Who says Mormons aren't Christians?

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#19226 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
Some people are dying to get out of Mormonism.
There you go again, looking to blame the LDS Church for the world's problems.

Your statement perfectly displays the simplistic attitude anti-Mormons take regarding serious issues that transcend race, religion, or age.

The high rate of suicide among teens is nationwide, and across all social and economic levels, and has absolutely nothing to do with any particular religion.

It would appear we've discovered another issue where your attitude is at odds with the teachings of your church:

http://web.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf/2... $file/suicide%20prevention.pdf

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#19227 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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But the first version, written in Smith's own hand, say nothing about seeing God<quoted text>
See http://en.fairmormon.org/Joseph_Smith%27s_Fir...

Basically, in his introduction, he says he first received the testimony from on high, referring to the testimony of God the Father that Jesus Christ is His son or "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" This is consistent with later 1838 version of the History of Joseph Smith.

That sums it up.

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#19228 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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The problem being is that no man has ever seen God. Jesus tells us that:
John 1:18
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Is Jesus lying? Every time there is an appearance of God in the Old Testament, it has been an appearance of Jesus Christ, who represent God.
What about Stephen who saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God?

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#19229 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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Two long post by you, and all I see is a testimony of Joseph Smith. I thought the church was suppose to be the "Church of Jesus Christ?" I can tell you that if those people who you claimed to have had new revelations had the whole story and truth of Joseph Smith, they would think you're nuts. They would certainly reject any claims of his prophethood. I bare you my testimony of that? We haven't heard one word of what Jesus done for you. Has he done anything for you?
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That would be nice, exept Christ's church has never left, as he promised:
Matthew 16:18
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
You are calling Jesus a liar when you say his church had to be restored. It has never left. My Jesus doesn't lie, and he doesn't make mistakes.
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After being a member of the LDS church for 33 years, one of the greatest joys in my life was learning that I could have had Christ all along and never even have heard of Joseph Smith to have him.
You don't need Joseph when you have Jesus. Stop putting your faith in the arm of the flesh.
If Christ's church never left the earth, was it Christ's church that sold salvation for money with indulgences, or proclaims that baptism is necessary for salvation or that is not necessary for salvation, or is it Christ's church the one that pays ministers to teach a gospel that was freely given? Which church is Christ's church? They can not all be 100% right. They can not all represent the will of God.

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#19230 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
It looks like Sam I am, who eats Joseph Smith's green eggs, and ham, has left the building.
Sam I am who loves green eggs and ham
Likes to help people to understand
That Mormonism isn't so far-fetched as it seems
and Mormons want show how Christ beams
In these latter days he still speaks
He doesn't just give us little peaks
He wants to show us his whole plan
Because Christ surely wants us to understand
The more we know, the more we'll do
The gospel isn't just for you
If you really do believe
You'll want to share it for all to see.

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#19231 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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Two long post by you, and all I see is a testimony of Joseph Smith. I thought the church was suppose to be the "Church of Jesus Christ?" I can tell you that if those people who you claimed to have had new revelations had the whole story and truth of Joseph Smith, they would think you're nuts. They would certainly reject any claims of his prophethood. I bare you my testimony of that? We haven't heard one word of what Jesus done for you. Has he done anything for you?
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That would be nice, exept Christ's church has never left, as he promised:
Matthew 16:18
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
You are calling Jesus a liar when you say his church had to be restored. It has never left. My Jesus doesn't lie, and he doesn't make mistakes.
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After being a member of the LDS church for 33 years, one of the greatest joys in my life was learning that I could have had Christ all along and never even have heard of Joseph Smith to have him.
You don't need Joseph when you have Jesus. Stop putting your faith in the arm of the flesh.
Joseph Smith is a revealor and mouth peace for Christ. That is why he is significant. Giving us a prophet in our time is what Christ has done for me. A prophet is a manifestation of God's love, it shows that he cares.

Yes, God saves, we are saved by His grace and His love. I don't trust "in the arm of my flesh." I know that I can't save myself. There is absolutely nothing I can do by myself to get myself into Heaven. There is nothing any stand-alone organization can do to get me into heaven. Only God can give eternal life.

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#19233 Dec 6, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
Some people are dying to get out of Mormonism.
And being stalked and followed when they do.

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#19234 Dec 6, 2012
Mormonism taking a step closer to having another "revelation" concerning gays. Soon, it will be 1978, all over again. http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/...

