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April 7th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Taking a rare tour of a Mormon temple

By Eric Marrapodi and Brian Todd, CNN

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Elder William Walker slipped white booties over his black wing-tip shoes and instructed his guests to do the same as he led them into the newest Mormon temple in the world.

This day was the first chance the public had to see inside the sacred space for the area’s 49,000 Mormons, and it was also one of the last.

On May 6, when Thomas S. Monson, the head of the 14 million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dedicates this temple, the doors will close forever to the public. The church said it expects as many as 100,000 visitors in Kansas City before the temple will be closed to the public.

After that, only temple-recommended Mormons will be able to walk through the heavy wooden and stained-glass doors.

“This is a sacred space, set apart place for only those who are devout followers of the faith,” Walker said.

For Mormons, temples serve as places of contemplation, instruction and worship experiences, like weddings and posthumous baptisms.

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The 67-year-old Walker is the executive director of the Temple Department, and he is the point man for the church’s 137 temples.

Walker is a top official in the LDS church as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and he reports directly to Monson. The Canadian-born hockey fanatic has been a lifelong member of the church. He graduated from Brigham Young University, served a Mormon mission to Japan and spent time in the private sector working in securities and investment banking before being called to serve the church full-time in 2002.

Kansas City’s temple is the latest to open. The church has announced it will build 29 temples across five continents. Construction is under way in Paris and Rome, and temples are planned for Peru and South Africa.

“We’re building temples where the church is grown and have a concentration of members,” he said.

Outside the new Mormon temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

Inside the temple the required first stop is the Recommend Desk. After the dedication, only Mormons who have a recommend card are able to enter and participate in worship. The personalized cards are given by local church leaders to adherents who profess to be living in accordance with church teachings.

As he explained the process, Walker reached into his wallet, pushed his Utah driver’s license aside and pulled out his recommend card, which was endorsed by Monson, his bishop. Walker said his credit-card-sized recommend card, like all others, is only good for two years.

CNN was invited by church officials to tour the temple with Walker before its dedication. The church denied CNN's request to film inside the space, saying it was against church policy. The LDS church provided still images after the tour, which accurately depicted key parts of the temple. In a rare move, CNN was permitted to film inside the front of the temple at the Recommend Desk, but no farther.

"It's not about secret. It's about sacred,” Walker said after the tour, making what the church sees as a key distinction. “We feel that it's a very sacred and special place and therefore it is reserved for those worship functions and those ordinances that take place in the temple. It's not about secret."

Walker said the policy is not unlike that for Shinto shrines in Japan, where he served his mission.

But it's a thin line between sacred and secret. Public tours of the temple are only available when they are first built or undergo massive renovations. After that, outsiders and Mormons who are not temple recommended are kept out, even from wedding ceremonies.

In the sealing room, where eternal weddings take place, Walker points out the altar at the center of the room. The bride and groom kneel facing each other and the officiant stands off to the side. The room is richly decorated with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and massive gilded mirrors on either side of the room, and Walker raves about the design on the white carpet, carefully explaining how local artisans cut the meticulous pattern by hand.

Despite the grand size of the building, each room is small: This is the biggest of the three sealing rooms, and its capacity is just 49 people.

Guests are welcome at Sunday worship at one of the church’s 18,000 meeting houses, Walker is quick to note. The temple, he observes, “is a sacred, special place that’s unique. There are only 137 of these temples in all the world.”

The temple also contains a gleaming baptismal font. Though it’s a point of pride for Mormons, it has been controversial elsewhere. A church ceremony called “proxy baptisms” by Mormons includes posthumous baptisms of Jews, some of whom have protested the practice.

The baptismal font at the newest Mormon temple.

However, in Mormon doctrine, baptism is essential for salvation. While converts to the faith are baptized in services at local wards, the weekly meeting place for services open to the public, proxy baptisms take place only in the temple and in private.

The proxy baptisms are supposed to be for Mormons’ ancestors who were not of the faith. Walker said the baptism serves as an invitation to accept Mormonism as an avenue into heaven.

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At the temple, Walker took his visitors through the process as it is supposed to work.

