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  • Preparing to serve — students take missionary class at BYU [Yr later: BYU prof tossed under bus]

    03/12/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Lds Church News ^ | March 12, 2011 | Monica Harker
    BYU students have many options when they choose classes to fulfill 14 required religion credits. Options range from classes that study world religions to Church history, temples, living prophets, and even missionary preparation. Missionary preparation is a two-credit class, in which students learn skills that will help them if they decide to serve a full-time mission, as well as be a member missionary for the rest of their lives. "Our program is a support to the training that the Missionary Training Center gives," said Brent L. Top, chair of the Church History and Doctrine Department at BYU. "The Missionary Training...
  • Broward pastor blasts Mitt Romney, Mormon religion

    03/12/2012 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | March 12, 2012 | Anthony Man
    ...Rev. O'Neal Dozier...sharply criticized the Mormon religion... SNIP ...if Romney's the nominee, "I could not find it in my heart to vote for him. And I certainly would not vote for [President Barack] Obama. There are many people out there who feel the way I feel." SNIP He quoted repeatedly from the Book of Mormon and from writings of the prophet Brigham Young to back up his assertions that the church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, is racist. He said the writings accuse "God of cursing African people and causing them to have...
  • Pro-Rick Santorum pastor slams Mitt Romney’s religion

    03/12/2012 10:28:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 106 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 11, 2012
    Reverend O’Neal Dozier, an African American Rick Santorum supporter from Florida, held a press conference Sunday calling upon Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to renounce his Mormon religion. Mr. Dozier’s request is regarding several racially motivated passages in the Book of Mormon, that have been called out by other African American leaders previously in the race. One verse in the Book of Mormon discusses the “cursing the black African people,” and Mr. Dozier also notes that their are prejudiced passages against Jews and Native Americans as well. “Romney’s nomination would cause the erroneous view that has long existed in the...
  • Mormonism and "That's Just His Opinion"

    03/10/2012 5:31:08 PM PST · by delacoert · 56 replies
    Spotlight Ministries ^ | Vincent McCann
    Often, when Mormons are presented with statements from their leaders that could cause some difficulty for them, many will respond by saying something like "Oh, that's just his opinion. Its not the official view of the Mormon Church." Often, when Mormons talk about official doctrines of the Church they usually mean the Standard Works: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrines and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. Although many Mormons do not view other LDS writings as official Scripture (for example, The Seer or The Journal of Discourses), it should be remembered that many of these writings consist of the...
  • The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles [Mormon]

    03/10/2012 10:25:58 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 60 replies
    The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles, As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made...
  • Can Mormons Trust Their Prophets?

    03/10/2012 8:35:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Coffee ^ | March 5, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    The topic of “Mormon folklore” seems to be a popular one right now, following on the heels of the racially offensive comments made by BYU Professor Randy Bott last week (see “Did the Mormon Church ever discriminate against black people?” on Mormon Coffee). As Mormons scramble to try to distance the LDS Church from its past, over and over they tell the world that the things taught by now-gone Mormon leaders regarding the priesthood ban–and about black people in a broader sense–amounts to nothing more than “folklore,” “speculation” and mere “opinion.” In an official statement the LDS Church said, “It...
  • Limiting “Mormonism” to “official” doctrine is counter-productive [Lds 'folk religion' relevant]

    03/10/2012 7:45:28 AM PST · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | March 8, 2012 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    There is an idea in LDS folk theology that if you knew how glorious the bottom two kingdoms of heaven were, you would want to commit suicide to get there. Mormons sometimes even claim that Joseph Smith taught this, but this has been debunked. This “folk” theology is VERY strong in the culture of Mormonism. After a lot of searching (back when I studied this issue), I was only able to find one solid reference supporting this. It was only by the “Patriarch to the Church” in 1964, arguably not that important or authoritative of a position in the modern...
  • “As man is God once was; as God is, man may become.” [Infamous couplet highlights Lds polytheism]

