You don't set the agenda for what I discuss. The wild accusations of a former member who has turned rabidly "anti-Mormon" are of no real concern to me.That's OK. If someone tells me the Bible is racist, I ask them why. I talk about their concerns, their reasons, try to show where they are wrong. I can show where the Book of Mormon is still racist today. Give you verse and chapter. But you fear the discussion.
Love and forgiveness is never at odds with the word of God. See how Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery. Compare that to how the LDS church would have treated the same woman today, and you can see how out of harmony the LDS church is with the message of Jesus Christ.
Then you would be the first Mormon I have ever met who wasn't concerned about the growth of the church. You are certainly out of harmony with your leaders on that aspect as well, that is for certain. Because they certainly care, a lot. That is what is behind the recent lowering of the age a member can go on a mission.
That seems how you take all positions concerning your faith. It's the one to have if you wish to avoid all conversation. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
But, you're not a Nazarene. Their leaders, and what they say have no authority to you.
But you seem afraid to do even that. When it comes to your faith, that is.
You castigate the LDS Church for it's position on homosexuality, while you are a member of another church, the Salvation Army, with an identical position. That's called hypocrisy. If you cared about "gay rights" as much as you claim, and were an honest man, with others, and with yourself, you would hold as much contempt for your church as you do mine. But no, you single mine out, while you give yours a pass. You use the excuse that it's because the Salvation Army doesn't require you to be a member in order to earn salvation. Well, "that dog don't hunt". You give your time and tithing to the Salvation Army, thus you materially support a church that is considered by the LGBT community as "anti-gay". What's more, you've said you teach sunday school. By doing so you support and perpetuate your churches teaching, including those on homosexuality.
Thus, while you live your church on Sunday, you vocally oppose it's teachings the rest of the week. Where, exactly, does your heart lie? Who's taking up space in the pew?
You state my church is racist. Yet there are millions of members around the world of different nationalities and skin colors, who, as members in good standing, with fulls benefit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, obviously disagree. Indeed, growth of the church outside the U.S., among what would be considered "minorities" here in our nation, meets or exceeds church growth here. That wonderful fact alone is testament to how incorrect you are.
Being that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS the gospel of Jesus Christ, the idea the it can be "out of harmony" with Christ's teachings is impossible. I've never seen members who struggle with personal issues that put their salvation in jeopardy treated with anger or disrespect, because it simply doesn't happen. Indeed, quite the opposite is true. You, being a former member, are simply not privy to what goes on within the church, and your perceptions are tainted by your agenda, extreme negativity, and the fact that former "Mormons" who reach the level of animosity you do generally all get together to commiserate with each other, spreading, amplifying, and likely reveling in, what are likely "enhanced" stories to begin with.
Your assertion that I'm the first "Mormon" you've met who isn't concerned about church growth is laughable. The church will grow at God's pace, not man's pace. Some things you say make me really question if you were ever really a member. Have you lived your anti-LDS agenda for so long that you can no longer determine reality? Apparently so.