reply to post by Alethea
You need to research a bit more. It is in a mountain, to be kept safe for all of time.
We do allow access from almost any Church building in the nation (I'm US, and know of the US facts). There is a Geneological library with microfilm
readers, microfiche readers, and computers linked to the internet site. You look it up and can order a microfilm of records not yet available
online. It's not a secret, people just don't think to ask. The LDS geneology site is familysearch.org.
The US census records are public information, but held for a long period of time before general release. I think they are not available for 50 years
(or more). Confidentiality for something 50 years old or older? Not a problem with most people. It's pretty amazing how many questions were
asked back then; it makes the census today look absolutely generic.
The LDS Geneology Library is the largest in the world. I live in Fort Wayne, IN where our Public Library has an entire geneologist section, at one
time it was the second largest library for access (I'm not certain of the current status). They provide access to the same records, as would any
other non-LDS library. Millions of non-LDS people do their geneology. It's fascinating what you learn. The website "Ancestry.com" is a private
company, used by LDS and non-LDS alike, started by LDS members, but not run by the LDS church.
Why do we do it? Because we believe that families are forever. We get to know our ancestors and provide them a way to get the earthly things they
did not have a chance to get, like water baptism. Everything we do for our ancestors and our future family is done in our Temples, a really sacred
place. Because it is sacred to us, we do not openly talk about it; if you did it yourself, you would understand. I was married in a Temple and am
still happy with the same man after 30 years.
As to your comment
What is the real mission of this organization that disguises itself as a religion?
a religion. We are Christian. We are not disguised. Our real mission is to teach others the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have
missionaries in the field to do this. We also have missionaries (many times retired couples) who work in the Geneology Library as well.
Your paranoia is silly. You are welcome into our libraries or our churches anytime. Since you are not a believer, you would not be allowed access
into our Temples. Since you aren't a believer, that really shouldn't bother you. I've been to Catholic mass and have been told I could not take
Communion which is really the same thing. Most churches have somethings that are special to them, that they do not take lightly and that they hold
sacred. It's one of the reasons there are so many different denominations.
We do believe in latter-day prophecies, but talk of "obscure doctrine" has been declared many times with no basis. Again, if you are not a
believer, what we believe should not bother you. No one is forced to join our Church. My husband and I both were raised Lutheran and joined the
Church after talking to missionaries while in our late teens. My son was raised LDS, and now belongs to a Pentecostal church. My DIL believes we
are not Christian. It makes for interesting holidays.