January 24th, 2012
04:50 PM ET

Romney tax returns shine light on Mormon tithing

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Although many Americans may have wondered just how much money Mitt Romney makes and how much he pays in taxes in the lead-up to the release Tuesday of his tax documents, there was little suspense around how much he gives to his church.

That's because all Mormons in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are required to give 10% of their salaries as a tithe.

"Mormon children are expected to begin tithing from their very first allowance," says Terryl Givens, an expert on Mormonism at the University of Richmond. "And there's never any variation on the 10%, whether you're on welfare or you're a millionaire."

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, gave even more to their church last year. Tax documents released Tuesday show they gave $2.6 million, more than 12% of the roughly $21 million they earned. The Romneys also gave $1.4 million last year in cash and stock to their family foundation, which heavily supports the LDS Church.

In 2010, the other year for which the Romneys released a federal tax return, they gave $1.5 million to the LDS church, 7% of their earnings, plus $900,000 to their family foundation, called the Tyler Foundation.

The Tyler Foundation gave $145,000 to the LDS church in 2010, so the Romneys' church donations average out to 10% over the last two years.

Unlike in most Christian traditions, in which the decision about whether to tithe is made individually by each church member, giving to the LDS Church is enforced. Participation in important ceremonies at Mormon temples is contingent on being paid up.

"For Mormons, tithing is an article of faith, not an economic principal," said Givens, who is Mormon. "Some critics see it as tying worthiness to an economic contribution."

He calls it "an important differentiator between devout Mormons and nominal Mormons."

A survey of American Mormons released earlier this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that eight in 10 say they tithe to the church.

Tithing dates back to the earliest Mormons, with the LDS Church's 19th century founder, Joseph Smith, drawing on the Bible's Old Testament as precedent for 10% church support. Smith also wrote about tithing in the Doctrine and Covenants, a Mormon holy book comprising Smith's revelations from God.

For early Mormons, tithing was as much practical as theological. As the early Mormon community journeyed from state to state across America, often on the run from persecution, tithing was an important way for the community to sustain itself.

"Early Mormons were outcasts from society and suffered extreme deprivation and they needed to take care of themselves and take care of the church on a day-to-day basis," Givens said. "To this day, Mormons are known for taking care of their own."

Today, tithing finances the administration of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based LDS Church, the construction of Mormon temples - which are rapidly proliferating as Mormonism grows worldwide - and the church-owned Brigham Young University.

Mormons are also encouraged to give separately to their local congregations and to a church humanitarian fund that goes to international relief projects. The church urges Mormons to fast on the first Sunday of each month and to donate the cost of the food they would typically eat to the humanitarian fund.

An informal 2011 survey by the National Association of Evangelicals found that most evangelical leaders on its 100-person board of directors don't believe the Bible requires tithing. Just 42% of the board members said that is true.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Money & Faith • Mormonism • Politics

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  1. Greg Pearson

    The comments on this board make me wonder, "Are all people this dumb or it is just that people that comment on these boards are less thoughtful than most people?" I hope it is the latter. I briefly scanned the comments and was not able to find many intelligent comments. What is up with that?

    I wish people would give good thought to what they're saying before they go with their knee jerk reactions. That would make boards like this interesting forums for discussion. Pilgrim1seriously?

    January 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • .....

      pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot

      January 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      Obviously you do not understand what quotation marks indicate?

      I was quoting a former "blessed leader" of the cult. What he had to say then is entirely relevant to the conversation now! Just because you change the packaging, doesn't you mean you've changed the contents!

      January 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  2. Sarah

    If you're Mormon and on welfare you're still expected to give 10%?!!! I thought welfare money was suppose to buy you food and help you get back on your feet, not to give to a church. How about the Mormon church give some of their money to the people who are on welfare so they don't have to be on this program in the first place? I can't say how many Mormons are on welfare, but I can't think of a better way for a church to spend its money than to be helping the poor among them.

    January 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • AJ

      The Mormon church is one of the only churches I know of with a very comprehensive welfare program, to include storehouses for cheap food items and the ability to purchase household goods at a discounted price. In the mormon church it is taught that before going to gov't a person has claim on their family and church for financial assistance in times of need. Mormon bishops interview individuals personally and on an very personal needs basis provide financial and other assistance to its members that are striving to live upstanding lives.

      January 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      Well AJ then you've shown that you don't know too much!

      Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc. all have larger charitable organizations than the LDS church. And none of them charge people "reduced" prices for the privilege of being helped in a time of need!

