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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 10 2011 10:22 p.m. MDT

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Thinkman
Provo, UT

As listed in the article here are things said about Mormons:

Mormons do believe in Christ as the son of God and that he was resurrected and atoned for the sins of all.

Mormons believe the Bible to be the word of God

In the premortal realm both Christ and Satan came up with plans on how to govern the spirits of the during their mortal lives on earth.

Mormons believe the special underwear they are commanded to wear at all times to be like a protective armor if not against physical harm but for sure against spiritual harm. I used to wear them thinking this and was told that the underwear was like my armor going into battle every day.

Current LDS church teachings are that polygamy isn't to be practiced because of a revelation that Wilford Woodruff received that coincided with the State of Utah trying to gain Statehood. However, men can have multiple wives in the hereafter.have multiple wives in the hereafter.

Full-on double rainbow
Bluffdale, UT

It seems that this book address' the "soft ball" Mormon misconceptions. Do Mormons have horns? Nope. That's an easy one. Do Mormons believe in the Bible? Yep. (As far as it is translated correctly). Do Mormons practice polygamy? No. (But they do believe that it is practiced in heaven).

It certainly is a good thing to clear up misconceptions and things that are flat out wrong. I also believe that people should be aware of some of the more difficult Mormon issues. I assume that no one but apologists are tackling those issues. Why would you want to bring up difficult issues when satisfiable answers are lacking/conflicting/not addressed by church leaders? Yep, its best to stick to the "soft ball" issues.

patjan
Flower Mound, TX

I am so glad that this book is coming out! I live in Texas. Some people call it the belt buckle of the Bible Belt. There are so many misconceptions about Mormons here, it is unbelievable. I have wished for so long that there was a public way to get the truth out to these people who have been fed a bunch of bologna about us. I wish that there was some kind of pageant here like they have in Mesa, Arizona or in Nauvoo to tell people what we really believe. The people here live in the dark ages when it comes to Mormons. The members are expected to live in such a way that others will know who we really are, but it really seems that they refuse to see. I yearn for the day when the South will wake up out of their Mormon ignorance and have that "Aha" moment. Texas is the polar opposite of Utah - with Mormons being the misunderstood minority. Even the Dallas Temple, which I love, is hidden from view where it cannot attract attention.

Michael De Groote

I will be doing follow-up stories on some of the polling data Lawrence has collected relating to a few of the topics he covers in his new book.

Rand
FLAGSTAFF, AZ

I agree that the LDS Church has been working very hard to present a modern, mainstream appearance that emphasizes doctrine palatable to more of us, but ignoring the difficult doctrinal changes. I have still never heard anything remotely logical for why polygamy was fiercely mandated, then shunned once statehood was desired. Or why African Americans were denied full membership rights until 14 years after the Civil Rights Act. Frankly, I think this makes current members uncomfortable and I don't think it is talked about much at all. The LDS Church wants converts, but prospective members are going to want an explanation for these things at some point.

Miriam
SEATTLE, WA

Because of Mormonism's belief regarding the apostasy, Christianity isn't really Christianity, but Mormonism.

Christians believe they will be in union with God in heaven and with all their loved ones who likewise chose God.

grouchyoldman
Arden, NC

I look forward to the release of this book. I live in the south and have experienced personally the bible knowledge of many who live here, and have found that the bulk of their understanding comes from the pulpit, television and radio. An example is every year the largest Baptist Church in the area has what they call Cult Week. The Mormons have traditionally been assigned Thursday.

Truth and Light
Chicago, Illinois

So, we believe it is ok to profit from doing what should more appropriately be done by the prophet? Why not just follow the Church's program for dealing with public relations? Seems to be a better approach than writing and marketing a book that appeals to the flavor of the day. Here's an idea, start a company that sells religious books through multi-level marketing.

Bro.D
Cornelius, Oregon

There is so much anti-Mormon rhetoric out there it's astonishing. The general public has been "educated" with these falsehoods by the orthodox creedal Christians in our society for 170 years. The only way to combat these falsehoods is to do exactly what Lawrence is doing....talk about our faith. Bone up on the basics and tell the truth of our faith and the churches doctrine. I don't think it's was a coincidence that for the past year and a half we've been using the Gospel Principles manual in preisthood and Relief Society. The only people who should define what we believe is us and you can't correct a falsehood if you don't know the churches basic tennents.
Prepare yourselves and stand firm.