The font rests on 12 oxen, which he said represent the tribes of Israel.

Adherents change into white gowns he jokingly referred to as "jumpsuits," provided by the temple. A male priest leads the proxy into the waist-high water, gives the blessing and the name of the ancestor, then the proxy is lowered into the water, fully immersed, then brought up to the surface. The desk next to the font has a small monitor and a light. That person's job is to record the act for the church's central database.

When the temple begins operation, Walker said, this is a scene that will play out “hundreds of times a day.”

But some Mormons have used the church’s extensive genealogy database to baptize others who are not Mormon ancestors, such as the murdered Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl and holocaust victims like Anne Frank. It’s a practice that has outraged Jewish leaders.

“When people violate the church policy of doing baptisms for those who our leaders have said we’re not going to do that, they’re acting on their own in contradiction of church policy,” he said. “We’re unhappy about that. We love our Jewish friends. We don’t want to offend them or anyone else by our religious practices.”

“We’re sorry. We live by our word and when we say we’re going to do something, we’re going to try and do it,” Walker said.

He promised disciplinary action.

“We’re now tracking those who’ve done this contrary to church policy and we’re going to shut down their access to the church’s database, Family Search, so they can’t do this.”

He acknowledges interest in proxy baptisms, and other Mormon practices, has spiked thanks to Mormon Mitt Romney’s run for president.

While the church takes no position on party politics nor allows its officials to endorse candidates, Walker can see some good coming out of Romney's run for the White House.

“I think it’s perfectly understandable people who are considering him would want to know more about the church he espouses,” he said. “In many ways it may be a good thing that people will want to know more. Maybe some of the old ideas about the church that have persisted in American culture can change.”

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  1. JDJ

    I am not sure what "old ideas" about the church will change. If Walker means he wants people to forget Mormon history, that will be a tough thing to do. I have no doubt that there are Christians in the LDS church, but they are Christians in spite of the church, not because of it.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  2. Just a thought...

    Elder William Walker stated, "This is a sacred space, set apart place for only those who are devout followers of the faith." But, apparently it's only sacred and set apart for the true believers after Thomas S. Monson dedicates it...up until then it seems like it's being treated as a tourist attraction. If it is truly sacred (whatever that really means) wouldn't the very inspiration for it be considered sacred...from the beginning of its construction and beyond? Why open it as a tourist attraction, only to "dedicate" it later and then consider it sacred and set apart?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • heguido

      As a matter of fact, the building is treated with respect since the groundbreaking ceremony, but it is also important that people can see that there is nothing "strange" in there, so respectful people is allowed to visit it before its dedication to the Lord. It's not like a "tourist atraction". You have to be respectful when you visit it.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Just a thought...

      Nothing strange in there? Like...an elaborate baptism pool for dead people? Or do you have a different definition of strange? Also, how insecure do you have to be to think that you have to allow people into your temple in order to show them that nothing "strange" is going on. As for the comment that "you have to act respectful" when you tour the facility...well, I'd hope that social norms would require that at anytime. I wouldn't visit your home without "acting respectful"...no religious doctrine required. And yes, when the Elder states that they expect 100,000 visitors before the temple is closed to the public...it is by definition a "tourist attraction" up until that point.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • heguido

      I don't know if it's strange or not, but the Jerusalem Temple in Jesus' times had a font on twelve oxen, as well. It's all about symbolism. You may like it, or not.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Just a thought...

      that's some pretty expensive "symbolism"...seems like you could save a lot of money on the "symbolic" stuff and put it to better use on "actual" things...brings to mind something I read somewhere...about giving away all earthly possessions, taking no thought for the future, a camel passing through the eye of a needle vs. a rich man entering the kingdom of god, etc. Who taught those things? Oh ya...now I remember.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • sickofmomos

      heguido...what are you talking about the Jerusalem temple in the time of Jesus having a baptismal font with twelve oxen holding it up? Where on earth do you dig up this stuff?
      If you want your church to be respected, you better start respecting other people's opinions about your church that aren't so good.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • heguido

      Just a thought...
      Selling your computer and give the money to charity would help. Please, google "LDS humanitarian" and let's talk about Jesus' teachings afterwards.

