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August 21st, 2012
05:31 PM ET

A look into Romney's religion

(CNN)–For many voters, getting to know Mitt Romney as a candidate also means sorting out facts from fiction about Mormonism.  CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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  1. sendai

    You have been judged, callndy, and found to be a Mormon. Not a Christian. Regarding the afterlife, there may not be one. And if there is, you may be judged to be A-OK. Who knows?

    August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  2. Weiss

    I liked how you guys did a piece on Christian Liberation Theory in 2008. Bulls*** like this is what really drives that 15% approval rating that the profession of journalism enjoys.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  3. YoRpFiSh

    http://www.liarsforjesus.com/downloads/LFJ_FINAL.pdf

    Deal with it.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  4. ed

    Yes Mormons are just like Catholics, except they think Jesus lives on planet Kolob – that dark skin is a curse from God – that unmarried people don't go to heaven and that God requires 10 percent of your income.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • calIndy

      and I thought gays were the victims of bigotry... mormons have it way worse

      August 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  5. Reality

    Being fair about it:

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

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

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

    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/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family) (And Biden) (And Ryan)

    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/horn-blowing 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

    August 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • derf

      I actually read all this Reality.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Reality

      derf,

      Danke Schoen!! Some people want short comments but then berate you for not giving references or more detail. An example of a short summary in the same line of thinking:

      From a PowerPoint slide:

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      Added details upon request.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  6. derf

    I wanted to post this again after looking at Romney. They gave him a kind of halo. Did you notice that?

    If Christians were ice cream Mormons would be artificially flavored vanilla. But someone said Mormons are not Christians. What is there that insists that it's ice cream when it's not? Ice milk. Mormons are to Christians as ice milk is to ice cream. Artificially flavored vanilla ice milk. Mormons are that pitiful. If Christians were ketchup Mormons would be Del Monte.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • calIndy

      hope you didn't spend a long time on this horrible metaphor

      August 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  7. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Lord, the truth absolute have mercy on USA, hindered fooled by hindu Maggie Jew's, Crooked self centered in violation of fundamental principal of America, enshrined by founding father's of USA, truth absolute as God, but ruled by hindu's deniers of truth absolute in hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, bunch of hindu's, criminals pretending to be Americans, but hindu gentiles, criminals slave of hindu Jew's, terrorist self centered, working hard to undermine USA to please their hindu soul, filthy desire, to be what they can never be TRUTH ABSOLUTE THEMSELVES.
    hindu Romney is nothing else but a hindu ignorant pseudo Jew', criminal self centerd like his hindu sanatan, filthy goon man god's Jew's, filthy self centered, claiming to be a hindu pagan christian, follower of hindu Mithra ism, savior ism labeled as Christianity in hinduism, absurdity to fool humanity.
    No one ever existed by the name of Jesus, and son of bless Mary had nothing to do with their hinduism, Christianity, named EASU, anointed one.
    Do not elect any of these hindu denier's of truth absolute hindu gentile filthy slave Christian's of hindu Jew's., criminal self centered, they will do nothing for people of America, but use every way to make American's,and rest of the humanity gentiles, slave of hindu Jew's, filthy self centered, enemies of truth absolute. Romney does not qualify to be called American by his hindu pagan faith, criminal belief, let alone make him a president of USA.
    Word Jew is based on Latin word Yahood, Je or Ja, Ye, or Ya, meaning from heart and mind base word for Yes in English, HOOD, habit or habitat, meaning, self centered or a secular, denier of truth absolute, such as King, or Pig, in disregard to truth absolute and Judaism, One who takes a wow to be in violation of truth by his intent, considering himself to be the God, the truth absolute, same as in hindu, denier of truth absolute, word hindu is based on Latin word hindrance, negativity, HAN, great, Hun, to be in greatness and hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity, as in word Jew, a self centered or a criminal, otherwise known as a goon, a shaman. Judaism is not a religion but in opposition, defiance to truth absolute in self center ism..

