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June 24th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

Explain it to me: Mormonism

With two Mormons running for the Republican presidential nomination and a play riffing on the religion tearing up Broadway, the country appears to be having a Mormon moment.

Here are 10 facts about Mormonism. What other questions do you have about the faith?

1. The official name of the Mormon church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2. Mormons consider themselves Christian but their beliefs and practices differ from traditional Christianity in key ways, including belief in sacred texts outside the Bible and practices like posthumous proxy baptism and wearing special undergarments.

3. There are about 14 million Mormons today, with more than half living outside the United States.

4.  The Mormon religion was founded in upstate New York in 1830, when Joseph Smith published a translation of writings he said he found and translated from Egyptian-style hieroglyphics into English.  That's the Book of Mormon, which believers say consists of writings produced by ancient American civilizations.

5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has outlawed polygamy since 1890.

6. Early Mormons faced intense persecution, so church headquarters relocated from New York to Missouri to Illinois in rapid succession. Joseph Smith was killed by a mob in Illinois. His successor, Brigham Young, led early Mormons to the Great Salt Lake in what's now Utah, where church headquarters remains.

7. Mormon men are expected to perform two years of missionary work beginning when they're 19 years old. Women can also do missionary work when they turn 21, but there is less pressure to do so.

8. Famous Mormons include J.W. Marriott, founder of the hotel chain, Glenn Beck and Gladys Knight, a convert.

9. Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney represent different generations of Mormonism that have related pretty differently to American culture.

10. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is running some major ad campaigns to take advantage of burgeoning interest in the religion.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism

soundoff (3,741 Responses)
  1. lhb08

    Just food for thought, more toward the comments than the article. "When one sees others throwing rocks at a mango tree, one knows the tree bears good fruit."

    October 9, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Harry Kermet

      What an idiotic statement.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • 4

      unless the tree isnt built on solid ground.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Cookie M.

      Food for thought? Do you like cookies?

      October 9, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Cookie M.

      I like mango cookies.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  2. Harry Kermet

    Mormons are unable to think critically about their religion. They blindly follow dogma that was created by a polygamist cult. I greatly respect Ex-Mormons who stood up in the face of a powerful cult called Mormonism. Me Morman cult leaders in Utah don't care about the average American, only their clan of fellow Mormons. I used to be Morman, so I know. Watch the Mormans attack me now and defend their wacky religion.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Russtino

      Members of the church are encouraged to question constantly that which is taught in the church. To think it out in their own mind and come to their own conclusions. Do you feel attacked?

      October 9, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • TexMexMo

      Isn't it strange how all of a sudden all these Mormons are coming out to their defense? Stop your brainwashing already!

      October 9, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Russtino

      Why is it strange to defend what you believe in?

      October 9, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  3. Cookie M.

    You don't like cookies, do you? I don't like people who do not like cookies.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Russtino

      I love cookies. Obama should include them in his health plan.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Cookie M.

      Yes. If cookies are in health plan, I like Obama.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  4. ab_contador

    all religion is bad - as soon as I find out someone has "faith" I know they are stupid

    October 9, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  5. Ashley

    We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

    We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

    We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

    We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

    We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

    We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

    We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

    We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

    We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

    We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Mike in SA

      ...and your point and how it relates to Mormon?

      October 9, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Cookie M.

      You might like cookies so I might like you.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Shade

      That's all well and good Ashley, but it simply demonstrates how the LDS church has usurped the language of Christianity and attempts to hide the new meaning it gives words. It's one thing to claim you believe in God...it is another to proclaim that "as God is, so can man become." You mention Adam's transgressions, but fail to mention that the LDS church has actively taught that God=Adam. I could go on, but will simply say for folks not to trust the slick sales pitch of the church and instead do some deep investigation into the claims.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Russtino

      Ashley just posted what are known in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as "The Articles of Faith." They are 13 tenants that members of the church are supposed to strive to live by.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Russtino

      Shade – I have been in the church for 31 years. I have never once in my life heard from anyone that God = Adam. Until you mentioned it.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • 4

      James 5:7 ¶ Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

      Jam 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

      Jam 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

      Jam 5:1 ¶ Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you].
      Jam 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
      Jam 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
      Jam 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
      Jam 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
      Jam 5:6 Ye have condemned [and] killed the just; [and] he doth not resist you.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • EveryPersonHere

      Too long, didn't read.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • ***

      Russ - the word is "tenet" not "tenant"

      "tenant" is one who rents or occupies a property.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Russtino

      My bad. Thank you for the correction.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Cookie M.

