What do you think about when you hear "Mormon"?
April 25, 2008 11:23pm CST
I know there has been a lot in the news lately about the FLDS and the raid of the Texas compound. They seem to bring up Mormons a lot in talking about them since they are a break off of the same beliefs. Sometimes I feel like I dont really understand how people think about the Mormons. I know a good deal about Mormons, just not what others think. I dont want anyone starting fights or using this as a way to offend. I was just wondering what your first thoughts were when you hear of Mormons?
• United States
26 Apr 08
My first thoughts are about how Jesus warned us in the Bible about false religions. I also think about DNA and the fact that Joseph Smith taught that Native Americans are descendants of Jews. Scientific studies of DNA, facial structure, blood types, and migration patterns have indicate that Natives are of Siberian origin and are totally unrelated to ancient Jews. I have to wonder how anyone could loose Golden Tablets and I can't come up with any logical or biblical reason for them to ware those special under ware. I guess a lot of things come to my mind when you say "Mormon".
• United States
15 May 08
I have spent time in the LDS church, and I am in direct lineage of Brigham Young. But I still can't say I am an expert. I decided to leave the church because of the focus on modern day prophets and Joseph Smith. And the fact that every testimony sunday I heard the same recited thing over and over from everyone. It made me feel like I was being brainwashed, and so were all the people around me. Another piece that caused me to leave was the importance of perfection. Jesus came to earth to pay for our sins, because he knew none of us were or could be good enough on our own to get into heaven...But I almost didn't get my temple pass because I hadn't given exactly my ten percent???That didn't make any sense to me. I had always believed, and still do, that Jesus meets us right where we are no matter how bad it is, and he carries what we need him to to the father. So why did I have to be perfect to go do the work that was supposedly commanded of me to do?
• United States
4 Jan 09
Thanks for your post, momma. I remember when I went to one of their services and the man took the tithe envelope from my mother-in-law like it was expected. I got a really bad vibe from that whole experience. I also remember how awkward they made me feel when we broke out of the main service into the smaller bible-study classes. I had only come to check out the church for myself and find out more, and here all they did was make me feel uncomfortable. No one should have to feel that way in a place of worship. Between that experience and all the investigation I have done into the "church" I believe their teachings are false, they manipulate people into joining, and they are not following the Bible. They should not have added on to it, either, with their Book of Mormon. It states right in the Bible that nothing is to be added on.
8 Feb 09
I do not wonder why you did not receive your temple recommend... As a member you should know that there are requirements in obtaining a T.R. Not only in the church... look at encarta dictionary... Tithe means 1/10 or 10% of somebody's income. In the old testament of the Bible, Malachi 3:8-10 it says "Will a man rob God, yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are curse with a curse: for ye have robbed me even this whole nation." I hope that's clear. Bishops and his counselors really knows that it is tithing when someone gives an envelop to them. They are accustomed to it because many members pay tithing. Many people have misjudged us because they do understand our beliefs. Some members misjudged the doctrines because they do not fully understand them. The Bible is a collection of books written by the prophets. If you are talking about not adding anything with the word of God written in the Book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament, then why is there a New testament? Deuteronomy 4:2 "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you,neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.." Please read and understand the historical background. If you are talking about that statement in Revelations 22:18 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of these book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in these books." Read between the lines... That book meaning the book of revelations... The Book of Mormon is not adding nor changing the book of revelation... Most people misunderstood the scriptures because they quote a verse and do not understand the background. read it as a whole for you to understand better. I hope I have not offended you. I just want to testify of things that are true. Because I know that the Book of Mormon did not change the Bible. It is not our Bible. As a matter of fact, the Book of Mormon supports the Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ. Read cover to cover before you judge... Happy Mylotting...
• United States
27 Feb 09
*** There is no where to make a general responce to a discussion you have started so I am putting it here but this is more of a post to all of the above*** I understand that everyone has their feelings and opinions about religions. I dont really like getting into a bible bash. I am a Mormon. I live the life and I love it. I had no intention of starting a debate on why or why not what I believe is true. There are other religions out there that I dont believe but some do. We are all entitled to our own feelings and should be able to be what practice what we feel is true. When I started this discussion I really just wanted to know what peoples first thoughts were, like big families, or if a lot of people thought we were one in the same as the FLDS. I live in Utah and most people know at least one Mormon here. I really wanted to know what the rest of the world thinks of when they hear Mormon.
26 Apr 08
Well, when I think Mormon I think extremely religious. However, that's only based on the fact that I had a Mormon friend in Middle School. He was an extremely nice guy and.. he did have a lot of brothers. :P I could tell they were a pretty religious bunch though, with pictures around their whole house of important Mormon figures and a strict "no swearing, no violence, no R-Rated movies, etc..." rule.
• United States
4 May 08
Since I am a Mormon I think it is important to first state that the group in Tx is a spin off of the mormon church. We do not believe nor agree with anything they do. The people in this group ...if they were to live and do the things they are doing they would be excommunicated. Nor do mormons practice polygamy. That has not been around for several hundred years ....sorry to the guy who thinks that sounded like a good idea for him lol. Joseph Smith did not teach that the Indians were decendants of the Jewish people.I know that so many things are speculated on about what we believe that all I can say that 75% of what is said is not what we believe. It is probably more common however that mormons do have large families as well as it is for the Catholics. At least in my experience those seem to be who the large families are from. We believe that a family will be together after we die and so you can see where all the kids come into play. Like any religion there are good people and not so good people. Rest assured that if a mormon lies,steals ,cheats...ect and there are many who do ...than that person is not following the church's teachings. The church's teaching are centered around Christ and living a life as clean and pure as he was and lived. Thanks for being respectful in this discussion . It is much appreciated. Have a good day all!
• United States
26 Apr 08
The first thing I think of when I hear "mormon" is lots of kids. I don't know much about the religion, but The stereotype I have in my mind is getting married young and having lots of kids. xD I had a lot of classmates in grade school that were mormon, and you could tell from their personalities that they were oneof many children. Some were nice, and I made friends with them, but others were a little out of control. I don't want to offedn anyone or be judegmental or stereotypical, but I tend to avoid mormons these days.
19 Jul 11
Therefore not necessarily with great fidelity, but with interest whenever I come across it, a show about an American family of Mormons. It's called Big Love and life history is a family that loves a man and several women lead. In the HBO series, women are all wives with all their papers in order and their children, made, of course, unique endowment husband family. I thought first it's a comedy. Matrimonial tangle that will arise in all sorts of funny situations and amazing that will make you laugh. I understand, but fast enough that I was wrong. And I am ready waiting for a drama. If not comic, then the situation in which a man has three wives and about six, seven copies must be very sad, huh? But I realized that the movie there's no drama about women oppressed by the cruel custom. Because the show is happening in America and none of the spouses is not kept by force ... In fact, the film aims - and succeeds masterfully the film to capture the normality of such families. But I can not help wondering, every time, how can you love the entirely and accept the love you receive back is split in two, three, four. How can you not just to be Mormon, but to be a man of today and to endure, with wisdom, diplomacy, with fear, with skill, that in a certain period of your life your partner cheating on you, but hope that will pass and will return sometime in fidelity. There is no love so great that it allowed you to share your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife with others? It can be a form of generosity to forgive, to accept or willingly choose such a way to live? The show is called Big Love . Perhaps more hearts housed in the same family can make love grow. Or maybe not.
15 May 08
My husband is a Mormon, and because of this, I've been able to learn a lot of wonderful things about the Mormons, and correct a lot of people whne they say bad tings about them. The stuf that's been in the news lately has more to do with the fundies, and nothing at all to do with regular Mormons.