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May 1st, 2012
02:41 PM ET

House candidate and rising GOP star is black, female - and Mormon

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - To call Mia Love a minority is an understatement. She’s a black woman who won an upset primary race to become the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. If elected, she’d be the first black Republican congresswoman in the House of Representatives.

Love, who has attracted lots of national Republican support, also stands out because of her religion: She’s a Mormon. The politician is a poster child for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ campaign to present a more diverse face to a historically very white church.

“There are a lot of people who have tried to define me as a person,” Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips in an interview Tuesday. “I’m not a victim, and I don’t allow anybody to put me in a box.”

Speaking from Salt Lake City, she said, “There may be some challenges. But ... I love this place and love the people that are here, and I represent their beliefs and values.”

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Love is featured in a video series produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of its “I’m a Mormon” campaign, which aims to bring the faith of about 14 million members worldwide into the mainstream.

In the CNN interview, Love talked about how Mormonism would affect Mitt Romney’s candidacy more than her own, which is happening in the most Mormon state in the nation.

“You know I don’t think those are the issues that Americans really care about,” Love said when asked about the role of Romney’s religion in the presidential campaign. “I think Americans care about jobs, the economy; they care about the debt and deficit spending. … Being a Mormon is part of who he is as a person, and I don’t think it should deter from the issues.”

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Love’s “I’m a Mormon” video shows her working as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, her current job.

“I am the mayor of Saratoga Springs and I love it,” she says in the video. “I get to make this life better for me and better for others.

“My friends from back home are always saying, ‘What are you doing in Utah?'” she says in the video, referring to her East Coast upbringing. “What they don’t know is that when I came here I felt accepted.”

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism • Politics • TV-CNN Newsroom

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  1. Catrinaloe

    Ask a Mormon to deny what's in this video. They really do believe they will become gods. They really do believe that GOD was once a mortal man on another planet that lived my mormon precepts.

    http://youtu.be/3HSlbuli7HM

    May 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  2. zip

    The Mormon church is a cult. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. And when you reach the obvious conclusion, tell your friends. Mitt Romney is a cult member. He must not be president.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Just sayin'

      I just watched the cartoon video that supposedly teaches about Mormonism. I am offended by the lies. It is a religion where you are asked to find out for yourself. Joseph Smith found out that no churches were true at the age of 14 by taking a verse from the bible – James 1:5&6 If you really care to know, study it out for yourself then take it to god in prayer for a confirmation. The spirit is the teacher. Brainwashed is not what God wants us to be, for we were intelligences first, use the brain he gave you.
      Zip – I hope you put as much effort & concern into your own salvation as you do in slamming The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      May 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  3. Jo

    The text of the Book of Mormon is available, in multiple languages, for any who wish to figure out for themselves what/why Mormons believe what they believe.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Jo

      check out lds.org to find the online book

      May 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Lanny

      Because so many people are brainwashed by mormon sites, check this out: Troubling Quotes from the Second Prophet (leader) of the Mormon Church.

      Brigham Young said your own blood must atone for some sins.

      "There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 247; see also, vol. 4, p. 53-54, 219-220).

      Brigham Young said you must confess Joseph Smith as a prophet of God in order to be saved.

      "...and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fullness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of God, but is Antichrist," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p. 312).

      Brigham Young said his discourses are as good as Scripture.

      "I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).

      Brigham Young said he had never given any counsel that was wrong.

      "I am here to answer. I shall be on hand to answer when I am called upon, for all the counsel and for all the instruction that I have given to this people. If there is an Elder here, or any member of this Church, called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who can bring up the first idea, the first sentence that I have delivered to the people as counsel that is wrong, I really wish they would do it; but they cannot do it, for the simple reason that I have never given counsel that is wrong; this is the reason." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 161).

      Brigham Young compared his sermons with scripture.

      "I know just as well what to teach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them into the celestial kingdom...I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 95).

      Brigham Young said you are damned if you deny polygamy.

      "Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). Also, "The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269).

      Brigham Young said you can't get to the highest heaven without Joseph Smith's consent.

      "...no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 289).

      Brigham Young boasted.

      "What man or woman on earth, what spirit in the spirit-world can say truthfully that I ever gave a wrong word of counsel, or a word of advice that could not be sanctioned by the heavens? The success which has attended me in my presidency is owing to the blessings and mercy of the Almighty . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 12, p. 127).

      Brigham Young said Jesus' birth was as natural as ours.

      "The birth of the Savior was as natural as the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood–was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).

