Monday, December 29, 2008

Can I really become a Mormon Goddess, I asked the LDS missionaries and they said it is possible :)? —Jennifer

then they invited me to the LDS place in my town and said if I believe Joseph Smith and what he wrote down and stuff then I might be able to become a Goddess and rule over my own planet, I was like wow really ? because I asked them about it, and they told me. My neighbor said to ask them about it
Yep, is that awesome or what? I'll tell you what, if you make me your leader then after you're dead and buried I'll make sure you become a magical princess with fairy wings and a wand for turning rocks and pebbles into chocolate. All I ask is 5% of your income for life, half price!

By the way, before you sign up to be a Mormon Goddess, consider that you and your sister wives will be responsible for birthing all those spirit babies, worlds without end. Predefined gender roles don't end with death in Mormonism.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Since Joseph Smith was a polygamist why did the Mormon church quit practicing what the prophet taught? —Y Knot

They never renounced the doctrine. Polygamy was discontinued in the LDS church because it was illegal to practice and the church lost its fight against the Edmunds–Tucker Act. Times have changed, though. I think the church's worst nightmare today would be if anti-polygamy laws were repealed. Then who's gonna tell Bednar he can't have a couple more wives? ;)


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Is being a mormon really that unattractive? —happy_endings93
I kind of feel bad about it because i love the religion, but does it really affect that much my chances of getting dates etc? I mean.. i'm not going to be preachy or anything i'm not like brain-washed or anything, but i do have my standards. I don't know, i feel normal, but i don't know ha ha is being mormon really that bad ?? just need some opinions, maybe what happened if you ever dated a mormon how it went etc yess.... lol thanks

Interesting question. I know when I was Mormon I always felt like I was being held to a different standard, but now I'm not sure that's what was really happening. Now that people know I've left the faith, they seem to let their guards down around me. To your point, I've discovered that people who didn't think much of Mormonism were still polite and respectful to me. But mostly what seems different now is that they no longer feel that I, as the Mormon in the group, am judging *them*.

So I guess what I'm suggesting is that you turn this question around. Ask yourself, is it really that unattractive to me that someone *not* be Mormon? And I don't just mean because they haven't heard the gospel yet, but is it really and truly OK with you that this potential dating partner does not buy into Mormonism? Are you putting out a vibe that your "standards" are not just different but actually *better* than theirs? If so, I could see that affecting your chances of getting dates.

[Bonus points if you can name the video pictured above.]

Sunday, December 14, 2008

When the Mormon Latter Day Prophet had a revelation and blacks were allowed into the priesthood in 1978, is it? —Val

just a matter of time before another 'revelation' is forthcoming when the day comes that the Mormon Church will allow gay marriage.
Yes, I really think so, but not under current law of course. The real issue here is tax exemption, and when the IRS decides an organization is no longer serving the general community interest and revokes its 501(c)(3) status, that's the sort of thing that causes revelation to happen.

That is exactly what was happening in 1978 with Bob Jones University and its admission policies for black students. The Supreme Court eventually upheld the IRS's decision that racial discrimination could be cause for revocation, on the grounds that tax exemption carries a cost for all tax-payers.

In the distant future, if Mormonism survives at all (and I think it will), there will be female bishops, gay couples in full fellowship, and temple weddings open to nonmembers. But only when the community conscience makes it inevitable. God's one true church has not exactly been a trailblazer in the civil rights arena.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What about Mormon beleif do you think is wrong? ? —Grace F

Here's the problem. Living things were created spiritually first, then physically. Spirits don't die, and even bodies become immortal after the resurrection. OK, so say people on average live about 86 years or whatever, and produce a few kids during their lifespan. No problem so far, right? All these people live, die, and then enjoy the hereafter in some other sphere that's pretty much just like this one only cooler.

All right, but what about their pets? A dog's lifespan is much shorter, and they give birth in litters. You used to have one dog at a time, but now all those little guys are immortal and sharing space with you in your eternal mansion. It's getting complicated, but wait.

Some animals live only a few years, and reproduce at much faster rates still. Do you get where I'm going? The ratios of people to animals are all off in Mormon heaven. Do all the little bunnies and froggies get their own planet to infest, or will we constantly have to watch our step to avoid them? And we haven't even talked yet about bugs, spiders, and mosquitos. And by the way what will the immortal mosquitos eat with their little bloodsucking mouths? Not blood, naturally.

Other than that, Mormon beliefs make perfect sense.
Are there any mormons that have left the church? —group account

What happened when you did leave? Can you provide a link so I can TALK to someone about what I am going through.
There are and always have been people who leave. Interesting how once you escape the believing mindset and find yourself on the outside, you discover there are crowds of people here who've done the same.

Mormonism does not work for everyone, for lots of different reasons. In the past the church has done a remarkable job of disenfranchising those people and "protecting" believers from their disbelieving neighbors and family. They're sinners, or lazy, or couldn't live the standards. Or when none of those labels fit they must be too intellectual or proud. When all else fails, they become "the very elect," a nice backhanded way of complimenting and neutralizing them all at once.

But we're here now, the web gives a voice to the unwashed masses who proclaim that the emperor has no clothes. Thanks to the brave souls who left before us without a community to turn to, there is now support to be found all along the way. I wish you the best on your journey, and feel free to message me.