Mormon Media Observer: Several articles about the church still deserve mention

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  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    A good response to Mr. Bloom. I'm sure if all of the LDS were asked, they would not recognize the LDS Church that Mr. Bloom seems to see. He seems to believe that some nefarious group of people run the church for greedy purposes. But the fact is that all of the leaders from President on down did not ask for the jobs of leadership at the highest levels. As a recent example, David Bednar was running a university in Idaho when he gets a call from President Hinckley to be an Apostle. He didn't campaign for the job or apply for it. Now he is in position to one day be possibly the president of the church. None of these people get rich to do this, and many probably make less money than they would have staying in the career they had before. How is that the action of greedy Multi-Level Marketiers?

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Nov. 30, 2011 8:27 a.m.

    Swedish Reader wrote:

    "there might be people out there who read it and think: "Could that REALLY be true? I'd better find out for myself" - and then do so."

    That is the engine that drives Multi-Level Marketing scams, too. They prey upon people's gullibility and false hopes.

    Interestingly, the "Direct Marketing Association" reports that the "MLM" industry is a $153.3 billion industry in the United States with a total of 9.8 million people employed by the MLM industry in the US.

    That is bigger than your religion.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Nov. 30, 2011 8:00 a.m.

    I liked your comment on another article as well, Swedish reader...about Mormons and Jews. Thanks for the uplifting and insightful comments. I enjoyed both articles.

  • Swedish reader Stockholm, Sweden
    Nov. 30, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    "All publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right"? Maybe, in a way, it actually is. Even though it feels awful to read misunderstandings, misrepresentations or even outright lies about the Church, there might be people out there who read it and think: "Could that REALLY be true? I'd better find out for myself" - and then do so. In my experience, people believe what they want to believe regardless of the evidence, so although there is a place for setting the record straight, there is no point in entering into an argument. Truth will win out, and as long as people see their Mormon neighbors being kind, honest and helpful people, they will judge the Church by that rather than by the obvious malice of writers they don't know personally.