      Brigham Young said that God the Father and Mary 'do it.'

      "When the time came that His first-born, the Saviour, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came Himself and favoured that spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 218). "The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood - was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115). Note: the late Bruce McConkie who was a member of the First Council of the Seventy stated "There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events..." (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 742).

      Brigham Young said that Jesus was not begotten by the Holy Spirit.

      "I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal more remains to be told. Now, remember from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 51).

      Brigham Young taught that Adam was God.

      "Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken - He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 50).

      Brigham Young made a false prophecy?

      "In the days of Joseph [Smith] it was considered a great privilege to be permitted to speak to a member of Congress, but twenty-six years will not pass away before the Elders of this Church will be as much thought of as the kings on their thrones," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 40).

      Brigham Young comments about blacks

      "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).

      "In our first settlement in Missouri, it was said by our enemies that we intended to tamper with the slaves, not that we had any idea of the kind, for such a thing never entered our minds. We knew that the children of Ham were to be the "servant of servants," and no power under heaven could hinder it, so long as the Lord would permit them to welter under the curse and those were known to be our religious views concerning them." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 172).

      "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110).

      Now if that last portion didn't strike you as unbelievably horrible, than imagine this....Mormons are taught to believe every word of their prophets as though they were the words of God: Unquestionable. And these are quotes from just one of their prophets.
      Now imagine the President of the USA being Mormon.....

      May 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  4. Kearevaans

    Any one consider this. The Mormon church has no debt. Even with their efforts in humanitarian aid across the world. Mormons I have seen who choose to follow the beliefs are happier, live longer, with closer families. You can have that by not being mormon, but having a system in place and other people with the same beliefs make it easier. Don't think that you guys have all the answers. You people are taking information and with the understanding you have putting a stint on it to fit into your general mode of thinking. Meaning, both sides have some major bias. The real question is which side is true, becuase both sides are not going to admit to being wrong. As for the elections. I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I'm going to support a Mormon President who is known to be superb financially who is in a church which is just as financially capable. I don't care if they are brainwashed or not. And as for Mia Love, Lets see what she does and if she is capable of doing her job.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • zip

      You don't care if they are brainwashed????? So if devil worshippers have a good economic plan, you would vote for them?? Wow. God help us if this cult ever gets power.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • Lanny

      What a blow-hard....thanks for your morning review of your feelings that really had little to do with the actual article and more about yourself. Why not just post it on facebook next time?

      May 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven !

    May 4, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!`~

      May 4, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  6. Lizziecool

    Since CNN is only showing ONE side of mormonism (um...what happened to two-sided journalism?) Here's another video to watch about another important Black Woman.

    http://youtu.be/bup4ydQ7jFQ

    May 4, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  7. Maryanne

    If you want to take the time, watch this video...I believe it's from the History Channel. It uses history and archeology to show how mormons are possibly the most frightening cult on the earth today. Truly.

    http://youtu.be/hcyzkd_m6KE

    May 4, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  8. Narttabb

    Way to say it like it is Jackson. As Americans we've been trained to listen to the media (evidently CNN is getting paid a CHUNK for posting all of these Pro-mormon articles because even ABC news doesn't do it) and think, "wow, that must be true! Now think for yourselves American Citizens. If you get a mormon in the White House you have NO idea the horrors that will be visited upon us as Americans. You thought Hitler was bad.....

    May 4, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Abinadi

      Well, you can see how others portray us in unflattering ways or just go to mormon.org for the truth.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Lanny

      Of course abanadi....we are all mindless drones and we will all now go to your mormon website so that you can give us only one side to your cult. Of course you won't mention anything about how you believe you become gods on that website or that your Joseph Smith married a 14 year old girl while he already had multiple wives....

      May 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  9. Jackson

    See how mormons like abinadi disappear when they are asked the truth about their mormon cult? They can't handle it, because to deny it, they will loose their chance at Godhood. I can't make this stuff up. LOOK IT UP!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 1:01 am |
  10. Jackson

    Brigham Young (the second president and possibly the biggest prophet of the church as the founder of Salt Lake City, UT) comments about blacks

    "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).

    "In our first settlement in Missouri, it was said by our enemies that we intended to tamper with the slaves, not that we had any idea of the kind, for such a thing never entered our minds. We knew that the children of Ham were to be the "servant of servants," and no power under heaven could hinder it, so long as the Lord would permit them to welter under the curse and those were known to be our religious views concerning them." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 172).

    "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110).

