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NC state rep apologizes for Mormon marriage comment

May 20, 2012
source: CNN

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A Democratic North Carolina state representative apologized Friday for saying in an interview with CNN that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith allows individuals to "have multiple wives."

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susan-c said...

01:19 AM
on May 22, 2012

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There is much misinformation posted here. 1-- Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), and their entire set of beliefs are centered around Jesus Christ, as the Son of God. That makes them Christians. 2--Mormons follow the commandment to "have no other God." They do not in any way worship Joseph Smith, neither do they consider him a messiah or deity of any sort. He is honored and respected as the president and first prophet of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in God the Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 3--Anyone who currently practices multiple wives, in any location, is not a member of the LDS Church. There used to be some confusion due to a break-off with the name of "The RESTORED Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," which about 12 years ago formally changed its name to the "Community of Christ," specifically to avoid such confusion. The two churches are not in any way affiliated with each other. Further, any member of the LDS Church who would try to practice polygamy would be excommunicated. Neither does the Church protect or condone any such practice in any location. We believe in keeping the laws of the land. I could go on with more. It is easy to make fun of something that one does not understand why it is so. Please refrain from making ignorant comments about a lifestyle that you neither practice nor understand. Disagree if you want, but disagree with facts and not made-up propaganda from some dissident person or internet source. Amazing that people claim that their pastors are degrading the LDS Church over their pulpits! Go to a Mormon service--in any city, state, or country... on any Sunday--and you will never hear such un-Christian behavior from any Mormon. We are too busy studying about the Savior and how to follow Him, to waste our time and our character in gossiping about, or demeaning, another faith. We allow all men the privilege of worshiping God according to their own conscience. At least Ms. Adams made somewhat of an apology when she learned that she had incorrect information. If you would like correct information, ask a practicing Mormon...not a Catholic, or a Buddhist, or an Atheist, or some online source with questionable authenticity. Ask your question at www.lds.org, for official and correct answers directly from church authorities. If that is too much, then message me--an active Mormon--and I will do my best to understand your question and give you an answer.

susan-c said...

01:19 AM
on May 22, 2012

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PS--What in heck is Tabby Nackle? No wonder there is confusion about the Mormons, if you use so much slang and misspellings that no one knows what you are talking about!

playerpage said...

06:12 PM
on May 22, 2012

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susan-c: I appreciate your conviction, but the break-off group you are referring to was once named the "Reorganized" church, not Restored. And you seemed to imply that this church, which you rightly point out is now called the Community of Christ, endorses polygamy. It never has. Not from its earliest days. To the point that they deny Joseph Smith ever taught it.

sweetcarol126 said...

04:54 PM
on May 27, 2012

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Susan C is accurate in the information she gave. Susan, I think the Tabby Nackle may be the Tabernacle. This was a special worship center and where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practices. It is on Temple Square. It used to be where our semi-annual conferences were held but now there is a much larger building for our conferences. Our normal Sunday meetings take place in meeting houses around the country and around the world. The temples are for ordinances such as marriages for time and eternity. The only way a man has multiple marriages in the Mormon faith is if he marries a woman for time and eternity and then she dies and he remarries also in the temple for time and eternity. He does not have more than one living wife at a time. It is unfortunate that there is still divorce among Mormons or Latter-day Saints, but it is much less than among most other faiths and even less among those Mormons who marry in the temple where they marry among their own faith. Romney has only one wife. Whether or not you vote for him should not be based upon the fact that he is a Mormon, but on the basis of his policies. Mormons will not all be voting for Romney based on policies that are important to them. We have members even in congress that are both Republican and Democratic. Members of the church are generally conservative but are not far right wing. In the same frame, if they are Democratic, they are usually more conservative as well and certainly not far left wing either. You need to look closely at candidates and decide whether you support those policies. Will the individual make things worse or better?
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