 03/14/2012 6:21:46 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: svcw
...right after SLC lds apologizes to Catholics and Protestants...

"Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon'

63 posted on 03/14/2012 6:23:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: svcw
...and that black people are cursed and not human.




"You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.

The first man that committed the odious crime of killing one of his brethren will be cursed the longest of any one of the children of Adam. Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings.

This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race--that they should be the 'servant of servants', and they will be, until that curse is removed."

Brigham Young-President and second 'Prophet' of the Mormon Church, 1844-1877- Extract from Journal of Discourses.



Here are two examples from their 'other testament', the Book of Mormon.

2 Nephi 5: 21 'And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.'

Alma 3: 6 'And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.'



August 27, 1954 in an address at Brigham Young University (BYU), Mormon Elder, Mark E Peterson, in speaking to a convention of teachers of religion at the college level, said:

"The discussion on civil rights, especially over the last 20 years, has drawn some very sharp lines. It has blinded the thinking of some of our own people, I believe. They have allowed their political affiliations to color their thinking to some extent.I think I have read enough to give you an idea of what the Negro is after."

"He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a cafe where white people eat. He isn't just trying to ride on the same streetcar or the same Pullman car with white people. It isn't that he just desires to go to the same theater as the white people. From this, and other interviews I have read, it appears that the Negro seeks absorption with the white race. He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage."

"That is his objective and we must face it. We must not allow our feelings to carry us away, nor must we feel so sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have. Remember the little statement that we used to say about sin, 'First we pity, then endure, then embrace'...."

(Rosa Parks would have probably told Petersen under which wheel of the bus he should go sit.)



1967, (then) Mormon President Ezra Taft Benson said,

"The Communist program for revolution in America has been in progress for many years and is far advanced. First of all, we must not place the blame upon Negroes. They are merely the unfortunate group that has been selected by professional Communist agitators to be used as the primary source of cannon fodder."



We are told that on June 8, 1978, it was 'revealed' to the then president, Spencer Kimball, that people of color could now gain entry into the priesthood.

According to the church, Kimball spent many long hours petitioning God, begging him to give worthy black people the priesthood. God finally relented.



Sometime before the 'revelation' came to chief 'Prophet' Spencer Kimball in June 1978, General Authority, Bruce R McConkie had said:

"The Blacks are denied the Priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty.

The Negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain blessings are concerned, particularly the priesthood and the temple blessings that flow there from, but this inequality is not of man's origin, it is the Lord's doings."

(Mormon Doctrine, pp. 526-527).



When Mormon 'Apostle' Mark E Petersen spoke on 'Race Problems- As they affect the Church' at the BYU campus in 1954, the following was also said:

"...if the negro accepts the gospel with real, sincere faith, and is really converted, to give him the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there as a servant, but he will get celestial glory."



When Mormon 'Prophet' and second President of the Church, Brigham Young, spoke in 1863 the following was also said:

"Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so."

(Journal of Discourses, Vo. 10, p. 110)





Yeah; Native Americans are althroughout the Book of MORMON; too.

 

“I saw a striking contrast in the progress of the Indian people today ... they are fast becoming a white and delightsome people.... For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised.... The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.

At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl-sixteen-sitting between the dark father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents—on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather.... These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness.

One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated.

 

(Improvement Era, December 1960, pp.922-23). (p. 209)

 



 

64 posted on 03/14/2012 6:24:36 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Right Ahead

Did you grow up in Utah?


65 posted on 03/14/2012 6:24:42 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Hodar

Yeah...

It’s SIMPLE, alright.


66 posted on 03/14/2012 6:26:08 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Hodar
A majority of these are Conservatives. So, do you want ~4-5 Million voters, or do you want to alienate them?

What they gonna do; vote DEMOCRAT??

I think not!

They are 'alienated' now and just THRIVE on it!

67 posted on 03/14/2012 6:27:35 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Graybeard58
The Preacher is correct, Mormonism is a cult, even my church recognizes it as such. As well as anyone with half a brain.
68 posted on 03/14/2012 6:28:46 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Hodar
Because I have no idea what Romney actually believes.

Do you know what MORMONism really believes?

69 posted on 03/14/2012 6:30:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: SZonian
F.A.I.R. is a mormon apologist “group” that defines any disagreement with mormon doctrine or theology as “hate”.

