LDS Church granted official status in Italy

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  • sharrona layton, UT
    Aug. 8, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    RE:The Roman government has a different view than The Roman Catholic Church about the practices and beliefs of Mormonism?
    While the Catholic Church would reject nothing that is true or good in Mormonism or any other world religion, Catholic theology would have to note that there is a tremendous amount in Mormonism that is neither true nor good. Further, because Mormonism presents itself as a form of Christianity yet is incompatible with the historic Christian faith, sound pastoral practice would need to warn the Christian faithful: Mormon theology is polytheistic, and cannot be considered on par with the theology of other Christian groups.

    While individual Mormons may be persons of good conscience, Mormonism itself is a belief system that would reduce the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit from being the three Persons of the one, true, and infinite God to being three limited, finite deities among an uncounted multitude of deities, all of whom merely reshaped small parts of a preexisting cosmos.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    "Sono veramente contento di leggere questa notizia della Chiesa in Italia. Gli santi in Italia sono bravissimi!"



  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Or, as the Florentines said, SPQR... Sono porci questi Romani.

  • Uncle Charles Where freedom and liberty reign, utah
    Aug. 7, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    @onlythecross: can claim that the Bible is the only word of God on earth and insinuate that Italy finally gave in to non-believers. Can you show where you come up with the claim that the Bible is all inclusive of God's word and that it is the only book on earth that is to be taken as God's word?

    Would love to see the reference. Thanks in advance

  • Dante Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    The Torino Olympics were held in Turin, if you insist on anglicizing proper nouns.

    Sono veramente contento di leggere questa notizia della Chiesa in Italia. Gli santi in Italia sono bravissimi!

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    AZRods, I'm not sure that correcting profound, Biblical ignorance and illiteracy is in the best interests of those whose who would spread Mormonism or Christianity. It seems that the more critical knowledge and understanding that people have of the Bible the less likely they are to convert to either.

  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    Aug. 7, 2012 1:30 a.m.

    The Bible is God's Word, has been translated into every language and still stands as His preeminent authority, regardless of its readership. That Italy has held out so long is a testament to its former reliance on the Biblical standard.

    It does not matter to Biblical believers what any government or country rules. The Bible is the believer's authority, irrespective of Communist, Islamist, Hindu, Buddhist, et al, political decisions. That Italy has relaxed its definition says who is not using the Biblical standard of monotheism, salvation by grace, and the priesthood of believers.

    We are keeping Italy in our prayers!

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Aug. 6, 2012 11:59 p.m.

    Shelama, So who or what religion caused the lack of understanding of the bible in these "developing countries" for centuries?
    Perhaps that is where you should direct your concerns.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    Ave Maria, gratia plena.
    Maria, gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Ave, ave dominus,
    Dominus tecum.
    Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
    Et benedictus
    Et benedictus fructus ventris,
    Ventris tui, Jesus.
    Ave Maria.

    I love Italy! I miss Italy! I would love to see this temple someday. It looks to be absolutely beautiful. Ave Maria or not, I'll gladly sing to the occasion.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 6, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    Shelama, The different professors of Christian religions interpret the same Bible passages so very differently, it destroys all confidence most people have in discovering the truth from reading the Bible.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    As missionary emphasis of the Mormon church has shifted more towards the developing world where ignorance of the Bible is endemic, it's rather nice to see something like this happen in Europe.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Aug. 6, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    don17 said: "Springfield Illinois! Sacramento's sister city in Economic Collapse Planning and Implementation!"

    Amen, brother. Amen.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Aug. 6, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Thanks eastcoastcoug, great advise for all members who travel to Europe over the next year or two.
    I was glad to see the posted completion date as 2014. Though I had heard that date, it seemed like a long time to construct a temple. Though I suspect this temple will be something very special, considering where it's being built.

    redcorvett...thanks again for checking in from Sacramento.
    Once again, my black Vette will eat your red vette for brunch and not break a sweat.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Aug. 6, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    It makes you appreciate living in a country where you don't need permission from the State to be a Church. I was surprised to find just how unique the United States is in that regard.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 6, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    ""We have been waiting for this for many years," said Giuseppe Pasta, an Italian Mormon for more than 40 years."

    Giuseppe Pasta...what an awesomely stereotypical Italian name! But seriously, this is great news for the church.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    Bravo eastcoastcoug! Lo faro'!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 6, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    "Genova" is the real Italian spelling of the city vs. the anglicized "Genoa". "Geneva" is also not the way the locals spell the name of their city: "Geneve".

    This government recognition is great news for the members in Italy, who now have 7 stakes in their country and a beautiful new Temple being built on the northern outskirts of Rome. This is a very tough place to be LDS with both religious and popular culture often a challenge.

    I encourage all former Italian missionaries to get in touch with your Italian "families" and do whatever you can to strengthen these wonderful people to prepare to go to the new Temple in Rome. Write them your testimonies (as we did in Books of Mormon back in the day), call or write. Visit when you are in Europe. These people love their missionaries like no other people I know and I have seen how much they appreciate feeling our love and faith.

    Forza Italia!!

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    GenOva, Italy? Does the writer mean Genoa, Italy? GenOva, Italy appears to be a mix between Geneva, Switzerland, and Genoa, Italy!