Mormon blogger says he faces church slap-down, possible excommunication
The Mormon temple in Salt Lake City, where the church is headquartered.
September 24th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

Mormon blogger says he faces church slap-down, possible excommunication

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) - A Mormon blogger in Florida typed his way into national headlines when he recently went public about facing possible disciplinary action from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David Twede, who says he’s a fifth-generation Mormon, is the managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online publication that invites debate and open discussion about the LDS Church.

Late last week, The Daily Beast reported that after writing articles critical of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Twede, 47, said he was called into church offices in Orlando, Florida, where he was “interrogated” and given “cease and desist” orders.

At the end of this meeting, Twede says on his personal blog that he was handed a letter, which he has posted online. The letter, which spells his name incorrectly, requests that he appear before a disciplinary council on September 30. It states that he is being considered for disciplinary action “including the possibility of disfellowshipment or excommunication, because you are reported to have been in apostasy.”

Twede admits that what’s driving this prospective spiritual slap-down seems to be a matter of debate. Was it Twede’s criticism of Romney or something else?

The church's actions around Twede, who recently returned to the church after a long hiatus, has nothing to do with his politics, LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy said in a statement:

"It is patently false for someone to suggest they face Church discipline for having questions or for expressing a political view.  The Church is an advocate of individual choice.  It is a core tenet of our faith.  Church discipline becomes necessary only in those rare occasions when an individual’s actions cannot be ignored while they claim to be in good standing with the Church. Every organization, whether religious or secular, must be able to define where its boundaries begin and end."

The New York Times reported that it was Twede's public admission that he was trying to sway the beliefs of others at church that got him into trouble. The Salt Lake Tribune said it was his sharing of details about sacred LDS temple ceremonies – disclosures that faithful Mormons find offensive – that raised concerns.

The LDS Church is staying mum.

“While some may want to make their version of an issue public, the Church will not discuss the private lives of individuals,” Purdy said in his statement. “These matters are handled by local Church leaders and are done in an attitude of love and caring.  There are a number of possible outcomes to a Church disciplinary proceeding, only one of which is excommunication, which would be the most severe and least common result.”

Twede, who says he works in science and technology but wouldn't get more specific, hopes it doesn’t come to that.

He said he decided to become involved with the church after a five-year hiatus to get a better perspective.

“I cannot effectively address the concerns of members of my church if I am not there with them seeing what they see and hearing what they hear,” Twede wrote in an e-mail. “I believe if the LDS church officials do discipline me for my speech, it will show that the leaders in Salt Lake City run a cultist organization that is unable to withstand the scrutiny of a website that advocates honest and open discussion of its troubling history and present actions.”

The timing of his renewed interest is suspicious to some, including to Scott Gordon, president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, an organization that defends the LDS Church from detractors. He says Twede only began going back to church a couple of weeks ago after he assumed the managing editor role at MormonThink.

“He went to church for the purpose of being able to say he’s an active member in order to market his site better,” Gordon said.

But Twede said his identity hinges on being able to call himself a Mormon.

“I don't want to lose connection with my family culture that's existed with us for five generations,” he said by e-mail.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (863 Responses)
  1. blizzard

    Clearly this editor is trying to make the mormon religion look dumb. Just like the riots around the world about the anit-islam film are encouring people that americans are evil.

    I have gone to church with mormons. I have also spent a lot of times with americans. I am neither, but think both americans and mormons do silly things.

    no wonder CNN ratings keep dropping. Editors like this hope you are dumb enough to believe anything they write

    September 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • End Religion

      when you say you "think americans and mormons do silly things" surely you meant to say you "think all humans do silly things" and include yourself in there as well, eh? The various delusions and silliness of mankind do not end at one religion or nation's doorstep.

      September 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  2. Jack O' Latern

    It's clearly a CULT.