    03/10/2012 7:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mark Cares Weblog ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mark Cares
    This Sunday, in Gospel Doctrine Class, the study is on 2 Nephi 31-33. One of the summary statements in the heading of chapter 31 says, “Eternal life comes to those who kept the commandments after baptism.” Since I posted about eternal life just a couple of months ago (see the post for 1-13-12) and there showed that the Bible says eternal life is the present possession of believers through faith, I thought I would, in this post, explore what Mormonism says about eternal life. I’m going to do that with quotes from the last chapter of their basic manual, Gospel...
  • Romney’s faith adds an extra obstacle in South: Anti-Mormon views stronger in the region

    03/10/2012 6:19:12 AM PST · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 10, 2012 | Christopher Rowland
    JACKSON, Miss. - As one of 20,000 Mormons living in a state dominated by evangelical Christians, Van J. Bodin’s own life experience tells him what Mitt Romney is up against in the South. “People don’t understand us,’’ said Bodin... There are other strikes against Romney in the Deep South. He is a multimillionaire with strong Wall Street ties. He hails from Massachusetts, a liberal, Yankee state. His conservative credentials have gaps, given his change from supporting abortion rights to opposing them and his universal health care plan in Massachusetts. But his Mormon faith also exerts a drag on his candidacy...
  • Faith, truth and priesthood restriction (Mormon racism)

    03/09/2012 11:06:19 AM PST · by colorcountry
    Deseret News ^ | Friday, March 9 2012 | Keith Hamilton
    The current furor among Latter-day Saints and others set off by comments attributed to BYU professor Randy Bott exemplifies the combustibility of thought and emotions when the topics of race and religion are combined. Bott's comments in a recent Washington Post article incited considerable reaction from bloggers and historians interested in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' prior restrictions with regard to members of African descent, and even triggered official statements from the church.
  • Curse of Cain? Racism in the Mormon Church Part Three [Martin Luther King & Malcolm X 'Mormons?']

    03/09/2012 5:36:50 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Utah Lighthouse Ministry ^ | 2004 | Jerald and Sandra Tanner
    Twentieth Century Attitudes While Elijah Abel, along with at least one other black, had been ordained to the priesthood during Joseph Smith's life, Brigham Young took a different stand. He instituted a very strict rule that no blacks were to be ordained or given temple ordinances. Elijah Abel outlived Brigham Young and the validity of his ordination was repeatedly discussed by the brethren (see All Abraham's Children, p. 216). The rationalization for restricting blacks developed over a period of years. Scholar Armand Mauss observed: . . . by 1908, as president of the church, [Joseph F.] Smith was now claiming...
  • 'What good would it do to forfeit your convictions & not gain your political world?' [Vanity]

    03/08/2012 10:54:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Colofornian | March 8, 2012 | Colofornian
    What if a mini-Obama ran your homeowners' association... and Satan offered you an 'alternative' candidate???... A PARABLE ABOUT GOP & ITS VOTERS: Joe Republican was desperate! The most despotic Marxist-leaning socialist had been running the local homeowners' association for the past three years, and Joe was beside himself with the association presidential election coming up. Who would run against him? Suddenly, the devil himself appeared to Joe, offering a "solution": "I have a candidate in mind who could defeat your socialist nemesis," soothed Satan. "Oh," said Joe. "Do tell." "Well," said Satan "he's an experienced businessman who's done quite well...
  • Mitt Romney-The French Years

    03/08/2012 9:16:23 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 22 replies
    LeMonde/WorldCrunch ^ | Phillippe Bernard
    From 1966-1968, Romney spread 'the word of Jesus,' door-to-door from Bordeaux to Paris, as a Mormon missionary. It was a tumultuous period, both politically and personally for young Mitt. Indeed, some say his French tribulations are the source of his ambitions. It was a small country road winding through the Bordeaux region, a tight curve entering the small village of Bernos-Beaulac, just before the local post office. On June 16, 1968, this typically French scenery almost ended Mitt Romney’s would-be career – and young life – before it had even yet begun. A Mercedes was speeding in the opposite direction...
  • Who is Mitt Romney? [Ex-Lds author reveals why Mitt's wishy-washy culture waffles & flip-flops]

