'We're not a cult' - Mormons
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:43p.m.
Surveys indicate that half of the US believes the Mormon church is a cult.
Political commentators say that attitude will count against republican candidate Mitt Romney when he contests the US presidency later this year.
But now a campaign has been launched by the church to try and convince Americans that Mormons are just like everybody else.
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14/07/2012 9:04:24 p.m.
If the Mormons are not a cult then Disneyland is reality. They have some really weird beliefs, polygamy for one, I’m not totally against polygamy if you could put up with the nagging and I suppose its fun in the bedroom, but hey it’s weird. You have to tithe, that is pay 10 per cent of your earnings or you won’t get into heaven, god wants your money, it is compulsory. They have Prophets and one in particular called Marv from around 1950 said that the earth is one of many worlds, part of a Multiverse. You are not allowed to drink coffee and they think Jesus visited America and spoke to the Indians. They are seriously delusional and quite clearly fit the definition of a Cult. However, they do some good things; one would think they could do them without believing in Multiverses, that makes them scary, unreliable and not suited to the White House.
13/07/2012 7:34:44 p.m.
When any person comes under public scrutiny there is a big interest in the things that make them "different", and people have a habit of being sensationalist rather than genuinely interested - I like the Im a Mormon campaign - it shows that diversity, even within a group is great - it also shows that Mormons are normal people trying to do good things in the community. Some good information on www.lds.org - it always pays to check out information straight from the source then you can make up your own mind :)
11/07/2012 10:44:48 a.m.
If by cult you mean a group that recognises Christ as their Saviour, encourages its members not to seclude themselves but to be educated and mix with people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, get out into their communities and be involved and be a 'part of the process', and in general to do good to all men within their individual capabilities, then I would have to agree. Yes, we are a cult. Along with most other religions, I imagine. I'd encourage any who are curious about our lifestyle or our beliefs to visit a worship service on any Sunday, talk to 'one'.
11/07/2012 8:58:37 a.m.
Richard Hunter wrote:
Those who wish to understand the Christ-centred beliefs of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are welcome to drop into any of our Sunday worship services around the country. They could also talk to one of their Mormon friends or neighbours, or visit Mormon.org.
11/07/2012 1:54:20 a.m.
If there wasn't anything wrong, why you wouldn't need a campaign to say otherwise?
Its a matter of asking the right question to know that there are some other things going on in the background, what goes on in the temple that others cant see,whats with their own special underwear, or secret handshakes?
like sister* Coleman says in the report says. "I don't like secrets,.., knowledge squashes ignorance". One of the biggest ( among many) hurdles has been the internet, as the ugly ( and bloody) church history in all its changing face is too easy for anyone to access, but they they do discourage members of its church from seeking it out, and deem it anti-mormorm, even if it is history.
The fact of the matter is that though they fight for a "we are normal" approach, they will always be considered a cult by mainstream Christianity, as their practices and belief system is not a normal (mainstream) belief system.
Even if their system is forever changing, taking the - " oh that was so long ago" road as far as dealing with the common questions that most people know about, like polygamy, blacks not allowed their priestood, Joseph smith printing his own money.
If you ask me they should take a page from the broadway hit musical - "the book of mormon" - from the creators of south park, (not endorsed by the Mormon Church) - which is - so we are different, doesn't mean we are bad people.
11/07/2012 12:03:27 a.m.
That's not what ex-members say about the church.
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