LeonardL
Sandy, UT

Evangelist preachers although they do not speak about it often see their religion as a business, and a source of income. If for example in an area dominated by McDonald's restaurants and a new business such as Carl's Jr comes in to town, they would threaten the income of McDonald's. And if you talk to the owners and managers of McDonald's they will tell you all types of bad things about Carl's Jr. Even though Carl's Jr might be a very good concept, people would need to try it and find out themselves and develop an objective opinion. One cannot rely purely on the words from the McDonald's owners and managers.

sfcretdennis
Nice, CA

Rand | 6:23 a.m. If you wont answers to the issue of blacks then ask a black why they joined the church at a time when they were not allowed.

I grow up in this church, but did not come to fully understand and except it until I was a young adult.

During my 21 years of Army service, I asked questions on how others believed so I could understand other faiths. Also so that if I had a soldier in need of help I could help them based on their faith and not mine. It my studies I found this church "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" make the most since.

As for the Temple Garments, well it is a reminder of the covenants we made in the Temple; the protection is this reminder and as such well help in avoiding temptation. Don't mean we won't make mistakes but it helps as a constant reminder. This protection is referred to. To wear the garments is one's own choose you don't have to wear it. It is up to you and as such, it reminds you of you covenants.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Rand: re:polygamy. Turning away from polygamy was not just an issue re:statehood. The national government instituted a law saying that any group that practiced polygamy could have all its property confiscated by the federal government -- churches, schools, temples, farms, etc. (Yes, this is in violation of the Constitution's First Amendment that Congress shall respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) Although the law did not specify Mormons, it was most certainly aimed at Mormons. After extensively and unsuccessfully attempting to establish through the court system that the law was unconstitutional, God and Pres. Woodruff decided that ending polygamy was the wiser course of action.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

I agree with Rand,

If the book has real answers for things such as the Curse of Cain taking so long to be overcome, I'll read it. Otherwise, the church has never given me a real answer for that. Just seems too convenient for them to change it after much societal pressure, BYU picketed games, and of course starting missions in Brazil and Africa.

Mc
West Jordan, UT

I hope his book is accurate in portraying Church doctrine and practice. I'm getting tired of less-active, barely active, or former Church members publicly giving their answers to what we believe and thereby showing that they don't understand what we believe themselves. In so doing they perpetuate wrong impressions or start new ones circulating.

zer28
Ogden, UT

Truth and Light:

I don't understand your argument. You're saying that it's not ok for members of the church to write books defending their religion? Are blogs ok? What about newspaper/magazine articles? Pamphlets? Not sure why you would be against this.

That's like saying that James E. Talmage shouldn't have written "Jesus the Christ", because he made money off of it.

Strange.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

@Thinkman: Just a minor correction for you. Christ and Satan did not "come up with plans". Heavenly Father presented His plan. Christ decided to do the Father's will and Satan rebelled against it. It was never Christ's plan nor do I think Satan really planned anything. I think he was more interested in being a dictator and destroying agency.

kmsiever
Lethbridge, AB

In a survey, Lawrence found that only 3 out of 10 people say Mormons are only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have nothing to do with polygamous groups. About 45 percent of people polled thought all believers in the Book of Mormon are called Mormons, while 25 percent had no opinion.

Thats not a misconception; its true. Mormonism covers all the churches that claim to descend from Joseph Smith. Its no different from all the churches claiming to be Christian.

Its ironic the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to argue they be included in the definition of Christian, but insist on a monopoly of the term Mormon.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

So long as nuts like Brian David Mitchell and Warren Jeffs get the National and InterNational Spotlights as claiming to be Mormon Prophets....

Mormons will continue to suffer with public perception.

ex missionary
Sandy, UT

"About 45 percent of people polled thought all believers in the Book of Mormon are called Mormons..."

I'm a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and you can count me in that group.

Mormons claim they are Christian because they believe in Christ. That's fair enough. Likewise, any group that believes in The Book of Mormon should be allowed to call themselves Mormon.

joe5
South Jordan, UT

At a theological seminary where he was invited to speak, Cecil Samuelson asked the professors of religion three questions:

Do you accept the Biblical account of Christ's birth?
Do you accept the Biblical account of his ministry (including miracles)?
Do you accept the Biblical account of his resurrection?

The Christian professors struggled with these questions. Virgin Birth? Miracles? Inseparable union of body and spirit? As they hashed out these events, they were viewed as allegorical, fantasy, rhetorical, illustrative, etc. Virtually every interpretation except as an accurate historical accounting of the life and ministry of Christ.

Samuelson was able to state that Mormons accept the Biblical accounts without reservation and follow up with the question: In light of the fact that we accept the Biblical account of Christ's life and ministry while you question it, who do you think is more worthy to be called a Christian?

His question was met with silence. Most non-LDS Christians pick and choose what parts of the Biblical account they can accept "without reservation" and ignore the rest. I find it extremely ironic that they consider Mormons to be non-Christian.

As a whole, Mormons are the most Christian group on earth.

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