April 7th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Taking a rare tour of a Mormon temple

By Eric Marrapodi and Brian Todd, CNN

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) - Elder William Walker slipped white booties over his black wing-tip shoes and instructed his guests to do the same as he led them into the newest Mormon temple in the world.

This day was the first chance the public had to see inside the sacred space for the area’s 49,000 Mormons, and it was also one of the last.

On May 6, when Thomas S. Monson, the head of the 14 million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dedicates this temple, the doors will close forever to the public. The church said it expects as many as 100,000 visitors in Kansas City before the temple will be closed to the public.

After that, only temple-recommended Mormons will be able to walk through the heavy wooden and stained-glass doors.

“This is a sacred space, set apart place for only those who are devout followers of the faith,” Walker said.

For Mormons, temples serve as places of contemplation, instruction and worship experiences, like weddings and posthumous baptisms.

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The 67-year-old Walker is the executive director of the Temple Department, and he is the point man for the church’s 137 temples.

Walker is a top official in the LDS church as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and he reports directly to Monson. The Canadian-born hockey fanatic has been a lifelong member of the church. He graduated from Brigham Young University, served a Mormon mission to Japan and spent time in the private sector working in securities and investment banking before being called to serve the church full-time in 2002.

Kansas City’s temple is the latest to open. The church has announced it will build 29 temples across five continents. Construction is under way in Paris and Rome, and temples are planned for Peru and South Africa.

“We’re building temples where the church is grown and have a concentration of members,” he said.

Outside the new Mormon temple in Kansas City, Missouri.

Inside the temple the required first stop is the Recommend Desk. After the dedication, only Mormons who have a recommend card are able to enter and participate in worship. The personalized cards are given by local church leaders to adherents who profess to be living in accordance with church teachings.

As he explained the process, Walker reached into his wallet, pushed his Utah driver’s license aside and pulled out his recommend card, which was endorsed by Monson, his bishop. Walker said his credit-card-sized recommend card, like all others, is only good for two years.

CNN was invited by church officials to tour the temple with Walker before its dedication. The church denied CNN's request to film inside the space, saying it was against church policy. The LDS church provided still images after the tour, which accurately depicted key parts of the temple. In a rare move, CNN was permitted to film inside the front of the temple at the Recommend Desk, but no farther.

"It's not about secret. It's about sacred,” Walker said after the tour, making what the church sees as a key distinction. “We feel that it's a very sacred and special place and therefore it is reserved for those worship functions and those ordinances that take place in the temple. It's not about secret."

Walker said the policy is not unlike that for Shinto shrines in Japan, where he served his mission.

But it's a thin line between sacred and secret. Public tours of the temple are only available when they are first built or undergo massive renovations. After that, outsiders and Mormons who are not temple recommended are kept out, even from wedding ceremonies.

In the sealing room, where eternal weddings take place, Walker points out the altar at the center of the room. The bride and groom kneel facing each other and the officiant stands off to the side. The room is richly decorated with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and massive gilded mirrors on either side of the room, and Walker raves about the design on the white carpet, carefully explaining how local artisans cut the meticulous pattern by hand.

Despite the grand size of the building, each room is small: This is the biggest of the three sealing rooms, and its capacity is just 49 people.

Guests are welcome at Sunday worship at one of the church’s 18,000 meeting houses, Walker is quick to note. The temple, he observes, “is a sacred, special place that’s unique. There are only 137 of these temples in all the world.”

The temple also contains a gleaming baptismal font. Though it’s a point of pride for Mormons, it has been controversial elsewhere. A church ceremony called “proxy baptisms” by Mormons includes posthumous baptisms of Jews, some of whom have protested the practice.

The baptismal font at the newest Mormon temple.

However, in Mormon doctrine, baptism is essential for salvation. While converts to the faith are baptized in services at local wards, the weekly meeting place for services open to the public, proxy baptisms take place only in the temple and in private.

The proxy baptisms are supposed to be for Mormons’ ancestors who were not of the faith. Walker said the baptism serves as an invitation to accept Mormonism as an avenue into heaven.

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At the temple, Walker took his visitors through the process as it is supposed to work.

The font rests on 12 oxen, which he said represent the tribes of Israel.

