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Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I was raised as a kid that money. politics and religion was never talked about with any one out side of the family. Thank goodness for forgiveness.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

If you take your religion only as seriously as you do your entrees, then sharing your "favorite" is no problem.

But you don't.

Mormonism officially and formally accuses ALL OTHER religions of falling into a "Great Apostasy" or being just plain wrong/false. The Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, called all other religions "abominations" and "all wrong", with their preachers and professors being "all corrupt" and "denying the power [of god]" (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith History 1:19).

The Mormon scriptures insist that the Mormon Church "will have worldwide jurisdiction in political realms when the Lord has made a full end of all nations (D&C 87:6)" and that those who do not obey the Mormon leaders "shall be cut off from among the people" (D&C 1:14).

President Boyd K. Packer stated flatly: "The position that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the earth (D&C 1:30) is fundamental.... It is so fundamental that we cannot yield on this point."

If your selection of an entree was done with such an attitude, we would questions your sanity.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I had a knock on my door last year from a Baptist couple wanting to share their religion. They asked me if I had a church and I told them that when I went to church, I went to the one that sponsors my sons scout troop.

It happened to be a Methodist church. They said, "well, that one is certainly better than some"

I replied, "you mean like the Mormons or the Catholics?"

It was obvious that they were not fans of either one of those.
They basically said that one could get much more "Christlike" teachings from others but of course the Baptists had the real deal.

I didn't slam the door on them, but I doubt that they will be back.

I have had similar type visits by LDS missionaries. The main difference is that, while they had the same message as my Baptist visitors, they knew how to "package" it better. They had better training.

But in the end, it was "my religion is better than the others"

I get it. I understand it. But, I think it diminishes Religion as a whole.

Swedish reader
Stockholm, Sweden

I usually enjoy what Jason Wright writes, but this is not as thought through as usual. First of all, a visit to a restaurant takes maybe an hour or two and is not a serious matter (unless you get such a bad case of salmonella that you die, but how likely is that?). Religion is a way of life and therefore takes a lifetime. It should be considered very seriously. Second, if your motivation for doing missionary work is to avoid unpleasant conversations in the hereafter, it's not about the Lord or the person you talk to - it's about YOU. Sharing your beliefs is something you do in a serious discussion, not as flippantly as recommending a restaurant you just discovered. "Remember that that which cometh from above is sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit; and in this there is no condemnation, and ye receive the Spirit through prayer; wherefore, without this there remaineth condemnation." D&C 63:64

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@The Scientist

"Mormonism officially and formally accuses ALL OTHER religions of falling into a "Great Apostasy" or being just plain wrong/false."

"apostasy" means that they had departed from the original church Jesus set up. That HARDLY means that EVERYTHING they believe is all wrong. In fact, we enthusiastically respect many wonderful teachings from all religions. (See Article of Faith 13)

"Joseph Smith, called all other religions "abominations" and "all wrong""

No, he called their CREEDS abominations - particularly the teachings of the nature of God. That hardly means "all other religions". So far off the truth were they in their teachings of the physical nature of God, that the word "abomination" was used. Not to mention that in Joseph's day, the word "abomination" meant "changed". It didn't have quite the negative connotation as it does today.

"with their ... professors being "all corrupt""

No. He said "that THOSE professors were all corrupt". Given the way they treated Joseph, I don't blame him using the word corrupt. That hardly means that the LDS Church makes that claim about all preachers today. Did you not read the recent statement of the Church regarding the new Pope?

estreetshuffle
Window Rock, AZ

Chill out guys/gals! See a lot of arm chair preaching here. That is his way and it works. We have different ways of sharing.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Utes Fan

Feeble attempts at apologia are unconvincing.

Despite your "spin", there is no argument that can possibly make accusations of "apostasy" into something benign, much less positive. There is NO "respect" for the teachings of other religions conveyed in the use of the word "apostasy" or the idea of a "Great Apostasy".

"No, he called their CREEDS abominations"

Again, the word "abomination" is never positive and respectful, and it did NOT mean merely "changed" in any historical period, much less 19th century America's "burned over district". Your claims in this regards are just plain wrong, as are your claims that Joseph was restricting his condemnation of the "professors" of religion as "corrupt" to only those who had mistreated him (assuming we can even believe such a one-sided report from a 14 year old buy who just as likely misperceived the reactions of his pastors).

In its official scriptures and doctrines, as well as in its Gospel Doctrine and High Priest Group classes, the LDS Church and its members are hardly kind, welcoming, positive, or respectful of other religions.

And if that is how you treat those who order different entrees than you, that is very sad.

Michigander
Westland, MI

After all is said and done, debated and shared, the best thing one can do is to ask God the Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, with real intent and sincerity of heart, where is His Church upon the face of the earth among the some 300 plus different Christian denominations extant today. Jesus said ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Only In that way is your answer revealed from heaven and does not come from flesh and blood.

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