      Hold on, hold on Shade. Even I know Mormons don't believe Adam and God are the same person. Even though Mormons believe both God and Adam like cookies, that doesn't mean they believe they are the same person. I hope you like cookies, because God does and if God does you better . . . or else!!!!

      October 9, 2011 at 12:56 am |
  6. Mike

    Mormonism is no more a cult than any other religion. You can make the case that all religions are strange in some ways, that they believe in weird, fantastic things, etc. We went through this same debate in 1960 when Kennedy ran for President and he got elected. And after he was elected it was a non-issue.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  7. HotAirAce

    Mormons are no better or worse than any other religious cult. I've been to 3 mormon weddings – in every case supposedly strict mormons wanted to know where the after-party with alcohol was going to be.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  8. scott niles

    very watered down explanation. smith was kicked out of every church for for questioning the religions of the day so he formed his own church stating that an angel came to him and showed him a hat with special lasses and seeing stones that enabled him to see images in the stones. this was considered witchcraft so he had to keep moving. Mormons believe that the earth is only several thousand years ol so I would never vote for such a weak minded person to run our country on those beliefs. He (smith) also preached that when a mormon dies he will be judged by jesus, elohim and john smith himself. What a load of crap. The people that worship this kind of crap are idiots. To me this is why we are stuck where we are as a society and cant get passed war, fighting, etc. is because we still cant shake the idea that there is something else out there in a god like form. we EVOLVED!! and that is that until we come to the realization as a race around the world we will never evolve further than we are for it is these antiquated beliefs that keep us stuck where we are today. I dont care what religion you are, it does not give you the right to slaughter or force entire races into your belief system! Brigham young slaughtered indians in his religions name. crusaders slaughtered people in the middle east in religions name. Missionaries slaughtered natives in remote corners of the world because they wouldnt convert and today we have been at war for ten years due to two different beliefs about religion. So much technology, so little humanity.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • K Anderson

      Scott
      "What a load of crap", you say, which pretty accurately describes your rant. I've read enough anti-Mormon information to recognize some of the things you quote. You've clearly never heard any legitimate Mormon teaching, or attempted to understand them. If you want to not believe, that is entirely up to you. If you want to understand the Mormons, try getting some information about them from them rather than the list of twisted grievances you have compiled. There may be room to disagree, but disagreement is much more satisfying if you actually understand the other side of the argument.

      October 9, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  9. Cookie M.

    I like cookies. If Mormons like cookies then I like Mormons. Evangelicals hate cookies, so I don't like evangelicals. Catholics like cookies, so I like Catholics. Some atheist like cookies so I like some atheist.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  10. lori

    Go to mormon.org and lds.org for more information about Mormons. Go to the source when seeking information. That way you get the real scoop.

    October 9, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Shade

      Or go to someone who has been in the church and left it. Hard to get the "truth" from websites set up as propaganda.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Russtino

      Or go to someone who has been in the church and stayed. Hard to get the "truth" from people who actively work against it.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Shade

      But see, that's it...someone who has left the church will be able to tell why they've left it, but not rejected Christ. All someone in the church is going to do is parrot the sales presentation and party line.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Russtino

      You seem to be assuming that all rational people who truly think about their religion would reject it. I don't find that that is the case.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  11. TexMexMo

    If this were a religion for the masses, wouldn't they welcome one and all? This is a very secretive CULT that does not allow curious outsiders into their "churches" and are a very tight-knit group. If they really had a good message to send wouldn't they invite everyone into their church, or ward, as they call it? What do they have to hide? They mainly socialize within their people and discourage outsiders. How can a leader from that "religion" even be considered to run our country??