Adherents change into white gowns he jokingly referred to as "jumpsuits," provided by the temple. A male priest leads the proxy into the waist-high water, gives the blessing and the name of the ancestor, then the proxy is lowered into the water, fully immersed, then brought up to the surface. The desk next to the font has a small monitor and a light. That person's job is to record the act for the church's central database.

When the temple begins operation, Walker said, this is a scene that will play out “hundreds of times a day.”

But some Mormons have used the church’s extensive genealogy database to baptize others who are not Mormon ancestors, such as the murdered Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl and holocaust victims like Anne Frank. It’s a practice that has outraged Jewish leaders.

“When people violate the church policy of doing baptisms for those who our leaders have said we’re not going to do that, they’re acting on their own in contradiction of church policy,” he said. “We’re unhappy about that. We love our Jewish friends. We don’t want to offend them or anyone else by our religious practices.”

“We’re sorry. We live by our word and when we say we’re going to do something, we’re going to try and do it,” Walker said.

He promised disciplinary action.

“We’re now tracking those who’ve done this contrary to church policy and we’re going to shut down their access to the church’s database, Family Search, so they can’t do this.”

He acknowledges interest in proxy baptisms, and other Mormon practices, has spiked thanks to Mormon Mitt Romney’s run for president.

While the church takes no position on party politics nor allows its officials to endorse candidates, Walker can see some good coming out of Romney's run for the White House.

“I think it’s perfectly understandable people who are considering him would want to know more about the church he espouses,” he said. “In many ways it may be a good thing that people will want to know more. Maybe some of the old ideas about the church that have persisted in American culture can change.”

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soundoff (4,366 Responses)
  1. warex1234

    Thanks, i forgot about the magic undies! The undies, the symbols on the undies, the placement of the undies, the ceremony for the undies all knee deep from satanism rites from the black book.....Dont believe me, # 1 look it up for your self and do the comparison. #2 It is a fact in the history books that Joseph Smith took various rituals from several religions when putting together mormonism, satanism being one of them. I will let you do the research find the truth yourself, then again they will say the undoes are too sacred to talk about and all the history books are false because they are evil......

    April 8, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • biologixco

      Yes, the magic undies.
      I asked if you phart in magic undies, if it magically made it smell better.
      Mormons made snide comments
      I thought it was a valid question.
      Geez, mormons got nooo sense of humor!?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Thanks! Forgot to mention that their exists a fiscal conservative faction that could care less about peoples personal lives..Less intrusive government..more liberty and freedom..from the womb..to the board room..just keep the government out of my business..These mormon haters want to mandate a state sponsered religion..they will ALWAYS be the minority..their very attempt to discredit an individuals personal beliefs and ultimately BAN and CENSOR will be considered by the majority of conservatives to be very COMMUNIST.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:59 am |

      I am suprised that you know so much about the LDS faith.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:06 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      please refer to valid statistics before commenting..you just lost the argument when you VEHEMENTLY ASSERTED that there are less than 1 million mormons and that the mormon church was started 50 years after Joseph Smith was dead. Like it or not..in
      THIS case you HAD YOUR FACTS WRONG..we can only assume that the rest of your statements are equally invalid.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:08 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      I'm holding you to your assertion that the mormon church has less than a million members and is less than a hundred years old..AGAIN YOU VEHEMENTLY CLAIMED THIS AS FACT ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE SAID..get me the statistics and prove YOU'RE NOT IGNORANT OR LYING!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:12 am |
    • warex1234

      China you are blind...History does not lie...but hey me personally I do not care, if you want to believe in Aliens, god hood, satanic rites, baptisms for the dead, secret handshakes, underware, knock yourself out its a free country. They problem the LSD church has is that it continually lies, covers up the truth (same thing). If they were honest from the get go we would not be where we are at now. No? Look at Scientology and jahova witnesses, equally cultish, aliens, rituals ect....but you hear nothing about them, why? Because they are not DENYING anything?

      April 8, 2012 at 4:13 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      warex1234 how many mormons are there living today and how long ago was the church founded..REMEMBER YOU SAID LESS THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AND LESS THAN A MILLION..

      April 8, 2012 at 4:14 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Youre right! History does not lie!! The Church was founded in 1823. YOU SAID IT WAS LESS THAN A HUNDRED YEARS OLD!! Where is history wrong here?

