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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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soundoff (4,366 Responses)
  1. Kay

    Eveyone needs to read the book "Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of The Presidency of the United States of America" to see what kind of mess we will be in with Mormon Romney as President. This country is in real trouble if that's all the GOP serves up to the American People.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      You are obviously unaware that there are many Mormon members of congress, the senate, and other high-level government positions. Their opinions and politics are as varied as Harry Reid and Orin Hatch. If you are buying into some off-the-wall conspiracy you need to check your facts. Mormons have given dedicated service to this country by serving in the military and other government positions since the 1800's.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Orrin Hatch is indeed a perfect example of a Mormon in office. He's one of the most bigoted, hateful, s*xist people on the earth. Typically Mormon.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • biologixco

      Read up on: The White Horse Prophecy
      Find out what these mormoons are REALLY up to
      Just say NO Romney2012!

      April 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      There is no "typical" Mormon. Look at Harry Reid or Jon Huntsman. They're all so completely different.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      I'm beginning to agree with Terri. You're extremely rude Biologixico.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • biologixco

      Romney only serves ONE master
      Thats why he carries the Mark of the Beast

      April 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Holly, I think your church teaches that you follow a list of 13 articles of faith and pretty much stick to the tenants of your leaders, so I can safely and accurately say that there are typical mormons...most just hide it better than Orrin Hatch.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • **

      tenants = renters
      tenets = beliefs

      April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Terri

    BEWARE OF BIOLIGIXCO...HIS RANTS SOUND LIKE THOSE OF A PAID SPAMMER....RUDE, OBNOXIOUS, LIES

    April 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • David Nelson

      Now who on earth would be paid to SPAM CNN religion sites? Wow, that sounds super paranoid. Lets get back to Mormon Doctrine, shall we? Black skin was seen as a curse from God as taught by their precious seer Joseph Smith. He taught that black people were cursed by God because they fought on the side of Lucifer in some imagined pre-existence. Brigham Young said that no white man could Ever marry and procreate with a black woman. The punishment would be death on the spot and that that statute would stand forever. Joseph Smith (along with Young) became a freemason and said that men could become gods. Mormonism teaches that men will have the power to resurrect their wives, (if they choose to.) Honestly, I get sick of thinking about some of these ridiculous beliefs so i will stop now. You'll have to research the rest of the sordid mess for yourself.

      One of the first things I was taught as a Mormon recruit is that the Bible was corrupted and can't be trusted on its own. Question? Do you honestly think a loving God would leave his people in complete darkness from the end of the mythical Mormon people in America until Joseph Smith pretended to dig up some plates and then give him the ridiculous doctrines I have just recounted for you? The invented God of Mormonism would be a terrible irresponsible god.

      The real God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is not irresponsible and you can trust your Bible folks. Joseph Smith was a fraudulent money digging opportunist who sent men away on missions so he could steal their wives, was thrown in jail after he destroyed the printing press of those trying to expose him and died the death so typical for such charlatans.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Terri

      IT IS TRUE, READ HIS POSTS BELOW. HE CANNOT DENY IT. JUDGING FROM HIS RANTS AGAINST REPUBLICANS I ASSUME HE'S WORKING FOR OBAMA.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Beware of people that use "all caps." They are a little angry and crazy and subversive.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Terri

      @ Chuckles...Is that better, no caps?
      @ David...If you want Mormon Doctrine go to the source lds.org or Mormon.org
      You are obviously looking into anti-Mormon slander that is not true, or only half true. There are explanations for each of your issues and apologetics sites are the best places to find answers like fairLDS.org

      April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • biologixco

      Sounds like somebody had a little "mishap" in their magic undies!

      April 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • David Nelson

      Terri, I was taught much of the Mormon doctrine in 2000 and even had a baptism day set. The Holy Spirit thankfully would not let me go through it. I have since been baptized as a 7th Day Adventist Christian and i will never turn back to the vomit that is Mormonism. Mormonism is a relentless marketing machine and it keeps its followers too busy with works to ask hard questions. Why don't you give yourself permission to quit selling and find out exactly what you are selling? It is a Babylonian myth that man can build a stairway to heaven through his own works. Men cannot become gods. Jesus came down to us and died so that he could one day take us with him to a place He prepared for us. I will not become his equal in heaven, I will worship him. Nor do I have any desire to have my own planet and be worshiped as if such an outrageous thing were possible. Don't try to sell me Terri, and don't pull rank. Besides I suspect I know more that you do anyways.