    October 9, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • YeahBut

      It sounds like you have very little real information so you are filling in the blanks with conspiracy-theory jargon. Go back to your Enquirer magazine article about the alien space ship stored at Fort Knox.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Hans

      True, except that anyone can come to any church. It's true that the BUILDING is only open sometimes during the week and on Sunday, but that's expected when you have a lay clergy. We don't have paid clergy therefore we don't have resources to keep our building open 24/7. If you want to get in to a "secret" meeting just got to LDS.org and click on the "Meetinghouse Locator." It's available for everyone! http://lds.org/maps/index.jsf?lang=eng#x=find&m=google&lat=0&lng=0&z=2&t=3

      October 9, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • otis

      not true at all. you are completely misinformed.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Russtino

      Um, all the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' church buildings I've ever seen (quite a few) have the words "Visitors Welcome" on them. Usually in big metal letters that are more or less permanently affixed to the wall.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Cookie M.

      If Mormons don't welcome or want outsiders then why do they have those missionaries? Also, If Mormons don't socialize with non-Mormons then why does my Mormon neighbor always invite me over to watch football on Saturdays? Just saying . . .

      October 9, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Joshua Steimle

      TexMexMo – I'm afraid you've been misinformed. Mormons do welcome anyone and everyone into their churches. We do send invitations to everyone to come. We have 60,000+ missionaries around the world inviting hundreds of thousands of people each week to come to our churches and learn more about what we believe.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • MeganColorado

      Simply not true. Find your nearest LDS Church and go–introduce yourself to whoever is passing out the church bulletins at the door as a visitor and you'll see just how welcome you are. The only place you are not allowed to go as a "non-Mormon" are the temples–but you are very much welcome on the grounds outside, and we would welcome you to go and enjoy the beautiful gardens all around. Temples are very special, sacred places to Mormons. If you want to go inside a temple, find one that has been recently built. The church allows tours for a few months before the buildings are officially dedicated to the Lord. TexMexMo: Find out more about Mormons from the Mormons. It seems you've been listening to a lot of rumors–never helpful about anything. My advice: Go straight to the source. And if you're really curious, spend some time on Temple Square in Salt Lake City–then decide.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • TexMexMo

      Just because there is a sign saying "Visitors Welcome" doesn't mean they are really welcome. Someone just posted that people are not welcome to temples! And if it is such a welcoming religion, why don't we see a proportionate amount of Native American, Hispanic, or African American Mormons?

      October 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Russtino

      There is a difference between church buildings, where the weekly meetings occur, and the temples, where sacred ordinances are performed. All are welcome to the church buildings and to attend the classes and meetings that are held within. The temples are sacred and are therefore limited to those who show a proper respect for what occurs there.

      As far as the demographic makeup of the congregations, those vary according to the region and country in which the congregation is.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • TexMexMo

      Okay Russtino...what is a rough percentage of Hispanics, African Americans, and Native American Mormons?

      October 9, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • K Anderson

      TexMexMo
      You are invited. Follow the directions above, find an LDS meetinghouse to visit. When you get there, look for the makeup of the congregation – it will consist of people who live nearby...and now you, too. =]

      October 9, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  12. LMB123

    SOME of the posts here are screaming of ignorance. Listen, you don't have to take ANYBODY's opinion about Mormonism. If you really want to know the truth you simply have to read the Book of Mormon with an open mind and then ask God if it's true or not. God does answers prayers and He will tell you. Take his answer, nobody else's. That's the promise of the Book of Mormon and 14 million people have already tested it. That is why the Church is growing at such a phenominal rate. I guess that makes the other religions jealous. Sorry about that. Preach the truth, don't just protect your job. Now, there is a conflict of interest.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Shade

      Better idea. Read the Book of Mormon and compare it with the known history of the Americas...see how it is factually erroneous. Look at the Book of Abraham and realize that the scroll that it was supposedly translated from is actually an ancient Egyptian funerary text. Americans in Joseph Smith's era can be forgiven for falling victim to his nonsense. Those with a 21st Century insight have no such excuse. The truth is right there for anyone who is interested, LDS and non-LDS alike. You just have to be brave enough and honest enough to accept the answer.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:06 am |
    • Joshua Steimle

