Mormon Church questions and answers
Q: What kind of dirt do you know of mormon church in San Diego?
I live in SD, california and I always wonder about mormon church driving on the 5th. What really goes on behind the close doors. So few people are allowed there.
A: Oh, boy. Okay, first of all, if you're talking about a meeting house, then anyone is allowed inside. We have community activities in our chapels all the time. If you're talking about the temple...well, there's a reason only worthy members of a certain age are allowed in. We built the temples so we'd have a place of refuge, a place where the troubles of the world cannot enter and we're free to focus on the peace the spirit of God brings. Only those who have made certain promises with God and understand the sanctity of the place are allowed in, because only they will maintain that peace. If we allowed people to walk in off the streets, we'd be making our most sacred places into nothing more than tourist attractions, and the peace would be gone in seconds. Please understand that we're not barring people from entering so much as we're trying to maintain the peace we're meant to feel there. In any case, there isn't any "dirt" to be found. Though I don't choose to speak of what we learn in the temple simply because it's too sacred to become part of casual conversation, there's nothing dirty involved. Again, it is a sacred place dedicated to God. All that goes on inside is of a similar nature.
Q: Does the Mormon Church have a right to be angry at HBO?
They are angry over HBO's plan to depict a Mormon endowment ceremony on a show this sunday. Or is it about time the things done in darkness and secret in the Mormon church be brought out to the light for the world to see?
A: Of course they have the right to be angry but in the end they can't really stop it. Its not the first time the endowment has been put on display for non-members, at least this is likely to be more flattering than the parodies created by ex-members.
Q: What are the basic points of the Christology that is espoused by the Mormon (LDS) Church? Who is Jesus to them?
Who and what is Jesus in the Mormon Church? According to the LDS Church, how did Jesus enter into history? And what role does He play in their faith?
A: To us, he is the Son of God and a member of the Godhead. Our Godhead consists of God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost as three separate and distinct personages that are one in purpose - so we are almost opposite of the Trinity. He is the firstborn Spirit son of our Heavenly Father (we believe in a preexistence) and he is the only literal son in the flesh. We believe he died for our sins and is the great mediator, meaning that it only through him that we can have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. We have a website dedicated to teaching what we believe about Christ: http://jesuschrist.lds.org HTH
Q: People against the Mormon church, where do you get your facts?
I am Mormon, and I see a lot of hate on these answers about Mormons, but I can't help but laugh a little at all the Anti-Mormon answers because many of the things are false. Where are you guys getting you're facts? For people who want to know the truth about the Mormon church: Go to mormon.org or lds.org no other website is reliable.
A: I was a member of the church for several years so my information is largely drawn from my own experience. For the record, I do believe that there are plenty of reasons to question the origins and divinity of the LDS church but you're right that many of the anti-mormon claims are nonsensical. I find myself defending the church at times because some of the attacks seem ridiculous.
Q: Why do extremists attack the Mormon church when 70% of African-Americans voted for Prop 8?
You don't see the wackos going after African-Americans who overwhelmingly supported Prop. 8, but only white dominated instiutions like the mormon church. Why?
A: Because no one will defend Mormons, if they attacked blacks or another religion there would be a backlash. No one will defend Mormons. They came after the Jews I didn't defend them because I wasn't a Jew They then came after the Mormons, I didn't defend them because I wasn't a Mormon. They then came after me, but there was no one left to defend me.
Q: Can somebody find for me evidence that the Mormon Church wants a ban on ALL non-christian marriage?
A friend told me about a news article they recently read that said the Mormon Church, or a certain sect of, wants a ban on all marriage between non-christians. Can anybody find any info regarding this??
A: You won't find it, because of course we don't want that. When we believe so strongly in the importance of marriage and the need to create strong families through marriage, why would we even think of stopping it (not that we could) for people of other faiths?
Q: Is this ok to wear to a mormon church?
I am going to a Mormon church tomorrow for the first time. I'm 18 and I don't really know what to wear. The only skirts I have come up to the top of the knee (just cover the top of the knee). Is that ok?
A: That's fine. We believe in wearing our best to church as a sign of respect to God, and we believe in dressing modestly, but that's all we have as far as a "dress code." You could honestly show up in jeans, if that's the best you have, and it'd be okay.
Q: Is Generations Network owned or controlled by the Mormon Church?
Generation Network owens Ancestry.com, Rootsweb.com, Family.com, and others. If I subscribe to Ancestry.com will my money go to the Mormon Church?
A: No, Generations Network and its subsidiaries are not owned or controlled by the Mormon Church. You can verify that on Wikipedia. The second part of your question about your money, the answer is yes because the owners and employees are mostly Mormons and pay tithes and offerings your money goes to the church. Oddly, getting information from Mormon church supported websites and using the free software supplied by the church, and using the LDS Family History Centers does not financially support the church.
Q: How much does the current mormon church have in common with the 'original version' of Joseph and Brigham?
Or to put it another way, if you are a mormon and you could be transplanted back to Salt Lake in the 1850's and lived next to Brigham et. al, how much do you think you would have in common with him? Mr. Natural, I'm reading a similar book, "An Insider's View of Mormon Origins." http://www.amazon.com/Insiders-View-Mormon-Origins/dp/1560851570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222887556&sr=1-1 It is absolutely fascinating to contrast the views and writings of the initial founders with the beliefs and opinions of modern mormons. (many things that i hadn't been told up to the age of 14, when i stopped going)
A: The LDS/Mormon church has been watered down over the years. Certain beliefs are not "taught" in classes, but are still very much doctrine, especially with the "older" Mormons.... I was not taught about any of the strange doctrines before becoming a member. I was blatantly "lied" to by my ex's parents. I found this out later in my marriage. Things started to make sense, as to why they hid or covered up certain aspects of the religion, or GAVE me certain answers~! I believe that, privately, even the most faithful Mormons question why those who suffered everything were commanded to forsake even the happiness of a committed, monogamous marriage. And were coerced into practicing POLYGAMY... But they don't often talk about it, because we don't know what to say..Polygamy is the everlasting covenant within Mormonism. MOST Mormons(that know the truth) believe that it will be in the celestial kingdom. (highest level of mormon heaven) I was Never taught that as a member, I had to find out on my own. The mormon temple experience is strange and cultish in my opnion... NOTE: If it was truly not secret then more people would know about it and it would be okay to talk about! The Mormon church claims that only its members can stay with their families "for time and all eternity". ...nice huh??
Q: Was one of your Mormon Church Presidents killed by a arrow?
I heard a Master Archer "Jokevisch "protecting some adolescent girls from a large mormon maim ham mob in his desperate hour shot a arrow into the mob singling out the Church President as he took one foot step in hell to the arrows path and was hit in the head were he laid in a comma for months.
A: Mormom always spread lies