    Now if that last portion didn't strike you as unbelievably horrible, than imagine this....Mormons are taught to believe every word of their prophets as though they were the words of God: Unquestionable. And these are quotes from just one of their prophets.
    Now imagine the President of the USA being Mormon.....

    May 4, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • tomwheeler

      Brigham Young was a prophet – and a flawed and imperfect man, as all prophets are. They are men, and if they are not speaking by the power of the Holy Spirit, then we are not obligated to believe them (speaking as an active member myself).

      Joseph Smith's teachings about the black race are actually much kinder than this.. And we are actually taught to question and seek for our own personal knowledge about everything – including what prophets teach. Brigham would have been the first to say "Don't accept what I teach you blindly – pray and seek and study and learn for yourself!" .

      It's not as if his thinking (and I haven't checked it to see if it's an actual statement) about blacks were very out of place in America in 1830. You cannot divorce a person from his time and place..

      Perhaps Mormons don't take the time to answer many of these attacks because they are hurtful – made in a tone of mocking and ridiculing things that which are very sacred to us, and which you obviously do not understand. What would be the point? You have no interest in learning what we actually believe, you only wish to tear us down and make others think the worst about us.

      May 4, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • zip

      To Tom Wheeler. An honest question. Is the video on page 31 of this blog accurate. Is that what Mormons believe?

      May 4, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Lanny

      Tom...you brought tears to my eyes. What a perfect persecution complex you have. Oh wait...I forgot that mormons are taught that the Lord's chosen people will always be persecuted and you mormons believe you're the Lord's ONLY chosen people...

      May 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • tomwheeler

      regarding the video – what do I think about a cartoon that ridicules in the crudest way the beliefs of Mormons? Did you also make one that ridicules Jews? Or Hindus? It's a fine example of bigotry.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • zip

      So the video is accurate. That just chills the bone.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  11. zip

    On page 31 of this blog, there is an animation called "what Mormons believe" I have asked a thousand times for someone to step forward and refute the claims the video makes. But no one ever does. Can someone step up and point out what is untrue in the video? Serious request.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Chp

      Could you list the claims? I cannot view the video. As an atheist, I'm not likely to refute any valid or legitimate claims that are solidly based in reality and science, but who knows? Maybe I can find a mistake for you to fix.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Jackson

      The Mormans CANNOT refute the claims that they will become gods after this life if they follow all of their churches teachings. The video you are referring to is absolute fact. If you CHALLENGE a mormon to say it's a lie, they will go against their own "temple" (secret) beliefs and lose their chance at godhood.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Abinadi

      So, what does YOUR church teach about the purpose of life? That we will all sit around on clouds and and play harps? Why harps? Why not banjos or trombones?

      May 4, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Jackson

      Abini...whatsit....(sounds Muslim to me) I don't need a church to TELL me how to live or WHO to believe. I have common sense and a mind of my own to know that my heart has compassion and I can go to the soup kitchens and volunteer or the animal shelters to feel innocent, helpless animals and donate money to a charity that needs it because my SOUL and my HEART let me know that caring is more important than a man made cult like the mormons with their schmarmy commercials...where they leave out that they become GODS after they die if they are good enough...

      May 4, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Abinadi

      Jackson, all well and good, but attacking another's beliefs does not sound very charitable to me. You might want to modify your good works a little.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Lanny

      Oh abinadi...he you judge yet expect not to be judged. What exactly are your "works?" What makes you superior to non-mormons? Oh, right...you're almost a god. It's hard to forget that when there's so few actual mormons in the world. You're just a tiny little cult that happens to be very wealthy and very loud.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  12. Reality

    Being a black, female Mormom does not change the following:------>>

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    Putting the kibosh on religion to include Mormonism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "
    ===========================================================================================
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    May 4, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Abinadi

      Unreality lives in la la land. 🙂

      May 4, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Jackson

      ah....albi...muslim sounding name (I hear mormons are like Muslims), you just showed your stupidity by saying, "unlearning." Idiot.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Maryanne

      I believe it was "unreality," not "unlearning" but still, you're right, it shows how pathetic and hateful Abidini is.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Reality

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.(as does M. Romney)

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah." (as does M. Romney)

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented. (As does B. Obama and his family)

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      For added information see the review at:

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

      May 4, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  13. Abinadi

    I would like you to notice one thing about Mia's face – happiness! It is the same look that Mitt Romney and his family and all active Mormons have. It is the happiness that comes from living a squeaky clean life, from living the teachings of Jesus Christ, and from having no regrets. Maybe it is worth a few minutes of your time to find out why. Mormon.org.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • zip