      April 8, 2012 at 4:15 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      warex1234- I dont believe in the mormon church any more than you do FOOL!! You just cant get your facts straight. Everyone following this thread can look it up for themselves! Sorry DUDE you claimed something to be a fact and you were wrong. YOUR CREDIBILITY MEANS NOTHING HERE!!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:18 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      My point to you DIPSHI# is that you lost the argument when you claimed something totally false to be UNDISPUTABLE FACT..

      April 8, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Again POS, I could care less if MORMONS FRY IN HE!! It doesnt change the fact that you claimed something to be true WITHOUT GETTING REAL SOURCES..Kind of like your HEARSAY BIBLE..you might not be a mormon but you are definetely a MORON!!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Warex1234-Guess I shut your FOOL AZZ DOWN BEEAATCH!! HAAHAHAHA

      April 8, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • warex1234

      are you kidding me? Look at the LSD website lately? Their numbers not mine.....Now admitting I was wrong about 1 million.
      Sorry you can say what you want, but I been there done that and know what I saw first hand in the temple rituals like seeing that god awful film of adam and eve, standing in the room of tacky 18th cent furniture in silence reflecting on that is what heaven is suppose to look like. sheshhhhh. maybe my numbers are off, maybe the LSD's website number are off but you cannot deny experience....But of course everyone but you is wrong, keep denying the truth..here is a little link to choke on if you want to learn a bit more......http://www.hiddenmysteries.org/religion/lds/ldsrituals.shtml

      April 8, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      AGAIN..I dont care what MORMONS do or Believe..IM NOT AFRAID OF THE INVISIBLE MAN..you were wrong about your facts..I can only assume you're either exaggerating or lying..YOU'RE RELIGION IS WEIRD TOO and for the most part it REQUIRES UNBELEIVABLE BLIND FAITH TO ACCEPT..I can't let you go on your ASSERTION OF REAL STATISTICAL FACTS!!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      warex1234-Thinking educated conservatives like me are the reason Romney is winning..We don't care about his WEIRD RELIGION..YOU DO!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Saw the video too DipWAD!! Born and raised a mormon! Got disfellowshipped, and I really don't care!! It's DISHONESTY AND IGNORANCE that get me wound up..Tom Monsen can lick this!! You just exchanged one fool belief system for a more SOCIALLY ACCEPTED one.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • warex1234

      Exactley who is lying China? Are you talking about the LSD church? Denying is Lying! So why are they always Denying? Why is everything sacred? You can try your best to discredit me, but you cannot do it! My numbers may be off but that does not disprove anything? Prove to me They do not believe men will become gods of their own plants? Prove to me God does not have a name? Prove to me gods wife does not have a name? prove to me the planet god lives on does not have a name? Prove to me LSD does not believe in multiple gods? Prove to me their is not a description in great detail what the planet looks like that god lives on, prove to me their is not a blood oath all members have to swear by and follow? Prove to me the actual membership levels not including the dead, kicked out, dropped out, and the branched off mormons who refuse to follow the new teachings because they do not even believe the new church are mormons? prove to me that disciples or churches leaders didnt change church teachings that Joseph smith taught? Prove to me that polygamy is not in the scripture? There is alot of prove me's that you nor anyone can even come close to proving other than saying....its too sacred or everyone is evil......

      April 8, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  2. biologixco

    Can you believe the Rebublicans would offer up a mormon high priest for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES???

    April 8, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • biologixco

      Why not just GIVE it to Obama?
      Aint nobody voting Romney when they find out about his cult connextions.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:48 am |
    • warex1234

      Can honestly say it does not matter if Romney is a mormon if he is president. Yes LSD is a cult, yes none of it makes any sense except for a good science fiction book, but presidency will not matter. I am not voting for Romney because he is mormon I am not voting for him because as bad as obama is, he is still a worse choice....,

      April 8, 2012 at 3:57 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      And yes, the views of RIck Santorum are so much more palatable and progressive. We really need someone like John Hagee to run. I'm sure a majority of americans would agree with everything he says.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:03 am |
  3. warex1234

    By the way why are they considered a religion?
    By definition a religion is a belief system that has been around for over 100 years and has over 1 million followers. They have not met that....they are not a religion......besides if they really believed in their religion being the truth, why are they not in iraq or Afghanistan or even iran like other christian trying to spred the word since it is so true...?

