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

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Salt Lake City, UT

@play by the rules
"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."

Didn't the southern baptists just pass a resolution saying they will work with the LDS church on social issues that also included a sentence or two about how LDS are basically not acceptable Christians? For any good Glenn Beck has done, he's done just as much harm as the second most well-known living LDS member (behind Mitt Romney) to liberal non-mormons who strongly dislike him and his frequent assertions that progressives (seemingly defined by him as pretty much anyone who doesn't subscribe to his views considering how often that label is thrown around) wants to destroy the nation.

Nanook of the North
Phoenix, AZ

Drat, I've got a "NOT" in there that shouldn't be there....

Clatskanie, OR

Glenn Beck does nothing different than Lehi did in Jerusalem... Warn the people of what is coming. Because.. it is coming! Some people will be motivated to action based on fear. Hey.. even the Lord has allowed it to be use that way. Just look in D&C 19 where the Lord talks about Eternal Damnation.

5 Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my left hand.

6 Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but it is written endless torment.

7 Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my name’s glory.

That it might work upon the hearts of the children of men. Sometimes.. it is the fear of the Lord that motivates some. It is the fear of eternal damnation.. that motivates mankind. There is a place for warning such as these. You know it is not going to be pretty!


"Neither is an official spokesperson for the Church. Who cares what they say with regard to the Church?"

Amy Adams clearly was not attempting to speak for the Church. She made it clear she is not Mormon and was only raised in the Church until she was 11. I can't believe there are people here saying she should be 'shamed at who she's become.' Talk about judgemental. As far as I can see she's a bright and talented young woman who's made great choices in her career.

Clatskanie, OR

Nobody should be ashamed of what they have become. It is God who does the final judgement anyway. And remember this one thing.. That when Joseph saw the inhabitants of the Telestial Kingdom.. he said and I quote: But behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;

There will be many who are there. At least they can say they are in a Kingdom of Glory of God. For remember.. Joseph also warned there would be some who would be in a kingdom of God which has no Glory.

Righteous judgment is God's Final Judgment. We can only warn our neighbor.. we can't make them listen.


In a way, Amy Adams and Glenn Beck illustrate the perfect dichotomy between a lifelong, cultural Mormon and a devoted convert: it's likely that Amy Adams never properly understood the Gospel, particularly the Atonement, and her description of the Church in the way she does illustrates that quite well. Glenn Beck, on the other hand, had to study and pray and learn dutifully in order to acquire a testimony—and the results could not contrast more strongly. Life-long members are definitely disadvantaged in the Church by the culture that exists within it. It's sad, really, that Amy Adams chose to self-destruct rather than experience the joys of repentance.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

Glenn Beck has it right; tough times are ahead. You'd have to be blind not to see it. Evil is rampant and those who commit sin now actively and aggressively claim that their sin is not "bad" but truly is "good" while likewise claiming that honorable and virtuous traits and acts are literally stupid. They have little, if any, guilt of committing ANYTHING.

Before any LDS member freaks out, you'd better go back and watch Pres. Hinckey's 2004 (2005?) General Conference address in the Priesthood session.

He said the same thing....."get your home" (family) in order.

South Jordan, UT

Time will eventually tell if Glenn Beck is right. Now many of the things he predicted a year ago are true today. Take your pick of the subject matter. People ridiculed him then and even when things have proven true today, some still blast him. For myself, I think he is very sincere. He researches what people in government say and broadcasts it back in a telecast of them repeating their own words. He stands for something good, Freedom and Liberty, and puts his money where his mouth is. Most people just idly by with their tongue wagging away on blog posts and never get up and do something to help save this country. Glenn Beck does, and I say, "Thank you Glenn Beck!"

Durham, NC

"Glenn Beck does nothing different than Lehi did in Jerusalem.."

Ummm.... Lehi did not do it as a way to pad his bank account. He didn't charge a membership fee to hear him. He did not charge for his services, or take a speaking fee at events.

There is a whole lot different between Beck and Lehi, or anyone else proclaimed the gospel. Beck is an entertainer who does what he does to make money. The commercialization of the gospel should be offensive to any good Christian.

I am surprised anyone went there....Have we really so confused capitalism with the gospel? Nothing wrong with capitalism, but there should be a pretty clear line between proclaiming the gospel, and turning the gospel into entertainment to be sold.

