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Published: Monday, June 17 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"When I go to the doctor, isn't what I talk to the doctor about just between me and the doctor, or would you consider that secret also."

Technically, yes, but I tend to use the term personal for that.

"Do you understand my point of view?"

Yes, which is why I figure we're mostly just arguing over semantics.

"I don't get why anyone who isn't mormon cares."

Depends on the person. My dad who is agnostic doesn't care since he figures if someone wants to give him a sort of insurance policy in case that church is right, it can't hurt. For my grandmother who is a devout Catholic, she viewed it as an insult to her faith to suggest that her baptism was illegitimate to the point she'd need another one by proxy.


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@GK Willington

Oh, 'cause a carefully constructed propaganda piece is infinitely more reliable than personal experience, eh? (My graduate was in Film Producing, I know propaganda when I see it.)

As I look back at it, just some of the sites from the denominations I named are member-only:

Coptic (Ethiopia): St. Mary of Zion church
Muslims: Entire city of Mecca
Hindus: This requires adherence to make a pilgrimage to, say, Swaminarayan Akshardham, but Hinduism has no concept for apostasy or blasphemy. All are accepted. Now, explain to me how that is different from the one-year-before-admittance policy of Mormons.
Taoism: Dai Temple
Buddhism: This all depends on the amount of sacrifice you are willing to make to reform your life and make a pilgrimage to one of their holy sites. (Again, explain to me the difference . . . ?) I'm very familiar with Buddhism, having a Buddhist wife.
Shintoism: Okay, in context of the temple conversation we are having, this falls down. I only added them because they sounded cool, but when I looked up the details, their places of worship are very open. However, there was this tidbit that will sound familiar to Mormon-subject nitpickers:


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"Unlike many religions, one does not need to publicly profess belief in Shinto to be a believer. Whenever a child is born in Japan, a local Shinto shrine adds the child's name to a list kept at the shrine and declares him or her a "family child" (氏子 ujiko). After death an ujiko becomes a "family spirit", or "family kami" (氏神 ujigami). One may choose to have one's name added to another list when moving and then be listed at both places. Names can be added to the list without consent and regardless of the beliefs of the person added to the list. This is not considered an imposition of belief, but a sign of being welcomed by the local kami, with the promise of addition to the pantheon of kami after death."

Sound familiar? so how come Shintoists in Japan get to do that (essentially follow the family around with a "Ward List" and keep temple death records) but Utah Mormons get strung up for it?

Salt Lake City, UT

If you are going to be part of a very high profile PR campaign for the Church, you better be prepared for some tough questions by the media. They are not going to just report all the warm, fuzzy stuff we put forward without asking some questions. I am sure addressing the media inquiries was stressful and difficult, but it should not have been a surprise. Let's get over this idea that we are being persecuted when we thrust ourselves into the public discourse and then are met with normal curiosity and even skepticism. All that said, from what I have seen of Alex Boye, I am sure he did a great job. He is a pro.

Lehi, UT

I think we're all proud of you & your husband!

..even the anti-Mormons who hang out here in the comment sections, work in media, etc : ) :) how could anyone not love you?

To the critics in sheeps clothing: my Black family members have never felt discriminated against among Mormons, only among anti-Mormons& the LDS Church has always had fewer issues than ya'll, so look to that beam first : ) still luvya'll & miss you.

&I agree that anyone may go to the LDS Temple, it just takes a little time. Also, while the Temple Ordinances (Sacraments) were kept sacred by early Christians, there are some Christians that now let non-Members view (Armenian Apostolic etc) you can also learn much by reading on LDS.org, FAIRlds (The Israelite Temple& Early Christians) etc etc

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

There are clearly biased and combative ways to ask things. To phrase what some count as sacred as 'secret" is clearly an attack method.

It is all the more odd considering how many Hindus there are in England and that many Hindu Temples do not allow in non-believers, or the many Muslims in Britain, and non-Muslims being banned from Mecca. However the BBC has not fully accepted the new Britain.

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