Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gays, Mormons and Love

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Mormon",  I am pondering why some people are expressing anger toward my faith. It seems to me that they think we are full of hate toward people who are gay. This perspective appears to be founded on the fact that "Mormons" do not accept gay marriages. That is true. We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God. We also believe in complete chastity before marriage and total fidelity in marriage. We believe that the greatest happiness in this life, and in the life after this, will come as we live in families. We firmly believe that the family is the basis of a stable society.

Does this mean that we hate people who do not accept and live our beliefs? Of course not. True, "Mormons" are imperfect people and some have their own prejudices, but we are admonished to overcome these weaknesses and truly live with love as the Savior did.  He associated with people not accepted in his society - the publicans, the Samaritans, the lepers, the sinners, or those who had broken the Jewish law.  He showed deep love to all, and this is what we must also try to do.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Are Polygamist Cults Mormons?

Some people think of Polygamist groups as apostate "Mormons", because once members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were commanded by God to practice polygamy. By that reasoning these groups could also be called Jewish, because long ago God also commanded them to practice polygamy. Since Christians also believe in the Old Testament, then would Polygamists be considered Catholic or Protestant?

Yes, these Polygamist groups claim to be living the revelations that were given to the "Mormon" Prophet, Joseph Smith, but are they? Take a closeer look. Basically, they have heard of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The consider the Book of Mormon as just a good book, not scripture revealed by God. The have a man they call a "Prophet", but he is not chosen by God and he does not receive revelation from God.

 In my opinion, any one who latches onto an old revelation of God given for a specific time and tries to continue it when the Lord has revealed that it must cease, is not following the Lord. He certainly is not a "Mormon".