Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mormons are CRAZY!?

Somebody tell me WHY people are so afraid of Mormons?  Tell me WHY people assume what others say about the religion to be truth, when in reality what they say is false?  Tell me WHY some people disown their own family member from joining the Mormon religion?  Tell me WHY people don't just go learn about the religion before making crazy assumptions and believing absolute lies?  Tell me WHY some people flat out refuse to learn anything about the religion when really they know nothing about it?  Tell me WHY, if this religion is so false and crazy, is it one of the fastest growing religions in the entire world?  Why, why, why?  I can guarantee the majority of non-Mormons have heard strange things and have completely skewed views about the beliefs of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--aka Mormons.

The older I get, the more hurt I become about issues surrounding my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  (nickname: Mormons).  I'm fully aware that the church is not well-liked in the United States and other countries. (eg.  Did you know that the opposition to voting for a Mormon President is among the most common voting biases?  Just look HERE).  And I'm not trying to persuade you to vote for Mitt Romney.  I'm not even positive I'm going to.  My point here is that people are opposed to Mitt Romney based SOLELY on the fact that he is Mormon.  That is wrong.  So would it be if somebody was not voting for a candidate based on that fact that he/she was Catholic, Baptist, Non-Denominational, Jewish, Black, Hispanic, Gay/Lesbian, etc.

I'm also fully aware of anti-Mormon literature which may portray part-truths, or truths that are twisted or altered to sound crazy, or even blatant lies.  Wouldn't it make more sense to learn about the church from official Mormon sources (www.lds.org or mormon.org) or active members themselves?

I also know of other Christian religions teaching anti-Mormon topics.  Why don't they focus on learning about their own beliefs rather than trying to "disprove" the Mormons?  We don't have classes on any other religions and their accused "wacky" beliefs and are never learning ways to disprove anyone.  That's simply not Christian, would you agree?

But let's get to the real issue here.  The issue that is bothering me today is the issue that people are saying that we do not believe in Jesus Christ--that we are not Christian.

Do those accusers know anything about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?  Do they even know the name of our church?  Have they studied what we believe?  Are they associated with active members of the Mormon faith?

Let me tell you just a glimpse of what we do believe.

1.  We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  (First Article of Faith)
2.  We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and that He atoned for the sins of this world.
3.  We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.  (Third Article of Faith)

The whole purpose in writing this is in hopes that my friends who may have skewed views about the Mormon religion will look to find fact rather than fiction about what I and millions of other Mormons believe.  The reality is though, they probably aren't going to be reading this OR responding to anything that I say.  But there, I said it, and it feels good.  I am a MORMON and by golly I'm stickin' to it.  And I'm not crazy, or brainwashed or cult-like.  I'm a follower of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I always will be.

11 comments:

Rachel said...

Love you Angie!

Linda said...

Hear, Hear!! Well said!

Sharron said...

Well stated and I hope many have the honor and privilege to read this post!

Val said...

I enjoyed this post!

jeanine said...

Angie, I agree... I'd never go to a Catholic to learn about Baptists. It's silly that people don't go directly to the source. I think you'd really like this post: http://middle-agedmormonman.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanks-but-ill-stick-with-color.html

Emmy said...

Great great post! Sadly, it is like anything in the world that people don't like- they don't take the time to find out the truth they just listen to what they want to

John and Tiff said...

Very good post. I know...being in Texas I am starting to learn some of the things other people think of Mormons...it's nuts how much weird stuff is out there. But thank goodness for technology and all the church is doing to spread the truth about what we believe!

Emily said...

Wow. Please stop reproducing. Wake up. Mormons are not Christian. By definition you aren't Christian. I have to believe you are sincerely retarded if you can honestly believe you are. Being Christian means accepting Christ as your ONLY god, the father,son,and holy spirit. AS ONE. Now, is that what you believe? No it isn't is it? So I will ask again, no beg...do not spawn anymore offspring because this world is full of enough idiots already and doesn't need your help in spreading the disease that is stupidity.

ArringtonZoo said...

Emily, I am afraid you may need to do a wee bit of research. Not only on the Church of Jesus Christ (aka Mormons) and their beliefs but in biblical and Christan history as well. In addition, keep in mind that there is only one true judge. And it is He who will judge our Christianity on an individual basis. Be careful that you do not find yourself weighed in the balance and found wanting.

ArringtonZoo said...

Emily, I am afraid you may need to do a wee bit of research. Not only on the Church of Jesus Christ (aka Mormons) and their beliefs but in biblical and Christan history as well. In addition, keep in mind that there is only one true judge. And it is He who will judge our Christianity on an individual basis. Be careful that you do not find yourself weighed in the balance and found wanting.

KMF said...

I'm very curious to know by what definition of Christianity Emily is using. I think the majority of "mainstream" Christian churches would disagree - just look at the Apostles' Creed, which is recited in many churches every Sunday: "I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit..."
Just in case you don't know it, here's the full text: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles%27_Creed#Catholic_Church
It doesn't say "I believe the three are one", it says each individually. I'm not well versed enough in theology to know where the idea of the Trinity being one came from from, but it seems like a very poor excuse to call Mormons non-Christians.
And by the way, I'm not Mormon myself. But EVERY SINGLE Mormon I've ever met has been more Christian than most "Christians" I've met. Shame on you to pass judgement on a complete stranger just because your beliefs don't match.