Comments about ‘Mormon-raised Paul Walker remembered for faith and character as well as 'Fast & Furious' films’

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Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 2:23 p.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I don't think the people gathering at the roadside in California are celebrating a mormon. I don't believe they're celebrating a good series of movies, either, but that's certainly up to them, I guess.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

"The people I don't understand are atheists,” Walker said, according to his IMDb bio. “I go surfing and snowboarding, and I'm always around nature. I look at everything and think, 'Who couldn't believe there's a God? Is all this a mistake?'"

Such is the muddleheadedness that presumes to judge non believers. No non-believer I know has ever argued that nature is "a mistake". What does that even mean?

The mistake is committing the logical fallacies that believers commit when attributing nature to an "intelligent designer", while selectively ignoring the fact that the nature supposedly created by that designer seems designed to kill the human race en masse!

Ironic that the forces of physics by which nature operates overpowered Mr. Walker's prayers, his good deeds, his "faith" and "generosity", and killed him without blinking an eye.

Mr. Walker, please come back and testify to us all how wonderful and benevolent is this god in which you believe. We will be waiting...

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

Sad how even a nice piece reporting the death of a fine actor and a moral man will draw jabs.

AZKID
Mapleton, UT

Condolences to the Walker family.

Regarding Paul Walker being raised Mormon: Is it just me or am I am seeing a trend among people in the entertainment industry who used to be Latter-day Saints but are no longer practicing. I suppose this happens in every walk of life, but I am tempted to say, "Mamas, don't let you babies grow up to be actors/actresses".

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

Sad to hear this. Hollywood needs good people like him. RIP, Paul.

mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

I don't think they are celebrating him because he was a father, a good person, or someone who liked nature either, but they are all a part of who he is.

KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

There are several people who were once members of the LDS Church who have been drawn into the movie industry and left their faith. Its all part of the pull of the Great and Spacious Building in Lehi's dream. The desire for fame and fortune are powerful motivators and when coupled with actual success and recognition, some do forget their roots and some even point the finger of scorn at those who have remained near the tree or are struggling up the path. I have a very close relative who is doing the same thing as you have seen them (I will not reveal age or sex) on your TV screen and it is sad for me to watch. They were once raised in good homes and have now been lured away by the world because of its enticements, and now their families are even encouraging it because of the success it brings.

Every one of us has to keep our eye on the prophet and stay on the path toward the tree. Of what value is it to gain the whole world, and lose our soul in the process?

dasha!
Provo, UT

Really, people...unless you know things for a fact, stop making assumptions, about a group of people or even one person. Not everyone who was but is no longer LDS and also happens to be in the entertainment business left the Church after or because of their chosen profession. Statistics would say many of them left before they got into the business. And there are plenty in the business who are still in the Church. So the one thing does not necessarily cause the other. Good grief. And condolences to Walker's family...who I'm sure loved him unconditionally.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

dasha!

Thank you for that comment.

sky2k1
Provo, UT

I'm definitely being judgmental here, so i suppose that makes me a hypocrite, but quit being so judgmental towards others who choose different paths. The man just died, his family is going through pain, let's not turn this into your own soapbox. I do think mosiah 18:9 did say something to the effect of "criticize those whose son's have chosen a different path. Cause those that mourn more pain by judging them for not being good parents in thine eyes", but I could be wrong.

The Dixie Kid
Saint George, UT

Weirdest comments I have read in awhile.

KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

@dasha--I hope you weren't considering my points as being judgmental of Paul Walker. I was making a comment in reference to AZKID's comment and drawing upon a very personal experience of one I know who has gotten into the entertainment industry and fallen away from the church. I have no more knowledge about Mr. Walker's path than what was presented here in this article and I am not judging him.

@sky2k1--You might want to look up that reference again.

I wish condolences for Mr. Walker's family as this must be a trying time for all of them. Christ is the only judge and we should place our hopes in him no matter what our (or others) current standing is in the church.

Sunny Bear
greenacres, FL

"whom am I to judge another if I walk imperfectly?", I love that hym, because it reminds me that in or out of the church, we are all humans and make mistakes. I tell you what, if I was Paul walkers friend, and I knew he was a member, and he did not go for X amount of reasons, to church, where he was raised, my only hope, is that through my example, he would feel the love and motivation to come back, because my example would speak for it's self. AND I would love him unconditionally, like i do alot of my friends who are less active. Love is the key, example is the door, and consistency is the pathway no matter where they go. May heavenly father comfort beyond words the Walker Family and regardless of which path Paul took, I know heavenly father knows his heart, his desires, and we will be surprised and over joyed where we will see him again =)

Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

I don't think you have to be in the entertainment industry to leave the church. People are leaving the church all around the world everyday. They are leaving because they read facts about the church that causes them to question, and ultimately leave the church. It is a big problem for the church right now. That is why they have so many talks on re-activating people during conference lately.

RIP Paul. You will be missed.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

Can we stop using the terms "active" and "inactive"?

What other religion has to say they are an inactive or active Catholic or Buddhist? Are we only about showing up or what? I think we're not supposed to be.

KellyWSmith
Sparks, NV

@Church Member--Please read or view the talk at the last General Conference from Pres. Uchtdorf, Saturday Morning, last talk of that session. It answers many of the claims you have made in your comment.

wjgramma
West Jordan, UT

He said it himself --- "Acting is my job, not my life ..."

One never knows the reason someone else does or says something. It sounds to me like he had his head on straight and trying to be a good dad. Whether or not he was going to church was his choice, and life is all about free agency.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

Have been out of the news loop for awhile and didn't know about Paul's death until seeing this article.

Was sad to hear about it, and glad to read of his thoughts on God and his love for his daughter.

May his family be comforted and may he find peace and learning where he is now.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

Why would the Church lay claim to someone that doesn't have anything to do with them?
Very confusing to me.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Dennis,

Publicity.

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