Then there is a LOT of FR 'mormons' who belong to that group; for they tend to spout the same mantra.

70 posted on 03/14/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: reaganaut
Cult is a hot button word.

So are SLUT and PROSTITUTE.

It hurts when you IS one or the other.

71 posted on 03/14/2012 6:34:26 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: reaganaut
Cult is a hot button word.

BOO

HOO

hooo...



Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the 'whore of Babylon'

72 posted on 03/14/2012 6:35:46 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: NKP_Vet
They think some shyster named Joe Smith sits at the right hand of God and Jesus and Satan are brothers.

 

"He (Joseph Smith) is the man through whom God has spoken... yet I would not like to call him a savior, though in a certain capacity he was a god to us, and is to the nations of the earth, and will continue to be."
 - Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 8:321
 
 
"You call us fools; but the day will be, gentlemen and ladies, whether you belong to this Church or not, when you will prize brother Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Living God, and look upon him as a god..."
- Herber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 5:88
 
 
"If we get our salvation, we shall have to pass by him [Joseph Smith]; if we enter our glory, it will be through the authority he has received. We cannot get around him [Joseph Smith]"
- (as quoted in 1988 Melchizedek Priesthood Study Guide, p. 142)
 
 
There is "no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith. If Joseph Smith was verily a prophet, and if he told the truth...no man can reject that testimony without incurring the most dreadful consequences, for he cannot enter the kingdom of God"
- Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, p.190
 
 
"I tell you, Joseph holds the keys, and none of us can get into the celestial kingdom without passing by him. We have not got rid of him, but he stands there as the sentinel, holding the keys of the kingdom of God; and there are many of them beside him. I tell you, if we get past those who have mingled with us, and know us best, and have a right to know us best, probably we can pass all other sentinels as far as it is necessary, or as far as we may desire. But I tell you, the pinch will be with those that have mingled with us, stood next to us, weighed our spirits, tried us, and proven us: there will be a pinch, in my view, to get past them. The others, perhaps, will say, If brother Joseph is satisfied with you, you may pass. If it is all right with him, it is all right with me. Then if Joseph shall say to a man, or if brother Brigham say to a man, I forgive you your sins, "Whosoever sins ye remit they are remitted unto them;" if you who have suffered and felt the weight of transgression—if you have generosity enough to forgive the sinner, I will forgive him: you cannot have more generosity than I have. I have given you power to forgive sins, and when the Lord gives a gift, he does not take it back again."
 - Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p.154-155
 
 
 
"It is because the Lord called Joseph Smith that salvation is again available to mortal men.... If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation,"
 - Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 396, 670
 


They succeeded in killing Joseph, but he had finished his work.
He was a servant of God, and gave us the Book of Mormon.
He said the Bible was right in the main, but, through the translators and others, many precious portions were suppressed, and several other portions were wrongly translated; and now his testimony is in force, for he has sealed it with his blood.
As I have frequently told them, no man in this dispensation will enter the courts of heaven, without the approbation of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jun.
Who has made this so?
Have I?
Have this people?
Have the world?
No; but the Lord Jehovah has decreed it.
If I ever pass into the heavenly courts, it will be by the consent of the Prophet Joseph.
If you ever pass through the gates into the Holy City, you will do so upon his certificate that you are worthy to pass.
Can you pass without his inspection?
No; neither can any person in this dispensation, which is the dispensation of the fulness of times.
In this generation, and in all the generations that are to come, everyone will have to undergo the scrutiny of this Prophet.
They say that they killed Joseph, and they will yet come with their hats under their arms and bend to him; but what good will it do them, unless they repent?
They can come in a certain way and find favor, but will they?
 Brigham Young,

--JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES, vol. 8, p. 224

73 posted on 03/14/2012 6:37:08 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: BlueMoose
At some point the Church stopped ordaining male members of African descent, although there were a few exceptions. It is not known precisely why, how or when this restriction began in the Church, but it has ended.

Hey Salt Lake!!

AFRICA is a mighty big place.

Do you REALLY mean to say BLACK???

There's an awful lot of "I DON'T KNOW" in SLC leadership.


"I Don't Know..."
 
In case you don't recognize the title of this post, it is part of President Hinckley's answer to a reporter's question that appeared in the August 4 1997 issue of Time magazine. The reporter referenced the King Follett discourse. The answer supplied and the manner in which it was delivered caused the reporter to draw some false conclusions about a very important doctrine.

