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Published: Friday, July 1 2011 12:49 p.m. MDT

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

I have never been able to understand Mormons. Strange, strange stories and philosophies!
Pretty tight knit families seem to keep the religion going. Life is going to be more difficult for them as diversity increases and becomes more acceptable on our planet.

albu1595
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

no fit in SG:

Your comment doesn't make sense. There are more LDS people not in the US than in the US. We are a very diverse religion. I don't know where people get ideas that we are not diverse...maybe not so much in utah but---it's utah not the most diverse place on this earth.

Independent
Henderson, NV

Why would life be more difficult for Mormons as diversity increases? Wouldn't the increase in diversity mean that there is room for Mormons? Why would Mormons be excluded in a state of increased diversity? Isn't that a contradiction?

Waipahuboy
WAIPAHU, HI

hey no fit: you're entitled to your opinions. live your life, i'll live mine...and we'll see how it all works out when we get to the hereafter. no worries if you don't understand LDS teachings and lifestyle and choose to demean those who adhere to its tenets.

but, as a convert, I have studied Mormon doctrine/history, studied/asked a LOT of questions and have benefited greatly. The trajectory my life has taken differs greatly compared to my parents and siblings, but I couldn't happier. true, I'm far from perfect, but I've had some amazing experiences b/c of my Church membership. So, to each his own. humanism, spiritualism, organized religion, atheism, et al....we're all free to choose.

RSLJAZZBYUUTAH
Syracuse, UT

I am pretty sure no fit was being sarcastic, but maybe not.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

% Joseph Walker
Your efforts to call attention to the cited articles are not yet very effective. It seems like a lot of reading before I get the point you are making. The cited articles are excellent, but if I weren't determined to figure out what you were saying, I would have quickly passed them by. There should be a better way to highlight articles that Latter-day Saints should be reading and why they are important. Perhaps one of those top 10 or top 5 LDS things with graphics and leader texts like they do at money/cnn, each one linking to the original article. I don't think most people will wade through your current style for this.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

My experience is those who don't understand us have not tried to understand us and sit back and make such statements, such as "Strange, strange stories and philosophies!" If they are strange then so are the stories in the bible, such as the creation, the flood, the drowning of Egyptian armies pursuing the Israelites, Elijah mocking and finally having the priests of BAAL put to death, a donkey talking to Baalam, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua and the battle of Jericho, the birth of Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection. I love those strange stories because they increase my faith in God. I guess when Christ said that if ye are not baptized you cannot inherit the Kingdom of God is also a strange philosophy to you. The scriptures tell us not to depend on man, yet one church claims that their church is built on a man and not on revelation, which Christ said gave that man the answer to his question. Yes, indeed some strange stories and philosophies.

eagle651
Chino Valley, AZ

The quote from Dr Jan Shipps is one of the most thoughtful and understanding opinions I have heard in the last few days.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I often tell my Mormon friends that if they want to be understood they need to start by understanding their neighbors. I have seen many Mormon missionaries tell other Christians their baptism isn't valid because it wasn't performed by one having authority. What these missionaries don't understand is that to most Christians Baptism isn't some sort of contract. It is an act of faith like prayer. They unintentionally offend people because they don't take the time to find out about the people they are trying to persuade.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

If a Latter-day Saint becomes a baptist would he have to be rebaptized? I suppose so. This is hypocrisy. Mormons try to be honest, friendly, hopeful, charitable, etc. What is wrong with that?

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

Re: Tucket?

You are correct, when a mormon chooses to convert to christianity they must be baptized with the proper authority.

timpClimber
Provo, UT

I was in graduate school at the U of Wisconsin in the 60s when a well known Social Scientist wrote an article predicting the disintegration and collapse of the LDS church especially under the leadership its new President, Joseph Fielding Smith. He felt that the Blacks and the priesthood and the influx of international members would tear it apart. Since then I've stood in priesthood circles and enjoyed the temple with my black friends and neighbors, been thrilled to attend the temple in Japan and other countries. Around the world I found diversity in cultures and language but one in gospel principles and love. The restored gospel is for all people in all cultures and ages, Why? Because we are all spiritual brothers and sisters.

misschicago
SomeWhereIn, UT

@ mightymite 2:53 pm July 2
"...when a Mormon chooses to convert to Christianity..."

When I read or hear a comment like this, I know it's from an anti-Mormon in Utah. When I hear or read "Only in Utah" I used to think the person was making fun of us, but now I believe that "Only in Utah" means anti-Mormons. In the past I've lived in a lot of states and I never heard or read any anti-Mormon talk. I know, I know, we Mormons are getting a lot of media attention right now and some of it is insulting like your "message." Don't you people have any hobbies?

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

Re: misschicago

I am not anit-mormon, nor do I mean any disrespect. I have only written the truth. I am not sure where your anger comes. What I wrote in my post is factual and meant to answer a simple question from Tucket. Please try to refrain from attacking. May God bless you.

misschicago
SomeWhereIn, UT

Re: mightymite

I didn't mean to attack. I only wanted to point out that your answer to Tucket? is not true. Mormons are Christians. I'm not angry, I only try to take the opportunity to point out the truth and don't wish to get into an argument.
May God bless you, too.

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