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.