    03/08/2012 5:57:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 10, 2012 | Stephen Stone
    As the Republican establishment redoubles its efforts to anoint Mitt Romney the GOP presidential nominee (an outcome likely to ensure a second term for Barack Obama), the need to understand Mitt Romney increases. What makes Mitt the kind of person he is — ruthlessly opportunistic, dishonest, insincere, willing to say anything for advantage, lacking in conscience, preoccupied with appearance, etc., on the one hand, yet squeaky clean, family-oriented, disciplined, boring, and predictable, on the other? My new e-book, A Mormon Story, sheds light on the culture that produced Mitt Romney. The book reveals a value system that ultimately has no...
  • Racist principles were taught to older Mormons such as Professor Randy Bott [Admits Lds columnist]

    03/07/2012 2:37:47 PM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | March 1, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    There’s one big reason the usually popular BYU Professor Randy Bott stepped in it big time trying to explain the LDS Church’s longtime denial of priesthood and temple blessings to members of African descent by calling it a “blessing.” (Read, read, and read) Bott and others of that era in the LDS Church were taught these types of condescending “compassionate” racist principles when learning about the LDS Churches ban on blacks decades ago. Bott was born in 1945 and grew up in Northern Utah. In 1958, the Mutual Improvement Association listed “Choose Ye This Day,” a young adult novel, published...
  • Grizzly Bear Truth vs Teddy Bear Truth Trips Up Mormonism

    03/07/2012 3:46:51 AM PST · by AnTiw1
    Standard-Examiner ^ | March 06, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    My friend and co-worker, Cal Grondahl, says there’s “grizzly bear” truth and “teddy bear” truth in Mormon history. Whether it’s the Prophet Joseph Smith, polygamy, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Brigham Young, temple ceremonies, etc., one can either grab a teddy bear or a grizzly bear when wanting answers.
  • Past Mormon Beliefs Irk Romney Critics

    03/06/2012 8:22:05 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 5 replies
    The Lantern ^ | Monday, March 5, 2012 | Jaime Ortega-Simo
    Many critics question Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s religion and its views on African-Americans. While Mitt Romney, the leading contender for the Republican nomination for president, looks to lock up his nomination during the Super Tuesday Republican primary races, some members of the black community have concerns about Mormon literature that says "dark skinned people" are from "the seed of Cain." Yet Romney, who has said he is proud of his Mormon faith, said the doctrine in question has not been followed for years and was glad to see the change.
  • Mormon church's racial history continues to haunt Romney

    03/06/2012 5:44:27 AM PST · by Colofornian · 78 replies
    The Grio.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Edward Wyckoff Williams
    Mitt Romney, despite a seemingly lackluster appeal to the Republican base, is steadily marching toward the GOP nomination. A relatively private man, Romney has suffered for appearing awkward in public. But the businessman turned politician is learning to be transparent: he has finally released his tax returns, made attempts to clarify a myriad number of changed policy positions, and has even held his own in debates -- fine tuning well-rehearsed attacks on President Obama ahead of their likely general election fight. Yet there is one subject Romney has consistently avoided -- for good reason -- and that is the sordid...
  • Thinking Strategically about a Ban Disavowal [Mormon racism re: ban of blacks]

    03/06/2012 5:08:50 AM PST · by Colofornian · 52 replies
    By Common Consent ^ | March 2, 2012 | Kevin Barney
    I’m a director in a couple of Mormon world-related not for profits... ...Here we sit 32 years after the 1978 revelation and we have one of BYU’s most popular religion professors indoctrinating thousands of our youth every year in the old explanations. This is a potential disaster for the organization. We thought the old stuff would die a quiet death, but it hasn’t. We now live in a different world...our old strategy of waiting for time to heal the wound has been shown to be a failure. So now we’ve got to rethink things. SNIP This is tough on our...
  • Mormonism and authenticity [Mitt Romney]