      January 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  3. Jair

    It's intersting to see that still today we can find grown-ups stating the existence of such Adam and Eve and talking about cursed race because they descended from such a person that was cursed and...wow...so much illusion and stupidity in this world...and it's even more increditble to think that many people justify their anger and hatred over these principles to attack others and belittle their existence! it's ok that every person has the right to believe whatever they want, but what they cannot do is to impose their beliefs towards others.

    January 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Hmmmmm

      Is it as interesting as a post that starts with attacking and belittling other people's belief (which they obviously don't share) and then stating "and it's even more incredible to think that many people justify their anger and hatred over these principles to attack others and belittle their existence!"? I sense so much anger a hatred in the initial post (sarcasm).

      "It's ok that every person has the right to believe whatever they want, but what they cannot do is to impose their beliefs towards others." Are you imposing your beliefs on me with your attack and belittlement?

      January 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  4. Larry Moniz

    No wonder Romney wants lower taxes. He's also paying a 10 percent religion tax. Soon it'll be too expensive to follow a faith.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  5. Pilgrim1

    Here's another one:

    "There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantage. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less.... There were no neutrals in the war in heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there, just as they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The N egro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits." -Joseph Fielding Smith "Doctrines of Salvation," Volume 1, pages 66-67.

    January 30, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Pilgrim1

      Joseph Fielding Smith was the 10th President of the LDS Church/Cult. Remember that the President of the Church hears directly from God and transmits the "truth" to the faithful.

      Stop fooling yourself. Mormons are not Christians.

      January 30, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • James V

      Wow, who would have thought that gullible could also mean ignorant.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • AJ

      Pilgrim1, yes you are quoting from one of the early church leaders who became president and prophet of the church. The book you are quoting from was written long before he was president of the church 1950's. Many of the subjects discussed in his book were controversial and very much opinion. By the time he became president of the church (1970) you will find, if you do thorough research, that either he was apprised of the error in some of his opinions or at least he recognized the possibilty of error and focused his teachings on the very core beliefs that we as mormons can consider "revealed" by God. His discussion of subjects like the origon of race (highly controversial) and evolution (also controversial) were not taught as Prophet.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      Funny how they have an excuse for everything. The quote I mentioned above is not opinion, it was until the 1970's the official doctrine of the LDS church.

      Just go read for yourself!

      January 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Pilgrim1

    Time to wake up folks! This is directly from the writings of one of the Mormon "Prophets!"

    "Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures. Millions of souls have came into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of Priesthood and the fulness of the blessings of the Gospel. These are the descendants of Cain. Moreover they have been made to feel their inferiority and have been separated from the rest of mankind from the beginning...." -Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Way to Perfection" p. 101

    January 30, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Young black women

      I can not believe that you actually think the black race is a descendant of Cain. No one knows the color of his skin, unless you lived in that time. For you to actually take what the black race has gone through for a curse is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Many races have undergo many hardships of this world since the begining of time and for you to try and singal out one race and say it is realted to Cain, is just ignorant. I hope they do not actually teach this in the Morman church because its speaks hatered towards all of man kind, who are not like you.

      I am a Christian and do not care what color you are or what race you are. There will come a time when we are all judged but not by the color of are skin, will be in judeged on have we followed God's commands. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you! Love thy enimies! But I will say thank God for his mercy because it seems people in this world today, have none.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • ron

      He's quoting Mormon literature, not his own beliefs...

      January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • AJ

      Pilgrim1, you need to realize that yes you are quoting from one of the early church leaders who became president and prophet of the church. The book you are quoting from was written long before he was president of the church 1950's. Many of the subjects discussed in his book were controversial and very much opinion. By the time he became president of the church (1970) you will find, if you do thorough research, that either he was apprised of the error in some of his opinions or at least he recognized the possibilty of error and focused his teachings on the very core beliefs that we as mormons can consider "revealed" by God. His discussion of subjects like the origon of race (highly controversial) and evolution (also controversial) were not taught as Prophet.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      @Young Black Woman I am glad you found it so offensive, because it is offensive.

      I was offering quotes from a former Mormon Prophet to prove that the LDS aren't what they represent themselves to be.

      For those of you who are wondering: there were no Mormons with black skin before the 1970's. SInce they were seen as cursed and fallen, they couldn't become part of the "chosen." If you don't believe me, take a few minutes and research it yourself!