    August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • derf

      If Christians were ice cream Mormons would be artificially flavored vanilla. But someone said Mormons are not Christians. What is there that insists that it's ice cream when it's not? Ice milk. Mormons are to Christians as ice milk is to ice cream. Artificially flavored vanilla ice milk. Mormons are that pitiful. If Christians were ketchup Mormons would be Del Monte.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • fkratz

      Your comment reads as if you were drunk.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • ddpp

      wow no one but Mother****** Mohammad Dar of Daristan; he still alive!!!!!

      August 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • ddpp

      hey Mohammad Dar, I had opportunity to bang couple of Daristani girls, just for curiosity. So you have been keeping low for how many months? I thought that Paki avalanche got you too!

      August 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • ddpp

      @fkratz the guys's name is Mohammad Dar; he claims to be living in Daristan or may be he is faking. He surprised me when he wrote "Lord, the truth absolute have mercy on USA"; he is a die-hard anti-USA, anti-Christians, Jews, Hindus, anti you name it except Islam. Again he is a slick Daristani moolah or Taliban, follower of Quran that teaches muslims to lie and deceive people called Takia, so you can't trust this SOB what he writes.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • to my Old Friend Mohammad Dar

      sorry Mohammad I did not mean to hurt your feeling, but sometime your anti-religion posts make me explode with anger, I wish I can delete my posts. Sorry.

      –ddpp

      August 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Seems like a hindu Magi' filthy trickster has stolen some one's Id, rest assured Mohammad A Dar has been around and He never left, banging hindu's, deniers of truth absolute and their hindu Judaism, filthy secularism. Get real.

      August 23, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      I am coming from caves.
      I have no face no name.
      I am Allah here on CNN.
      I hate everyone.
      hate my father
      my father hates my mother
      My religion hates everyone.
      and its followers hate everyone.
      I wake up with hate
      I walk around with hate
      I go to bed with hate
      I dream hate
      I breath hate
      I am hate. I am hate I am hate.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  8. dscoop

    "Mystical Pizza" credibility and proof were not the point – understanding of people and getting on with life were the point. Why get so hung up on someone else's religion if in fact the person is a good person?

    August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  9. Sid

    Show us the plates! Show us your plates! But no need to show us the soiled magic underwear.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • calIndy

      Time to go back to school now...

      August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • derf

      Go away Mormon lady. Your boy was a conman who talked into a hat and people BELIEVED him. Those same people had lots of babies as stupid as they were. Romney is what you get after generations of inbreeding by those stupid people.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • calIndy

      haha mormon lady? It sounds like a mormon lady burned you at some point... why else for all the bigotry?

      August 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Sid

      Just show us the plates! Show us your plates!

      It's a fair request, so stow the insults. We aren't even asking for your magic underwear.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  10. jimothy

    "Think of [The Book of Mormon] as a sequel to the Bible"? Aside from these interviews, did Gary Tuchman even TRY to do any research on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

    August 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Mystical Pizza

      A sequel that has no scientific basis or evidence to the claims it makes ...lol Remember we are only talking a couple hundered years since Joe looked into his top hat to write it. lol

      August 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • calIndy

      A lot of scientific basis to the bible though right? Or does it get a pass because King Constantine made it law to be Christian?

      August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  11. dscoop

    FACTS about Mormons

    Mormons believe in Science

    Creatio Ex Materia: At the foundation of Mormon doctorine is the principal that all things are created from existing materials in accordance with the laws of how those materials and elements work together “naturally”, or how they can be manipulated to work together based on the laws of “science”. This is key to understand because assuming that this is a basic building block of the religion, you have to stop and realize that you cannot scientifically lump a religion based on Creatio Ex Materia with religions that has another core belief. They are fundamentally different.

    Creatio Ex Nihilo: Most other regions, are based on the idea that a creator has no limits, must abide by know laws of “science”, and can create something from nothing because everything was created, including the very elements and sub elements by a creator. This view of the creator was popularized and added to most Christian religions during the Nicene Creed about 325 yeas AD.