      Joe Smith was a liar. It has been proven over and over again. If you want to hang your faith on Joe Smith, you are welcome to. My faith is in Jesus Christ. Not the phoney Mormon Christ who Mormon leaders have admitted is different from mine! I love mine!!!!! You could have him too, but you don't seem to know what your own leaders have said about mine.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • David Nelson

      Terri. Please answer a mere 3 questions! Answer them yourself and forget about selling me. Okay?

      1. Do you think Joseph Smith was a prophet?
      2. Did Joseph Smith teach that black people had black skin because they sided with Lucifer in the War in Heaen?
      3. Did Brigham Young teach that Adam was God?

      Just answer the questions.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  3. biologixco

    I visited the temple recently, but I forgot to pick my soul back up at the door.
    Do you have a lost and found department so I can get it back?

    April 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Terri

      This is obviously a man paid to make nasty comments on CNN. I went back and checked his comments and he was making rude comments all day yesterday. Who wastes an entire day online? Either someone with no life, or someone being paid to make those comments.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • biologixco

        Terri, you're a paid LDS shill at the LDS War Room.
        You dont like ANY criticism of mormoons

        April 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Terri

      I am a teacher, not a paid commenter on CNN blogs. I am so upset at your lies and slander that I will let everyone who comes on this blog that YOU Are a liar and jerk. You are ignorant, misinformed, and have no business spewing hate all over the internet, unless it is your business...paid by Obama's camp perhaps?

      April 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • biologixco

        Liar jerk ignorant misinformed?
        Make up your mind!
        Sheesh....

        April 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
      • biologixco

        Terri's magic panties must be bunched up

        April 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Terri

      So it's true, you are a paid spammer for Obama. Get a real job!!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • biologixco

        Terri, next laundry load, don't add so much starch to your magic underwear!
        Just a little friendly advice...

        April 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Terri

      JUST CAN'T DENY THAT YOU'RE BEING PAID TO POST REVOLTING SLANDER.

      BOY DID I NAIL THAT ONE.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • biologixco

        You Nailed it?
        Just like your hubby nailed wife #2, #3 and #4, but LEFT YOU OUT last night?

        April 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Terri

      TEACHERS GET REALLY GOOD AT DECIPHERING TRUTH FROM LIES....WE KNOW HOW TO SPOT A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING (NOT THAT YOU'RE COMMENTS ARE SHEEPISH IN ANY WAY, MORE LIKE A HUNGRY LION OUT TO HUNT)

      AT LEAST WE NOW KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
      • biologixco

        I fell mormon anger!
        Where's the love, man?

        April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • biologixco

        Terri, you forgot to pick up your soul at the door too?

        April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • biologixco

        The REAL Truth?
        go to EXmormon.org!

        April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Terri

      I'VE SEEN EVIL IN THE EYES OF STUDENTS, BUT YOUR'S IS COMING THROUGH ONLINE. OH THE DARKNESS. HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELF? YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • biologixco

        Honey, you really should turn that "caps" button off and go take your medication

        April 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Terri...I don't know...your bringing certain things to mind, like thorazine, haldol, lithium. You've got a looooooot of nasty anger in that body of yours. If you're so troubled by what people say on these chat boards then talk to your therapist please.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • biologixco

        I was thinking Prozac

        April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • biologixco

      Evil weevil

      April 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  4. biologixco

    Mitt Romney is an alien from Kolob.
    How can he run for President?
    You have to be born in the USA
    He was born on Kolob?
    LET"S SEE THAT BIRTH CERTIFICATE!
    NOW!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • biologixco

      Probably an ILLEGAL alien too!

      April 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Terri

      BEWARE OF BIOLOGIXCO....PROFESSIONAL SPAMMER.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • biologixco

        BEWARE OF TERRI, MORMON LDS PAID SHILL LOCATED IN THE LDS MORMON "WAR ROOM" IN SALT LAKE CITY!

