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More viral quotes from LDS general conference

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6 2013 3:13 p.m. MDT

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Tbug1
AF, UT

These are not memes. These are posters promoting messages from Conference. I have no issues with them. But calling them memes is just blatantly inaccurate....

Ranch
Here, UT

Life is a big popularity contest and the LDS church wants to play.

PookyBear84010
KAYSVILLE, UT

@ Ranch, if that were so, they could do a much a better job of being popular by NOT requiring members to abstain from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and sex outside of marriage and by NOT requiring members to attend three hours of church every Sunday, 10 hours of conference every six months, do temple work, do family history work, fill callings, pay 10% of income to the church, etc., etc. etc. Trying to get your message out to your members and perspective converts is not the same thing as trying to be popular.

Ranch
Here, UT

@Pook;

Nope. They're very focused on popularity right now. The best example is the "I'm a Mormon" campaign. Followed closely by the regular stories about how many Mormons are in popular situations (football, dance, reality TV, etc.).

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

These are great opinions from the general authorities, though not binding doctrine.

PookyBear84010
KAYSVILLE, UT

@ Ranch, the "I'm a Mormon" campaign is specifically designed to break down people's pre-conceived notions that Mormons are weird and cultish so they will not automatically reject the missionaries without giving them a chance. It's a missionary campaign, pure and simple. The church never has popularity as it's primary goal—it is always looking for ways to spread the gospel and get people to listen. See 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, part of which says: "... I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." As I said before, popularity is a lot easier to obtain if you don't require people do hard things and live up to high standards.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

Pook, I know your points and understand your logic about taking out all the 'weird' and the busy stuff, if popularity were the goal. But Ranch is right on about the public perception to non-members.

It is what it is, and no amount of lipstick will change LDS doctrines. Those are the church's 'problem', and I doubt those are negotiable. But they can keep trying with all the campaigns conceivable. Biblical Christians will base "weirdness" on unbiblical teachings, regardless of any church or organizations' great charity, family programs, missionary force or political popularity. God's Word is our standard, no matter how "nice" the outward life.

Wacoan
Waco, TX

I'm going with Pooky. Ranch, life may include a popularity contest but it is much more. You may believe Mormon doctrine is wrong, but Mormons desire to help people gain exaltation. You need a degree of "popularity" or acceptance to be able to approach people.

To Only, thank you for almost acknowledging Mormons as Christians if not Biblical Christians, but even here I must protest. We are Biblical Christians! We know the Bible as well as or better than other Christian denominations (Pew), we attempt to follow the teachings of Jesus that it provides, show gratitude for the sacrifice He made and accept the atonement He offers that we cannot earn. Any group that adheres to the Bible will seem weird to the growing secular segment of our nation.

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