    Mormon’s belief in Creatio Ex Materia is critical to understand, because it is the reason that they believe in a physical personage as a God, and that THE reason this personage has the capability of being God comes from the complete understanding of science and the laws of the universe, allowing this God to be a creator through organizing and manipulating existing materials to form logical patterns that exist as life and the things life needs to exist.

    Mormons believe that an objective understanding of science and the unbiased education of the laws of medicine, physics, chemistry, etc lead to a deeper understanding of life and the betterment of life and our future through science.

    Mormons believe that if they gain enough understanding they can become like God – through his grace
    Mormons believe that their God provided them with an opportunity to learn how to eventually become gods themselves. Sounds strange, but think back to the foundation of their beliefs. If in fact they believe that God created life and its necessary surrounds based on knowledge, why then wouldn’t it be possible for a human to eventually learn to do the same? The principal is that there is a need to learn how to master things to gain a perfect knowledge. For example, a master chemist might have the same access to chemicals as an armature, but the master has experimented so much that he/she has had the opportunity to learn through failure and success and has earned the knowledge to create and control new and innovative compounds. In a way, to Mormons, their view of life is that we are all here to learn how to get along with each other (society), understand how to control our wants and desires, and ultimately learn how to learn. Then, the concept is that after death, the learning continues in other ways, eventually leading to a point when people have the capability of becoming so knowledgeable that they can be god like.

    Their religion suggests though that they cannot simply earn their way to this higher knowledge and status, but that they additionally need something to bridge the gap between the weaknesses and imperfection of humans and the better people they they would have to become to be more godlike. This is where their concept of Christ comes in.

    Mormons are Christian – Their foundation is based on a savior Jesus Christ
    Mormons believe that humans are naturally unable to make social choices that put others before themselves in a way that will enable them to learn and better society in a way that they can gain the understanding they need to progress beyond the basic understandings and status they can achieve in this lifetime. Instead, they need what they call a savior, someone who was able to live a selfless life and achieve a higher status, who can help them progress past their own limitations. To them, this person was Jesus Christ.

    Mormons believe that they can only achieve a higher status in the next life and the level of understanding required to be godlike through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ, who they believe was/is the son of God. Not one and the same as God, as was decided in 325 AD at the Nicene Creed, but literally a separate personage who was able to bridge the gap to the deeper understanding and status needed to become a God. Mormons follow-the teachings of Christ and try to live selfless lives similar to what Christ lived in order to have his grace and help in getting to the next level in their progression.

    Mormons are accepting and extremely tolerant of other religious and Non-Religious Views – and expect to be tolerated and left to believe as they wish
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the official church name of the Mormon religion – They published a list of principal beliefs (Articles of Faith) that the members follow, one of which is religious tolerance:
    “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.” Mormon Articles of Faith

    Some people think that while Mormons are active in sharing their religion that they are intolerant, but this is not the case. Instead, they are focused on what they believe is sharing a deeper understanding of life and want to make sure others have an opportunity to hear the message and decide if they want to participate.

    My Take
    Mormon’s are not mainstream. Most people are unclear on what and why Mormon’s believe what they do and a lot of speculation is thrown their way. Much of this revolves around hype and topics that stir up conversation, but every religion, every culture, every group, and every society has these fantastical topics. At their root and foundation, Mormons are people trying to be kind, trying to be selfless, and trying make the world a better place. They don’t always pull this off, but let’s give them a break and move on already…

    August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Thomas Musselman

      How can Mormans be Christian if they teach that they can become a God of their own solar system who populates the planets in that solar system with new beings, and that our God is simply someone who evolved from a man himself? No denomination of Christianity accepts this.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Mystical Pizza

      At their root and foundation, Mormons are people trying to be kind, trying to be selfless, and trying make the world a better place. They don’t always pull this off, but let’s give them a break and move on already…

      """"""
      This has no bearing on the lack of credibility of Joe and the "claims" made. You post is typical of what Mormons say when confrotned withthe truth of their "founder" and absurd claims regarding the American Indians and Jesus etc. Being nice does not give science fiction credibility. Have a nice day Jack Mormon