In that discourse, the prophet Joseph Smith said, "If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man." (See also D&C 130:22)

The article referred to Lorenzo Snow's couplet, "As man is now, God once was; as God now is, man may become." The reporter said, "God the Father was once a man as we are. This is something that Christian writers are always addressing." President Hinckley was then asked, "Is this the teaching of the church today, that God the Father was once a man like we are?"

The bothersome reply

"I don't know that we teach it. I don't know that we emphasize it. I haven't heard it discussed for a long time in public discourse. I don't know. I don't know all the circumstances under which that statement was made. I understand the philosophical background behind it, but I don't know a lot about it, and I don't think others know a lot about it."

The reporter wrote, "On whether his church still holds that God the Father was once a man, he sounded uncertain." That's an unfortunate conclusion. Of course I wasn't at the interview and neither were you but I'll bet the reporter mistook careful thoughtfulness for uncertainty. This doctrine is indeed deep territory and not something that is taught outside the LDS Church.



An earlier and similar interview

The San Francisco Chronicle, published an interview with President Hinckley in April of 1997. The reporter asked, "There are some significant differences in your beliefs. For instance, don't Mormon's believe that God was once a man?" President Hinckley responded, "I wouldn't say that. There is a little couplet coined, 'As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become.'"

He then said, "Now that's more of a couplet than anything else. That gets into some pretty deep theology that we don't know very much about." The reporter pounced on this. "So you're saying that the church is still struggling to understand this? " President Hinckley responded, "Well, as God is, man may become. We believe in eternal progression. Very strongly."

President Hinckley's response

President Hinckley said in October 1997 General Conference: "I personally have been much quoted, and in a few instances misquoted and misunderstood. I think that's to be expected. None of you need worry because you read something that was incompletely reported. You need not worry that I do not understand some matters of doctrine.

"I think I understand them thoroughly, and it is unfortunate that the reporting may not make this clear. I hope you will never look to the public press as the authority on the doctrines of the Church." And there lies the whole point of my post today. Some members did indeed become a little concerned by the exchanges they read in the press reports of those interviews.

Does the Church still teach this?

I know this is old news but it still bothers some people when they discover the anti-Mormon attacks floating around on the Internet. President Hinckley was right. We really don't know much about how our Heavenly Father became a God. The idea that he passed through a mortal probationary state like you and me is certainly not documented in any scripture of which I know.

However, it is still taught. In the Gospel Principles manual in the chapter on exaltation we read, "Joseph Smith taught: "It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God. . . . He was once a man like us; . . . God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-46)."

Summary and conclusion

I don't know why this should bother anyone. The doctrine is true. Joseph Smith knew a whole lot more about this than I do. President Hinckley also knew a whole lot more about this doctrine than he was willing to share with reporters who did not have the background to understand it. It must have been difficult for President Hinckley to hold back and not teach it in those interviews.

It didn't bother me when I read the interviews back in 1997 and it doesn't bother me today. However, I know it does bother some people. We each have trials of our faith. I have never depended on an intellectual understanding of the gospel in order to accept it and live it. There are some things that just can't be fully comprehended without the temple, prayer and faith.



There are some things that just can't be fully comprehended without the temple, prayer and faith.

74 posted on 03/14/2012 6:41:32 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: BlueMoose
[LDS] Group calls on Santorum to disavow pastor over Mormon comments

And ELSIE has called on FR MORMONs to disavow the comments made by LDS leaders about CHRISTIANS; too.

Can anyone think of a time when it has happened?

Hey!

Why not use THIS thread to do so!!

75 posted on 03/14/2012 6:44:22 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: bert
So what? What business is it of yours? Are you a Baptist?

We should listen to this very smart Jew:



76 posted on 03/14/2012 6:46:09 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Graybeard58
Santorum's religion does indeed recognize mormonism as a cult.

Just like the BAPTISTs!

77 posted on 03/14/2012 6:47:22 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: RoosterRedux
He himself is a victim...but he is also a willing worker and a carrier.


78 posted on 03/14/2012 6:49:33 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: RoosterRedux

I would agree most mormons are victims, Romney is not.


79 posted on 03/14/2012 6:56:39 PM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: reaganaut
Thank God, He got me out before I REALLY did something stupid (like get married in the Temple).