    03/06/2012 4:41:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    The Economist.com ^ | March 5, 2012
    WALTER KIRN'S column in GQ on Mitt Romney and Mormonism is to my mind far and away the most interesting meditation on the subject this campaign season. Unlike most commentators, Mr Kirn, who was an observant Mormon for a few years after his family converted to Mormonism when he was a teen... SNIP ...Mr Santorum obviously does not hesitate to argue for his favoured policies on narrowly sectarian grounds. In contrast, America's present wariness of Mormonism, which is indeed analogous to mid-century wariness of Catholicism, requires that Mr Romney argue his case on grounds acceptable to a relatively wide range...
  • Is Mormonism Still Racist? Comments from a BYU professor stir up a troubling past

    03/03/2012 6:40:08 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | March 2, 2012 | Max Perry Mueller
    “God has always been discriminatory.” So says Randy Bott, a professor of religion at Brigham Young University... Why did the church withhold the priesthood from blacks for over a century? Among the reasons trotted out by church leaders—including church presidents...Black people are the cursed descendants of ancient Biblical figures; black people committed pre-mortal perfidy; black people lacked the intelligence and personal integrity... Such past beliefs have never officially been repudiated. And the failure of the church to repudiate them helped set the stage for the comments made by Bott, perhaps the most popular professor at BYU... The Mormon Church’s own...
  • Mormons, GOP didn’t always get along so well

    03/01/2012 1:55:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Thomas Burr
    ...The founders of the Republican Party saw Mormons as their enemies. And the first Mormon leaders didn’t have much nice to say about the GOP, either. You would never know it now — one recent poll showed three-quarters of Mormon faithful lean toward the GOP — but the two groups had an acrimonious start, fueled largely by the early Mormon practice of polygamy. As Mitt Romney presses his bid for the Republican nomination for president, many Americans don’t realize how his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP — and how its...
  • The Book of Mormon’s Critique of Other Churches

    03/01/2012 10:57:22 AM PST · by Colofornian · 73 replies · 9+ views
    Mark Cares ^ | March 1, 2012 | Mark Cares
    That is what is contained in the 2 Nephi 26-30, the section of the Book of Mormon that will be studied this Sunday in the LDS Church. This critique is set in the context of its supposed prophecy of Joseph Smith finding and translating the Book of Mormon. These chapters contain quite a few condemnations of Christian churches. One that is emphasized and the one that I will be focusing on is its condemnation of the position held today by millions of Christians that the Bible alone is God’s revealed Word. Following are a couple of quotes from these chapters...
  • Princess Diana baptised as a Mormon

    02/29/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 162 replies · 4+ views
    Monstersandcritics.com ^ | Feb. 29, 2012
    Britain's late Princess Diana has been posthumously baptised a Mormon. The royal - who was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997 - was 'baptised' by the church after her death, even though she didn't belong to the religion. Diana - former wife of heir to the throne Prince Charles - was listed by her maiden name, Diana Frances Spencer, with her address as the family seat of Althorp, Northamptonshire. Her file also includes her birth and death date, according to the Daily Mail newspaper. Other late stars to have been 'baptised' posthumously include Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe...
  • Racist Remarks by popular BYU Religion Professor Spark Controversy

    02/29/2012 2:23:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Racist apologetics by a popular Brigham Young University religion professor are sparking controversy, as election-year scrutiny sheds a revealing light on the persistence of racist belief among LDS Church members. On Tuesday, Randy Bott, a BYU professor of religion, told the Washington Post that the LDS Church’s historic prohibition on priesthood ordination for men of African descent was a “blessing” to blacks because they were not “ready” for priesthood authority. “God has always been discriminatory” when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott... Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the...
  • BYU Professor makes controversial statements about Blacks & LDS Church