      Sickofmomos,
      No comment...

      April 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Just a thought...

      hequido...I do, in fact, donate my fair share of money to charities...i just prefer to cut out the fraud, waste and abuse of those funds by the middle man (i.e. the church) and send it directly to the point of need. And as far as Jesus' teachings go, I'm pretty sure there was something about false prophets...but that's probably a touchy subject with Mormonism, isn't it. And by the way, I'm not in any way trying to justify the teachings of jesus...I just have to base my arguments on the foundations of your belief.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  3. biologixco

    Mitt Romney is a TAX CRIMINAL.
    Is this the kind of DISHONESTY the mormon church teaches?

    April 10, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  4. biologixco

    mormonism is a cult contrived in 1820.
    get your facts straight bub

    April 10, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  5. Name*ernest

    mormons are the wisest people on earth . Make ur research sincerely.

    April 10, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  6. Name*ernest

    mormon the wisest people on earth .make your research

    April 10, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  7. ?

    When Romney becomes the nominee, the media will turn the spotlight on the Mormon church. The average American knows very little about the LDS. There is a 60 Minutes piece being put together about the church. When it airs, Romney's bid will crash and burn. He will lose by a landslide. More importantly, the Mormon church itself will come under tremendous scrutiny. Romney's candidacy will be the highwater mark of the Mormon faith. In 10 years, it will have half the members. And God in heaven will breathe a sigh of relief.

    April 10, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • sickofmomos

      The mormon church has too many secrets in its history. There is no way that it will survive once it is under the scrutiny it will come under if Romney is up against Obama. The world will see every single detail of its beginning up to now and be horrified by how similar it is to other cults. I've already noticed changes on Wikipedia to change history there, so the mormons are busy. Just like how the mormon church gave (notice: courtesy of the LDS church on the video) the above video to CNN to change it from the picture of the man standing in front of one of their temples (looking rather foolish). So it's going to be a battle for certain. I wonder if the mormon church can destroy the court records showing that Joseph Smith and his father were in prison for boot-legging (among other things)?

      April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Eric

      "?' – There has already been a 60 minutes piece on the Mormons. Mike Wallace himself interviewed the Prophet at the time, Gordon B. Hinckley, in 1996. Look it up. If it didn't cause a "crash and burn" then (there are actually about 1.5 million more members) I doubt it will now.

      -To the other commentator – Joseph Smith nor his father were never in jail for bootlegging. You are referring to the 1926 trial for treasure digging perhaps? Go ahead and look it up–much like most of the headlines on "Yahoo!," it is a non-story. And many of the other times he was in jail, as any serious historian knows, he was just being persecuted. Even Hollywood knew that when they depicted his life and Brigham Young's life in the 1946 20th Century Fox movie "Brigham Young" (available on DVD no less!)

      April 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  8. heguido

    biologixco,

    I'm a High Priest in the "mormon" church. My father is another one, and my brother, my two uncles, two of my cousins, many of my neighbours... Every ward around the world has at least a dozen High Priests. That's because every grown man in the church is either an Elder or a High Priest.
    So, stop portraying Romney as some kind of "leader" of the church. He's just a regular member, like the other 14 millon.
    But I suspect that you know this, and you work to create the misrepresentation on purpose. You are attacking the faith of many good people for your own political agenda... That's one of the worst kinds of bigotry.

    April 10, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • sickofmomos

      Wow, you just won't shut up will you heguido? You need to get a job so that you're not on here day and night defending your cult. Why would a cult need so much defense anyway? If you have a true testimony then you'd let go of what others thought and just find peace in your beliefs. But mormons don't really believe and they know it. They just like to cry "persecution" to go along with their other personality disorders.
      By the way....Romney is indeed a higher leader than you are. He's a Bishop and he's been a Stake President. So stop lying.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Serenity

      Sickofmomos

      Heguido, I can't believe the absolutely stupidity of some people. Sickofmomos, for instance, is too blinded by his own ignorance to listen to anyone except for his own biased mind. He can never understand that every single man who is a practicing LDS person holds some kind of priesthood. Or if he can and still writes as he does, he is disguising his issues with Mormonism as a political agenda. So what if Mitt Romney was a Stake President? Good for him! That only proves he is a good leader and an honest, intelligent man. That in my book is someone to be respected, not denigrated. By holding that position he has, once again proven that he is a good leader. Sickofmomos comment only proves the ignorance and prejudice of his own mind, not anything ruthless or evil about Mitt Romney.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • heguido

      "Romney is indeed a higher leader than you are. He's a Bishop and he's been a Stake President."