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#19235 Dec 6, 2012
Sambrotherofnephi wrote:
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See http://en.fairmormon.org/Joseph_Smith%27s_Fir...
Basically, in his introduction, he says he first received the testimony from on high, referring to the testimony of God the Father that Jesus Christ is His son or "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" This is consistent with later 1838 version of the History of Joseph Smith.
That sums it up.
Not hardly. Perhaps one of the most damaging evidences that Joseph Smith did not see the Father and the Son in 1820, to those who believe in the restoration of the Priesthood, is the fact that in the year 1832 Joseph Smith claimed to have a revelation which stated that a man could not see God without the Priesthood. This revelation is published as Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants. In verses 21-22 we read:

"And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;

"For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live."

Now, it is claimed that "The Father and the Son appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith before the Church was organized and the priesthood restored to the earth" (Doctrines of Salvation, by Joseph Fielding Smith, vol. 1, p. 4).

The revelation given in 1832 suggests that Joseph Smith's story of the first vision was made up years after it was supposed to have occurred. Smith did not even claim to have the Priesthood in 1820, and the Doctrine and Covenants clearly says that without the Priesthood no man can see God and live.

James B. Allen, who now serves as assistant church historian, frankly admitted that the story of the first vision "was not given general circulation in the 1830's." (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Autumn 1966, p. 33). Dr. Allen makes some startling concessions in this article. He admits, for instance, that "none of the available contemporary writings about Joseph Smith in the 1830's, none of the publications of the Church in that decade, and no contemporary journal or correspondence yet discovered mentions the story of the first vision...." Dr. Allen goes on to state that in the 1830's "the general membership of the Church knew little, if anything, about it."

In the past Mormon apologists have argued that Joseph Smith's first vision was well known from the first time it was announced in 1820. It is refreshing to read James B. Allen's attempt to set the record straight. We were planning to extract a lengthy quotation from Dr. Allen's article, but he refused to give us permission. Those who are interested, however, can read his entire article in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Autumn 1966, pages 29-45.

Here is what Smith wrote in that first account:
"... the Lord heard my cry in the wilderness and while in the attitude of calling upon the Lord in the 16th year of my age a piller [sic] of light above the brightness of the sun at noon day
come down from above and rested upon me and I was filled with the spirit of god and the Lord opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me saying Joseph my son thy sins are forgiven thee, go [sic] thy way walk in my statutes and keep my commandments behold I am the Lord of glory I was crucifyed [sic] for the world that all those who believe on my name may have Eternal life behold the world lieth in sin at this time and none doeth good no not one they have turned asside [sic] from the gospel and keep not my commandments they draw near to me with their lips while their hearts are far from me and mine anger is kindling against the inhabitants of the earth to visit them according to this ungodliness and to bring to pass that which hath been spoken by the mouth of the prophets and Apostles behold and lo I come quickly as it was w[r]itten of me in the cloud clothed in the glory of my Father...."

The bad spelling was Smith's. Where do you see mention of him seeing God, the Father?

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#19236 Dec 6, 2012
Didn't have room for the source, here it is: http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech6.htm

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#19237 Dec 6, 2012
Sambrotherofnephi wrote:
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If Christ's church never left the earth, was it Christ's church that sold salvation for money with indulgences,
I'll try to address each question, part by part. But what you are not getting is that even in the New Testament it is taught that the church is composted of it's members, not made an organization. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.(Matt 18v20)

This is farther explained in

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:
14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says,“Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says,“Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand,“I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet,“I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

This is speaking of many different churches, all being part of the body of Christ. Each with different gifts. The book of Revelations talks about the different churches and what they are each lacking.

Now concerning your question about "church that sold salvation for money with indulgences. It had members who were saved. Not because of the church when it was teaching wrong doctrine, because it had preserved what Christ had taught was necessary for salvation. Many heard that message, accepted it and was saved by it. A church cannot save you. Membership in a church cannot save you.

To be continued...

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#19238 Dec 6, 2012
or proclaims that baptism is necessary for salvation or that is not necessary for salvation,
What does the Bible say? The required baptism for salvation is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Water baptism is never said to be required for your salvation. And we have proof of someone who was saved without water baptism in the Bible. It was the thief on the cross. Because he believed in Jesus Christ, Christ told him that he would be with him in Paradise that day. No stipulations were put on it. He didn't tell him that if he could get off the cross and go get baptist, he would be with him in Paradise that day. And he didn't tell him that after someone did his work for the dead, he would be in Paradise with him. He said he was going to be with him THAT day. Paradise is the place where the righteous dead wait for the resurrection. They are the saved.
or is it Christ's church the one that pays ministers to teach a gospel that was freely given?
According to the Bible, yes. Paul taught:“ The laborer is worthy of his wages.” Jesus got paid for delivering his messages. Where do you think he got the money to survive and eat? Donations from the people he was preaching too. And if getting money is a sin for teaching God's word, why are the Apostles and Prophet of the LDS church receiving money for being such?
Which church is Christ's church? They can not all be 100% right. They can not all represent the will of God.
Every church that teaches salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ is 100% correct. They differ on matters that have nothing to do with salvation. Your putting your eyes on man made organizations, not Jesus Christ. Churches don't save, only Christ does.