    September 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • End Religion


      September 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  3. BH

    Hah, it is so telling that theLDS church apologist, Gordon, criticizes Twede's coming back to the church as a tactic to promote Twede's website, because that is exactly what Gordon would have done. Apologists for the Mormon church live by Joseph Smith's tenet of lying for the promotion of self and church. Stay public with this story and read Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  4. Nic

    I find it amazing that the people of this nation have yet to truly question the beliefs of Mormon's and the LDS. Christians took the old testament, added a gospel and then became a new religion. Islam accepts the old and new testaments and then added a third book and became a new religion. The Mormon's added a totally new book to the new and old testament and still want to claim they are Christians. It's almost as if they fear being labeled non-christians in this nation. But when you believe something completely different from Christians and have an additional Gospel you need to man up and accept tht you are a break-away faith

    September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Nic

      And yes, we should all be concerned about a church elder holding the highest office in the land, also the same man who, according to classmates at BYU claimed he would be the first Mormon president. These people believe that each person is an individual power that has been in existence since creation and God offered them a path to becoming God's. They preach a gospel of prosperity.

      The Southern Bible beaters won't vote for Romney. That's why I predict he'll lose

      September 30, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  5. the Book of Life

    you can't be a member of a church, nor of a certain religion, without being able to abide by their teachings and beliefs and being held accountable in following their teaching.... HOWEVER, the mormon faith is an occult..... just sayin'

    September 30, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Michelle Smith

      If a person does not believe what "their church" stands for then being taken off the formal records should not even matter to them. Why would that person even care if they were on those records. Why would that person even be affiliated with those beliefs?

      I think this David Twede just wants to be in the limelight and get his 15 seconds of fame.

      The way I understand it a person who is ex-communicated is given another chance to either repent and follow the teachings of "their church" and rejoin when considered ready....or they can pursue the beliefs that caused the riff in the first place.

      It isn't hard to understand. If a person sincerely chooses the core beliefs of a group "to be their way of life" with any degree of integrity – then they will do it. If a person is just screaming for any kind of weak attention – then they act like this guy.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Consequence

      Whenever i hear people talk about this or that faith being a "cult", i wonder at what point a cult becomes a religion? Was Jesus and his small following considered a cult by Hebrew Authorities? To his enemies, was Jesus a "cult leader"? To the Roman Church, are the comparatively small little born again break away churches harmful cults? we all know that the current definition of "christian"was not decided upon by Jesus, but by 4th century christian bishops at a meeting (Nicaea) presided over by a pagan emperor (Constantine). Would Jesus have approved of this raise of hands or the persecution of those who did not meet their defintion? The whole effort looks to have been an attempt at unifiying Christianity under Roman control...a deeply political exaction. Today, the descendent Churches of those Bishops are disunited and in array and far from under the unifying force of the Roman Empire. but, is each one a religion, a cult, a following? disjointed members of a corrupted body?

      September 30, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • End Religion

      There is very little distinction between cult and religion. Generally, a cult worships a person as a god, whereas a religion worships a supernatural god. However it is then always argued from one belief to another why one's brand of belief is not a cult. As it is used today, generally, 'cult' is used to disparage while 'religion' is applied out of consideration. But it is all the same fraud.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  6. TSB8C

    Twede isn't telling the whole story here. Having sat through a number of these so-called "disciplinary councils" as a local clerk, I can tell you from first hand experience that it would never have anything to do with a person's politics. If you want a high profile example, look at Harry Reid. He supports gay marriage and abortion, both of which are against church doctrine; but he doesn't get threatened for excommunication over it. Twede has beliefs contrary to church doctrine, and that also wouldn't get you ex'ed. But when you actively work to tear down church belief and attempt to lead others away by doing tings like publishing and distributing "anti" materials, turning your activities against the church into your line or work and career, publicly denouncing church doctrine for gain, then you are putting your membership in jeopardy. Twede's web site doesn't "invite open discussion". He openly states that he doesn't accept various teachings, questions church origins, etc. Frankly, I don't see why he would want to remain a member if he doesn't believe and accept the doctrine anyway. Go join a different organization you do believe in, or start your own if you want. No one is locked into membership in the church if they don't want to still believe it.

    September 30, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  7. Alarm Shelters Guide

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to return the desire?.I'm trying to in finding issues to improve my site!I guess its adequate to use a few of your ideas!!