    April 8, 2012 at 3:42 am |
    • biologixco

      Big boogeyman Kolob mormon hex on you for speaking the truth!

      April 8, 2012 at 3:45 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      1823 makes it 189 years..10+ million members..I'm glad that BIO claimed this to be the truth..he obviously knows the truth..

      April 8, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      Met that like 89 years ago..

      April 8, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • warex1234

      10 million post posthumous doesnt count!

      April 8, 2012 at 4:01 am |
    • warex1234

      Hey china, sorry the lsd web site claims 14.4 million BUT that is their website.....

      According to the Mormon church's own website, there are 28,424 congregations (wards/branches) If you figure an average of 200 active attending members (and that is a very generous assumption) then that only adds up to 5,684,800 people. That is less than half of the 13 million that the church LOVES to tout to everyone. Where are the other 7,315,200 people? Well, most of them don't believe anymore, and just don't go, and don't even consider themselves Mormon. Some are actually dead, but the Mormon church lost track of them. If the Mormon church loses track of you, they keep you on the records until you would have been 110. Now you also have to take into account that many of the people who attend regularly, do so only to keep the peace with their family (spouse, parents, whatever) or just because it is the only social circle they have, but they don't really believe it. So in reality, the number of REAL believing Mormons is FAR less than what the Mormon church claims.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • Steve

      According to your own criterion, they are a religion as they have been well established since the early 1800's and have over 20 million adherents. Also as to why they don't go to those middle east countries? They are fervent believers, not suicidal. You should read atleast wikipedia before you spout ignorance.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • chinaconqueryoueasy

      please refer to valid statistics before commenting..you just lost the argument when you VEHEMENTLY ASSERTED that there are less than 1 million mormons and that the mormon church was started 50 years after Joseph Smith was dead. Like it or not..in
      THIS case you HAD YOUR FACTS WRONG..we can only assume that the rest of your statements are equally invalid.

      April 8, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  4. warex1234

    Aliens, planets, multiple gods, secret handshakes, the degrading of women, a holy book that was rewritten twice only to have the second part just being a plagerism of the first part by a man reading our of a hat with a magic rock, Buying fake artifacts hoping to find legitimization, mormons have so much in common with Scientology.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • biologixco


      April 8, 2012 at 3:40 am |
  5. dogma

    Secrecy and 'sacred' hidden chambers doesn't make any religion seem enlightened.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • biologixco

      Ditto for the mystical magical undies!

      April 8, 2012 at 3:41 am |
  6. warex1234

    Does anybody do their homework when they talk about something anymore? Cnn what your deal? your suppose to have reporters? You keep hammering home about post posthumous baptism, get off it....The mormon church apologised, accepted they were in the wrong, so move on to something more scandalous like... Why does the mormons believe that men will inherit their own planets and become a god over another planet when they die. Lets not forget the more wives they have the greater status on their planet they will become. Dont believe me? Next time you get a knock on your door by the two mormons asking to talk about their religion to you, ask the following, what is the name of your god? ...what is the name of the planet your god lives on?......What is the name of your gods wife and what planet does she live on? They will answer what we read in the article...it is too sacred to talk about...

    April 8, 2012 at 3:27 am |
  7. biologixco

    Why NOT go to mormon.org?
    Why not go to scientology.org?
    Why not visit Jonestown in July?
    Why not jump off a cliff and see if I can fly?

    April 8, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • biologixco

      hmmm. No mormons to refute the validity of my argument?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:51 am |
  8. biologixco

    Not only is Mitt going to lose, but as America learns more about the Mormon church, it's quite likely that the United States will invade Utah and restore democracy.
    Interesting comment!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:20 am |
  9. biologixco

    Why do mormons need to sell themselves in their "Im a mormon" television campaign?
    Trying to soften up America for the coming of your High Priest, MITT ROMNEY?

    April 8, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  10. zip

    Beware false prophets. That's from a real Bible.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • biologixco

      You bet.
      Deuteronomy 18:20, numerous Matthew passages.
      God has a special place for false prophets and their followers...

