Jewish Mormons celebrate two cultures, eye one faith

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  • danielPA Newcastle, WA
    April 26, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    The comment about Jewish being a nationality is not correct at all; moderator please note this and remove the incorrect statement. If it's a popular comment, then you have people believing that false statement. Judaism is a culture and a race, found world wide, not just in the one well-known nation - and by the way there are other cultures and religions in Israel.

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    April 15, 2014 12:16 p.m.


    I suppose you, your friends, and their dead are insulted by the Christian Jews that live in Israel as well. Or maybe I misunderstand and you can explain why anyone would be insulted.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    April 10, 2014 1:39 a.m.

    I ran this by my orthodox Jewish friends and they are in agreement with me...this is an insult to all observant Jews living and/or dead. I think before the church has another PR fiasco on its hands, they need to quietly encourage the group to disband. If converts feel the need to hold on to vestiges of Judaism, they were not really converted. What next Nazi Jews?

  • Nathan8 Olivehurst, CA
    April 9, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    I wonder how many people commenting merely don't understand Christianity vs. how many don't understand and knowingly don't represent responsible opinions. The New Testament makes it very clear that the Apostles were both Jews and Christians, along with the first several thousand Christians.

    For a long time it was either not possible or not likely to be thought of as a disciple of Jesus Christ without being a Jew. After all, Jesus was the "Jewish" Messiah - not originally thought of as a gentile's Christ.

    Bible Christians first doubted whether a gentile could be a Christian and now people are wondering whether one can be a Jew and a Christian? This irony would not be believable in the days of the New Testament.

    Of course people can be of the Jewish religion and the Mormon religion because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that "sect of the Jews" restored.

  • danielPA Newcastle, WA
    April 9, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    Jew is both a RACE having a culture, and a religion - actually, many religions, many factions. Not a nationality. Sure, someone of the Jewish race can accept Christ, and can go all the way (get MORE). It's not easy, and it's not one size fits all. It will be the same for Muslims that start getting the light in their eyes.

    Looking at comments, sure a lot of skeptics out there. Or is it cynics.

    Info: There are Black Mormons out there (that's a race also) and the brethren set up an organization for them, also: the Genesis Group.

    Some Muslims are joining the Church. I would expect that an organization would help them assimilate into the Church, and help the Church understand them, and help members understand how to respect and appreciate them.

    The previous comment is right on, the Prophet Joseph's statement. Virtually the same statement has been made by many prophets since, such as President Hinckley. Now go back just six months for President Uchtdorf's statement.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 8, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    Re: "Are there also Catholic Mormons, Episcopalian Mormons, Lutheran Mormons, Hindu Mormons, Buddist Mormons, etc.?"

    Sure. Thousands are baptized every year.

    As the Prophet Joseph said, "We don't ask any people to throw away any good they have got; we only ask them to come and get more."

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 7, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    My Family is Russian-Jews (ala, Fiddler on the Roof).
    We're Mormons.

    As others have noted --
    You can be Jewish and Mormon.

    [One is Culture, the other Religion.]

    Sort of like -- Utah Mormons.
    [you know, Living the Utah culture, but not really believing the Religion.]

  • greatbam22 andrews afb, MD
    April 7, 2014 9:16 a.m.


    It is interesting how you have all these quotes of things Prophets have said. Maybe at the time they were said they were true? Who exactly were they said to specifically? Missionaries? How many were there when they were spoken? 1, 2, 10, 100?

    If you don't know the context in how things are said you can make up all sorts of things and plenty of people have!

    In the scripture is does speak about how the first will be last and the last will be first. That is all I have to say.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    Joining the LDS Church does not mean giving up worthwhile heritages, be they Native American, African, Latino, Jewish, Scottish, etc. Not all of us are Scandinavian or English.

  • donn layton, UT
    April 6, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    JM, “if you wished to be honest you would include ….We have men among us who were Jews, and became converted from Judaism. For instance, here is brother Neibaur; Brigham Young explains his belief that we are all adopted into Joseph when we join the Church, although we might be of a different tribe etc.”?

    “do I believe there is one particle of the blood of Judah in his veins? No, not so much as could be seen on the point of the finest cambric needle, through a microscope with a magnifying power of two millions. This is a secret that you will perhaps find out, in a coming day, to your satisfaction. The Lord knew how to preach to the Jews, and told them what the truth was. You may as well undertake to command the most degraded of these Indian tribes, and give them arms and accoutrements, and try to put them through the regular military exercise, as to preach to the Jews to make them believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.” .(JoD V. 2 p. 142).

  • Stalby City, 00
    April 6, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Happy to see it is possible within the Mormon faith to express your heritage, and that's exactly what happens here. As a Jew it was nice to read this article. TX

  • Tahoemormon1970 North Salt Lake, UT
    April 6, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    Oh, come now 'Scientist'! Don't be so caught up in nonsensical labels. I am of European heritage(meaning German-Italian-Irish[dad's side] and Scottish-English-Welsh[mom's side]) but no Jewish heritage to speak of; however, spiritually I feel akin to those from father Judah because I recognize the Old Testament as an integral part of our worship and understanding of who God is, who we are and our divine relation to Him. I have taken Old Testament classes both church-taught and secular and I believe that scripture to be replete with hidden gems and it, too, can bring us back to the presence of Our Heavenly Father. You want to better understand the Abrahamic Covenant, then read the OT, or do you want to know as much as is available about the Twelve Tribes of Israel, study the OT. Isaiah a little hard to chew and digest? Then engross yourself in Jewish custom and see the world through their eyes and the mysteries will unfold like the petals of a dying rose. You want to know why Jews are the way they are, then dive into the OT!

  • JM Lehi, UT
    April 5, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    A Dem is right for once :). Jewishness is not simply a religion.

    don, once again, seems you hacked a quote out of context ; ), if you wished to be honest you would include "We have men among us who were Jews, and became converted from Judaism. For instance, here is brother Neibaur;..." Brigham Young explains his belief that we are all adopted into Joseph when we join the Church, although we might be of a different tribe etc.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    April 5, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    Jewish is a nationality also that's why they exist. Catholic , Lutheran, Baptist, etc are religions not nationalities.

  • donn layton, UT
    April 5, 2014 4:35 p.m.

    RE: Though not officially sanctioned by or affiliated with the church, the group is supportive of existing LDS programs. True,

    Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you Nay, If a Jew comes into this church ,and the blood honestly professes to be a Saint, a follower of Christ, and if the blood of Judah is in his veins, he will apostatize.(JoD V. 2 p. 142).

  • Frankness TALLAHASSEE, FL
    April 5, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    This story was ever so appropriate especially in this day and age where technology bring us all ever so close. As a Utah native having lived in the South for so many years, I just really appreciate this story which I believe should be told more often. We are all so much more enriched to say "more of culture the better" rather than your alliance ought to be either with these or those.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 5, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    ThornBirds, there are mostly JAck Mormons.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    April 5, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    Jewish Mormons?

    What about Catholic Mormons, or Mormon Baptists, or LDS Jehovah's Witnesses? Is the Church OK with a Hindu Mormon Menonite Evangelical Scientologists?

    So, can I be a Mormon Atheist and get into the Temple?

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    April 5, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    Are there also Catholic Mormons, Episcopalian Mormons, Lutheran Mormons, Hindu Mormons, Buddist Mormons, etc.?
    Just wondering.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 5, 2014 11:47 a.m.

    LDS and Jews one faith? Well actually yes. The both worship Jesus except that one of them doesn't realize it.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 5, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    Perhaps Mormons should reciprocate and also become Jews.