      Shade – The "known history of the Americas" is a work in progress. The vast, vast, VAST majority of known archeological sites in Central America have still not been excavated, and won't be for perhaps hundreds of years. There are simply too many of them. While there is nothing that has been found in the Americas that proves the Book of Mormon to be true, there is nothing that has been found that proves it to be false. The only evidence against the Book of Mormon is a lack of proof that it is true. But there is quite a bit of supporting data for the Book of Mormon for anyone who cares to look into the matter.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • MeganColorado

      Shade: Back at you–"you have to brave enough and honest enough to accept the truth..." You've got some 1/2 truths going on there in your comment. Stop a few Mormon missionaries and have a conversation sometime. You might be surprised to find how eager they are to discuss anything and everything with you if you truly have an open mind. But I agree with you, having the courage to admit when we're wrong isn't easy. My advice: Dig a little deeper into the Book of Mormon. When you really dig, you can't help but come to the realization that there is just too much going on there to be written by a single man in three months.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Shade

      Josh, claiming that nothing in the Book of Mormon has been shown to be false is rubbish. Many of the animals and grains listed within the book as having been here at the various dated times on the pages are known to have been brought to the American continent by Europeans. While I'll grant that there are a great many archeological sites in Central America that remain unexcavated, can we also agree that much of the United States has been dug up and revealed no traces of a "great war" that left "millions" dead? The Church has sunk a great deal of time and money over the years into trying to prove the book true and has no direct evidence to show for it. The one TANGIBLE piece of Smith's era that can be examined (the supposed "Book of Abraham" master scroll) has clearly been demonstrated to not have been what Smith claims it was and to not translate into what he claims it says.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  13. kevin Walker

    to explain a little better on what the mormons believe the book of mormon is, is that when the bible was written, there were also people who lived in the americas who did not have the teaching of the biblical prophets or even jesus himself, so god called prophets as well in the americas so that his gospel could be taught in the western hemisphere as well (some supposed prophets of the book of mormon are lehi,nephi mormon,moroni etc...). those prophets wrote down their accounts. (just like peter,noah and all the other biblical prophets) If the book of mormon is true, then all of the accounts within the book were written before the new testament was completed. the mormons claim that the book of mormon contains the same gospel that the bible teaches, one does not contradict the other, the only difference being that they were written in 2 different parts of the world at the same time.....on the other hand, it could be a 300 page book that joseph smith made up. If you ever get a chance, Try reading some of it.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  14. Lance

    The basic tenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are faith in Jesus Christ, repentance through Christ's atonement, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end (See Articles of Faith: 1,4). As a member of the Church my whole life, I can say that I was taught nothing more than to serve my neighbor and love God. It is sad to see so much misunderstanding from those outside of the religion. I would invite anyone who has any skepticism about the Mormon faith to (1) go to a Mormon church service and listen to the messages shared, (2) talk with a Mormon friend about your questions, and (3) read the Book of Mormon yourself to see what it REALLY teaches. Every message centers on Jesus Christ. He is our rock and our salvation.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  15. joe

    Mormonism..101....that was so lame....everybody should read how Mormon prophet Joseph Smith copied Mohammed/Islam in the start of his religion....

    October 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • James G

      pretty much the same way Muhammed copied Judaism/Christainity.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  16. Harry Kermet

    I love how this whole thread is dominated by Mormons right now coming to the rescue of their church. Very typical of them to defend something they all know which is not true. This is the reason why they have to repeat "I know this church is true" every hour of the day, cause they are afraid of facing the truth.... that it's miserably NOT.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Ben

      Harry, don't be afraid to believe my friend. Faith is a wonderful thing.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  17. Marcus

    If you want to know what Mormons think about Christ, read it from their own website.

    http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/3.17?lang=eng#16

    http://mormon.org/jesus-christ/

    Jesus Christ is the only Savior.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  18. hawk

    I work in Michigan but often fly to Utah on business. My company has offices there. I'm Catholic, but I will tell you the Mormans are some of the nicest, kindest, honest people you will ever meet. Hard working and kind to EVERYONE. I know a lot of Christian's say one thing and live life doing the opposite. Mormans practice what they preach. I'd be honored to have a Morman in the White House. To me, its not about your religion, its about the moral values you hold.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • Harry Kermet

      Mormons and Christians have a bit too many "morals", which could turn out to be a BAD thing when imposed upon people.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • cnnfil