      April 8, 2012 at 3:14 am |
    • patsaintsbroncoscheat

      Sorry I do not join cults no matter how big they get. This includes christianity as a whole.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:28 am |
  11. Knowledge is Power

    Mormons have 12 "Articles of Faith" that all children are to have memorized by the age of 12 (if possible). PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE VERY 1ST ARTICLE. In fact, read them all carefully and explain to me how Mormons are not Christian and are cultish and/or dangerous? Be honest with yourself........

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

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

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

    4) 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.

    5) 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.

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

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

    8) 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.

    9) 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.

    10) 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.

    11) 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.

    12) 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.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • biologixco

      Joseph Smith was a false prophet.
      Deuteronomy 18:20
      But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • zip

      Not only is Mitt going to lose, but as America learns more about the Mormon church, it's quite likely that the United States will invade Utah and restore democracy.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:07 am |
    • Knowledge is Power


      That passage could be used for ANY prophet or pope or other religious on the face of the planet!!!!!! You interpret it loosley to fit you argument. Typical.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • May as well be voodoo

      "Laying on of hands"

      "Immersion for the remission of sins"

      "The laying on of hands by those who are in authority" (Whole lotta hand jobs going on here!)

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

      "We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (never mind those archaeological impossibilities)

      "Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent" (yeah, the one in the Middle East has gone so well that we need a franchise here)

      April 8, 2012 at 3:11 am |
    • biologixco

      Yeah right.
      Thats why mormons were run out of Nauvoo in 1840.
      America caught on to your BS.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • Knowledge is Power


      Take off the tin foil hat. The sky is not falling. Oh, and my hamster could beat Obummer.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • Knowledge is Power

      Yup! You got us! And were actually aliens from another planet too! We would have got away with it all if it were'nt for those peaky kids! What exactly is in those scooby snacks your eating?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • Knowledge is Power

      Yup! You got us! And were actually aliens from another planet too! We would have got away with it all if it were'nt for those pesky kids! What exactly is in those scooby snacks your eating?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • biologixco

      Aliens from Kolob, right?
      Tell us true now.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:19 am |
    • Knowledge is Power

      "Tell us true now"? Not sure what that means, but yes you've got it all figured out. Your parents must be proud!

      April 8, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • biologixco

      You bet they are, bub.
      They have a free thinking son that values the freedom of his soul.
      Who would NEVER surrender free will to a cult like mormonism.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • Dave

      Burrrrrp!!!!!!! Pardon me. You were saying?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:59 am |
  12. Really??

    Has anyone ever read the definition of a cult?? Well. It's a group of people with the same beliefs. That makes every single religion a 'cult', not to mention any clubs, organizations, play groups, AA, etc. If the people of the LDS faith are in a 'cult', so are the baptists, the Catholics, the Amish, and the atheists.

    In this country, we are blessed to have the freedom of religion. Everyone has a right to choose. I don't understand why people are So against this faith. Have any of you ever even went to Mormon.org or LDS.org? Maybe you should. All these people that say "well this person who was a mormon did this bad thing to my 2nd cousin's best friend's dog".... Would you say the same thing about Catholics or Atheists? The people of the LDS faith believe that no one is perfect, but the teachings of the church are....just like EVERY OTHER RELIGION believes about their faith. Please read up on the actual teachings of this church before you go accusing people of ridiculous things. Also, Thomas S. Monson is the prophet in this religion. Mitt Romney does not control any part of the church!... But you would know that had you gone to Mormon.org and actually paid attention.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • biologixco

      Why not go to scientology.org?
      Why not visit Jonestown in July?
      Why not jump off a cliff and see if I can fly?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • And it's ineffective at its task

      AA is a cult.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • Really??

      I would go to scientology.org if I had any desire to say anything about that faith. I however, choose to let people believe whatever the heck they want to and I don't judge them for it.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  13. biologixco

    Do you have magical depends?
    Magical baby diapers?
    Magical baby poop?
    Sorry I ask so many questions, but America wants to shed a lil daylight on you secretive mormons.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:01 am |
    • Really??

