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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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    June 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  2. Abinadi

    Even though the mormon church teaches that families are the cornerstone of their faith, this video is among HUNDREDS, if not thousands of others that need to be heard. These are the real people. Not paid actors like those mormon commercials where they say, I am a mormon." Watch this and open your heart to its truth.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a989OOSOycw&w=640&h=390]

    June 1, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Be

      As a Mormon I have no problems with this video, it is three individual’s experiences. Just because the husband never knew any of it until he was 30 doesn't mean much for or against it. Other than "Isn't the internet amazing!!!" I am about the same age as he is and I have been talking about many of claims of this "shocking" research since I was 12 around the kitchen table with my grandparent and cousins who are all members of this church. There is just as much doubt about the research they reference, from scholars who have spent the same "many years" researching for the "honest" truth of Mormon history. I have friends who also believe 100% that a man never landed on the moon and friends who believe aliens really exist or you can find people who can "prove" no historic evidence for Jesus and many other "truths" and claims that you could read "500 pages" of research on.

      From the video besides the psychological claim of harm, they don't say much about the harm they have received. Especially not the big family they have to take care of. The opposite they have many good thing to say about Mormons but they just choose not to say any of them in this video. There are, I am sure, many Mormons just like them that don't leave the church, they stay for "the benefits". Just like any other church, there are people with serious doubts that stay for the benefits.

      I land on the side of that this church has brought me nothing but freedom and happiness, I could leave it I guess but for what? For some reason I can't see how I could find more of whatever they tell me I am supposed to be looking for.

      June 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Jonny

    Jesus mention in Matthew 7 that through their fruits or actions you will recognize my followers. Jesus also thought to worship his Father Jehovah just like he does. He came down to do the will of his father not of his own. Mormons worship Joseph Smith, they mask it by saying they believe in Jesus, but they don't even use the bible in there teachings. They use the the Book of Mormon as their holy book. The Bible is just a mask that is used to cover it up. But I will say this, other than Jehovah's Witness, Mormons are the only one I see preach door to door like Jesus did. But the difference is they only do it for 2 yrs and thats that. They don't make it their course of life. Jesus thought us in Matthew 24:14: "These good news of the kingdom shall be preached in all over the world, and then the end will come." Mormons only preach for 2yrs.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Ben

      Your have been misinformed, I don't blame you but those who misinformed you and misinformed them and on.

      1. Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith any more than they do Abraham or Peter. If a Mormon worshiped Joseph Smith and it was known, they would be guided that they are misinformed, then to repent and if they refuse to stop they would be excommunicated.

      2. Mormons do believe everything in the New Testament and worship Jesus Christ as just as it is "taught in the Bible". You would be hard pressed to find anything otherwise if you visited a Mormon congregation. We do currently follow a annular Scripture study in our Sunday School classes(for 1 hour during our 3 hour service each Sunday). One year we study the Old Testament, then the next year the New Testament, followed by the Book of Mormon and then other modern scripture. So you could say we only devote 52 hours every four years to studying just the New Testament but then again we do the same for all our Scripture, pretty equal if you ask me. However many of us read the whole Bible every year regardless.

      3. To say we only devote 2 years to preaching is to me incorrect again. We consider it extremely important to share the most important thing is our lives to everyone we can through out our lives. We also believe the main reason for being here on earth is to gain a physical body and have a family. Which means since there is no paid ministry, we consider ourselves extremely blessed to be able to devote 2 full years to solely preach about Jesus. However it would be hard to raise a family with no money, we need to come back and educate ourselves to support those families, then raise them. While raising my family I try to share Christs teachings with those around me when every I can. I believe teaching my children is just as valuable and loving my neighbor. Many couples serve several or at least one full time mission once their child raising years are over and they can save up enough money to support themselves as full time preachers.

      Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe they are true followers of Jesus, with a little bit more information that might help you live happier and more fulfilled life now. We also believe in the salvation of all those who accept Christ, meaning to me while I think what I have is highly valuable and could benefit all mankind, I believe Jesus will accept many many people who are not 'Mormon'!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  4. David Nelson

    There are scores of Mormon doctrines that most christians would view as bizarre if they knew about them. Even if a few of them turned out to be true it would not change the fact that Joseph Smith was a money digging con-artist who stole men's wives in his ego feeding lust for power. He was a practicer of polygamy who lied about it and destroyed the printing press of the Nauvoo Expositor when they tried to expose what he was doing.

    All Mormonism stands or falls on whether Smith was an honest man. History shows just the opposite. He was a practicer of occultic things such as using a seer stone, something the bible strictly forbids. He and his dad would tell farmers there was money buried on their land and for a fee would go find it and unearth it up with the aid of Joseph's magical seer stone. That he formed a religious cult that calls itself christian is a great tragedy.

    I don't expect Mormons to believe anything I am saying because they generally believe he was a true prophet of God because they have a feeling that he was, a burning in the bosom feeling that his tales are all true. How can you reason with a feeling. That is the only evidence that matters once one has decided that any other evidence is from satan? Its a strange place to be for sure. I was once there. That feeling is as important to Mormonism as speaking in tongues is to Pentacostals. A Mormon would not have his all important testimony without it. Mormonism is held together by feelings and the fear of even examining its doctrines with pure reason.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • David Nelson

      So in other words: When Mormon missionaries come to your door with their carefully polished sales pitch, they are trying to induce a feeling in you. They will tell you that those feelings are the Holy Spirit if you agree with them. But consider this. Blasphmey against the Holy Spirit is the only sin that cannot be forgiven. If one gets in the habit of misidentifying the Holy Spirit as being the same as one's feelings, one could be inadvertantly calling oneself the Holy Spirit and that is very, very dangerous ground to be on.

      So unless you are extremely well grounded biblically, I would recommend that you say "No thanks" when they come to your door.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • other david

      I say we let people decide based on facts....which you are clearly unwilling to present. Rather you present blanket statements like:
      "Joseph Smith was a money digging con-artist who stole men's wives in his ego feeding lust for power"– If you at all honest with yourself why don't you produce the evidence of this? You claim he and his father went around telling people there was treasure on their property so he could swindle them? Prove it. Good luck because it's not true.

      People like you run around spewing stories of magic underwear and other distortions but rarely acknowledge the good of Mormonism. It teaches people to be patriotic, honest, hardworking, faithful, moral, etc... Rather ironic fruit for a church you believe to be a cult and of the devil.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Ben

      David, did you just state that religion is only for well educated bible folks? Can you tell me where you go to get well educated in such a manner as to not be influenced by those teaching you? Can you prove to me that you are not confused by what the Holy Spirit is and is not? You may say, 'Yes, read the bible it tells you how to tell what the Holy Spirit feels like and doesn't feel like?' I say once again who taught you how to interpret the Bible? Most Mormon missionaries use the New Testament to explain the Holy Spirit, just like you do. Seems like a wash argument to me! However God did not leave us without means to know the right or how else would we find our way? Talk to God who lives and listen to your heart and he will teach you the truth. Mormons are taught and teach to not just follow those around you even your parents to a point but to find out for yourself and talk to God. Even the most uneducated person can pray, God has charity!

      May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  5. Vanka

    The LDS Bible Dictionary states:

    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom of God on the earth, but is at the present limited to an ecclesiastical kingdom. During the millennial era, the kingdom of God will be both political and ecclesiastical (see Dan. 7:18, 22, 27; Rev. 11:15; JST Rev. 12:13, 7; D&C 65), and will have worldwide jurisdiction in political realms when the Lord has made a full end of all nations (D&C 87:6)."