      August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • dscoop

      Thomas, it seems there are many definitions of the term Christian. From a doctrinal perspective Mormons seem to have a different view than other mainstream "Christian" religions, but a common view and perspective on the teachings and example of a central religious figure, Christ. That is the basis for the claim, which is the intended outcome of Christ's teachings anyway.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • calIndy

      I guess it just depends what your definition of Christianity is.. If it is a uniform way to believe in Jesus Christ than there is no such thing... as all of Christianity has seperate beliefs and teachings... If it is defined as someone who is a follwer of Jesus Christ, well than, I don't know how you don't count Mormons as those folks

      August 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • fkratz

      dscoop- Because Mormons believe so strongly in science,tell me, how many Nobel Laureate winning scientists are Mormon? Your statement that Mormons believe they can become like God being somehow related to science is a very solipsistic self aggrandizing egocentric view that I can guarantee you scientists do not share. To mix the Mormon religion with science is like mixing oil and water and mocks what true science is all about.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • dscoop

      fkratz – The point was not that Mormons are scientists, or that they worship science, or that it is founded on science, but that they are not at odds with discoveries and advancements in science, likewise, that science should really not be at odds with any religion which is designed to encourage objective learning and open mindedness.

      August 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Really

      Religion has never really been about finding scientific acceptance. Trying to capture things in scientific proof does not always explain things fully. Science has proven the feeling of love is the same as eating certain amounts of chocolate. However I have never looked at my children and thought they I love this one 12 chocolate bars.
      Religion can be understood in the same manner. You can ask for scientific proof but neither proves nor disproves things. The things which were recorded in the Bible are said to have occurred in a real place but where is the scientific proof of Jesus or Noah or Moses? Simply because Jerusalem is a real place does not mean all those things occurred there. Many believe in the Garden of Eden so why haven't we found it?
      The lack of, or the support of, scientific evidence is never the basis for faith. Yes faith. Those who follow a religion choose to exercise faith and their belief in that faith. Yes faith is a religious word and science is not about supporting religion.
      There are those who say religion is about explaining the unexplainable. How is science any different?
      God does follow and obey laws, he just understands them better than we do.
      Does my religion and faith require anyone else to believe it in order to be true or to make me a better person? No it does not.
      Does a lack of religion makes someone a good or bad person? No it does not.
      Does attacking someone's beliefs be they religious, scientific or utter nonsense make me a better person? No it does not.
      Does living a good life and contributing to the betterment of my family, my community, and my own life make me a better person? Yes it does.
      If living my religion helps me to do that, what does it matter if you believe as I believe?

      August 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • dscoop

      @ really
      Agreed – neither science nor religion can or should prove one another. At the same time, neither needs to be at odds with one another.

      In this case, I think the main question is can Romney as a president represent the people without pushing a religious agenda? I believe that his religion, while unique in some ways, does not promote a barrier to separation of church and state, nor does it create any reason that Romney would be compromised to push a religious agenda. His success or failure is up to him and not his ties to his particular religion. If anything, his religion should give him a better perspective of the persecution that people face and his experience in that area would make him treat other ideologies, whether religious or atheist with respect.

      August 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
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  13. ddpp

    I think Mormons are over all nice Tibetan style peaceful people. I was reading few posts and did not see a single Mormon screaming on top of his or her lungs to make his argument. May be it's time to try someone peaceful in White House.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  14. calIndy

    Why all the discussion about Mormons and Polygamy??? Is it not know to all of these bigots that Obama's FATHER practiced polygmay as did his grandfather and great grandfather??? In fact 2 of his grandfather's wives were his BLOOD SISTERS... So like I said, why all the talk of Polygamy and Mormonism??

    August 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Prospero

      Muslims and Mormons do have that in common: a history of polygamy. Your point is?

      August 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Obama isn't a Muslim. Romney is a Mormon.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • calIndy

      You ever read the Old Testament?? Plenty of Polygamy there... and those were supposedly God's (Christ's) people right?? I just like how people discriminate against more recent practices yet completely overlook ones in their own heritage's past because it is more widely accepted... Christianity is just as "weird" as mormonism if you look at it objectively.. you just heard those stories growing up compared to others so you accept them more freely...