      Kindly visit Mormon.org and the missionaries there would be happy to answer your questions. I am not being degrading about your faith, please don't be degrading about mine. Why do you care what kind of underwear people wear? Do you ask everyone on the street, or just people that look "mormon"?

      April 8, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • biologixco

      Well, cuz its MAGICAL!
      It piques my curiousity!
      And AMERICA is gonna wanna know:

      April 8, 2012 at 3:09 am |
    • biologixco

      You mormons aint gonna duck that question

      April 8, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • Really??

      I think whatever underwear Mitt Romney wears is his own personal business. And no one believes that the underwear members of the LDS faith wear are "magical"....but you would know that if you went to mormon.org and actually read up about the accusations you are making.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:15 am |
    • Knowledge is Power

      This guy has got to be a Baptist or an angry atheist! Lol.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:24 am |
    • biologixco

      Nope Im an angry American voter.
      Mittens romney sux.
      We dont want a mormon president.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:38 am |
  14. zip

    If you want to learn about the Mormon church, Google "Mark Hofmann" You will not believe it.

    April 8, 2012 at 3:00 am |
    • spud16

      If I wanted to buy a car from Ford, would I go ask Dodge about what they thought of Ford Cars? If you want to an informative lesson on the Mormon church, the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, then go to Mormon.org.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:36 am |
  15. Genia

    Well, we can protest and burn our bras again, but mine is a little bigger now. With humor out of the way, there really is a seriousness about the blue bra movement to fight domestic abuse against women. Most of the men in America that I have talked to have their hands full with one wife, and do not want a house full of kids to feed. They just can't afford it in this day and time. Even though America is better than most countries, it still needs work when men still get more money and have more clout in politics.

    April 8, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • Dave

      Let's hear it for bigger bras..........

      April 8, 2012 at 4:02 am |
  16. Janet

    So much ignorance and bigotry. Lots of liberal trolls.

    April 8, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • Mirror Mirror

      Thank you for sharing your great wisdom and enlightenment.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • zip

      Bigotry and hate?? Magic diapers Mark Hofmann multiple wives planet Kolob Mountain Meadows Massacre Jesus in America Golden tablets posthumous baptisms Do you really think any of this is mainstream????

      April 8, 2012 at 3:04 am |
  17. biologixco

    So. Not to be facetious here, but,
    If you pfart in your magical underwear does it make it magically smell better?
    Inquiring minds want to know...

    April 8, 2012 at 2:57 am |
    • Janet

      So... if you make one imbecilic, adolescent comment after another does that mean you are a 13 year old imbecile?

      April 8, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • biologixco

      No ma'am. Im just of scientific mind.
      Inquiring minds want to know.
      Get used to it. America will NOT elect a mormon as president.
      Sentinels watch and warn.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:07 am |
  18. You know who you are

    WOW! Why am I not suprised this board is filled with hate filled bigotry. Not to mention the exaggerations and slander. The uneducated and the undereducated having it at! all in the name of making them self feel better or smarter at someones elses expense. How proud I am to be your fellow american (sarcasm).

    April 8, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • biologixco

      Thank you.

      April 8, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Mirror Mirror

      I see you really hate haters! Kinda fun to exaggerate and slander people who exaggerate and slander, isn't it? Nothing to make you feel better or smarter than others than by insulting their attempts to act better or smarter

      April 8, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  19. biologixco

    Do YOU wear the magical underwear?
    Now THERES a question for the Sunday talk shows!

    April 8, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • biologixco

      America wants to know!

      April 8, 2012 at 2:53 am |
  20. Sirned

    This war on woman's contraceptives, blacks and wanting woman to earn less money than men do to force them out of the workplace and thereby reduce men's pay in the process appears to me to be a concerted effect by big money Mormons as well as other fundamentalists to shape our country in the ways it's founder of the Morman Church intended. It's coming soon more than one wife with no finacial security and no rights....Don't think it can't

    April 8, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Really??

      If you would like to know the actual basic beliefs of the LDS church, I suggest you read the 13 articles of faith that has been published. One of them is believing in "honoring, obeying and sustaining the law". This faith does not believe in Polygamy, and believes in obeying the laws of the land and has no intention of changing the laws to include polygamy...but you would know that if you had actually looked up the beliefs on mormon.org or lds.org before making these accusations.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:25 am |
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