    02/29/2012 11:51:22 AM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies · 4+ views
    ABC4.com ^ | Feb. 28, 2012 | Reported by Kimberly Nelson
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Comments made by a BYU Theology professor opening up old wounds about the LDS church’s policy on African Americans and priesthood. It was June 9th, 1978 when LDS President Spencer Kimball announced the church was opening its priesthood ranks to all worthy men. Some 30 years later the question why the church denied African Americans priesthood once again taking center stage because a Mormon is running for President. During an interview with The Washington Post BYU Professor Randy Bott’s explains the denial of priesthood to blacks as saving them from “the lowest rungs...
  • Could Marco Rubio's Mormon Childhood Keep Him Off GOP Ticket?

    02/29/2012 7:42:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 11+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Feb. 23, 2012 | Clara Morris
    A recent poll discovered that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a top pick for the GOP vice presidential candidate – regardless of who ends up winning the presidential nomination. But could his Mormon roots disturb his momentum and keep him off the ballot? Two of Rubio's cousins told BuzzFeed.com that the senator was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints when he was 11-years-old. This is something Rubio has never made mention of himself. Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, confirmed the cousins' report and told BuzzFeed.com that Rubio converted to Catholocism a few years after becoming Mormon...
  • Nelson Price: A close look at what Mormons believe

    02/29/2012 6:02:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Marietta Daily Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2012 | Nelson Price
    This column is in response to requests for insights into the difference between Mormonism and traditional Christianity. I have dear friends who are Mormons. They, like most Mormons, are gracious socially, exceptional family people, and in general good citizens. As such they personally are objects of my regard. Their faith, the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormonism, has been very much in the news as a result of a prominent member of their faith being a primary candidate for president. I would not deliberately misrepresent any person’s faith so I hope Mormons find the following to be...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio's Mormon Roots

    02/23/2012 8:52:35 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 62 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 23, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    In the compelling personal narrative that has helped propel Florida Senator Marco Rubio to national political stardom, one chapter has gone completely untold: Rubio spent his childhood as a faithful Mormon.Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his family at around the age of eight, and remained active in the faith for a number of years during his early youth, family members told BuzzFeed. Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed the story to BuzzFeed. Conant said Rubio returned to the Catholic church a few years later with his family, receiving his first communion on Christmas...
  • Anne Frank has been posthumously baptized (Mormon)

    02/21/2012 3:11:31 PM PST · by colorcountry · 61 replies
    Sandra Tanner's Facebook ^ | 2-12-20012 | Helen Radkey
    By HELEN RADKEY Tuesday, February 21, 2012 SALT LAKE CITY - Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, (June 12, 1929 – March 1945), one of the most renowned Jewish victims of the Holocaust, was posthumously baptized in a Mormon temple, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, under her full name, "Annelies Marie Frank." Mormons have submitted versions of Anne Frank's name at least a dozen times for proxy rites. She has been posthumously baptized in Mormon temples, at least nine times from 1989-1999, and now again in 2012. Anne Frank's latest baptism was performed in the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (LDS) Temple. Frank...
  • Romney’s Religion: The Most Scrutinized Doctrines of Mormonism

    02/20/2012 5:28:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 19, 2012 | Kelly O'Connell
    …if Mitt Romney truly is the presumptive GOP nominee, well then we must familiarize ourselves with the most frequently criticized elements of Mormonism. SNIP …according to NY state court records… …legal bills from separate charges filed against Joseph Smith…show, was arrested three times in the county between 1826 and 1830 for...Smith’s involvement in “glass looking,” or searching for treasure, and “being a disorderly person.” SNIP …describes LDS beliefs on the gods: …LDS Prophet Brigham Young taught: “How many Gods there are, I do not know…" …obedient Mormons can evolve into gods as McKeever describes... SNIP …Joseph Smith did not have...
  • Pastor Lists 'Mormon Cult Errors,' Says Those Who Love Jesus Won't Vote Mormon

