posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 02:07 AM
Heh must admit after reading the first page and parts of the others, and being an inactive 'Mormon' who was in the church up until I was in my late
teens (I just basically stopped going, no religious crisis or problem with doctrine although i did choose not to go on a mission and this annoyed one
or two of the more fervent members in my ward, but theres always idiots in all walks of life)... some of the wild ideas and incredibly wrong notions
some people in this thread have about my old church sure do make for some rather amusing reading and some just make me face palm and groan. I mean
come on people some really are laughable (Now I know how some of those Masonic members must feel when people bash the Masons and talk about them in
whispers... granted the Masons do give me the willies
Yes genealogy is a big part of the church as it does tie in primarily with baptism for the dead (And yes ive been part of the whole baptism for the
dead 'ritual' its nothing all that special, its nothing more than a proxy baptism really)... it aint some giant conspiracy, as some on page one seem
to make it, I guess its just some crayzie religious thing really... all religions have em.
Then again the church in America is often a little more insular and tends to have a slightly different vibe compared to the church else where, I guess
where a little more worldly down here in that we dont have a large community thats saturated with members unlike places like Utah. Sure there's some
odd things about the church that even me as an inactive member makes me think... and yes some of the older history has issues but unlike some churches
we've evolved past them and expanded on them as times change.
But Id personally class it as all benign. Nice people really having been one myself... we aint/werent the debil...
Originally posted by initsix
Because they pray. There is a sub-sect of Mormons that believe souls can be saved after they have been judged and consigned to hell.
Umm we/they ie the main church dosnt actually believe in a Hell... to put it as simply as I can (and it isnt 100% accurate since its been 12+ years),
you have the spirit world that coexists with our own, everyone and living thing goes there at death bad or good but without a body, emotion like anger
and hate, fear etc or addictions and the like are stronger those who lived a 'bad' life or have issues find it harder to exist there and as such
segregate themselves from those who arent... more or less, there is no Hell as most religion puts it, but heaven can be hell if you arent prepared or
are of the wrong mind. Those who are alright, do their best to minister and help those who arent.
Not 100% correct but thats more or less it from what i remember. Also those sub-sects are not really in anyway related to the Mormon church outside of
using similar names and the like, they broke off ages back and are the equivalent of Seventh Day Adventists compared to Catholics... Jack Mormons (the
ones that you hear in teh news about polygamy) are nutters
edit on 14-12-2010 by BigfootNZ because: meep