        April 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Terri, I think CNN is pretty good at moderating their boards, and I'm certain that there wouldn't be a "professional spammer" on here. What's happening to you is your faith is being shaken and doubt is creeping in because biologixco makes so much sense. And that scares you.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  5. Brady34

    For those of you who think that people leave the Mormon church just because they have sinned or transgressed, watch this video.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv3y3I7EeOI&w=640&h=390]

    April 24, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Terri

      FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMON TEMPLES GO TO:

      LDS.org/church/temples

      April 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Janel

      You'll notice that Terri says "for the TRUTH...." Well that may be Terri's truth, but it's not THE truth. Someone that is so narrow-minded to believe they are the only right one in the world would be labeled narcissistic.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  6. Dave

    I think it is important to show respect for others faith, even when you disagree. There are many reasons why I am Mormon. I have talked to many people about my faith, but I have never had people explain away scriptures about the apostasy, the restoration, baptism for the dead, the godhead, the priesthood, prophets, etc.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • David Nelson

      Orson Pratt did not respect other faiths when he said if Mormonism is true, no one can reject it and be saved. And if false, no one can believe it and be saved. He threw down the challenge of saving you if Mormonism proved wrong. Well, it has proven that Smith was a liar and a false prophet. The only thing to do now would be to leave and find the real Christ. Gordon B Hinckley said the Christ of Mormonism is not the Christ of Christianity. So isn't it time to look for the real Christ. I know the pre-programmed reasons people give for believing Smith was a prophet, but never any tangible reason.

      Do you honestly believe he did not lie about many things? Do you really believe he did not lie abou the Egyptian scrolls that were proven to be ordinary pagan Egyptian burial rites with the gods Anubis, Isis, Osiris, etc.???? Do you really believe he magically interpretted them as a Mormon Holy Book and why? All who now know how to read ancient Egyptian know he lied so why do you shield yourself from reality? You could be free to find the real Christ and not be stuck with a false one.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Quinton56

      Good for you Dave! Now tell CNN to post a two-sided article about the Mormon Temples or perhaps take this one off since it's been open to comments for ages...like the video, which is "courtesy of the LDS church" is total propaganda.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  7. Quinton56

    Troubling Quotes from the Second Prophet (leader) of the Mormon Church

    Brigham Young said your own blood must atone for some sins.

    "There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 247; see also, vol. 4, p. 53-54, 219-220).

    Brigham Young said you must confess Joseph Smith as a prophet of God in order to be saved.

    "...and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fullness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of God, but is Antichrist," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p. 312).

    Brigham Young said his discourses are as good as Scripture.

    "I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).

    Brigham Young said he had never given any counsel that was wrong.

    "I am here to answer. I shall be on hand to answer when I am called upon, for all the counsel and for all the instruction that I have given to this people. If there is an Elder here, or any member of this Church, called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who can bring up the first idea, the first sentence that I have delivered to the people as counsel that is wrong, I really wish they would do it; but they cannot do it, for the simple reason that I have never given counsel that is wrong; this is the reason." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 161).

    Brigham Young compared his sermons with scripture.

    "I know just as well what to teach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them into the celestial kingdom...I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 95).

    Brigham Young said you are damned if you deny polygamy.

    "Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). Also, "The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269).

    Brigham Young said you can't get to the highest heaven without Joseph Smith's consent.

    "...no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 289).

    Brigham Young boasted.

    "What man or woman on earth, what spirit in the spirit-world can say truthfully that I ever gave a wrong word of counsel, or a word of advice that could not be sanctioned by the heavens? The success which has attended me in my presidency is owing to the blessings and mercy of the Almighty . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 12, p. 127).

    Brigham Young said Jesus' birth was as natural as ours.

    "The birth of the Savior was as natural as the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood–was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).

    Brigham Young said that God the Father and Mary 'do it.'

    "When the time came that His first-born, the Saviour, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came Himself and favoured that spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 218). "The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood - was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115). Note: the late Bruce McConkie who was a member of the First Council of the Seventy stated "There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events..." (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 742).