    Proposition 8 in California is just the tip of the Mormon fascist iceberg. The LDS Church spends huge sums of money in a number of states "cultivating" political offices, lobbying, supporting superPACS, and engaging in smear campaigns against candidates who are not in line with legislation the Church desires. For proof, do a little research on the recently disclosed private letters between the late Elder Loren C. Dunn (former Mission President in Sydney Australia, where he is universally despised). Dunn worked behind the scenes in Hawaii and California, funding and overseeing the establishment of non-profit "interfaith" groups as fronts for the Church to "cultivate political offices" (Dunn's words) and manipulate the political apparatus in the direction Church leaders desired. And Dunn's letters to the top LDS leaders reveal that they deliberately did these things to avoid the Church's name and reputation being associated with it!

    And as a well- connected leader in the Mormon Church, Mitt Romney stands to take his place among the elite "kings and queens, priests and priestesses" of the global Mormon kingdom!

    May 20, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • other david

      so mormons lobby to ensure that their beliefs are represented in government? How is that different from what many groups (religious or otherwise) do today?

      Here's a tip: there is no consipiracy by the mormons to take over the world and force conversion. Sorry to disappoint all the consipiracy theorists out there. If you truly understood the mormons you would understand their belief that agency is sacred and you would never be forced to believe anything.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  6. pastmorm

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKG5kMnZZcM&w=640&h=390]

    May 8, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Believer

      Only someone who has evil in his heart could make this video.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • David Nelson

      So telling the truth is evil? Only in Mormonism could one get so twisted around.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  7. David Nelson

    This is such a heartfelt article that I think it deserves a wider audience. It gives you some idea how hard it is to live out in the heart of Mormondom and face the never ending pressure to conform to the system.

    http://www.postmormon.org/exp_e/index.php/pomopedia/I_joined_for_all_the_wrong_reasons.../

    May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • David Nelson

      http://www.postmormon.org/exp_e/index.php/pomopedia/I_joined_for_all_the_wrong_reasons.../

      May 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  8. GOD

    I created mormons so all mankind can have a good time on making jokes about them

    May 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • biologixco

      An evil Kolob mormonian curse upon you

      May 10, 2012 at 2:42 am |
  9. David Nelson

    There are scores of Mormon doctrines that most christians would view as bizarre if they knew about them. Even if a few of them turned out to be true it would not change the fact that Joseph Smith was a money digging con-artist who stole men's wives in his ego feeding lust for power. He was a practicer of polygamy who lied about it and destroyed the printing press the Nauvoo Expositor when they tried to expose what he was doing. All Mormonism stands or falls on whether Smith was an honest man. History shows just the opposite. He was a practicer of occultic things such as using a seer stone, something the bible strictly forbids. He and his dad would tell farmers there was money buried on their land and for a fee would go find it and unearth it up with the aid of Joseph's magical seer stone. That he formed a religion that calls itself christian is a great tragedy.

    I don't expect Mormons to believe anything I am saying because they generally believe he was a true prophet of God because they have a feeling that he was, a burning in the bosom feeling that his tales are all true. How can you reason with a feeling. That is the only evidence that matters once one has decided that any other evidence is from satan? Its a strange place to be for sure. I was once there. That feeling is as important to Mormonism as speaking in tongues is to Pentacostals. A Mormon would not have his all important testimony without it.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Jeanie

    Mormons will proselytize to reinforce their brain washing. There are many backwards and discriminatory Mormons. History tells how Mormons have openly discriminated against Gay's and Blacks. Like a chameleon they modify the outward message while their dogma remains unchanged. Ever wonder how and why John Smith met the second coming in the mid 1900's, how preposterous is that??? These folks will believe absolutely anything as long as the church tells them to do so.

    May 6, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • other david

      Based on your comment it sounds like you are the one who will believe anything. In this case, you are believing any anti-mormon rhetoric that comes your way.

      John Smith met the second coming in the 1900's??? Completely 100% wrong. It is Joseph Smith, lived in the 1800's and never claimed to have met or experienced the second coming of Christ.

