Once again, as the peculiarities of the FLDS sect hit the media megaphones, the LDS Church is
demanding appealing to the news media to not call the other “Mormons,” Mormons.
SALT LAKE CITY 17 April 2008 Elder Quentin L. Cook, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, appealed to the news media today to make a clear distinction in their reports between the Church and the polygamist sect in Texas that has made headlines throughout the world.
He praised news media that are making this distinction but expressed concerns about others who are perpetuating mistruths about the Church, whose members are commonly referred to as Mormons.
Elder Cook said it is very confusing to the public when some media use “Mormon” to describe the Texas-based polygamous group that is currently under investigation for possible incidents of child abuse. He reiterated that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with over 13 million members worldwide, is not connected in any way to sects that practice polygamy.
Drawing contrasts between the Church and polygamists, Elder Cook said that Church members do not live in isolated compounds, arrange marriages, dress in old-fashioned clothing or wear unusual hairstyles.
Rather, they are participating members of the communities in which they live throughout the world, get married at the average age of 23 and are well educated. In fact, 60 percent of Church members in the United States have some college education, which is 10 percent above the national average.
Wow. That’s the ONLY contrasts they can come up with? No isolated compounds, arranged marriages, old-fashioned clothing, and UNUSUAL hairstyles? What about the BELIEF system people?
Perhaps we should point out just a FEW of the shared beliefs.
*Belief that Joseph Smith Jr. restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth
*Belief that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God
*Belief that polygamy is necessary for living in God’s highest Kingdom, the Celestial Kingdom. In fact, polygamy was called the NEW and EVERLASTING covenant, by none other than Joseph Smith….speaking for God, of course
*Belief that the Book of Mormon is the word of God
Truth be told, the pligs are living the gospel of Joseph Smith the way JS taught it. And the modern-day mainstream Mormon Church? They still BELIEVE in polygamy, and practice spiritual polygamy, but do not currently practice physical polygamy, as it is against the law. It was NOT, however, removed from the doctrine, and in fact, was discontinued with a “manifesto” and not a prophecy.
But back to the Church statement: Unusual hairstyles??? They are, of course, referring to what I call the “polygamist poof.”
That, old-fashioned clothing, and living in a compound. Other than that, the Mormons are REALLY all in the same family.
And ARRANGED MARRIAGES? We are talking about YOUNG GIRLS BEING RAPED HERE, you old geezers! Sheesh. Makes you want to scream at the top of your lungs, don’t it? Talk about dancing around the ELEPHANT in the living room.
Elephant, thy name is polygamy.
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