    Brigham Young said that Jesus was not begotten by the Holy Spirit.

    "I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal more remains to be told. Now, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 51).

    Brigham Young taught that Adam was God.

    "Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken - He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 50).

    Brigham Young made a false prophecy?

    "In the days of Joseph [Smith] it was considered a great privilege to be permitted to speak to a member of Congress, but twenty-six years will not pass away before the Elders of this Church will be as much thought of as the kings on their thrones," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 40).

    Brigham Young comments about blacks

    "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....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." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).

    "In our first settlement in Missouri, it was said by our enemies that we intended to tamper with the slaves, not that we had any idea of the kind, for such a thing never entered our minds. We knew that the children of Ham were to be the "servant of servants," and no power under heaven could hinder it, so long as the Lord would permit them to welter under the curse and those were known to be our religious views concerning them." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 172).

    "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, vol. 10, p. 110).

    Now if that last portion didn't strike you as unbelievably horrible, than imagine this....Mormons are taught to believe every word of their prophets as though they were the words of God: Unquestionable. And these are quotes from just one of their prophets.
    Now imagine the President of the USA being Mormon.....

    April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • David Nelson

      With your accurate quotes it could easily be argued that Brigham Young shows Joseph Smith in the place of Christ the way the Pope puts himself in the place of Christ. Therefore both have the spirit of antichrist written about by John in his epistles. Thei idea that a human being is necessary for your salvation is a sin that reaches up to heaven itself. There is no mediator between man and God but Jesus Christ and no other name whereby men might be saved.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • David Nelson

      Brigham Young was a manipulator first and foremost, keeping his subjects fully dependent on the system he helped to create. In 1 Cor 14:33 it states "God is not the author of confusion." Consider these cases. Elijah was an imperfect sinful man who ran away from his post, yet he was taken straight to Heaven. Was he bloodily killed and resurrected on the way? Satan fought to keep Moses from being taken to Heaven before the resurrection, but God gave him a special resurrection. See the book of Jude. Was he then bloodily killed and re-resurrected? Nowhere does it mention that Moses' blood must be shed first for the remission of his sins. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were just making things up in order to control people. But as the Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, There is nothing new under the sun.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • David Nelson

      The idea that one's own blood has to be shed to forgives sin utterly replaces Christ and would make individual believers of such a doctrine the partakers in an ant-christ mindset. Christ came to earth in the flesh for just that purpose, to take our punishment. To deny that he fully succeeded, would be saying "It is not finished, " when he said "IT IS FINISHED." He died once, a fullfilment of the lessons and symbolism of the earthly tabernacle. Hense, the veil was rent in two from Top to Bottom. Christ is still in the Heavenly Sanctuary of which the earthly was merely a faint copy. Christ priesthood went to Heaven with him and ceased to be a fleshly priesthood. Now there is a priesthood of all believers in his Heavenly Priesthood. But the Mormon church says IT has Christ's Heavenly Melchesedek priesthood. Pretty sad that they don't seem to have much faith in Him so they think they have to do His work for Him.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  8. anabeth

    This is hilarious!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiXpIdD8EeM&w=640&h=390]

    April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  9. David Nelson

    Mormonism is essentially bout sales when it comes write down to it. Making the sale, closing the deal. A beautiful Temple is a selling point. How about some of these "selling points". Mormonism teaches that Adam is God. But, in the bible it says Adam died. Mormonism teaches that Jesus and Satan were brothers. But Jesus was God and could be worshiped, Satan got thrown out of Heaven for wanting to have worship. Mormonism's prophets taught that black people once sided with Lucifer in some imagined pre-existence and therefore were cursed with their black skin. Mormonism's Temple rituals are modified Masonic rituals. Get the facts so you can give the door to door Mormon salesmen the boot if they come to your door. There are scores of similar bizarre beliefs, and they are not hard to find at all. Many wonderful books have been written exposing their polygamous, wife stealing founder, Joseph Smith.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  10. Holly in CA

    There was a fabulous article on the Huffington Post site yesterday...A Female Episcopal Priest Visits a Mormon Temple
    I hope this link works:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-tumminio/inside-a-mormon-temple-a-female-episcopal-priest-visits_b_1430206.html

