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There unfortunately is a great deal of "misinformation" about the Mormon Church. For some reason, the public is being told that the Mormon Church is not Christian. That is NOT FACTUAL. Obviously, with a name like: "The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints" -- it HAS to be Christian, with the name of Jesus Christ right in the main title. That part is obvious to all.
Also, a few years ago, I took instruction from the local Mormon Church, for a few weeks (from a church elder & his wife). They were such fine people, of great spirit & faith, and they offered me extensive opportunity to study their literature & religious books, to attend their form of Sunday School ---where the first thing they asked me was -- "How much do you know about Jesus Christ?" I attended 2 church services, & a church picnic, where I got to meet several more members. After a few weeks, they wanted me to be baptized & become a member. I was happy that they accepted me, but I had a few mental reservations about joining, since a great deal of Time would be involved (on my part). You have to spend at least 3 hours (each Sunday) in church, PLUS attend various meetings 2 or 3 times per week, for instruction & fellowship.
I liked several aspects of their church. They do not approve (or allow) smoking or drinking alcohol. That is fine with me, since I do not do either. But then they also stated that I must not drink coffee or tea. I found that to be a bit odd, since nowhere in the Bible does it say you may not drink coffee or tea. And I think they also were against Coke-A-Cola, since it is a stimulant. This began to impinge on my personal freedom, and I saw no Biblical basis for this ban. Later, the elder said if I needed any stimulant, I could always take an Excedrin tablet. Between the lack of free time and personal time (after attending church at least 6 hours a week, & not allowing coffee or tea, & now saying that I could use an accepted substitute for caffeine, by taking an Excedrin pill. I began to feel a pinch, a hint of unnecessary restriction, & a
big loss of personal freedom.
For instance, if you do not attend church one Sunday, they will call or send someone over to question you as to WHY you did not attend church that day. They even may send someone to look into your cupboards to be sure you do not have smoking materials or alcohol anywhere in your house. Not to mention, they will probably be searching for other forbidden things, like coffee or tea.
In my old familiar church, a Protestant church, they did not bother you about what you did, or how many days did you attend church. Or if you decided not to attend one Sunday. They NEVER said a thing. If you only attended church ONE SUNDAY a YEAR, they never said anything to you, trying to harass you about skipping a few days a year. We had absolute freedom to come & go as we please, without coercion. So I did not like the sudden feeling of coercion that was put out by the Mormon church. They wanted absolute control of all your free time.
Also, in the Mormon church, you HAD to "tithe" --- donate 10% of all your income to the church. It was required, & this had to be done absolutely, or you may not be allowed into the church. This 10% "donation" (to the church), is BIBLICAL, - it is right out of the Bible. In many respects, it seems to be a nice church, they help their less fortunate members, & most of their members are fine citizens.
It is in the isolated parts of Utah
, where they practice polygamy
(having several wives) where the women are treated like 2nd class citizens,
& forced to wear long dresses, & sunbonnets, (like 1800's Pioneers),-- they cannot practice birth control or even think about having abortion, -- they must "share" their husband with the other wives, & often are put onto welfare, (as unwed mothers).
The men can have as many wives as they want (or can afford), & often can choose girls as young as 15 yrs old, or less. This seems to come close to child abuse, or like entering into child sex slavery. Far away from populous areas, Mormon ideology still thrives & flourishes.