    02/19/2012 9:57:32 PM PST · by Colofornian · 55 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | Christine Thomasos
    An evangelical pastor who says his ministry's goal is "uniting the USA in Christ," has created a list of "5 Mormon Cult Errors" that he believes can help Christians from being "deceived" by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He insists that those who "love Jesus" should not vote for a Mormon candidate, in this case, Mitt Romney. Pastor Steven Andrew, head of USA Christian Ministries and author of the 2011 book, Making of a Strong Christian Nation, online list of alleged cult-like practices includes: 1). Mormons deny God; 2). Mormons preach a different gospel; 3). Mormons hide...
  • The Great BYU Invitational [Book of Mormon dosage actually inoculates AGAINST Mormonism!]

    02/18/2012 11:09:56 AM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    What is it? A fight to the point of extinction! Hypothetically, imagine a war between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. Picture over 30,000 students on either side, plus their families of over a hundred thousand each. The goal? Kill every opponent from the most feeble adult to the smallest baby. Yes, that is far-out since these universities have nothing to do with such barbarianism. Yet, many people believe a similar story from the Book of Mormon, being the greatest war in the history of our hemisphere. The Jaredites split into warring factions as two armies fought to...
  • Controversy Arises Over LDS Practice of Baptisms for the Dead

    02/15/2012 8:49:06 PM PST · by AnTiw1 · 33 replies
    Fox13Now.com ^ | Moni Basu, CNN, and Fox 13 Web Staff
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for "a serious breach of protocol" in which the parents of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized as Mormons.
  • Elie Wiesel calls for Romney’s help to end Mormons’ proxy baptisms of Jews

    02/15/2012 6:11:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Jason Horowitz
    Nobel-laureate Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and a top official from the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should use his stature in the Mormon church to block its members from posthumously baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims. Their comments followed reports that Mormons had baptized the deceased parents of Wiesenthal, the late Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter. A spokeswoman for Romney said his campaign would not comment, directing all inquiries to church officials. Posthumous baptisms of non-Mormons are a regular practice of the Mormon religion. Church members believe the ritual creates the possibility for the deceased to...
  • Mormons apologize for posthumous baptism of parents of Jewish rights advocate Wiesenthal

    02/15/2012 6:03:57 AM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2012
    ...Mormon church leaders apologized to the family of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal after his parents were posthumously baptized, a controversial ritual that Mormons believe allows deceased people a way to the afterlife but offends members of many other religions. Wiesenthal died in 2005 after surviving the Nazi death camps and spending his life documenting Holocaust crimes and hunting down perpetrators who remained at large. Jews are particularly offended by an attempt to alter the religion of Holocaust victims, who were murdered because of their religion, and the baptism of Holocaust survivors was supposed to have been...
  • Mormons reject core doctrines

    02/15/2012 5:09:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Redding.com (Record-Searchlight) ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Brian Larsen
    Pat Waldron asserts that Mormons are Christians and offers these reasons: First, Mormons call themselves "The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints." Second, Mormon temples contain pictures of Jesus. Third, the Mormon choir will "bring tears to your eyes, if you are a Christian." And, fourth, Mormons are nice people. But these "reasons" are hardly convincing because they deal only with superficial appearances. A more robust analysis reveals that Mormons reject absolutely essential Biblical beliefs that Christians have held for centuries. First, Mormons reject the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Christians believe that there is one God...
  • Polygamy: Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, was the first Mormon prophet to practice polygamy.