Well, think of it this way: a temple marriage wouldn't have had any more effect on your immortal soul than leaving cookies and milk for Santa. You got out, that's the main thing!

80 posted on 03/14/2012 7:07:42 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: Elsie; BlueMoose

Yeah! There would be some commentary.


81 posted on 03/14/2012 7:11:29 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: Eva

Well for heaven’s sake if it’s bothering you so much, cry to the mods.


82 posted on 03/14/2012 7:21:37 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: T Minus Four

Its no that, its that a Temple Marriage (and kids) would have made it harder to leave.


83 posted on 03/14/2012 7:24:01 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut
God bless you! I know you are on the Brave team!

This is something I also know a wee bit about.

Keep it up!

84 posted on 03/14/2012 7:25:36 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: reaganaut

Yeah, I could see that. Gee, it’s almost like they.....naw....


85 posted on 03/14/2012 7:27:49 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: reaganaut

Yeah, I could see that. Gee, it’s almost like they.....naw....


86 posted on 03/14/2012 7:28:01 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: reaganaut

Yeah, I could see that. Gee, it’s almost like they.....naw....


87 posted on 03/14/2012 7:28:21 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: RoosterRedux

Thanks, brother!


88 posted on 03/14/2012 7:29:45 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Paperdoll

Yes, I was offended yesterday when it was posted and someone sent me an email calling it to my attention.

This is an unnecessary waste of bandwidth.


89 posted on 03/14/2012 7:30:23 PM PDT by Eva
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To: T Minus Four

Worth posting 3 times, lol.


90 posted on 03/14/2012 7:30:38 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut
I know you know!

You are an insider and I am a mere academic.

But a cult is still a cult!

Your bravery will save many, many lives...my voice will simply point to you.

That is enough for me!

91 posted on 03/14/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: Eva; Paperdoll; T Minus Four; Elsie

A) Why were you offended? What in this offends you?

and

B) So, a thread should be pulled just because you are offended? Ohhh puhhleeezzze!


92 posted on 03/14/2012 7:37:10 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Eva

Maybe you should avoid the threads with titles that are offensive to you. Just a suggestion.


93 posted on 03/14/2012 7:41:36 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: svcw
I am an old long time lurker...are you the Freeper that used to be known as Specters Wife?

I agree that Romney is more than a victim...but he is also a vic!

A very old Vic!

94 posted on 03/14/2012 7:44:01 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: RoosterRedux

It is Christ who deserves all the glory - for any perceived bravery, for Saving me out of that cult, for every breath I take. I just pray that He uses me to reach others and if not me then some other believer. It is all God.

I used to lament my time in Mormonism, but now I see God used my pride and stubbornness when I was still an unbeliever and used my time in Mormonism to prepare me to minister to others. I am constantly in awe of His Grace.


95 posted on 03/14/2012 7:44:49 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut
You are eternally correct, of course. And we all live in that Glory!!!

God bless you, brother.

I have spent time in sin...and look forward to spending my eternity with the likes of you!!!

96 posted on 03/14/2012 7:49:46 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: RoosterRedux

No, I am just svcw.


97 posted on 03/14/2012 7:58:12 PM PDT by svcw (CLEAN WATER & Education http://www.longlostsis.com/PI/MayanHelp2012.html)
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To: svcw

Thx for the correction!


98 posted on 03/14/2012 8:01:44 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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To: reaganaut

I grew up in a smaller city southeast of Phoenix. Sadly, years later I’ve heard of so much abuse that many of my friends endured because of the secret society the LDS church is. Physical(and sexual)abuse was common but was never officially reported. Even if it was our town’s PD were all mormon, mayor, city council, and school board were all mormon so they took care of matters between themselves.

Things have changed with the growth that the Phoenix area has had. My town isn’t “totally” controlled by the mormocks any longer. However, they have a very strong influence and my guess is that they still protect their own - even if criminal activity has taken place. Sad.

Just my luck, they are building a temple (aka. lets worship the dead center) a mile away from my store. NEATO!!!


99 posted on 03/14/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT by Right Ahead
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To: Right Ahead
This is the place to tell your stories...and those of your friends!

The world is listening and watching!

Keep it up and stay in touch!

100 posted on 03/14/2012 8:10:03 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Romney: "I can haz cheezy grits, Y'all?")
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