      August 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Prospero

      callndy was talking about Obama's father, Libertarian. He was a Muslim. Again, what is the point callndy?

      August 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  15. calIndy

    Wow... There are some ignorant bigots out there... Mormons are good people that get greatly misunderstood... These finger pointing, so called Christians sound a lot like the Pharisees of the Bible that claimed to be Jewish yet crucified Christ... Funny how the past continues to repeat itself

    August 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Mormon alert

      I've never seen a stealthed Mormon before. Cool.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Well, the Pharisees had a point. Claiming to be the son of the G Man sounds pretty blasphemous to me.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  16. cmarquis

    No Surpirse the Radical Bigots flourish with this article

    August 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  17. E

    Mormons teach that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers, two children of Elohim who came to Earth in the flesh to impregnate Mary. And that Jesus had three wives, Mary, Margaret and another Mary, and several children.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • calIndy

      This is wrong... You cant just regurgitate anything you see at the top of a google search... Stop spreading lies

      August 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Pat Telso

      @calIndy
      Can you tell us where this statement is wrong?

      August 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • pjohnson

      Mormons teach that Lucifer did not come to earth in the flesh, they do not teach that either Lucifer or Jesus intended to impregnate Mary, and they do not teach that Jesus had any wives.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • ddpp

      is this stuff "Jesus had three wives" or "Lucifer did not come to earth in the flesh" or "Jesus intended to impregnate Mary" really important to you? even if it is TRUE, so what? how old are you girls?

      August 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  18. ug

    Lets look into Odopeys religion...moslem...why should we look into Romney's religion...he doesn't hate this country and doesn't hang out with people who tell this country to ho to heII...he doesn't hang out with thugs like Bill Ayers...odopey isn't a christian Romney is...no lets all look at odopey first...he is the liar and puke in charge...

    August 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  19. Steve

    Come on Mr Tuchman, do some basic research if you are going to report on a religion. The LDS church did not abolish polygamy in 1890 as you claim. WHat the LDS church did in 1890 was to issue a press release claiming that they were no longer allowing any new plural marriages. Which was a lie, new plural marriages ended in the early 20th century, some say 1906, some say 1909. And in no sense was polygamy ever "abolished." It is still doctrine of the LDS church. It ceased to be practiced when all the old polygamists died off. The last polygamist relationship in the mainstream LDS church was between the grandfather of current LDS apostle Eyring and two cousins of Mitt Romney. When one of the two sister wives (literally sisters in this case) died in 1954, the practice of polygamy in the mainstream LDS church temporarily ended. But it will be practiced again.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • E

      Truth. Also true is that the church intends to restore polygamy on Earth, and it is allowed in the celestial kingdom. My Mormon female friend was constantly haunted by this fact and worried whether she would be able to grow enough spiritually to be able to accept polygamy when the time came for her. She did not want to share her husband but believed she would be asked to.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • E

      Also true: Despite the official position of the church, temporarily banning new plural marriages, it is widely tolerated in areas with heavy Mormon populations such as Utah, Idaho and southwestern Colorado.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Resolved

    Mormons are not Christians. The Jesus they say they know is not the Christ who is of one substance with the Father. Mormons are not Christians.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • calIndy

      I'm not going to judge mormons, but I will say this statement alone clearly doesn't make you a Christian, at least not the kind that Jesus describes in the Bible. Unfortunately, there are many so called "Christian" sects that are so far off the path of Christ its funny...and then yet try to define to others how they are Christian... From the mormons I come in contact compared to other "so called Christians", they are much more of a Christian people....This coming from a "Christian"

      August 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • wendy

      When someone says she is a Christian I really don't know what she means anymore.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • pjohnson

      I am a mormon. I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ. Christ is my Savior and redeemer. I also believe in compassion and tolerance of people of all faiths. I also believe that judging others should be done with care.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • sendai

      You have been judged and found to be a Mormon. Not a Christian. With regard to the afterlife, there may not be one. And if there is, you may be judged to be A-OK. Who knows?

      August 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
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