    02/13/2012 9:11:14 PM PST · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    He took as many as 48 wives. Sources: [Official LDS website: FamilySearch.org] [A comprehensive PDF] [Wikipedia]Many were teenagers, as young as 13 years old. Many were already married to other men and continued in polyandry: having more than one husband.He married pairs of sisters, and even took a mother and her daughter for wives. The wives of the prophetsThe first seven Mormon prophets had at least 135 wives. Mormon prophet Number of wives Joseph Smith 48 Brigham Young 55 John Taylor 7 Wilford Woodruff 5 Lorenzo Snow 11 Joseph F. Smith 6 Heber J. Grant 3 Summary of Events...
  • Why does the LDS church try to claim that they are the only ones who can be called "Mormons”?

    02/13/2012 1:48:04 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies
    ColinJensen.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | Colin Jensen
    The two groups with more than a few members are the FLDS (see Are members of the FLDS church “mormons”?) and the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) The Salt Lake based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 14M members, and the second largest of such groups has at most 40,000 members. Historically...the other groups are all splinters from from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... SNIP It is also reasonably argued that “mormon” should be allowed as a genericized noun. There are many famous cases...
  • Traditional Christianity and the Latter-day Saints [Mormon Doctrine]

    02/13/2012 7:25:21 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 75 replies
    mormon newsroom ^ | February 3, 2012 | Robert L. Millet
    The following is an essay by Robert L. Millet, professor of religion and emeritus dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University.The issue of whether Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are Christian is not a new one, but the current media climate has caused the question to be revisited in both private and public conversations. No matter the circumstances, the underlying question is an important one and a matter whose implications reach well beyond the momentary news cycle.BackgroundsIn the early decades of the 19th century, upstate New York came to be known as the “Burnt Over District” during the second Great Awakening...
  • Do “Official” Mormon Sources Exist?

    02/12/2012 7:24:21 PM PST · by Colofornian · 40 replies
    Mormon Coffee (MRM.org) ^ | Jan. 26, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    How do you know?
  • Promises Mormons Make [Mitt's extreme self-mutilation promises he made in Mormon temple]

    02/12/2012 7:05:25 PM PST · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Mormon Coffee (MRM.org) ^ | Jan. 30, 2012 | Sharon Lindbloom
    On January 22 (2012) on Fox News Sunday Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney answered a question from Chris Wallace regarding Mr. Romney’s generous financial gifts (tithing) to the Mormon Church. Mr. Romney said, "This is a country that believes in the Bible, the Bible speaks about providing tithes and offerings, I made a commitment to my church a long, long time ago that I would give 10 percent of my income to the church, and I’ve followed through on that commitment. And hopefully as people look at the various individuals who’re running for president they’d be pleased with someone who...
  • In The Aggregate – Arizona's political blogs - The Mormon case against Romney

    02/11/2012 5:14:57 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Liberty Musings Blog ^ | Feb. 10, 2012 | Mesasmiles
    I’m LDS, and I fully realize that the Mormon vote is going for Romney. He’s going to take Utah. And Arizona. Pardon me for not joining. I know the thinking. When that LDS tag is attached, members of the Church all understand that the person is honest, loving, trustworthy, etc., and all the others are questionable. I don’t buy that. I’ve seen too much of life to just accept that premise without any question. The rough approximations of the assumption of the character of LDS people are true, but in specific instances, you can’t count on that as a perfectly...
  • Local Author Weighs in on Debate About Mormons, Christianity

    02/09/2012 10:57:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 8, 2012 | Ken Chitwood
    <p>Despite major gains in pop and political culture, many Evangelicals remain wary of Mormons. Just ask Latter Day Saints (LDS) church member Mitt Romney who is currently struggling to claim front-runner status as the Republican nominee. Political pundits believe the lack of Evangelical support is crippling his campaign.</p>
  • Skiers and Mormons for Mitt

    02/09/2012 7:31:23 AM PST · by Colofornian · 9 replies
    The American ^ | Feb. 8, 2012 | Henry Olsen
    Mitt Romney never has bad hair days, but yesterday was truly a bad political one. How bad? Consider this: • Romney did not win a single county in either Missouri or Minnesota. • He won the Minnesota caucus by 19 points in 2008, but finished third last night—28 points behind Santorum. • He won nearly 30 percent of the Missouri vote in 2008 in a tight three-man race, but won only 25 percent last night in a race with only one opponent whom the national media had given up for dead. • He won the Colorado caucus by over 40...
  • Mormonism: What the Latter Day Saints think of Islam [Indicator of how Mitt perceives Islam?]

