No matter what the LDS Church does, it's detractors will never be
satisfied. Whenever the church comes forward with disaster relief or, in this
case, donations for a national museum, it is only for the recognition",or
"good PR". After many decades of humanitarian service and donations to
projects such as these, the number of people who have benefited worldwide cannot
The work moves forward. The various partners with FamilySearch will sure do
their part in making the families turn to their fathers. This country has had
to fight for it's freedoms and Philadelphia is a key to that Declaration
and our Constitution today. What a blessing to have good people in government
to protect our safety and the welfare of our citizens.Our Ancestry
and our Heritage will shine in this new museum and monument for history.Good people do good things and show brotherly love in the city of the
same. I am proud to be an American and served in the Army and Air
Force active and reserve. Government workers in the States and Federally are
great for our nation. The system of truth and integrity will shine
forth as good people do good jobs.The DNA and FamilySearch processes
will link up good people to our founders through diversity of nations and people
for centuries.Thanks to the good leaders of over 200 years at all
levels and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for making God's
country great by serving.
To mighty mite..If your marketing insight is such that you can predict strategic
marketing purchases by the LDS Church or any other church or anybody else, for
that matter, please advise..I want to invest. ssjackson.
I am so glad to hear this news. This is one of the most positive things
I've heard in the Deseret News regarding our Country for a long time and
I'm very happy to hear this news.Some things in the Deseret
News are distressing to me but thank you for printing this!
To More Man -- The American Revolution preceded the establishment of the LDS
Church, true, but that's the point. Without the guarantee of free exercise
of religion set forth in the Bill of Rights, it's arguable that the
Restoration would have been impossible, or at least much more difficult. Also,
while those whom the Lord used to help restore the Church had not been born
until after the Revolution, their families were very conscious of their
contributions to the Patriot Cause. Samuel Smith (great grandfather of the
prophet) "served six terms in the Massachusetts state legislature and twelve
as a town selectman. He was chairman of the Tea Committee at Topsfield in 1773,
which sustained the action of the Boston Tea Party, and he was elected to the
First Provincial Congress in Massachusetts in 1774." (Encyc. of Mormonism)
His son Asael Smith (the prophet's grandfather) served as a private in the
War. Similarly, Joseph's maternal grandfather Solomon Mack helped with
the manufacture of gunpowder, served in an artillery company, and shipped aboard
a privateer during the American Revolution. (id.)
The American Revolution was instrumental in many of the rights Mormons now
enjoy, including freedom to practice their religion. Encouraging future
generations to appreciate those rights is a worthy cause.The LDS are
accustomed to frivolous criticism as evidenced.
Yay team... but in reality, the church had nothing to do with either the
Revolutionary wars (not in existence yet) or the Civil one either (Think Mormon
Battalion). The Nauvoo legion was involved in the Mormon wars but it is only
because of the self-patriotism of creating the great independent nation of
Deseret. A 2.5 million dollar donation to gain some legitimacy ought to also
come with the facts that with 15 million members this amount of PR comes and
goes from the church coffers every couple of hours.
Awesome. I will visit. Going back East this summer to see several U.S. and LDS
history spots. This one is now definitely on the list.
@mightymiteIf it helps to get people connecting in a significant way
with their ancestors, that's great. So what if it is for marketing? I for one, can't wait to see it...I plan to take my family ASAP.
Very nice donation, hopefully a younger generation can be helped by some
accurate education, as well as a few older folks. Learning true history helps
with ones outlook on their future and they become more grateful for a wonderful
country to live in. And to mightymite, I quite sure you would whine about
anything, even if they made a donation to you.
To mightymite:re: "Make no mistake this was a strategic
marketing purchase not a donation."What is your source? Do you
have direct knowledge of the discussions on this topic by the Presiding
Bishopric or other General Authorities of the Church? If you have insights
about the motives, please cite your source(s). My guess is that your comment is
rooted in vitriol, not facts, but please please show me otherwise if I am
mistaken. If you don't have any real sources, then your comment is simply
criticism and you have offered no analysis or support for such.
The museum is actually about a 40 minute walk from the Temple. It is closer to
the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center.But please come for a
visit. American history comes alive here, with Constitution Hall, America's
first University (courtesy of Ben Franklin), the Constitution Center and soon
the Museum of the American Revolution. The Philadelphia Art Museum (worth a
full day's visit by itself) is a shorter walk from the Temple, along with
the Franklin Science Institute, and the country's first free library, and a
"Please Touch" museum for kids. We have America's first zoo, the
Phillies for baseball fans, the Eagles for football fans, the 76ers for
basketball fans (not quite as good as the Jazz yet), the Flyers for hockey fans,
and the Union for socceristas. The Philadelphia Orchestra is wonderful. There
are some really fine restaurants (especially Italian), and (of course) the
cheesesteaks for those who can indulge. Lots of food carts within a short walk
of the Temple offer tasty ethnic fare (Middle Eastern, Jamaican, Mexican,
Caribbean).Plenty to do and see here. And, of course. If you
worship in LDS Temples, come worship in ours. We love it. You will too.
Well, it is true that some people like complainers in this thread are deeply
upset we ever had the revolution. After all, they want an all powerful
government led by a King to dictate everything to the people, with the people
nothing but slaves. It's why the Democrat party fought the civil war, to
keep slaves. And why they fight now, to enslave people.But some of
us, including the LDS church, actually believe in liberty and freedom and
personal responsibility. And reminding the nation of the values and risks the
Founding Fathers took is always a good thing.
I am sure it was worth the prime advertising space. Make no mistake this was a
strategic marketing purchase not a donation.
Why would I not be surprised by this donation? The LDS Church believes the
country was founded by divine assistance and was prophesied about in the Book of
Mormon. It only makes sense to help support that point of view by help to
construct this facility. It would certainly help our nation if others looked up
to Diety for inspiration and direction in deciding how to act in relation to
governing of others, not only in this country but around the world. I heartily
applaud what they have done for Philadelphia.