    September 30, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  8. moi

    We went to the polynesian cultural center in Hawaii... thinking we would learn about, you know THEIR CUTURE!?! Well, it was actually just a front for a Mormon money grubbing scheme. One of their creepy temples was right behind the facility. The fees were outrageous, and there was nothing to do or see. A few dancers, huts, and boats with people dressed up like "so-called" natives. It was pathetic. The most information or interaction we got was in a little colonial building where the history of Mormon missionaries was plastered all over the walls. This is where we were delivered the witnessing of the Mormon religion. I was so sick and disgusted with this place. DON'T WAST YOUR MONEY!

    September 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • ¥

      All the other churches went to polynesia and destroyed the culture! Kudos to the Mormons who went in and do their best to preserve the culture and to encourage the young Polynesians to learn it and remember it!

      September 30, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • End Religion

      The mormons make a joke of it. True Polynesian culture is only preserved at the Polynesian Hotel in Disney World.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  9. Augustine

    I often check the news for discussions about the cultural and religious happenings within the United States, and am always interested in the dialogue that goes on between various groups. In the case of this story and the comments associated with it, I have to admit that I am vastly disappointed in the extremely negative remarks made by people commenting on this story. People may not agree with Mormonism (or religion in general) for their own personal reasons, but regardless of our opinions, we should have the dignity to show respect, even to those we think are wrong. Unfortunately the anonymity of the internet makes us feel as if we can "leave our common courtesy at the door." Regardless of what opinion we hold, we should remember that we are talking to people we live in the same country with. The great difficulty of a democracy is the ability to work with people that you don't agree with at all.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • wkb4447

      Thank you for your objective, courteous, and insightful commentary. You are absolutely correct in saying that the anonymity of the Internet allows us to leave common courtesy at the front door. It also reveals the darkest side of individual prejudice and bigotry in our country. I'm not a member of either of the two major political parties, but I respect the fact that both try to have the best interest of the country as core belief in their respective platforms. That a candidate's religious affiliation should be an issue or that mean-spirited remarks be made about an entire belief system based on limited knowledge and experience with that system is more troublesome to me than just about any other thing in this year's election. I believe in God and I believe that it hurts him to see how badly we treat each other. Let's all try and be more tolerant and kind, even on the Internet.

      September 30, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • End Religion

      Just like Germans and Jews tolerated Nazis, even as both were devastated, right? Religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  10. tbone

    is see a lot of hate and smearing of mormons from evangelicals and liberals. Why don't mormons try and smear them? It is so transparent the agenda of some of these posts= Don't voter for Romney bc he is mormon. get over it already.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • niknak

      Don't vote for Rmoney because he is douch bag.
      That he is a mormon means nothing, as it is just another cult like all the other religions.
      A creepier version, but a cult nonetheless.

      September 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • moi

      funny and very true

      September 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Sadie Boyd

      niknak, you nailed it.

      September 30, 2012 at 9:15 am |
  11. Kirk

    (Revelation 18:2, 3) . . .“She has fallen! Babylon the Great has fallen, and she has become a dwelling place of demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation and a lurking place of every unclean and hated bird! 3 For because of the wine of the anger of her fornication all the nations have fallen [victim], and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traveling merchants of the earth became rich due to the power of her shameless luxury.”
    (Revelation 18:4-8) . . .And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her, my people, if YOU do not want to share with her in her sins, and if YOU do not want to receive part of her plagues. 5 For her sins have massed together clear up to heaven, and God has called her acts of injustice to mind. 6 Render to her even as she herself rendered, and do to her twice as much, yes, twice the number of the things she did; in the cup in which she put a mixture put twice as much of the mixture for her. 7 To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For in her heart she keeps saying, ‘I sit a queen, and I am no widow, and I shall never see mourning.’ 8 That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong." (sound like the religions, or should I say False religions of today)

    September 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • End Religion

      Wiser verse:
      "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit Not a nasty, dirty wet hole, filled with the ends of earth worms and an ozzy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole, with nothing to sit down on or to eat; it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort."