      On the surface they're nice, but that's their game. They believe all other Christian (or Jewish for that matter) religions are false and that's why they baptize dead folks of either type. In Arizona they've been hit several times on discriminating in hiring and promotions, favoring their own type. Those that have lived among them in towns where they dominate tell stories of isolation and heavy pressure to become Mormon. Also, check out the Susan Brock scandal story in the Phoenix New Times...it will sicken you. They flood 3rd world countries with their young "missionaries", as many folks there are uneducated and downtrodden therefore susceptible to their beliefs. I guarantee that if Ohio was full of them as it is in the Southwest, you'd see and hear of these things and feel differently.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • TexMexMo

      I agree with Harry in response to Hawk. Although it's ideal to practice what you preach, a lot of their beliefs are cult-ish. They don't welcome non-Mormons into their ward, which is what they call their church or temple. They only socialize with other Mormons and discourage socializing outside of their religion, including marrying only within their church and make you a pariah if you do so. They also believe that when you die you become a god. Those kinds of beliefs do not coincide with the majority of Americans, no matter how numerous they are.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • lori

      Thank you hawk. That was a nice thing to say. I hope I too can live in such a way that my friends and acquaintances can say the same about us Mormons.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • krats1976

      TexMexMo

      You are really revealing your ignorance here. We welcome everyone to our ward, which meet in meetinghouses, not the temple. Last week, for example, there were at least 3 people who were not members of the church in attendance in my tiny little ward in Korea. I regularly interact with people who aren't of my faith. As a child, most of my closest friends were not LDS. Many of my family members are not LDS. I readily make friends with colleagues who are not LDS...and not for conversion purposes either.

      I don't have children right now, but if they did, I would expect that they would have friends who weren't LDS.

      I don't know what your interaction has been with the LDS church, but from your comments, I would guess it's been fairly limited.

      October 9, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  19. JOHN

    One of the things that is not generally known about the Mormon religion is that it has been its goal for many years to take over the government of the United States. They will deny this, but it is true. They do not work overtly, but covertly and secretly. Romney and Huntsman are a big part of this scheme. If Romney were to get the GOP nomination, he would probably choose Huntsman to be his running mate. It figures. America deserves better.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Harry Kermet

      This is very true and it scares me to death. My confidence is high that America would NEVER vote in a Mormon into office.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • D Cross

      John,
      I really wonder who told you that obviously ridiculous lie about our church. Please don't spread things like that when you know it isn't true. Many people are misled by lies such as those. Surely you would not continue a lie.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • sdk10

      What's your proof? You say it's true, where's your evidence?

      Or are you just spitting out garbage?

      October 8, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • James G

      This is the goal of every religion lmao.

      October 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Sun V

      @JOHN,

      We're all so curious since you're obviously an expert on the Mormon church, what is YOUR evidence to support this claim? Is Pastor Jeffress your academic source?

      October 9, 2011 at 12:27 am |
    • Cookie M.

      They are probably trying to take over world's cookie supply because Mormons like cookies. I guess I'll have to join Mormon church if they succeed.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  20. D Cross

    In my youth, I was encouraged to hate Mormons. I learned hate and dishonesty from those who should have taught truth. It took me a long time to get to the truth, but I finally realized that Mormons, more correctly called members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, are striving to live the true gospel of Christ. As most Christians will tell you, "by their fruits you will know them". Well, look at the fruits. J. Stocker taught me to hate. My minister grandfather taught me to have no trust. At least one minister told my mother on her deathbed that she had unforgiven sin and that was why she was dying of cancer. The truth? My mother was a better Christian than any of them, and God trusted her to remain faithful which she did. She never hated! Those who hate now and spread lies about the Mormons, please do yourself a favor. Look at it from all sides, not just the line taught by your church. Pray about it. Then live what you know to be truth, but if you call yourself a Christian, don't do it with hatred. That wasn't Christ's message. He taught love.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • 4

      As the minister you speak of, the churches greatest enemy is its followers..because they use it to their advantage. A True Christian's job isnt to judge. But we shouldnt let many be deceived..from false doctrines that are separated to the bible.

      October 9, 2011 at 12:39 am |
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