Portland, Oregon

Celebrities. It's odd how so many seem to hang on their every word. But they're just people. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it much more important that we listen to the words of our Prophet who is called of God about our future than anyone elevated by men.

And regardless of the trials and tribulations ahead of us, we should have a joyful spirit knowing that the Plan of Salvation is moving forward as it should.

Clatskanie, OR


LOL I swear.. I was commenting on what Glenn Beck was talking about.. End of Days.. destruction coming.. etc.. just like Lehi was warning that Jerusalem was going to be destroyed. And you want to compare the difference on how they support their families? Really? Glenn Beck has become more than just an entertainer. Seriously.. if you can't see that then you have your eyes wide shut.

But hey brother.. we can look at anything.. any ole way we want to. One thing that I do like about Glenn Beck.. he does NOT check his religion at the door to the studio. He brings it out when necessary!

MA in MD

The gloom for me is reading the comments following articles like this. It's like, what group has sicced its members on the Deseret News website to spread disinformation about the Church and slander its members?

East Carbon, UT

Anyone that does not believe we are in the end times is sadly mistaken, but are free to believe anything they choose. I personally am a Glenn Beck fan and he has taught me many things that the school systems never did and I am 60. Why has our history for example been systematically erased... the liberal progressive that is why! Every school is under attack because of Common Core and it seems a lot of people in Utah are asleep.. they are nothing more than the dumbing down of America's children! I feel very sad for Amy, as she is losing her way because of Hollywood! I know how that is.. I to fell away in in my younger years.. but luckily I returned and found my way back.. I hope for that for Amy! Glenn Beck a fear monger...not hardly.. if anything he is a messenger warning us of what is to come and it my friends is coming! All the signs are there! As far as I am concerned he is one of the few giving us the real news.. I don't believe anything from mainstream media!

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

As I understand, Ms Adams no longer practices.

re: FatherOfFour & Naval Vet on 6/18 (page 1 of comments)

Its scary if someone like Glenny is the best representative for your average Mormon.

Salt Lake City, UT

to BYUalum on June 19

"Time will eventually tell if Glenn Beck is right."

Such as investing in Gold?

Why does GB remind of the boy cried wolf. or, is GB the wolf in sheeps clothing?

Hank Pym

re: Craig Clark 9:13 a.m. June 19

"Many former members harbor ill will toward the Church and brood over it for years. If only they, like Amy, would remember the positive."

It took me a few yrs to put aside the animosity. That said, former members should just take a pollyanna approach to the past? Really? Then, why even leave the church?

Sugar City, ID

Amy Adams is probably my favorite actress - but she seems to have both feet in Babylon. A good sign is that she has pushed her little toe into Zion which may be a direction.

Salt Lake City, UT

The way some comments practically treat Beck like he's a Prophet go a long way to explaining why Utah is #1 for Ponzi schemes.

Bakersfield, CA

All hail free speech. What a crack-up this whole issue is. Thanks for making me get my Depends.

Mormons don't agree with each other on everything. Who does? They don't agree with their own founder's original doctrines, he'd be sitting with Mr. Jeffs if he were leading today. To the 50's/60's Mormon point, we all loved Skousen, McKonkie, Nibley, David O. McKay. THAT was Mormon culture and thinking: from southern Calif to Utah, if you were in seminary or BYU.

I only take the DN to keep up with the ever-changing world of Mormonism. Thanks for another igniting article, Joe. You know the hot-buttons.

Bakersfield, CA

I love any time a Mormon issue or person hits the news cycle. It gives me opportunity to showcase the vast differences in individual LDS perspectives and contrast their modern theology.

In my evangelical church circles it IS the topic d'jour. They never tire of pointing to the inconsistencies and non-biblical teachings... But 100% will add how impressive the ethics and family emphasis are.

If a Muslim is present during this topic, they will invariably point out the positive similarities between them and LDS. Most of my Islamic friends do not like or understand Glenn, but they admire his ingenuity and passion. In a world religion class I teach, one student replied that Mormons don't have anything like the Taliban. To which a scholarly Muslim replied, "their Danites just operated under the radar. Ours don't hide!"

Ahh, the joys of comparitive religions.

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