      From the book of Bilbo, 1:1

      September 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  12. robCM


    September 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Tee


      September 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • moi


      September 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • withkids

      placebo changes things

      September 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  14. Kevin

    I'm a Mormon. I've personally been through a few disciplinary actions taken against me. I can tell you from personal experience that they were done in love and to help me not to commit sins that were against the very things I am striving for (to become more like Christ). I can also say that I am certain that this article only contains content given by the one who claims he's a victim. Is it possible for someone to be called into the office on matters that are none of the church leaders (Bishop, Stake President) business? Sure. It can happen. I'm sure it's happened before. Just because someone is called to a position in the church does not make them a perfect person, it does not make them immune from overstepping boundaries. It is very easy for anyone who is hostile towards this church to jump all over a story like flies on poop when something like this happens. I know how these things go. I've been through it. I've seen the good and the bad of these situations. And I can tell you that just like any other religion, a members actions do not reflect the church as a whole. And I know that you guys want to believe that they do, but it's just because of the hatred in your hearts.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Kevin

      I jumped the gun on my response because I ran down the the comments section. Why are we listening to the whines of this blogger. It is self evident that this man was against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from the beginning. So when his opinions about the church are anti LDS why would it be condemning for this man to stand excommunication? He calls our Prophet a cultists and then complains that he's in trouble? Really? Why is he even a member if he just flat out doesn't believe in the church? The things he says make him sound more like a mole looking for a conspiracy rather than being an honest member trying their best.

      September 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • danhiland

      Thank you for telling the truth, Kevin. I have been in a lot of councils- as a Bishopric member- and know exactly what you speak of. They are based on love and are inspired of God. They are for the benefit of the person attending, and help that individual understand the steps they need to take to repent.

      September 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • moi

      Of course you think abuse was a good thing for you. If you didn't you would have to admit that they were wrong, which would make you have to look at your religion realistically, which would make you have to think reasonably, which would probably cause you to leave your religion, which would probably cause you to lose all your mormon friends and family, and you couldn't handle that. So let's just be honest about what this is all about. It's about you not wanting to lose your security. It's about fear. That's why religions work so well in the first place. They scare the sh1t out of gullible people.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • End Religion

      kevin, dan,
      you're not children anymore. Stop thinking like it. There's is no need to be "called down to the office" as if you're in elementary school. Your "elders" are people, who while they may or may not have more life experience, know nothing more or less than you about whether there is a Creator. They're repeating lies they heard and were forced to believe just as you are. All religion is a fraud, and you allow them to take advantage of you. Grow up.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  15. GotMullet

    All the Obama campaign has left is to shead division and miscontent about Mormonism to try and taint Romney's candidacy. They have no record to promote. Politicians have used sectarian strife for their gain for generations. Think the JFK campaign. As president, whether you agree or not with his politics, he proved he was not a papist operative. Al Smith was defeated in his run for president twice, once by Hoover, and knocked out of the primary by FDR, for no other reason except he was Catholic.... and look what we got? The New Deal. The biggest shame is CNN bothering to print this drivel for their obvious reasons.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Tee

      What has the Obama campaign ever said about mormonism? Please provide prove of ONE WORD against it.

      September 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Sadie Boyd

      Silly attempt to turn this into the presidential race...Scientology, Mormonism, Catholism and other churches should pay taxes...but that has nothing to do with this article and neither does your comment...

      September 30, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  16. Paul

    Why the distorted image of the Temple?

    September 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • moi

      Ummm, because that place is warped, of course!

      September 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • withkids

      creepy and secretive. secrets rarely lead to good.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  17. sagewy

    I knew a girl in high school who became pregnant by a mormom boyfriend. She was ex communicated; he was not.

    September 29, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Paul

      Unless you were part of the disciplinary counsel, you have no idea for the purpose of the outcome. What where the facts in the situation?

      I have sat in on many of these councils, and everyone was conducted with love and for the purpose of helping the individual.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • End Religion

      Religion is the biggest Trojan Horse in history. They purport to offer love yet only deliver hate and divisive intolerance. Mormonism: ha ha, charade you are.

      This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first:

      John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."

      Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."

      Me: "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"

      John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the guts out of you."

      Me: "What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"

      John: "Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."

      Me: "That doesn't make any sense. Why..."

      Mary: "Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"

      Me: "Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."

      John: "Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."

      Me: "Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"

      Mary: "Oh yes, all the time..."

      Me: "And has He given you a million dollars?"

      John: "Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."

      Me: "So why don't you just leave town now?"

      Mary: "You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the guts
      out of you."