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#19239 Dec 6, 2012
Sambrotherofnephi wrote:
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What about Stephen who saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God?
There are 3 personages, one being. Stephen saw Jesus standing to the right of the Father's glory. He doesn't say that glory was man shaped.

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#19240 Dec 6, 2012
Sambrotherofnephi wrote:
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Joseph Smith is a revealor and mouth peace for Christ. That is why he is significant. Giving us a prophet in our time is what Christ has done for me. A prophet is a manifestation of God's love, it shows that he cares.
Yes, God saves, we are saved by His grace and His love. I don't trust "in the arm of my flesh." I know that I can't save myself. There is absolutely nothing I can do by myself to get myself into Heaven. There is nothing any stand-alone organization can do to get me into heaven. Only God can give eternal life.
So you don't believe in temple work for the dead? Because that is what you are doing when you do that. You are trying to do something to earn another persons salvation. You are denying the grace of Jesus Christ.

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#19241 Dec 7, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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The Mormon church didn't "make" you anything, unless you were weak minded and weak willed to begin with, and are easily swayed by whatever blows in the wind.
That would be called a child, and yes, that is what Mormonism does to them. The brainwashed parents make sure of that.
Every person is their own creation.
You raised yourself? Amazing.
Every person has free will to choose whether they are jaded, angry, or bitter.
People aren't born "jaded, angry, or bitter." They are products of the influences forced upon them. That is elementary. You really need to learn more about cause and effect. No one is raised in a vacuum.

Most people don't allow anger or bitterness to control everything they do or say in life.
And some use it as motivation to do good in their life. Like I do when I help others see the truth concerning the evil of Mormonism. Many appreciate my efforts. Have told me so after they have escape. And I do use escape because Mormonism is a prison of the mind and soul. The fact you fear non LDS sources demonstrates yours.
Those who do need mental help.
Yes, some who have been raised in Mormonism do need mental help and support after discovering the truth and leaving. It is one of the things that make your church evil.
What is certain is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is not the cause of your anger and bitterness.
Sure it is. That because the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the LDS church has nothing to do with the rel Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is plain as blak and white when reading the KVJ of the Bible, the one you claim is divine, yet refuse to believe. Just like you believe in Mormonism, but refuse to follow it. Sounds like you need mental help.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is pure, good, and uplifting to both body and spirit.
The great lie of Mormonism. It is the road straight to hell.
Whatever causes your unrest is a creation of your own mind, and resides entirely within you.
Yes, you have demonstrated many times your inability to see truth and except responsibility. You can't except even the responsibility to follow the faith you claim is so true. It's so true you can't follow it. LOL!!! Hell, I'm convinced.

“Too much LDS in the 60's”

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#19242 Dec 7, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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There you go again, looking to blame the LDS Church for the world's problems.
I certainly blame it for it's share. I like to blame the guilty. I'm funny like that.
Your statement perfectly displays the simplistic attitude anti-Mormons take regarding serious issues that transcend race, religion, or age.
Serious issues that Mormonism fails on all fronts. Quit being a racist, bigoted, homophobic church, and people will stop treating you like one. Do that or at least be honest in your hatred.
The high rate of suicide among teens is nationwide, and across all social and economic levels, and has absolutely nothing to do with any particular religion.
No disagreement. The Mormon church isn't alone in it's ignorance and hatred. But it is responsible for what it does to it's children. Plain and simple. And this is a Mormon forum. Just because there are other churches as ignorant on the subject as Mormonism, doesn't give Mormonism a free pass.
It would appear we've discovered another issue where your attitude is at odds with the teachings of your church:
http://web.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf/2... $file/suicide%20prevention.pdf
Good, don't join it. I don't care.

