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Published: Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:25 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

JLFuller: I'm a Mormon from the 50's and I have never been paranoid about those who were not Mormon. I grew up in what was called the melting pot because there were so many different religions and nationalities.

Eagle Mountain, UT

"It provides a support system if you embrace it, despite all the controlling and guilting aspects of religion that I grew to resent,” Adams said.

Feeling guilt *is* a part of spirituality, and it's not a bad thing. Running from guilt is a bad thing because it'll always hang around and haunt you. The teachings of Christ inform us on how to confront our guilt and repent to become better people.

sandy, ut

Melting pot? You must not have grown up in Utah in the 50's then.

Highland, UT

While I did click on the article and read it because I was interested in what these 2 had to say, I really couldn't care less about what they said as it pertains to my own life and way of doing things. They are just another couple of people, like all of the rest of us, that have an opinion.

Salt Lake City, UT

"when I go out with friends and we go overboard at bars or clubs, I wake up the next morning feeling a bit conflicted about having had too much fun."

Amy, it's called a hangover.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

While we would all love to have seen Amy Adams be a Steve Young or something, it didn't happen. I don't think she said anything necessarily wrong. I would say how she responded to guilt is a bit off. Guilt is sometimes a good thing, creates self restraint. Too much guilt can be problematic. But I look at her as basically a good person. She might not live her life completely within church values but it sounded like she has some good memories of her association with the LDS church. I think it has effected her life in a positive way. Again, I'm concerned about the judgmental attitudes existing here.

As for Glenn Beck, well he has his Mormonism on his sleeve. I actually think Glenn's heart is in the right place but sometimes his mouth goes elsewhere. I think he wants to make a positive imprint on our society. This is what I will choose to believe. Yes, he is a disciple of Cleon Skousen. But I think he had these leanings before his official conversion. He is fighting for what he believes in which many disagree. I do often myself.

Arlington, VA

Let me join chorus saying that Glenn Beck does not speak for them. I'm surprised that more LDS members aren't unsettled by the mockery he heaps upon those with different perspectives, his angry and fear mongering tone and his distortions of the points of view of the political left. He's a mormon using anti-mormon style tactics on his opponents.

Brigham City, UT

From the article: "Glenn Beck, cites LDS teachings ... as the foundation of his decidedly less 'sunny' belief that Biblical 'end times' are coming and 'you better have your house in order.'"

People who have long since died of old age were told not only that we were living in the last days, but that Christ would return during their lifetimes. I heard the same thing growing up, so you would think that the end would have been here by now.

As for this being cause for pessimism, I thought the end of the world was not something believers feared, but something they looked forward to, and that they could hardly wait for it to happen.

Bill McGee
Alpine, UT

"...take the beating heart out of a dead body..."? I'm pretty sure, like a lot if what Beck says, that that is simply not possible. Hyperbole is not the same thing as analysis.

play by the rules

Love all the "LDS HATERS" of Glenn Beck on this board. Glenn does more good for the LDS church in one day meeting with members of divers faiths than most of them will do in a lifetime. Before Glenn Beck came on the scene LDS could not get in front of most evangelicals and we are now welcome with open arms. Wo unto ye hypocrites. Read some Ezra Taft Benson and it will benefit you greatly and perhaps open your eyes to things Glenn Beck is warning about. Most of those who despice Glenn do not listen to him. This family loves Glenn.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


"....I'm surprised that more LDS members aren't unsettled by the mockery he [Glenn Beck] heaps upon those with different perspective...."

Thou shalt not speak ill of another Mormon perhaps? I suspect there are more LDS who are embarrassed by Brother Beck than who want to say so when he bashes those of the opposite view. The sad thing is that Beck is so intemperately proud of his ignorance that he doesn't know what he's talking about most of the time and doesn't care to learn.

Helendale, CA

If Glenn Beck attributes his gloomy outlook on the future to his LDS membership and the Book of Mormon, that makes me sad—and I am not sure that this is his true view of life. Church leaders and most Mormons are optimistic and happy people. Gloom regarding the near or distant future, also reflected in the Book of Revelation, should not make us gloomy in our personal outlook on life. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ is making one unhappy, the fault is not in the Gospel but in the self.

Roberts, ID

It's amazing how many of you(too many to mention), are being very judgmental. If you don't like them don't listen to Glenn or read his books, nor go to Amy's movies. The last I knew judging others is something the General Authorities disdain. How would you judging these two like others to put you lives under a microscope?

Orem, UT

I like Amy and Glenn; they both seem to be fundamentally good people with views of the world that I can respect, though don't always agree with.

center valley, pa

Hey Bomar, I am sooooooooooooooooooo sick and tired of hearing that we shouldn't judge others!! We judge people every single day and whether you want to believe this or not, you teach and EXPECT your children to judge others as well!! I'm sure that you woudn't want you son to date or heaven forbid marry a woman like Amy Adams who rejects the GAs and teachings of the Church, right? Oh no, we should never judge others unless of course, the judging is for the best of my family and children! Stop it!! Its ok to judge and to judge wisely!

midvale guy

Having grown up LDS, I too still have a lot of the things that the church taught me rooted in my behavior. I have since became a Christian and only follow the teachings of the Bible. I still choose not to get tattoos, cremation, drink coffee, and many other things the church warns against. many of these things still feel wrong to me. I don't blame the church or religion for creating guilt. Sin creates guilt in a person that is moral. This is the way of salvation. Glenn Beck makes his living telling everyone else what to believe. Amy Adams is a puppet on a stage. They both have a right to express their religion (or lack of) anyway they would like, we all need to separate the wheat from the chaff. If we don't do it properly, we are the chaff.

Billy Budd
Saint George, UT

play by the rules

In my home library, I have 6 books written by Bro. Skousen and 3 by President Benson. I have no interest in spending my money on something written by Glenn Beck. I don't hate Glenn Beck. I just find that what he has to say as well as the way he says it has no value for me.

Durham, NC

I am surprised by the strong feelings here. I personally find Glen Beck theatrics to be distasteful, and his often mocking of others very un tolerable. So I choose not to listen to him. That does not mean that what he has to say is unimportant, and what he says in the name of the church I care deeply about as it indirectly impacts how people view me. In this day and age of grossly over type casting people, this impacts us all. So I care how he portrays me and my family.

What I do like about this story is it shows the diversity of people who claim at least a little portion of our shared faith. It is great to see that even those small things taught to a young lady still resonate with her. Why anyone would be offended by her comments, I know not why. It gives hope that those primary lessons we slave over will have impact, even on those who eventually drift. Good for Amy reaffirming the value of those lessons.


Members of the LDS Church are not identical nor should they be. Glenn Beck sometimes makes mistakes in doctrine and says things that people, including LDS people, do not like to hear or do not believe personally.

As for a member of a Church called the Church of Jesus Christ of LATTER-DAY Saints, it is not at all strange that he believes we are living in the LATTER DAYS. True people have been saying for years that we are in, or approaching, the "end times" .

What did these people experience that confirmed their belief? The Civil War with the death of 600,000 souls and the misery and maiming of as many or more. They experienced two world wars, that killed tens of millions of mankind, world 'flu pandemic killing 30 millions more, the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, the deaths of tens of millions in the USSR. I could continue.

Glenn gives good advice about putting our own house in order. Our prophets said that before Mr Beck. It is good advice and, as tens or hundreds of millions believe, it is late in the calendar of history.


Red Corvette

I repent, feel guilty, don't do as I'm told, listen to Glenn and laugh a lot, no one has EVER forced me to pay tithes and do it anyway. I rinse, repeat and listen to Glenn every day.

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