      You know... I've been a first counselor in a bishopric, and in a stake presidency. I've also been a branch president. My father's been a bishop, also one of my uncles. The other one has been a stake president. And I don't lie. In our church, holding those callings is really not big deal. EVERYONE has a calling, and is not a "rising hierarchy" like in other churches. You serve and do your best for a while (we are all volunteers) and then you are released. Mitt Romney is no bigger leader than most of the members of the church. Now, I'm the choir conductor, and with my wife we are teachers for the children in the Primary. I don't know if Romney has a calling right now, but I guess he is pretty busy with all this POTUS thing.
      If you really know something about us, you know all of this, but for some reason you choose to present it in a distorted way.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • sickofmomos

      Oh my goodness! It looks like serenity doesn't work either! No wonder she and heguido are a match made in....well, we'll let others decide where that match was made. I think it's obvious by their nasty nature....
      I guess I'm your new target serenity. You've never given one ounce of proof to defend against any of the accusations that anyone has made against the mormon church. All you do is put people down and then turn around to talk like an angle about your chuch. I'm thinking maybe haldol? Thorazine? Lithium? I'm sure there's a clinic around this early in the day if your supply is out....

      April 10, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • sickofmomos

      heguido, you just don't get it do you? If you read the comments on here, it's not JUST about Romney, it's about the church he comes from and what it believes and the dishonest way in which it was created. You never answer those questions. You just go on and on and on about how you're a first counselor to a bishop, your family member here or there are high priests (that by the way to anyone sounds a bit like a sacrificial Aztec thing) and on and on. WHO CARES? Are we supposed to say, "Oh heguido knows everything because he knows people in authority in the mormon church?" REALLY???? Get a grip bud and get a job. Your defense of your church is only making it look pathetic.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • heguido

      Are we supposed to say, "Oh heguido knows everything because he knows people in authority in the mormon church?"

      No, you are supposed to say: "Hey, being a Bishop, or a Stake President, or a High Priest is not that big deal. Even heguido knows a bunch of them!"

      Why all the bitterness?

      April 10, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Just a thought...

      I've been reading these comments, and there is something I just can't wrap my head around. On the one hand, you have adherents claiming that Mitt Romney's positions within the church show his qualifications as a leader...on the other hand, you have people saying that every adult male in the church is an Elder or a High Priest, so they're really not special, they're just members of the church. My question is, if they're really not special, why label them as a High Priest...it seems counterintutive to give someone such a label, and then claim that there is nothing special about it.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • heguido

      Just a thought...

      It is easy: All mormons are good leaders ;-)

      Now, seriously. In the church you have many opportunities to serve others, in different asignments or "callings". You should ask someone who had Romney as a Bishop, to know how well he served them. It seems that he was a pretty good one.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Just a thought...

      my point is...most religions have numerous opportunites for people to serve, or "callings" as you put it...but the don't go around labeling everyone as a Hight Priest.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • heguido

      I agree with you on that. I don't put my priesthood office, or church assignments on my resume, and I don't like those who do. I don't know if Romney or his people brougth that to the campaign, but if they did, I don´t agree.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  9. pacman357

    Wow. The furniture looks a lot more comfortable than that of the protestant faith in which I was raised. Cool idea about making a jacuzzi a baptismal font, too. If my wife and I get one of those and baptise people, can we get 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status at our home and take the tax deduction? Bet you have to turn down the temp for baptizing dead people, however. Otherwise, the place would stink to high...well, you know.

