I agree with Brother Edwards. I joined the church in 1968 in Texas and have never been attacked because of my religion. Maybe it helped to be a Marine and lawyer. But I believe it is because I am not a Mormon. I am a Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maybe folks do attack Mormons and the Mormon Church. But I have never experienced anyone attacking The Church of Jesus Christ. Mormonism may be wierd like so many other "isms" but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is truth and truth can stand steadfast and immovable. The scriptures repeatedly tell us what Christ wants His church to be called. However, there are too many of us who prefer to be called Mormons and say that we belong to The Mormon Church. So, if you do not want to be insulted by anti-mormons perhaps you should try The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not many souls dare disparage The Church of Jesus Christ. Not hard to figure out why. And, please don't come back with your cultural nonsense about using the terms mormon and the mormon church. You will never convert me to that nonsense. So, guess I qualify as anti-mormon. However, I love the Prophet Mormon and he would be the first to set you straight as to whose church this really is.
Can we as a church please stop whining about how we are under attack ? I am so tired of this. i was baptized in 1970 and I have yet to have anyone attack me because of my faith. This really didn't even happen while serving as a full time missionary in Texas. Which as missionaries we referred to as the "buckle" of the bible belt.
So to everyone who is claiming that they are being attacked because they are Mormons needs to take a step back and put themselves in the shoes of this supposed attacker and then remember that to non Mormons we have some really strange ideas. Such as God speaking to a teenage boy, additional scripture, the belief that we can become God's ourselves and the like.
So quit whining all of you.
That is so true. For the past 20+ years, my hobby has been to frequent sites like YouTube and correct the falsehoods that are told about the LDS church. The moniker I use is "JediMormon", and I post replies to falsehoods almost on a daily basis. The biggest problem I've found with the anti-Mormonism crowd is that very few of them know what constitutes official LDS doctrine and what does not. They pull quotes from sources like the Journal of Discourses - which, as a body of work, is not doctrine of the church - and use them for their supposed ammunition against the church. Most of the anti-Mormonism types (over 99% in my experience) come to the table very poorly prepared to engage in an intelligent conversation about the church and it's teachings. I've also found that a large share of them consider "researching church teachings" as getting their information about the church from other anti-Mormon sites. If something looks like it could damage the church, they use it, never mind if it's actually true or not. For anyone who is new to defending the church on the internet, I encourage you to follow Joni Hilton's advice. Ask yourself how Jesus would act, and go with that. It's literally a spiritual war out there. Those who do not trade insult for insult, but show a Christ-like love regardless of the vitriol, will experience success over time. My "rock" (if I can call it that) has been D&C 18:15 "And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!"
Whenever one attacks me about my religion or polygamy I find a joke to defuse them. Such as we gave it up when we read the scripture "no man can serve two masters".
Well said, Joni. I have a friend who is an evangelical street preacher in Las Vegas and part-time host on a Christian radio station. We maintain a friendly banter via email, and we have a meal together whenever I pass through Sin City. In the words of the 1960's comedian Dave Gardner (AKA "Brother Dave"), "love your enemies, and drive 'em nuts"
2 Timothy 3:1-5
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