    02/08/2012 3:57:00 PM PST · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Pakistan Independent ^ | Feb. 7, 2012
    Brigham Youg University has the largest library of books on Muslims scholars. It has been in the forefront of taking old books and translating them into English and publishing them. The Morman are call themselves the Church of Christ and Latter Day Saints–believing that there are prophets after Jesus Christ. The Mormons are Unitarians and reject Trinity. The LDS position on Islam can be found in an August 2000 article by James Toronto, entitled “A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muhammad,” from Ensign—the church’s flagship monthly magazine. In the clearest and most complete elucidation of its position on Muslims, Toronto, the...
  • Mitt Romney's Beliefs Demand Consideration

    02/08/2012 2:39:18 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 2+ views
    International Business Times ^ | Feb. 6, 2012 | Walt Osterman
    Americans, from sea to shining sea, are hurting and confused. We are told, daily, that everything is getting better. America's best days are still in her future. The overwhelming evidence (continually declining home prices, escalating unemployment figures, massive cuts in defense as our enemies strengthen, etc.) point in the opposite direction. What are we to believe? Several politicians, who are all fine speakers, are running for the presidency. I fear that, metaphorically, our nation has hit a massive iceberg and has an irreparable rip from bow to stern. Like the RMS Titanic, we're going down. We don't need excellent orators;...
  • Mormons' macabre Jewish baptisms won't benefit Mitt

    02/07/2012 1:18:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 105 replies · 1+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | Feb. 4, 2012 | Rachel Patron
    ...I attended a luncheon for the Holocaust Museum...Each year I ask myself, Why am I here? ...Tis a gruesome tradition. I think of my grandfather, Rabbi Jacob Meyer Rakowski... My grandfather was the...last — descendant of a rabbinic dynasty hailing back to 11th century France. At age 82, grandpa was gassed in Auschwitz, together with 47 members of my parents' families. I last saw him two years earlier, when my parents, my brother and I were deported to Siberia. I'm retelling this old history because now, with Mitt Romney possibly becoming the Republican nominee, it's important to remember that his...
  • Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age [Lds church is hemorrhaging in member losses]

    02/01/2012 4:50:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 176 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 29, 2012 | Peter Henderson and Kristina Cooke
    ...A religious studies class late last year at Utah State University...was unusual for two reasons. The small group of students, faculty and faithful there to hear Mormon Elder Marlin Jensen were openly troubled about the future...asking hard questions. And Jensen was uncharacteristically frank... Did the leaders...know that members are "leaving in droves?" a woman asked. "We are aware," said Jensen, according to a tape recording of his unscripted remarks. "And I'm speaking of the 15 men that are above me in the hierarchy of the church."... "My own daughter," he then added, "has come to me and said, 'Dad, why...
  • Will Mormons’ racial history be a problem for Mitt Romney?

    02/01/2012 4:11:43 AM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 31, 2012 | Daniel Burke
    SNIP Until 1978, the LDS church banned men of African descent from its priesthood... SNIP The LDS church has neither formally apologized for the priesthood ban nor publicly repudiated many of the theories used to justify it for more than 125 years. SNIP ...many blacks perceive the LDS church as racist... ...Rev. O’Neal Dozier told The Palm Beach Post...“The Book of Mormon says the Negro skin is cursed.” ...another Mormon scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, says, “blackness came upon” Cain’s descendants, who were “despised among all people.” SNIP ...Tim Russert noted that Romney was 31 when the priesthood ban...