      Odd. Brainwashing can have the same effect.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Jackson

      mormon.org is owned and operated ONLY by the mormon church. It's like going to some Vatican site and finding out that birth control in Africa is WRONG (even though millions of unwanted children die weekly there) just because someone said that you should view a Catholic ONLY website.
      Do web searches and find out about the mormons. Look up the White horse Prophesy. Look up how their founder was against Democracy and wanted to instill a Monarchy with himself at its head over the American Government. Look up how mormons believe they will become gods when they die. Look up how Joseph Smith (their founder) not only practiced polygamy but married a 14 year old girl against her wishes....FIND OUT THE FACT WITHOUT MORMON PROPAGANDA. You're American citizens. Think for yourselves!!!!

      May 4, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  14. zip

    I forgot. Joseph Smith invoked the name of Jesus Christ to perpetuate a fraud. That is heresy. Mormons are not Christians. Sorry. Just defending my religion with the same ferocity you defend your cult.

    May 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Sorry to burst your bubble, friend, but there is no logical way that your church could be the truth. None of the protestant churches could possibly be the true church because they all apostatized from the Catholic church and can claim no authority (Isn't that why we call them protestants?) Christ founded his church on priesthood authority. Hebrews 5 says, " 4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
      5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee." Aaron was ordained to the priesthood by Moses, the prophet, and Moses received the priesthood from his father in law, Jethro. John 15:16 says: "16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit," Christ never intended that minsters and pastors run helter skelter preaching whatever they please and taking priesthood authority "unto themselves". He intended that his church be run by revelation administered by a prophet. Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the organization of the original church and is administered by a prophet of God. It is the only church today that is administered by verifiable priesthood authority with most churches not even bothering with authority at all! No person who is too proud to admit he is wrong will ever see the kingdom of God.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • zip

      Just keep posting. You're your own worst enemy.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Abinadi

      You know, Zip, when you kick Mormonism, you kick it upstairs. I want to thank you and the other detractors for your fine posts. When you Baptist ministers berate us it makes the people in your congregations curious about why you are so terrified of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'll bet we gain at least 100 new converts every time one of these blogs run. PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!  

      May 4, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Chp

      lol

      May 4, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Jackson

      Albini...muslim sonding whats-it.....you DARE to tell someone their church isn't the true one and yours is? Guess what POSTER CHILD FOR FREAK MORMONS....you are the reason ROMNEY will NOT win.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  15. Who Cares?

    So, you're all experrts on Mormonism because you can listen to a few rumors and read news stories about extremist Mormon cults? Mormons no longer practice Polygamy. Times change, and what was once considered acceptable no longer is. It's called know your history before before you shoot off your mouth. It's not your belief, you have no place to judge. How about you do more than sit on your @$$ as look at wikipedia. How about you ask mormons what they believe, or maybe go sit in on a sermon. You might learn something.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • zip

      My my. So angry. Here is the problem with the Mormon church. And Mormons. Joseph Smith really was a con man. He really was jailed on fraud charges. Brigham Young really did have 55 wives. Mitt Romney's great grandfather really was killed by a jealous husband. He really did have 12 wives. Polygamy was a foundation of the church. The United States government stepped in and stopped polygamy. Mormons, including Mitt romney's family, fled to Mexico to keep being polygamous. Mitt romney's dad was born in Mexico. Mormons really do believe in planet Kolob. Mormons really do wear special underwear. Blacks really were banned until 1978. there really is a White Horse Prophecy. The reason Mormons get so upset by these posts is because they are true. And if the average American finds out about it, the church is in trouble.

      May 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    May 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      *Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  17. zip

    Because nothing says women's rights like a religion based on polygamy. Harem, anyone?

    May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Chp

      Yes, please! And thank you!

      May 4, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  18. Holly in CA

    The Republican party could use a little diversity. Good Luck Mia Love.

    May 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  19. Reality

    Being a black, female Mormom does not change the following:------–>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    Putting the kibosh on religion to include Mormonism:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "
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    May 3, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  20. zip

    Do a wiki search on Parley P. Pratt. He was Mitt Romney's great grandfather. He was killed by a jealous husband. And he already had 12 wives. Damndest Christians I ever heard of.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Michael

      Totally. I can't think of anything less Christian than cold-blooded jealous murder.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Rockgod28

      Agreed Michael. I can't think of anything less Christian.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Are you saying the murderer was Parley P Pratt? Or the man who killed him? How can the victim be the murderer?

      May 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
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