      January 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • Stu

      This does not consist of any doctrine on this subject. The LDS church does not believe that people from any race or ethnicity are in any way cursed. What you are citing is not any form of scripture or doctrine that our church is founded on–what it is is a controversial, unfounded record from a church leader before he was in a position to lead the church. If you are reading this or any post from pilgrim1, please do not for one second believe this as part of our core beliefs. He is simply someone who delights in spreading nonsense in an effort to confuse people and falsify our religion. Please visit any or our sites for the truth about who we are and what we believe–lds.org or mormon.org

      January 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      Folks.... this "doctrine" is clearly in the LDS primary texts.

      Take a look at the addendum to this report: http://irr.org/mit/pdfs/Skin-Color-&-LDS-Church.pdf

      The report itself might be biased, but the attached proofs are pretty clear!

      January 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  7. katee5

    There is some good information here, but some that needs some clarification. People who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do fast once a month, abstaining from food and water for a period of 24 hours. They also donate the money in a form of a fast offering based on the money saved from the two meals. This money is in turn given to people that live within the area that have needs. Whether they need help paying their mortgage, food on their table, or lights on in their house. It's an ingenious welfare program. Oh, I need to mention that it goes to anyone within the area of the congregation, not just the members of the church. That seems to be left out a lot, that is that this church helps anyone who needs it, of course within their ability. Service is all that is requested by those who have these needs. You need help with your mortgage this month, come give service to someone or somethings that needs help. This helps the family maintain some dignity and not just make them feel like they just take. I think that the fast offering program and welfare program of the church are inspired and meant to bless all.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  8. Ranger Rick

    Can he claim his donation's on taxes? If so and he does, he's really not giving to the church, the gov't. is.

    January 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • JPB985

      You obviously have no comprehension of tax laws or return preparation. At his income level, his charitable contributions are not deductible. The government gives nothing to his church. You are dumb for even making a statement of this nature.

      January 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • TC

      Yep, not a very bright comment.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Me

      Charitable giving is a tax deduction so if Romney can reduce his taxable income by the amount of the donation. Some of his income is taxed at 35% and most at 15%. He might also donate stock to "double dip" on his deductions by donating stock with capital gains. Depending on the accounting, the government basically pays somewhere between 15% to 50% of Romney's donations to the Mormon church.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Hmmmmm

      If he did get a tax deduction, the government would only be paying for a portion of it since I don't believe they match dollar for dallar. By the same logic: The government paid a portion of my contribution to the local food bank. The government paid a portion of my mortgage. The government is paying me to have children. The government is paying a portion of the new air conditioner I bought. The government is paying a portion for ethanol gas in my tank. The government is paying a portion of the amount put in to 401K. The government is paying a portion for my business losses. The government is paying a portion of my gambling losses.

      Most of these center around the government giving incentive for individuals to put the money where it can help the society instead of having to pass through government to get there. The benefit from the government side is that these are programs that reduce the cost of some of the government programs and at the same time, since these aren't dollar for dollar matches, still are able to get a certain amount in taxes from these people. The benefit of the individual is that they get designate where their money goes as opposed to trusting the government.

      January 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  9. peter

    The Mormon Church teaches that Jesus is the first baby born to God in heaven. They also teach that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers in Heaven (Gospel Through the Ages – 1946 Priesthood Manual by Milton R. Hunter, p. 15). The Bible says that Jesus created everything that was created and made (John 1:3, Col. 1:16). This includes the Devil since only God was in existence in the beginning. By saying that Jesus only came into being when he was born in the pre-existence and had to work out his way to becoming a God, Mormonism denies Jesus' Godhood from all eternity.

    January 29, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • jag

      So? If it works for them, what do you are I care?

      January 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • AJ

      The statements about Jesus not being in existence forever are not correct assertions about mormon doctrine.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  10. peter

    The True Jesus Has Always Been God
    The Bible says that Jesus has always been God (John 1:1-14), and there is only one God in existence (Is. 44:6). However, the Mormon Church teaches that God the Father is a resurrected human man who is a married being who has "spirit children" in Heaven. Mormonism teaches that every human being born on this earth was first born in Heaven to God and one of his wives. Accordingly, Jesus was also born in the pre-existence to God the Father and one of his wives in heaven, just like all other human and demonic beings.

    January 29, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Cortney

      You've got some good information here but its it's not entirely accurate. Yes, Mormons believe that all people on earth are children of God and that Jesus is also the Son of God. However the nature of pre-mortal and post-mortal spirit life is unimportant and the exact method for how souls came into being is not discussed anywhere in the scriptures to my knowledge. What is taught, however, is that God and Jesus are eternal beings, and I would presume that all souls being in the image of God are the same. Who is to say that at one point or another God hasen't experienced a time in a mortal body? the scriptures clearly teach that Jesus did. I would be amiss if I were to presume that all of the deeds of an eternity are chronicled in the Bible.