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#19243 Dec 7, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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That would be called a child, and yes, that is what Mormonism does to them. The brainwashed parents make sure of that.
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You raised yourself? Amazing.
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People aren't born "jaded, angry, or bitter." They are products of the influences forced upon them. That is elementary. You really need to learn more about cause and effect. No one is raised in a vacuum.
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And some use it as motivation to do good in their life. Like I do when I help others see the truth concerning the evil of Mormonism. Many appreciate my efforts. Have told me so after they have escape. And I do use escape because Mormonism is a prison of the mind and soul. The fact you fear non LDS sources demonstrates yours.
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Yes, some who have been raised in Mormonism do need mental help and support after discovering the truth and leaving. It is one of the things that make your church evil.
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Sure it is. That because the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the LDS church has nothing to do with the rel Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is plain as blak and white when reading the KVJ of the Bible, the one you claim is divine, yet refuse to believe. Just like you believe in Mormonism, but refuse to follow it. Sounds like you need mental help.
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The great lie of Mormonism. It is the road straight to hell.
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Yes, you have demonstrated many times your inability to see truth and except responsibility. You can't except even the responsibility to follow the faith you claim is so true. It's so true you can't follow it. LOL!!! Hell, I'm convinced.
So you must also agree with the modern leftist view that murderers, rapists, and career criminals are not responsible for their actions, as they are simply the creation of their environment and have no say in the matter. Thus, rather than be punished for their actions, they are to be coddled and treated as victims themselves.

There are many reasons people may need mental help, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not one of them.

Now I can see people who turn their backs on Christ, as you have, requiring mental help, due to the internal conflicts created by rejecting the gospel and leaving the one true church. Such a shock to the spirit could be most devastating. Secular mental counseling could help alleviate the anguish and help one get through their earthly life, but it does nothing for the spirit as it continues on.

I find your assertion that I won't accept truth or responsibility laughable, particularly coming from you. The leaders of your church teach that homosexuals deserve death, in body and spirit, not to mention deny homosexuals membership, and yet you still silently "soldier on" for them, supporting their doctrine with your actions and tithes, while paying lip service to supporting gay rights on public forums merely because it allows you to join in the mob of anti-Mormon sentiment. What's even MORE astounding is how some folks who claim to be advocates for the LGBT community ignore your obvious duplicity, apparently because you have a common enemy.

If that isn't hypocrisy on both your parts, nothing is.

Mob mentality does make for...errrr...strange bedfellows. You folks do the Missouri and Illinois mobs of the 1840's proud! Only one would have thought we'd have moved beyond that in this supposedly more "enlightened" time. I guess it just goes to show that the spirit of darkness works the same way, no matter what century we are in.

“Too much LDS in the 60's”

Since: Sep 10

Marysville, CA

#19244 Dec 7, 2012
Cary L Nickel wrote:
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So you must also agree with the modern leftist view that murderers, rapists, and career criminals are not responsible for their actions, as they are simply the creation of their environment and have no say in the matter. Thus, rather than be punished for their actions, they are to be coddled and treated as victims themselves.
Bad comparison. For 1, it isn't a crime to hate evil. That is a good thing. Especially evil trying to pretend it is righteousness. You can't go to jail for leaving the Mormon church, unless your anger towards it leads you to commit some act of violence towards it. My actions are non-violent. I only disagree with the teachings of the church. In my disagreement I have been successful in helping others see the light of truth also concerning the LDS church and they leave. It is a time of joy, of thanksgiving. Because unlike the activities you mention, instead of people going to prison, they are escaping prison. That is a good thing, a Godly thing. I fight principalities, not people. That is what we are commanded to do.
There are many reasons people may need mental help, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not one of them.
Just another throw away statement with no facts. A cheap comment with no bases in reality. You will start to receive some credibility when you start giving something like facts.
Now I can see people who turn their backs on Christ, as you have, requiring mental help, due to the internal conflicts created by rejecting the gospel and leaving the one true church.
If joy is an internal conflict, then I have internal conflicts, and praise the Lord! Leaving Mormonism was in the top 3 events in my life that has brought me great joy and happiness. It has cost me because of family who can't come to terms with my rejecting it. But it is them who have mental issues, not me. And the reason I left the LDS church is to turn to the Lord for the first real time in my life. It is reflected, unlike you, in my actions. I serve God everyday helping with those less fortunate then me. I actually live my faith, while you, who is always singing about the joys of Mormonism is in reality just running your mouth, playing lip service. Being a Christian is a noun to me, an action word. My life reflects it.
Such a shock to the spirit could be most devastating. Secular mental counseling could help alleviate the anguish and help one get through their earthly life, but it does nothing for the spirit as it continues on.
Well, by all means, get some. Knock yourself out.
I find your assertion that I won't accept truth or responsibility laughable, particularly coming from you.
Why? You can't even come to terms with the truth of your condition as a member of the LDS church. It's pathetic, you're nothing in Mormonism. You can't see the forest because of the trees.
The leaders of your church teach that homosexuals deserve death, in body and spirit, not to mention deny homosexuals membership, and yet you still silently "soldier on" for them, supporting their doctrine with your actions and tithes, while paying lip service to supporting gay rights on public forums merely because it allows you to join in the mob of anti-Mormon sentiment. What's even MORE astounding is how some folks who claim to be advocates for the LGBT community ignore your obvious duplicity, apparently because you have a common enemy.
If that isn't hypocrisy on both your parts, nothing is.
EVen though we are in disagreement over the homosexual issue, at least the Army and me are both getting something of value, unlike you. You hand over your title to the LDS church and you get nada in return. You shouldn't even be taking the sacrament, and if you do, you are lying to yourself and your faith.

