Trump transition: Loyalty v. ability Trump critics Mitt Romney and Nikki Haley are the latest names floated for positions in the Trump Administration. Lawrence discusses with Steve Schmidt and Eugene Robinson.
Stuff people leave out because it's politically correct to do so (especially since GOP owns most of the media in some form or another... it's why they don't talk about thier war crimes);
Mitt Romney is a member of a secretive cult. In Mitt Romney's "religion" they believe that they can ascend to the level of Apostle. BBC has covered this in more detail: Once they have received the Melchizedek Priesthood, men are ordained to an office in the priesthood which carries specific responsibilities. The first office is Elder. Other offices include: High Priest - Patriarch - Seventy - Apostle
The following extracts are from The BBC...
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in 19th century America and has 13.5 million members world-wide (LDS 2008 Statistical Report).
Mormonism has been present in the UK since 1837 and has 190,000 members (LDS 2008 figures).
- The church is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or The Church of Jesus Christ.
- Mormons believe their church is a restoration of the Church as conceived by Jesus and that the other Christian churches have gone astray.
- The church was founded by Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844).
- It was then developed by Brigham Young who migrated with the new Mormons to Salt Lake City in 1847.
- Mormons believe that God has a physical body, is married, and can have children.
- They also believe that humans can become gods in the afterlife.
- Mormons are strongly focused on traditional family life and values.
- They oppose abortion, homosesxuality, unmarried sexual acts, pornography, gambling, tobacco, consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, and the use of drugs.
- One of the more common misconceptions is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints advocates polygamy. However, this was discontinued over a century ago and the Church excommunicates anyone who practices it.
From The BBC - Living prophets?
A modern prophetThe President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at any given time, is a prophet.
The 16th President of the Church is Thomas S. Monson (1927- ) who became President in February 2008.
Continuous revelationAlthough the essential truths of God do not change, they do need to be adapted to suit the particular context in which they are being applied. Because there are living prophets, God is able to ensure that people get the teachings they need to follow his will.
God gives the prophets revelations of what they should write and say. (A revelation is a communication from God.)
So Mormons believe that revelation is a continuing process through which God still instructs us.
Prophets todayThe first Mormon prophet was Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church.
Mormons believe the teaching and writing of Joseph Smith was the result of revelations from God, and they believe that the teaching and writing of their present-day prophets are similarly inspired.
The leaders of the Church are the current prophets, able to receive revelation from God on both religious and practical issues. Mormons believe that God uses these prophets to direct the Church as a whole, as well as to direct individual believers.
Prophets aren't always prophetsMormons do not believe that everything a prophet says is inspired by God (and nor do the prophets). Prophets are human beings who God has chosen to speak through - but not everything they say is being said by God. Joseph Smith said that "a prophet is only a prophet when acting as such".
Everyone can be inspired by GodIn fact all believers can receive inspiration from God, but God uses the senior officials of the Church for revelations that are intended to affect all members. These revelations are intended to bind the whole Church together.
A modern prophecyOne of the best-known examples of modern revelation occurred in June 1978 when President Spencer W. Kimball gave the revelation that all worthy males could hold the priesthood. This eliminated discrimination against African-Americans in the Church.
From the BBC - The Mormon view...
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose on the third day. They believe that there would be no salvation without his atonement. They believe Christ will return to earth to reign and rule.
The conventional Christian view
The teaching of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differs from the creed in so many places that many traditional Christians say that Mormons are not Christians.
Attitudes of other Christians
This shows that the Roman Catholic Church regards Mormonism as varying in its essential beliefs from traditional Christianity. It does allow members of most Protestant and Orthodox churches to convert to Catholicism without being rebaptised.
However Mormons require that everyone be baptised when they join their Church, no matter what background they come from.
One difference in the two concepts of baptism is that the Roman Catholic church states that baptism remits original sin as well as personal sin, and that as Mormons do not accept the idea of original sin their idea of baptism is different. Mormons believe people are baptised for the remission of their own sins.
POSTHUMOUS MORMON BAPTISM FEBRUARY 23, 2012 - Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel calls on Mitt Romney to end the Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing Jews. (5:10)
Was Anne Frank baptized by Mormons?
The allegations come just a week after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apologized when it was brought to light that the parents of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized by church members at temples in Arizona and Utah in late January.
Researcher Helen Radkey, a former Mormon who revealed the Wiesenthal baptisms, said this week she found Frank's name in proxy baptism records dated Feb. 18, showing the ritual was performed in the Santo Domingo Temple in the Dominican Republic.
The Mormon church almost immediately issued a statement, though it didn't mention Frank by name.
"The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism," the Salt Lake City-based church said. "It is distressing when an individual willfully violates the Church's policy and something that should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect becomes a source of contention."
Church officials did not return telephone calls and emails from The Associated Press on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam declined comment.
South Park explains Mormonism;
Joseph Smith: Part 1
Gary's dad starts to tell Stan the story of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism.
Joseph Smith: Part 2 All About Mormons
The Harrisons tell Randy about Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith: Part 3
Gary tells Stan how Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon.
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