      January 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • TC

      Unfortuntely, Mormonism has led astray many people becasue of epopel bleiving in 1 man's vision that was not supported or corroborated by others. God does not work in a vacuum; he did not solely appear to Joseph Smith to resurect a Church that was already here and preaching the Gospel and calling sinners to repent.

      January 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • GD

      Hey TC – Who corroborates your story that it did not happen? With the assurity you offer, clearly you must have been standing next to Joseph Smith when he claimed to have seen this vision...

      People make me laugh - I love how they profess to know the truth while claiming others are wrong. It really is quite funny.

      January 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • don'tbesostupid

      Peter and TC, you are clearly making up stuff where your facts are lacking. Maybe instead of formulating your own opinions and biases about Mormons, you should go to check out the website or ask an actual Mormon so you can get it right. To anyone who actually knows these things, you just sound dumb.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      @don'tbesostupid Speaking of gullible....

      If you want to know the truth about Newt Gingrich, do you go to Newt.com? Of course not. You look at many different sources.

      Just a few minutes of research from reputable sources proves that the LDS church is not Christian and is most aptly called a "cult!"

      January 31, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Stu

      Is it really that absurd to think that we all are spiritual sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father?? And to think that Satan also played some role in our pre-mortal existence just as Christ did in creating this world? Maybe that is why other Christinan churches are so keen on excluding us from the "Christian" categorization. We do believe that our father in heaven is a resurrected being. We do believe that He spoke to and called a prophet just as he did in the Old Testament to many ancient prophets. Is that equally absurd? Pplease, go visit one of the sites that our church has and you can find quick, clear answers on these core beliefs. Do not be confused by these ridiculous posts.

      January 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      @Stu Thanks again for helping me prove that you aren't Christian. Opening your mouth (or posting) has certainly made it clear.

      By all means go to the LDS websites. It only takes a few minutes to see how un-Christian they are!

      January 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Mark

      @Stu: I'm not disparaging your beliefs, you're welcome to them. However what you just said about them convinces me that Mormons are not Christians. At least, not Christian in the way that protestants/catholics are (let's not go into the protestant vs catholic thing, it's another beast entirely – but they/we definitely agree on the nature of God).

      February 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  11. JustPlainJoe

    There are many layers of foolishness in our society. Mormonism is but 1 permutation. The separation of church and state does not protect the money-making aspects of "not for profits" (to be read. churches) when the money produced is not totally philanthropic. So where IS all this money being spent? THAT is a much more interesting article.

    January 29, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Kman

      That indeed would be a good article. I wouldn't be giving away my hard earned money unless I knew it was going to a good cause. Mormons try to do a lot of good things with their money. Every church should...

      January 30, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Pilgrim1

      Building marble space ships of course.... AKA temples....

      January 30, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Good things like spending $3 billion + dollars on a mall in SLC.
      4 times as much money as has been given in charity over the last 25 years by the LDS.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  12. SDCinCA

    I wonder if Mr. Romney would agree with the Smithsonian's statement on the historicity of the Book of Morman?


    January 29, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Martin V

      One interesting thing about the link you've provided is that a good deal of it is dedicated to defending creationism and the Bible, and rejecting the accepted views of mainstream science when they conflict with your interpretation of the Bible. Ironic then how quick you are to use mainstream scientific sources (the Smithsonian) to condemn the beliefs of others when they don't align with your views.

      January 29, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • jasie

      When Obama was running, religion was a non-issue. Hypocrisy at its best.

      January 29, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Jim

      Jasie, do you not remember the Rev. Wright scandal and the mass emails proclaiming Obama to be a Muslim? (not that it would matter if he was) Selective memory or too much Fox News?

      January 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Hmmmmm

      Jim, I think you miss Jasie's point (because it was not very clear). I think his remarks are pointed at those that felt the Muslim and Rev. Wright issues were non-issues but deride Romney for his belief in the LDS church. For those on here that comment on Romney's faith as an issue/obstacle and had called the other incidents for Obama non-issues is what (s)he called hypocrisy. Or maybe I missed his/her point.

      January 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  13. myklds

    Two reasons why government officials are corrupt?

    1.) Because they are in the capacity and position to do it.
    2.) They think that no one will know what they do and they have the capablity to hide it from (other) people.