      Me: "Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"

      John: "My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."

      Me: "Haven't you talked to her since then?"

      John: "Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."

      Me: "So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"

      Mary: "Well, He gives you a little bit before you leave. Maybe you'll get a raise, maybe you'll win a small lotto, maybe you'll just find a twenty-dollar bill on the street."

      Me: "What's that got to do with Hank?"

      John: "Hank has certain 'connections.'"

      Me: "I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."

      John: "But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the guts out of you."

      Me: "Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."

      Mary: "No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."

      Me: "Then how do you kiss His ass?"

      John: "Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."

      Me: "Who's Karl?"

      Mary: "A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."

      Me: "And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"

      John: "Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."

      From the Desk of Karl
      1. Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.
      2. Use alcohol in moderation.
      3. Kick the guts out of people who aren't like you.
      4. Eat right.
      5. Hank dictated this list Himself.
      6. The moon is made of green cheese.
      7. Everything Hank says is right.
      8. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
      9. Don't use alcohol.
      10. Eat your wieners on buns, no condiments.
      11. Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the guts out of you.

      Me: "This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."

      Mary: "Hank didn't have any paper."

      Me: "I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."

      John: "Of course, Hank dictated it."

      Me: "I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"

      Mary: "Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."

      Me: "I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the guts out of people just because they're different?"

      Mary: "It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."

      Me: "How do you figure that?"

      Mary: "Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"

      Me: "Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."

      John: "No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."

      Me: "But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."

      John: "There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."

      Me: "Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."

      Mary: "But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."

      Me: "I'm not really an expert, but I think the theory that the Moon was somehow 'captured' by the Earth has been discounted*. Besides, not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it cheese."

      John: "Ha! You just admitted that scientists make mistakes, but we know Hank is always right!"

      Me: "We do?"

      Mary: "Of course we do, Item 7 says so."

      Me: "You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"

      John: "Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."

      Me: "But...oh, never mind.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  18. sagewy

    Yep; that is mormons for you. They stick together like a cult while being outwardly nice and polite. Anyone knows this who has been raised in mormon communities. I have no doubt they threatened this man with ex communication. I have several friends who were ex communicated.

    September 29, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Paul

      Sounds like you need to help your friends repent. Christ does want all to have faith in Him, and accept His mercy, and avoid sin.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • DWN

      Paul, Repent from what? Coming to one's senses?

      September 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • End Religion

      lol, repent from coming to one's senses. classic!

      September 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  19. Jesus Christ

    Actually mormons LOVE to tout how much they do for other people...for the world...for each other. In reality, they do nothing but build a corporate empire to try to squash freedom in this great country and restore their idea of a Theocracy. Look it up!

    September 29, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Jesus Christ da Second

      Thet are just following the example of the orginal christian church and the present vicar of christ on earth, oppulance and greed are good, don't you know. Religion is probably the biggest and most wealthy business in the world, just look in every country on earth the amount spent on worshiping one god or another is astounding.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  20. relmfoxdale

    Um, duh? What else does the Mormon church do but kick people out? I knew a girl in high school who was kicked out. It's their "thing."

    September 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • holdenitupp

      What else does the Mormon church do but kick people out? My LDS friends do more service for their community than anyone I know. I respect them as a group more than any other I know.

      September 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • What?

      I have been LDS my whole life and have never known a single person who was "kicked out."

      September 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Iammormon

      This guy in the story is a fraud. He goes on hiatus from the church for 5 years just because he needs to take a break and then comes back and within a short amount of time is looking at church discipline. Give me a break. This guy started going to church again just to cause problems with the church and get into trouble so he could bad mouth the mormon faith. He doesn't care about the church, or anyone else for that matter. Why does CNN pick up these stories?

      This fraud writes “I cannot effectively address the concerns of members of my church if I am not there with them seeing what they see and hearing what they hear,” Like I need a trouble maker like this to address my concerns. This is a load of Bull @#*&. CNN you should be ashamed of your self.

      September 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Ben

      You knew one person who was kicked out. Wow, that sounds like they kick everyone out then.

      September 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Jospeh Smith

      I have kicked out many for whatever "infractions" strike me that particular day. I will kick out many more! Now, someone quickly bring me another wife. I'm horny.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
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