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Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Great Article

My wife found this article while researching for an answer to a question she read about what would Mitt do if he wanted to go to the temple as President of the United States. The answer that also is in this article is that there are LDS (Mormon) members in the Secret Service that could accompany him. The piece as a whole is a great article worth posting here. Enjoy!

A Reader’s Commentary on Mormons

This editorial appeared in "The
Signal,” Santa Clarita, CA


Editor: I
have heard and seen enough! I have lived in the West all my life. I have
worked around them. They have worked for me and I for them. When I
was young, I dated their daughters. When I got married they came to my
wedding. Now that I have daughters of my own, some of their boys have
dated my daughters. I would be privileged if one of them were to be my

I'm talking about the Mormons. They are some of the
most honest, hard-working people I have ever known. They are spiritual,
probably more than most other so-called religious people I have
encountered. They study the Bible and teach from it as much as any
Christian church ever has. They serve their religion without pay in every
conceivable capacity. None of their leaders, teachers, counselors, bishops
or music directors receive one dime for the hours of labor they put in.
The Mormons have a non-paid ministry - a fact not generally

I have heard many times from the pulpits of others how evil
and non-Christian they are and that they will not go to heaven. I decided
to attend one of their services near my home to see for myself. What a
surprise! What I heard and saw was just the opposite from what the
religious ministers of the day were telling me. I found a very simple
service with no fanfare. I found a people with a great sense of humor and
a well-balanced spiritual side. There was no loud music. Just a simple
service, the members themselves giving the several short

They urge their youth to be morally clean and live a good
life. They teach the gospel of Christ, as they understand it. The
name of their church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Does that sound like a non-Christian church to you? I asked them many questions
about what they teach and why. I got answers that in most cases, were from
the New Testament. Their ideas and doctrines did not seem too fat-fetched
for my understanding. When I read their "Book of Mormon" I was also very
surprised to find just the opposite from what I had been told I would

Then I went to another church's pastor to ask him some of the
same questions about doctrine. To my surprise, when he found out that I was in
some way investigating the Mormons, he became hostile. He referred to them
as a non-Christian cult. I received what sounded to me like evil propaganda
against those people. He stated bluntly that they were not Christian and
that they did not fit into the Christian mold. He also told me that they
don't really believe the Bible. He gave me a pile of anti-Mormon
literature. He began to rant that the Mormons were not telling me the
truth about what they stand for. He didn't want to hear anything good
about them. At first I was surprised and then again, I wasn't. I
began to wonder. I have never known of a cult that supports the Boy Scouts
of America. According to the Boy Scouts, over a third of all the Boy Scout
troops in the United States are Mormon.

What cult do you know of
that has a welfare system second to none in this country? They have farms,
canneries and cattle ranches to help take care of the unfortunate ones who might
be down and out and in need of a little help. The Mormon Church has donated
millions to welfare causes around the world without a word of credit. They
have donated thousands to help re-build Baptist churches that were burned a few
years ago. They have donated tons of medical supplies to countries ravaged
by earthquakes. You never see them on TV begging for money. What cult do
you know of that instills in its members to obey the law, pay their taxes,
serve in the military if asked and be a good Christian by living high moral

Did you know that hundreds of thousands Mormon youth get
up before high school starts in the morning to attend a religious training
class? They have basketball and softball leagues and supervised youth dances
every month. They are recruited by the FBI and every police department in
the country because they are trustworthy. They are taught not to drink nor
take drugs. They are in the Secret Service who protect the president. They
serve in Congress and in the U.S. Senate, and have been governors of several
states other than Utah. They serve with distinction and

If you have Mormons living near, you will probably find them
to be your best neighbors. They are Christians who try to live what they
preach. They are not perfect and they are the first to admit this. I
have known some of them who could not live their religion, just like many of
us. The rhetoric which is spread around against them is nothing more than
evil propaganda founded in untruths. Others had successfully demonized
them to the point that the general public has no idea what they actually believe
and teach.

If you really want to know the truth, go see for
yourself. You, also, will be surprised. When I first moved here some
25 years ago there were five Mormon wards. Now there are 15. They
must be doing something right.

Paul Allen
Santa Clarita

1 comment:

Bill said...

Just to clarify.... this article is often noted as being from "the" Paul Allen, Microsoft founder, owner of Seattle Seahawks, etc. This is not the case... this is just "a" Paul Allen. see the following: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/paulallen.asp