    Like the booties, however. Probably cuts down on unholy vacuum cleaner noise. And what is with the recommend card? You have to renew it every two years? Jeepers, my state lets people go for five years to renew their driver license, and I'd bet the cost to get the recommend card is a tad more expensive. Admittedly, to drive, I at least have to show my eyesight allows me to see things. See them clearly, that is.

    Admittedly, every faith is goofy from the sense that people who believe do so based upon lore and something that drives them inside that leads them to believe something that is, by definition, impossible to prove from an empirical standpoint. All religions that I have studied also have their own rites, practices, beliefs, etc., that could seem goofy to outsiders. However, some just seem to go out of their way to...well, out-goofy other religions.

    April 10, 2012 at 5:01 am |
    • Just a thought...

      where is the "like" button!

      April 10, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • k

      Recommends are free

      April 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  10. Joe

    Obama, Clinton, Bush, Santorum, etc, have all reportedly participated in esoteric rites, but LDS temples are part of the most ancient Christian traditions. Our temple sacraments have been shown to be related to Christian rites which predate the Masons etc, and these rites are sacred to us. We keep don't discuss with those who would profane, and who distort and lie about them. If you want to read more about them in a scholarly forum check FAIR lds (search the ancient Christian temple, or here is a link to one respectful article:

    http://www.fairlds.org/FAIR_Conferences/2008_The_Israelite_Temple_and_the_Early_Christians.html

    True temples are beautiful things, the rites have always pointed us to the passion, the return to the cross/tree (on the Day of Atonement anciently). This is why Jesus taught us to respect His Father’s House. Those ignorantly and dishonestly profaning the temple are ridiculing things sacred to all temple peoples (including the original Christians who practiced these rites, and the oldest surviving Christian Church: Armenian Apostolic, Mormons, and related Catholic rites, etc etc). As a Christian, I do not cast pearls before those who would rend, and therefore I will silently turn the other cheek towards those who mock, and I pray that the Love of God might one day fill misunderstanding hearts. : ) May we all follow Jesus Christ, and if you want to know what He does in the lives of Mormons, go here http://mormon.org/ and check out "the people" etc.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • pacman357

      Most ancient? Joseph Smith claimed to have gotten his visions in upstate NY in the 1820's, IIRC. Seems to me that there were at least one or two Christian faiths that existed before then. Some well over ten years before! BTW, as I recall, most Christian faiths will open their doors to pretty much anyone, although communion is usually reserved for those of the particular faith pertaining to the house of worship. In some of these, one can even get a blessing from the priest, and those who practice other faiths are allowed to *GASP* watch. We don't need to know the secret handshake or slip the maitre d a double sawbuck.

      April 10, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  11. biologixco

    Ol' Mitt Romney's got the blues.
    Put some poop tracks in his magic underoos
    Ripped a page from his book to wipe his behind
    He looked down to check out his valuable find
    Was this the great pearl of price do I see?
    Or just another funky Mitt dingleberry?
    (ANYBODY BUT MITT ROMNEY 2012!)

    April 10, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  12. erikc

    14,000,000 customers. No cost of goods sold. No wonder they can afford to build temples and fund bigoted campaigns like prop 8.

    April 10, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • biologixco

      Steal from the poor to give to the rich.
      Robin Hood in reverse.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • Joe

      Not sure exactly what you are saying (except that you may have some hatred towards a certain religious minority), but we, the 14,000,000 are the Church. There is no one getting rich off of LDS donations. We make beautiful things, and going to the temple (what Jesus calls "my Father's House) increases charity, and I'm betting the Mormons, per capita, donate more to charity than most, and a big part of that comes from love that is increased by temple attendance. As far as prop 8, you can't blame us for America's desire to promote traditional marriage. Traditional marriage is crucial for the survival of humanity, and most of those Americans allowed to vote on it have understood this. Gays can love, be monogamous, have benefits etc. There is no need to alter marriage.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:57 am |
    • Know What

      Joe,

      Did you happen to notice that the population of Earth surpassed 7 BILLION recently. It doesn't look like procreation is lacking a bit.

      And yes, opulent temples do help to keep your folks emotionally hooked.