      But don't let the facts get in the way of your hateful rhetoric. Carry on.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Wow, these vitriolic comments make me wonder, "Who are the real Christians here?" I'm banking on the Mormons.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Lizziecool

      Lisa...and your proof that the only people that are real Christians is..........?????????????
      Oh, I forgot....megalomania. Except mormons believe they will become gods and that the current Christian god was once a mortal man on some other planet....so I'm missing the part where you THINK mormons are christian...you seem pagan to me and most people with enough sense to look up your real beliefs and history.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • other david

      @lizziecool.....please share with the forum what people will be doing in the afterlife. Since you chastise the mormons for their belief you must know what happens when we die. In the event that you don't know exactly what happens after death i suggest you refrain from bashing the beliefs of others since your opinion can't be 'proven' true either.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Rocky

    No matter what you say..Mormonism is a heretical cult and always will be. It must not be allowed to take over this country in the person of Mitt Romney!! Stop Mormonism now!!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  13. Cannie

    Here are some very troubling quotes from the Journal of Discourses...something that the second leader of the Mormon church wrote. Mormons are forbidden to go against the words of their prophets, so what follows is what they really believe even though they will deny it outside their temples.

    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.....

    May 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  14. biologixco

    Google: The White Horse Prophecy
    Understand what the evil mormonians are up to.
    Know WHY its important NOT to vote for Romney 2012!
    Just Say NO to Romney2012!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • biologixco

      According to mormons, MItt Romney was born on Planet Kolob.
      If thats the case, he is an ILLEGAL ALIEN.
      And is not eligible to run for President.
      Let's see that BIRTH CERTIFICATE...NOW!

      April 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • fiscal conservative

      They do not belive Mitt Romney was born on planet Kolob. They believe enough weird stuff. You dont have to be lazy and make stupid crap up.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  15. chrispy

    The epitome of excess...LDS is separate and high'n mighty...and surely well on their way to a new final solution.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  16. Jacksonhey

    Here's a great way to learn what the Mormons believe. They will not deny any of this cartoon because it's what they really believe.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HSlbuli7HM&w=640&h=390]

    April 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Todd

      This is not what mormons believe.

      May 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Janelle

      I will deny that cartoon! It is NOT what we believe! About 3/4 of it is lies! It is also filled with many half-truths. The devil is the author of lies and half-truths. That video is blasphemy to us!

      May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Lizziecool

      Ewww...Janelle... You just denied that you believe you will become a god, that Lucifer is Jesus' brother and that God was born as a mortal man on another planet before become a god to this planet. There you go! Off to OUTER-DARKNESS with you! (Look it up!)

      May 4, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • Believer

      Not true. @Lizziecool, you don't know what you say. May God have mercy on you

      May 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  17. Russ

    We need a Scientologist to win the republican nomination. Then we can get all kinds of great articles about those little machines that test how much alien energy you have! And how we all came here from the planet FROOT LOOP on DC-10s...

    April 29, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  18. Terry

    We don't care how you bring 'em, just bring 'em young.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  19. 2 cute gay boys

    I want to visit the temple.
    Are gay people welcome?
    It would be nice if my gay partner and I could get married in that temple.
    Could they find it in their heart to let us?
    We will wear the magic underwear!

    April 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Dave

      That depends...don't attempt any public displays of affection; there was a gay couple forcibly removed from the LDS' Temple Square after they kissed on church grounds. An act which straight couples do all the time at Temple Square.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  20. Evil Mormonian Brainwasher

    Mormons are pure evil.
    If you go into that temple they will put you into the Kolobian Brainwasher, located in the basement.
    They have an altar on the 4th floor where they do human sacrifice.
    If you pray in that temple, your peanus will turn black and fall off.
    Don't be a fool. Don't doo it.

    April 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • David Nelson

      Are you trying to make the LDS church look like victims of crazy people? The facts disprove Mormonism. What you are doing just drives them deeper into their misguided shells.

      April 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • biologixco

      Mormons are the nicest people you will ever meet.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Chuck

      Sad that people actually believe the nonsense in the Book of Mormon.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Mark in Omaha

      Careful brainwasher, your lack of couth is only superceded by your poor grammar, terrible spelling and general ignorance.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Janelle

      Your post is pure lies. Do you have nothing better to do than to make up such outlandish lies about us?

      May 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
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