Missionary work goes viral thanks to 'I'm a Mormon' campaign
The pass-along cards missionaries carry direct people to the Mormon.org chat feature as well as member videos and profiles.
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#1 Jun 9, 2012
Missionaries Support Racism, Sexism, Intolerance, and Bogotry
Quotes from Missionaries serving in Germany 1930s - 1940s:
Missionariesí Positive Views of Hitler:
"Elmer Stettler, the son of Swiss immigrants to Logan, Utah, who served a mission in Germany during the 1930s, summarized some of the positive views that missionaries had of Hitler.
"He recalled:'When we came home [from our missions], we loved the German people. We didnít see anything wrong with what they were doing. We liked Hitler. We would just eat up articles where some of his news people were showing how the pioneers were organized into groups. They were tying our LDS history into kicking the Germans out of their colonies in Africa. We used it for material to disseminate the gospel.'...
"Other LDS Americans were impressed by Hitler and his ability to speak and motivate people. Wendell C. Irvine wrote in an article in the [official Mormon Church magazine]'Improvement Era' that despite all of Hitlerís weaknesses,'the greatest thing that could be said of him, however, might well be inscribed on his tombstone,ĎAdolf Hitler Orator.íď[...
"Sanford Bingham, a missionary at the same time as my father, felt the same way. After listening to one of Hitlerís speeches after Germany took over Austria, Bingham concluded,'Iím afraid if I stayed here a few more years I would become completely Nazified myself.'...
"John M. Russon, who was also on a mission in Germany, recalled the positive press that the Church received during the Hitler regime. He explained,'So we missionaries didnít have all that harsh a feeling toward Hitler except, of course, for the dictatorship, which was opposed to our basic principie of free agency.'...
"Roy Welker and his wife, Elizabeth, were especially persuaded by Hitler because he seemed to like the Church. Roy Welker recalled in an oral history interview,'My personal opinion was that Hitler was very much impressed with the LDS faith and Church and its practices.'... He recalled that when he went to Germany in 1934 Hitler was just coming to power and that he and his wife didnít know what would happen.
"He added:'As things unfolded, we saw ourselves more favorably situated than we had anticipated and we were happily surprised. Then when Mother [Royís wife, Elizabeth] got in with this national womenís organization and was indirectly associated with Hitler, it was a great relief to us.... Things went along well; we didnít have any trouble to speak of.'...
"In an article published in the 'Improvement Era' in 1936, Welker answered the question,'How fares the Church in Germany?' He explained that the missionaries were 'disinterested in politics, but tremendously interested in life and lifeís happiness' and were 'ceaselessly carry[ing] the message of cheer and hope to everyone who is willing in the least measure to listen.'... When the Welkers returned from their mission, Elizabeth Welker spoke occasionally about her experiences. Her comment was,'You may hate Hitler, but you have to acknowledge he is doing things.'
"She praised his work with the youth and his attempts to make them a 'superior race.' She explained that the only problem he had with Jews was that they seemed to hold so much of the worldís wealth. She concluded that the Nazisí views of Jews 'may be wrong, but they are certainly sincere,' adding that whatever the Germans did to the Jews, they did not lynch them as 'America does the Negro.'...
"P. M. Kelly, the mission president in the Swiss-German Mission, also reported about the Jewish situation in Germany when he returned from his mission. After pointing out racial problems in the United States and the extreme poverty amidst great wealth, Kelly said that the Americans should not be too hard on the Germans. He was not saying that the Germans were 'free from guilt. What he did was to try to see Germany from the Germansí point view.'...
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#2 Jun 10, 2012
The internet is a great tool for us to use to teach people about our Mormon beliefs. Unfortunately, it is also a tool for those who want to see Mormonism fall.
#3 Jun 11, 2012
What are you saying 'ConcernedLDS'? hat people think our hard working missionaries are some sort of Nazis? I don't think so? How could ANYONE compare the Book of Mormon to the teachings of Hitler? Our motivation is love and guidence not hatered and persecution like others suggest.
I think the original story here, the "I'm a Mormon" campaign is great news. More and more people are starting to find out who we are - especially after that broadway show about us:
If we were Nazi's like you are saying people think, I doubt someone would make a musical about all our hard missionary work!
Long live the missonaries and long live our faith!
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