      April 10, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  13. biologixco

    My name's MITT ROMNEY,
    Look at me
    Prance in ANN's magic panties
    Now America can fully see...
    The folly of my electability

    April 10, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • Joe

      If he were Jewish, would you say “the Jew in his magic hat will…”? I’m just wondering, because if you just hate Mormons, well, you’re a bigot, and if you would say it about Mormons and Jews, your still a bigot….. perhaps some diversity training would help the good people who hang out at CNN

      April 10, 2012 at 2:31 am |
      • biologixco

        Why do mormons put words in other people's mouths?
        Thats pretty cultish, dont you think?
        Jews are good people with a religious history that goes back about 3000 years before mormonism was CONTRIVED around 1820. No diversity training needed. ANYBODY BUT WILLARD ROMNEY2012!

        April 10, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Marty Collins

      First of all " I'm a Baptist '.....This CNN reporter asked" how much this temple COST "????? What difference does it make , how much the mormans paid for their temple ? They paid for it !!!! Our government taxes did'nt pay for it.. CNN should be asking " How much of Our taxes pay to rebuild the masque's in muslim countries ? AND WHY ??? Let the mormans alone ! and mind your on business, which is the cost of the muslim masque ! That's EVERY tax payers business !!!

      April 10, 2012 at 4:08 am |
      • biologixco

        Marty you are a liar.
        You are a paid LDS shill.
        Mormonism is a cult.
        Shout it from the highest Utah mountain

        April 10, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  14. Fran

    My opinion is that we shouldn't forget that Jesus was the Son of God and that he was crucified because some people were so ‘committed’ in believing that he wasn’t; today some people are so ‘committed’ in believing that the Church is ‘so bad etc..’ they will unfortunately, miss the opportunity to find out the truth about the Church. A sincere heart will seek to know the truth and will ask God... but that is just my opinion...

    April 10, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • biologixco

      Why NOT go to mormon.org?
      Why NOT go to scientology.org?
      Why NOT go to Jonestown in July?
      Why NOT jump off a cliff and see if I can fly...

      April 10, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • Al

      The bible is quite obviously fiction... just my opinion

      April 10, 2012 at 2:25 am |
  15. biologixco

    MITT ROMNEY IS A HIGH PRIEST OF THE LDS MORMON CULT. (google it!)
    There is a secret plot by LDS church elders to insert MITTENS into the POTUS position.
    How can we trust a man that is a HIGH PRIEST OF A CULT!
    This position is much too powerful and important to trust it to a mormon.
    ANYBODY BUT MITTENS ROMNEY 2012!

    April 10, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Randy

      bio your a nitwit. High priest is a position in the priesthood not leadership. Wow you need to back of the hate joe.

      April 11, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  16. enuff

    So the Bible clearly states that anyone who alters the words of the Bible is committing blasphemy. Now Mormons didn't just alter a few words, they concocted a whole new book out of whole cloth. And are trying to pass it off as holy. But somehow they can't understand why true Christians are outraged. Attention Mormons. Drop to your knees and beg God for forgiveness. Or be thrown into a fiery lake. But you already know that.

    April 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • biologixco

      How can they deny that reality? What a smackdown. Well put.

      April 9, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Anna

      Exactly–Mormons didn't alt the Bible at all. They found another testament of Jesus Christ. If learning more about Christ and His teachings is blasphemy, so be it. But as any Mormon is going to tell you, don't take our word for it. Read it for yourself and get down on your knees and ask God if it is true. Because wouldn't He know? I'm just saying–make sure you're getting your answers from the right source.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • enuff

      Mormons didn't alter words of the Bible?? They found another testament of Jesus Christ?? Lady, you are going to hell.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Steve

      One of the books in the Bible says that. The Bible wasn't written as a book, it is a compilation of many different writings. Your statement therefore is incorrect.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Serenity

      Umm, excuse me, but the King James Version of the holy bible is my bible. Nothing in it was changed by Mormon Church. What was changed was not by Mormons. It was changed tough. The meanings were changed, the language was changed, and even, in some, the origination was changed. Who changed all this? Read the many versions of the Bible: The New International version; New Life version; New Living Translation; and Young's Literal Translation to name a few. Don't like the way the Bible is written? Well, just write a new version. Shame on those who have the gall to change the Bible and call it holy. Then they have the nerve to say Mormons change the Bible? The book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. In no way does it contradict or takes away from or add to the Bible.

