Skeptic There is a song with the following words, "Oh say what is truth,
'Tis the fairest gem that the richest of worlds can produce." Why is
it that you think you are not hearing that truth? Would you read this
information if it were hatefully portraying the church and then you would be
happy and you would call that truth? You are missing the most vital part of
what truth is - the witness of the Holy Spirit. Until you(meaning anyone) have
that in your soul you won't recognize truth when you hear it. Those people
will not be satisfied unless the truth is constantly being attacked and every
attempt is being made to destroy it.
Love it! I've been sharing tweets about the new Japanese Page @morumonkyou
on Twitter. Unfortunately there are not local Japanese members' profiles
yet on there, but I know that will be rolled out next.
@skeptic: I feel like the point of the website is to answer people's
question of "who are Mormons?" Really, it's not supposed to be a
historic expose of the Church but rather focused on how Mormonism is applied in
members' lives today. "Who are Mormons?" is really not as much a
historical question in most peoples' minds (I've seen) as it is a
sociological one. Therefore, seeing how members individually have experienced
the Gospel is exactly what is to be conveyed. Sure, the videos are
hand-selected because their stories are interesting (my life isn't, so
it'd be a boring video), but every member can create a profile.
@gemery324: I hear what you are saying and I agree it is nice to hear the
opinions and insights of others; but, that is just what it is: opinions selected
for their propaganda value without basis in reality or reason of truth. It is a
one sided sales pitch. It probably has no significance, but selling canned
religion just seems ungodly some how.
@skeptic: that's what one of the big purposes of the website is, if
you'd really explore it. It gives a chance for members to tell their
stories (not just in the videos). Their answers to questions don't only
appear on their profile but throughout so that people can see the real-life
application of Mormonism. I don't know what more of a voice of truth
you'd need than the voice of those who have lived it.One issue
I do have with the foreign languages is that they haven't yet activated the
FAQ part of the profiles, so we can't yet answer questions. Does anyone
know when that feature will become available?
While they are expanding their site, they should publish the journals of Wilford
Woodruff. The journals represent the most complete history of the Church,
written by Woodruff nearly every day from 1834 till a few days before his death
in 1898. Yet, it is doubtful whether many have read this history.
The Mormon church should assist the their web site to expand into the language
of truth. Its presentation is so much sanitization and propoganda that it falls
way short of representing the truth of the word of god. It is more like the word
and work of man made advertizement machine.