To be continued...

“Too much LDS in the 60's”

Since: Sep 10

Marysville, CA

#19245 Dec 7, 2012
Mob mentality does make for...errrr...strange bedfellows. You folks do the Missouri and Illinois mobs of the 1840's proud! Only one would have thought we'd have moved beyond that in this supposedly more "enlightened" time. I guess it just goes to show that the spirit of darkness works the same way, no matter what century we are in.
What mob? What do I want to burn down? Where have you seen me advocate violence even against church property? I don't. I believe in freedom of religion, even a false one like yours. I also believe in the freedom to try to change the hearts and minds of the people of that church. You just are pissing your pants because people won't shut up and stop telling the truth about the evil nature of your faith. You want a system where the LDS church can spread it's lies without challenge. That isn't going to happen. Get over it.

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#19246 Dec 7, 2012
Dana Robertson wrote:
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Bad comparison. For 1, it isn't a crime to hate evil. That is a good thing. Especially evil trying to pretend it is righteousness. You can't go to jail for leaving the Mormon church, unless your anger towards it leads you to commit some act of violence towards it. My actions are non-violent. I only disagree with the teachings of the church. In my disagreement I have been successful in helping others see the light of truth also concerning the LDS church and they leave. It is a time of joy, of thanksgiving. Because unlike the activities you mention, instead of people going to prison, they are escaping prison. That is a good thing, a Godly thing. I fight principalities, not people. That is what we are commanded to do.
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Just another throw away statement with no facts. A cheap comment with no bases in reality. You will start to receive some credibility when you start giving something like facts.
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If joy is an internal conflict, then I have internal conflicts, and praise the Lord! Leaving Mormonism was in the top 3 events in my life that has brought me great joy and happiness. It has cost me because of family who can't come to terms with my rejecting it. But it is them who have mental issues, not me. And the reason I left the LDS church is to turn to the Lord for the first real time in my life. It is reflected, unlike you, in my actions. I serve God everyday helping with those less fortunate then me. I actually live my faith, while you, who is always singing about the joys of Mormonism is in reality just running your mouth, playing lip service. Being a Christian is a noun to me, an action word. My life reflects it.
Why? You can't even come to terms with the truth of your condition as a member of the LDS church. It's pathetic, you're nothing in Mormonism. You can't see the forest because of the trees.
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EVen though we are in disagreement over the homosexual issue, at least the Army and me are both getting something of value, unlike you. You hand over your title to the LDS church and you get nada in return. You shouldn't even be taking the sacrament, and if you do, you are lying to yourself and your faith.
No, it's actually a very good comparison, because you base your case on the idea that people don't have free will to choose.

They do, and that's that.

Of course you have internal conflicts. You post them here repeatedly. You give your church, the Salvation Army, a pass because you believe that they are saved by their good works, despite the fact that they call for death to homosexuals.

On the other hand, the LDS Church has ALWAYS called for compassion to fellow human beings, while remaining steadfast that homosexuality is without a doubt a biblical sin. There is no conflict in me on that point, or any other, for I am in complete agreement with my church.

Your arrogance betrays you.

You have no idea how I conduct my private life, yet you speak as if you do. Your assessment is absolute poppycock, because you don't know what I do or who I help. I don't feel the need to crow about it as you do.

But I can fully understand YOUR need to crow, as you have to validate yourself regarding your own hypocrisy concerning the work you do for a church you don't believe in.

Your statement that I get "nothing out of Mormonism" is utter crap as well. What I "get out of Mormonism" is my business and my business only, and none of yours. Rest assured that I have the joy of knowing my faith to be correct, and your judgment of me is wholly immaterial. You have every right to think "I'm nothing in Mormonism", and thank you for caring, but there is no need. I'm happy and fulfilled, and that is what matters.

Ditto to whether I take the sacrament or not. That is between me and my church, not between me and you. You are no ecclesiastic authority, and you have rejected the word of the Lord, so you are nothing to me in that regard.

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