      FYI: I do get on my knees every day to ask forgiveness for my own sins, and I also thank God for the wonderful faith He has given me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or the Mormons

      April 10, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  17. Serenity

    CNN Thank you for the fair and unbiased article about our holy temples. Please keep up the good work.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
  18. JBBW

    I know people who are mormon. They are very honorable and very good. I find their faith dumb and very fake but what can you do when they are better Christians than most 'mainstream' Christians? They believe in something that I cannot but they make people want to believe just because they are so very honest with themselves. Other than my parents I think I know one Christian who compares with the ones I know from mormonism. This really confuses me.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • bandrox

      When you think about it, your comment is somewhat contradictory. How can something that is, as you put it, "fake" and "dumb" change people and make them "better Christians than most mainstream Christians?"

      The confusion you feel likely comes from a lack of understanding about what members of the church believe. Ask one of your friends, and you'll probably find that those beliefs that you "cannot believe" stem from a misunderstanding or a rumor that you've heard about the church, not a problem with its doctrine.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • biologixco

      Dumb and Fake?
      Or just blasphemous?

      April 10, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  19. Muneef

    Since the Arabs are Yemenites sourced from Yemen from the time of Ismael then the followers of Moses and Jesus must have originated from them;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qahtanite
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghassanids

    As well history claims that the cause of Yemeni tribal migration was the destruction of the Ancient Marib Dam flooding to  beyond repairable to their lands and agriculture irrigation;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marib_Dam    

    April 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Joe

      Thank you for the references. It is always nice to see the similarities between the origins of Islam and the origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I wish you the very best.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • biologixco

      Yeah, but lets compare the unpopular similarities.
      72 wives for mormons in this life. 72 wives for muslims in the afterlife. CHECK.
      mormons beat their women. muslims beat theirs CHECK
      quran vs book of mormon:
      Both claim that the version we have in our hands today are identical to what the prophet revealed and that parts are not lost, altered and corrupted. Of course the proof that these claims are invalid is found in two books. The Mormon claim is proven false by a book called "3913 Changes to Book of Mormon" by Sandra Tanner. The Islamic claim is proven false by a book (In Arabic language) called, "Making Easy the Readings of What Has Been Sent Down" by Muhammad Fahd Khaaruun. Both books show that the copy of the book of Mormon and the Koran used today is different from what was originally used when each religion was started.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • biologixco

      And those are 72 UGLY BUGGLY babes.
      With big feet and a big butt.
      And buck teeth...
      Just picture "The Three Stooges"...crossdressed x 24
      Bet they look spiffy in those magical undies.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  20. Muneef

    [And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].3:45

    He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous."3:46

    She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" [The angel] said, "Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is. 3:47

    And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel 3:48

    And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. 3:49

    And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me. 3:50

    Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path." 3:51

    http://quran.com/3
    ---
    As you can read he The Prophet & Messenger of GOD was given all the permission to do miraculous wonders of things by GOD the Creator of Universe and all Beings

    April 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Serenity

      I love the Qur'an. What a fascinating book written by Mohammed in the 7th century. Thank you for sharing.

      April 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • biologixco

      Bah. The quran and book of mormon are two peas of a pod. A blasphemous pod.
      There is only one scripture: The Bible.

      April 10, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Serenity

      Muneef, please excuse Biologixco. He claims to believe the Holy Bible and yet posts such unkind, judgmental things. He is no follower of Jesus Christ or any one holy. He follows his own agenda, which is anti-Mormon, and now, it appears anti-Muslim. He is rude, crude and so the best thing to do is ignore his rantings. I don't believe that neither the Quoran nor the Book of Mormon are blasphemous. He is blaspheming the Bible by writing in such an ignorant manner. I think if you asked him about anything in the Bible, he would not be able to give you an answer because he does not know what it contains.

      April 10, 2012 at 11:25 am |
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