There is just something weird about Mormonism, and the very mention of the Book of Mormon invites smirks and giggles … Read the rest of Simon Critchley’s experiences in his article here.
“Those who walk in faith will feel their lives encompassed with the light and blessings of heaven. They will understand and know things that others cannot.”
–Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov. 2002, 84
“No temptation, no pressure, no enticing can overcome us unless we allow such. If we make the wrong choice, we have no one to blame but ourselves. President Brigham Young once expressed this truth by relating it to himself. Said he: “If Brother Brigham shall take a wrong track, and be shut out of the Kingdom of heaven, no person will be to blame but Brother Brigham. I am the only being in heaven, earth, or hell, that can be blamed.” He continued: “This will equally apply to every Latter-day Saint. Salvation is an individual operation.”
–Thomas S. Monson, “The Three Rs of Choice”, Ensign, Nov. 2010, 67–70
Stephanie Nielson, author of the popular blog “Nie Nie Dialogues,” sent out the following tweet in response to the program: “Listening to a Brandon Flowers interview. He’s defending the Book of Mormon. Love this guy.” Check out the rest of Sarah Petersen’s article here.
In 1977, Steve Klein founded a group called Courageous Christians United, whose main focus is to expose Mormonism and Islam — both “false religions” and “cults” according to Klein — with protests outside their places of worship, low-rent media productions like the now-viral Youtube video, and SEO-efficient web properties. To accomplish this, the group runs MormonInfo.org, an expansive collection of anti-Mormon content whose benign URL belies the intensity of its mission. Learn more about Klein here.
Religiously speaking, this presidential election is a fascinating moment in our national life, and for multiple reasons. See why columnist Bill Leonard thinks so here.
“Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us-even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will. We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t, for He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.”
–Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Great Commandment”, October 2007 General Conference
So let’s get this straight: In the consensus view of modern American liberalism, it is hilarious to mock Mormons and Mormonism but outrageous to mock Muslims and Islam. Why? Maybe it’s because nobody has ever been harmed, much less killed, making fun of Mormons. Check out the rest of Bret Stephens’ column here.
Best-selling author Stephen Mansfield can see it coming. “We’re going to have a collision on Mormonism,” said Mansfield, who has just published “The Mormonizing of America” through Worthy Publishing. The book chronicles what he calls the “unprecedented leap forward” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken during recent years in terms of public acceptance. Read the rest of this Deseret News article by Joseph Walker here.