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It is easy to call something illogical and dumb without any explanations. Actually it is most logical and astoundingly brilliant. It requires responsibility of every child that at the end he has become what is and is responsible for his life. He has decided whether or not he has accepted the Son and what he is offered by the Father and the Son. To me it is not shallow or exclusive like the other ideas that religionists offer. Thanks to the Father for giving us living Prophets.

Posted by Keith P  on  06/12  at  09:50 AM | #



"At some point in this existence, the Father called all of His children together to explain how things worked. All of His children would have to leave His presence and come to earth for a period of testing. The goal was to see if we would live a righteous life even when we had to live by faith, as we would no longer be able to remember God or heaven (that’s the reason for the veil)." == This has to be the dumbest thing I have ever read. The logical holes in it astound me.


Posted by Ronde  on  06/11  at  08:43 PM | #



Mike,

Thanks for your very well-written and well-thought-out article.

Yes, our freedom is something that is very precious to Mormons. In fact, one of the revelations which Joseph Smith received from Jesus says that God inspired good men to write the Constitution to safeguard our liberties. So we consider the Constitution very close to being scripture.

Thanks again for a very well-written article.
Posted by M. Jones  on  04/30  at  08:19 AM | #



Mike,

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in Oregon. I also have a degree in journalism from BYU (1995)

I thank you for your fair and balanced account of our beliefs. I can find no fault with them, and I for one am grateful for fair-minded non-Mormons like you who ask members of our church about what we believe instead of going to the internet and looking up our church. Go to the source, right?
Posted by Jenny  on  04/29  at  07:49 AM | #



Very few Mormons will "balk at [your] making comparisons between their religious beliefs and modern politics" because what you said in your article is dead on. I for one am not offended. Great article.
Posted by Pete  on  04/28  at  09:04 PM | #



I loved your article. Keep writing!

Posted by Guest  on  04/28  at  10:28 AM | #



People who don't understand Mormon theology should read this. He did an excellent job explaining some of the core of our beliefs, albeit with his own political slant. But, he wasn't objectionable at all. He obviously sincerely wanted to understand why we are who we are.

I want to make a couple points.

First, God rejected Satan’s plan for good reason. Satan was already in rebellion to God when he offered it. Satan offered an alternate plan because he wanted to keep the glory of saving mankind ALL TO HIMSELF. Christ offered to follow God's plan and give ALL the GLORY TO GOD. Satan offered a selfish alternate to God’s own will. Selfishness is cause and effect when we disobey God's will.

We believe our agency, our free will, is a gift from God. All we have here in this earth life is essentially a gift from Him. Consequently, the only thing that is truly our OWN that we can give back to Him in return is our will, our freedom to choose to live according to His will, or our own selfish desires.


This is where the Ten Commandments, those old-fashioned ideas, come into play. He gave them to us to guide us, and help us live lives of freedom and happiness. Break one of those commandments consistently enough, and you will find your personal freedom to choose has been diminished. They don’t bind us, they free us. They are not out-dated at all.

The correct name for our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe we are in the last days of the earth, and of the war. The Bible speaks of these times. Read Daniel and Isaiah. The Ten Commandments, God’s own laws are under fierce attack as Satan unleashes all his minions to try to destroy the happiness and salvation of mankind, once and for all. And this, for most LDS people, is where religious beliefs and politics come together. We believe in supporting laws that uphold ALL the Ten Commandments, not just personal liberty.

It’s not just the cause of liberty we fight for. Believing as we do, it makes sense to fight for all righteous causes. There are political differences even among LDS people, but when I exercise my God-given agency and vote as my conscience guides, I will always vote to uphold those laws that most closely align with God’s laws.
Posted by Lisa  on  04/26  at  01:18 AM | #



Enjoyed, and agree with the bottom line of this article.
Posted by Darell Outhier  on  04/25  at  10:02 AM | #



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Smart Mormons

Posted by Mike Jensen on Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

I’m inspired by this Mormon theological idea: God intended for humans to be free to make our own choices and live with the consequences of those choices.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, that awesomely deep well of perpetual wisdom, Alec Baldwin, proclaimed that if Barack Obama were not black, his vote total would have been 20 percent higher.

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