14 million Mormons and counting

14 million Mormons and counting

There are 6 comments on the Deseret News story from Jan 23, 2011, titled 14 million Mormons and counting. In it, Deseret News reports that:

It is almost as if Rodney Stark had taken up the ultimate "set a date" missionary challenge - by the time 2080 rolls around, 267,452,000 people will be Mormons.

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Bloke

Denver, CO

#1 Jan 24, 2011
""Set a date" refers to a common practice among members the LDS Church to make goals to introduce someone to their faith by such-and-such a date."

Nothing like cramming the "faith" down the throat of others based upon your beliefs.

I guess this is the "modern" Inquisition.

Funny, I don't recall Jesus setting any goals in the New Testament to "convert" to his way of thinking.
Jim Dandy

Hampton Park, Australia

#2 Jan 24, 2011
The way I understand it, you don't even have to be alive to become a menber of the LDS Church. I can't imagine how they could set the bar for entry any lower!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_for_the_...
Quiet_Dave

Tucson, AZ

#3 Jan 24, 2011
Funny, Bloke, I recall Jesus on several occasions telling his disciples to:
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be dammed." (Mark 16:15-16)
It may not have include a date to have searched for and found a receptive heart (or ear), but it was just as insistent that the hearer "convert". It wasn't an "Inquisition", but "the Great Commission" that has always been a part of Christianity.
Jim Dandy,
If you understood the theology, baptism for the dead is illustrative of God's justice and fairness. Not everyone in mortality will be able to hear the true Gospel preached, nor will they have access to those that have the authority of God's priesthood bearers; so, he has made provisions for them.
"For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." (1 Peter 4:6)
The dead WILL hear the word of the LORD, the Gospel, and will be held accountable for their choices.
Fog

Ogden, UT

#4 Jan 25, 2011
"The dead WILL hear the word of the LORD, the Gospel, and will be held accountable for their choices."

Huh. So when a child/baby/fetus or whatever you wish to call them is sucked out of the uterus (abortion) will he/she be held accountable for their choices as well? After all, the LDS church preaches that each of us chooses their parents in the preexistence (and don't tell me that and LDS member has NEVER had an abortion).

I guess those 4 years in Seminary (God, 0600 came early) truly was a Colossal waste of time.
Quiet_Dave

Tucson, AZ

#5 Jan 25, 2011
Fog wrote:
"The dead WILL hear the word of the LORD, the Gospel, and will be held accountable for their choices."
Huh. So when a child/baby/fetus or whatever you wish to call them is sucked out of the uterus (abortion) will he/she be held accountable for their choices as well? After all, the LDS church preaches that each of us chooses their parents in the preexistence (and don't tell me that and LDS member has NEVER had an abortion).
I guess those 4 years in Seminary (God, 0600 came early) truly was a Colossal waste of time.
For you it evidently was, but time will tell. The poor lives terminated in the womb may, may, be presented with another opportunity at mortal life, but I don't know, nor do I know of any Church doctrine about it. However, those that destroyed that life I'm sure will be accountable before God someday. I'm sure that it is not Church DOCTRINE that children choose their parents, although I've heard many members speculate about that. You should have paid more attention in Seminary, you might have learned more. I was unfortunate enough to have to search for the Church and its truths for many years before finding them. I wished many times I could have been fortunate enough to have learned them in my youth.
Jim Dandy

Hampton Park, Australia

#6 Jan 28, 2011
"The dead WILL hear the word of the LORD, the Gospel, and will be held accountable for their choices."
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I rather believe "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing,"

Ecclesiastes 9:5, KJV.

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