    God fear would make a man of faith to think a thousand time and will ultimately stop him from being corrupt and from doing other vain things of the world.

    Because you can hide an elephant inside a freezer from man's eye but you could never hide even a quark-size object in a haystack from the eyes of God.

    Romney's honesty in paying ti.thes and offering sybolizes his obedience, Great faith and fear to God.

    Those characteristics and attributes combined with experience and skills in public service and politics, would definitely make him a great American President.

    January 29, 2012 at 3:16 am |
  14. Mary S

    The Mormon Church in the UK gives just 0,294% of its income to humanitarian aid. The US is likely no different. Why should they not be taxed?

    January 29, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • Lang

      Where did you read that, the salamander society? I would be wary of its figures, they claim that the LDS church owns a Mariott in Hawaii. It also assumes that the Church has no outreach or humanitarium programs of its own. Members in affected areas are encouraged and supported in helping those who are in distress. The view is that it is better to get involved personally rather than just give money.

      January 29, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Pilgrim1

      Not only does the LDS church own a Marriott in Hawaii, they own the rest of them too.

      LDS is the largest shareholder in Marriott, due to the donations of the Marriott family.

      Also, the only Major hotel chain where you will find the "Book of Mormon misinformation" in every room!

      January 30, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • MD

      Marriott Hotels are owned by the Marriott family, who also happen to be LDS. The LDS church has no direct ownership. The LDS church also operates as an independant charity (so no need to donate to others). It would serve you well to research what the church has built to help others, like massive store houses and running thirft stores that offer paid job training to people who need to develop the skills. The LDS church also was the first charity to show up in Haiti to help after their earthquake. I've personally made blankets and school kits to be sent to children in developing countries. Do a little research on what the church does for the world. You'll be surprised and probably feel a little ashamed for nagging about donations to other charities.

      January 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      @MD What's that I smell? Oh yeah, a lie...

      First of all the first charity in Haiti after the earthquake was not the LDS church. Catholic charities and Methodist charities were already on the ground helping before the quake. In fact one of the directors of the United Methodist Council on Relief was killed in the quake.

      Second, you can split hairs however you want, but the LDS church does control a large share interest in the Marriott corporation. Do a little research, that's all it takes.

      January 31, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  15. Laurie

    Why was this article written? Who gives a rip with what are nation is facing. It would be much more interesting to focus on something like the abuse Congress has and the fact they are not held liable to insider trading laws. If you as journalist focused on actual corruptness in our government today... then maybe we as the citizens of the United States would put our differences aside and do something to change the power that the exceptional few have.... and hold them accountable to the same laws, same benefits, and tell them they no longer get paid a nickel once out of office. CNN.... let's focus on something that actually matters and eats up our hard earned tax dollars.... For the 50% of us that actually do pay taxes.

    January 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  16. Laurie

    As we all know... journalists don't actually have to be accurate or educated on a subject matter to write about it.

    January 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • A. Wolf

      ...and in contrast, religious leaders don't have to be educated on any subject matter at all.

      January 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  17. Brandy

    Christ didn't create denominations, He established the church body. Any denomination is wrong. period. Simply Jesus. Anything else, is man-made. SImple bible teaching word for word. If you can't find your bible at the local Christian store, then it's man-made and cannot be trusted.

    January 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Shauna

      Soooo the ones at the Christian bookstore is made by majic... oooo do they use wands? That's totally cool.

      January 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • inTheDogHouse

      I disagree. Jesus was Jewish and the early Christians were Jewish until about 100 AD when the book of Luke was written. By this time, Christians had split from the Jewish tradition. The Bible was written over the years and is not guaranteed to be perfect. I like to think the Holy Ghost inspired the writers of the Bible so that what they wrote was the spiritual significance of the traditions.

      January 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Malissa

      The bible is nothing more than people/prophets in history writing down their history as it was happening. Just men, like those of us that live today. The problem with the bible lies in it's translation. The words of Christ were written by his followers as they were spoken. But can we trust that over the few thousand years since they were spoken, we are reading and interpreting His words today as he meant them way back when?

      January 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  18. rorypwjones

    I wish they wouldn't go to academics for answers to these questions. You gotta go to the source! See http://www.mormon.org for any information you have on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    January 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Pilgrim1

      Truth comes from criticism of published sources, not from the mouth of those who create it.

      January 30, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  19. copo

    You've got a couple things wrong buddy.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  20. Stacey


    January 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Legit

      Wow. I can tell by this high quality production that it surely is packed with exclusively factual information....very impressive.

      January 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
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