    April 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • biologixco

      They probably kidnapped her and forced her to be somebody's #5 wife.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Happily Mormon

      I also read that article. It was wonderful to get the respectful perspective of a strong woman of another faith. I appreciate someone who can respect the value of what is sacred to another without feeling threatened or needing to attack that belief. The Bible teaches us that God is love, I wish we could all remember that when dealing with one another. Let us leave judgment to God and show thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the power of mercy has that he has extended to us by showing that same mercy and love for one another.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Quinton56

      Happy morm, I've NEVER met a mormon that didn't LIVE to judge another person. It's what you're taught from childhood. You can sound all sweet and loving on this post, but in real life you're judging people left and right. You're taught as a mormon that you are Gods chosen people (not the Jews) so how can you help it?

      April 24, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  11. Holly in CA

    I was married in a Mormon Temple and I still attend frequently. Temples are sacred places where Mormons worship and receive instruction. I've been in many temples and each is unique and beautiful. Mormons refer to temples as the House of the Lord. If you live near Kansas City I invite you to take the tour of this new temple. It will be worth your time.

    April 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • biologixco

      And they take VISA and Mastercard at the door so you can buy your "recommend" card.
      Just don't forget to pick up your soul when you leave...

      April 24, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • anabeth

      Hmmmm....I feel all warm and snuggly with your beautiful description of your temples. Now pardon me while I barf. Nobody talks that way. You're a propagandist. People know that language now. Try your fake beliefs elsewhere.

      April 24, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  12. Emmy

    More truth from the real people.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3lvKgN_htA&w=640&h=390]

    April 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Atheists

    Mormons all are fools and liars....talk about money for religion....What a pathetic loser group of sheep.
    Anyone who is mormon should be embarrassed and hide!!

    April 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • chaz8181

      Just wait til Romney gets to be president. Herr Romney that is...Germany..(1936) all over again..

      April 24, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  14. Atheists are correct!

    Mormons all are fools and liars....talk about money for religion....What a pathetic loser group of sheep.
    Anyone who is mormon should be embarrassed and hide!

    April 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  15. biologixco

    Thats a special gate on that door of that temple.
    You enter and your soul never leaves.
    Frozen forever.
    Until that swim in the fiery lake warms it up

    April 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  16. Holly in CA

    I love attending the Mormon temples. There is an amazing spirit of peace inside each temple, a peace that comes through Jesus Christ.

    April 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • biologixco

      Mee too! I just love to look up at the ceiling and whirl around and around and around and around
      Wheeee!

      April 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • biologixco

      You know what peace you'll find in the afterlife?
      Swimming in a fiery lake for eternity

      April 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Anny7

      Holly, you mean Jesus is actually in your temples and the spirit just goes right through him right in front of you? Geez you people need to learn to talk normally. Do you think anyone feels all fluffy and happy when you say silly stuff like that????

      April 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • biologixco

      I call wispy talk like that:
      MORMONESQUE

      April 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • John

      Sweet Evil Jesus I think the Holy Ghost just knocked me over trying to get out of the room and into your mormon temples!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  17. biologixco

    Mitt Romney and Warren Jeffs 2012
    Heal the rift between the LDS and the FLDS
    10 wives and a chicken in every pot!
    Romney/Jeffs2012!

    April 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  18. biologixco

    WHAT does it FEEL like to be a mormon?
    Close your eyes and spin quickly round and round 100 times.
    Open your eyes and try to walk forward.
    Now you know what it feels like to be mormon!

    April 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  19. what is a Mormon

    On the outside of the temples is an inscription, The House of the Lord...Holiness to the Lord. With reverence Mormons enter the temple to worship. I have visited many religious buildings, even the great cathedrals in Europe, but the Mormon temple is the most holy place I have ever been and the place where I most feel the spirit of the Lord.

    April 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jeff

      Of course you feel holy in your temples. You're taught the rituals that will prepare you for your own godhood!

      April 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • just sayin

      What is Mormon? Mormons do the work of the Devil. God Bless

      April 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  20. biologixco

    You can check in any time you like...
    But you can NEVER leave!

    April 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
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