Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 984 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2570 times:
Some threads running here now have finally gotten me to post a question I have had for a long time now. What I am wondering is this: What is the point of the Mormon religion besides making more babies and money for the church. I understand that those within this religion are required to give 10% of all they make during their careers to the church in order to stay in a "good standing". I also understand that these same people are asked or required to make as many babies as possible in their family so that when these children grow into their productive years they will also be required to give their 10% also. As what I have witnessed a couple will have anywhere from 5-7 children and each of these children will have their 5-7 children and so on and so forth. Eventually each family has the potential of their own population boom just as does an unneutered dog or cat does except we are talking about humans here and as each reaches a working age they are once again required to give their 10% to the church. I went to Salt Lake City and unknowingly attempted to walk into the great cathedral downtown but was turned away by guards because they told me I was not in good standing nor a "higher up" which by that I guessed I didn't give my 10% over my working career nor did I have my 7 kids as a potential 70% to give in the future. I understand it is illegal to have more than one wife but my guess is that also in those days past the idea was to have more wives and therefore more kids and more people required to give their 10% to the church in their earning and productive years hence more money to the Mormon church. Can somebody please explain this religion to me. I don't think I am standing in left field alone because I have witnessed this many many times and on average each family really does have 5-7 kids. Does the more kids you have get you to a higher plateau in the heirarchy in this religion?
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5923 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
I have Mormon missionaries living in an apartment next to mine. Nice guys, except they always start "hunting for my soul" within 5 minutes of talking to them. I kinda admire their dedication, paying for a mission out of their own pocket, but I don't think they get many followers here since we're very much a Godless country. Or at least there's a great reservation towards institutionalized church, that's for sure.
Living with a Prestbyterian family during my "Idaho year" I was told all the nasty things about them - like that LDS is a state within a state (much like the Catholic church), with its own trucking companies that prevent its drivers to be trade union members (father in that family was truck driver) and that they are a large shareholder in Coca-Cola (they always bought Pepsi )
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
I have some really good friends in Louisville who are Mormons and don't have any issues with them. They have never attempted to "convert" my family or me. They don't have a large family (3 children). They are very close to their extended family and I've met several of them.
They are very pious. I attended the baptism of 1 of their children and have visited their temple before. A new one opened in Louisville a couple of years ago and an open house was held before it was sanctified. Outsiders were allowed to visit the entire structure instead of just the common areas. They (Mormons) seem to have an interesting view of the Christian faith.
Jean leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2485 times:
I won't comment on the religion as a whole, because as a very religious presbyterian myself, it's hard not to be unbiased. But I will make one point that came to mind reading the original post:
Having a lot of kids, and (especially) giving 10% of your money to the church, are absolutely not original mormon ideas. They are ancient jewish values/requirements, that have always been there in the judeo-christian tradition. The mormons just happen to stick to these old values in a way that other judeo-christian groups have not. (Actually, the catholic church does have the same emphasis on having kids.)
Regardless of whether I agree with a particular religion, as JeffM mentioned, I personally have a lot of respect for anyone who really sticks by their religion and are dedicated to it, not just when it's convenient. This seems to be the case with most mormons.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
The Mormon church is pretty interesting. Having grown up in a community dominated by Mormons I have been able to gain some perspective on them.
In many ways they are a very closed group not too open to outsiders. But that is not universally true. There is a lot of stratification, call it classism, within the church. Basically poor Mormons and rich Mormons don't hang in the same circles.
One of the things that continues to amaze me, that despite the fact that their belief system is very conservative, they are very accepting in letting their members belief what they wish. One of my very dear friends is as about as liberal as they come, yet grew up in conservative Mormon Mesa, AZ.
In many ways the Mormons are not any more unique in their lives than any other major religious group. Go to any smallish town dominated by one church, let alone one faith, and you would feel like an outsider. They take care of themselves and there is certainly nothing wrong with that.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Regis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2467 times:
The founder and CEO of JetBlue is a die hard Mormon. He was sent to Brazil as a missionary during his teenage years and speaks Portuguese fluently. He is extremely fond of his time in Brazil, absolutely loves the country and its people. It was little surprise to us Brazilians when he chose the EMB-190 "Jungle Jet" to support JetBlue's fleet expansion.
N6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
Full disclosure - I'm Catholic.
We have a large number of mormon friends and not one EVER, has raised the issue of religion with us. In fact, last night we went to a neighborhood get together where we were the only non-mormons there and it totally a non-issue.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5923 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2423 times:
Actually, the catholic church does have the same emphasis on having kids
Including the Pope who bothers to travel to AIDS-infested Africa to tell countries (where generation of today's 15-25 year olds has virtually no chance of becoming generation of 25-35 year olds in 10 years) like Kenyathat condoms are a no-no...
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15347 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
As I understand it, Mormons believe in varying "levels" of heaven - the upper tiers of which only "good" Mormons can get to.
I seem to recall a "recovering Mormon" friend of mine telling me something about how a man had to "call" his wife to the top level of heaven, and that she could not get there without his help. I don't know how accurate that is, but that's what I remember being told.
In a way, it seems like the LDS faith is based loosely on a class system, not much unlike those of 19th and early 20th century sailing vessels. You had first class, second class, and steerage. Only those in the upper classes could get to the higher levels of the ship.
In the LDS faith, the higher levels of heaven are supposedly reserved for good Mormons, etc...no one else can get there. (Or so I'm told)
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
i am wholly non-religiuos, and i approach religion from an academic perspective. that being said, i was dating a guy who was mormon...when we broke up, three weeks later a book of mormon arrived in my mailbox.
but i read it, cover to cover. it is a fascinating story, though so much of it cant be refuted not only scientifically but historically. i wonder sometimes when the book was being recorded if anyone really thought it would become the serious religious group that it has become today.
i also used to work with a hardcore mormon girl-she and her husband had moved to the city for the church...not once did she ever broach the topic unless specifically asked.
i just take issue with so much of the religion is shrouded in a veil of, well, secrecy for lack of a better word. and not just for the outsider (no entry to temples) but even to those who are mormons have certain limits placed upon them--ask one to describe the marriage ceremony, and one may be hard pressed if he/she hasn't yet gone through it as it is not open to anyone beyond the man/woman and official. or limits on entry to temples for occasions such as marriages, one must be deemed "temple worth." whats the point of exclusion?
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2664 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
Crazy, crazy religion.
Geneology is big as they can do 'baptism by proxy;' plus all good Mormon (men) will become rulers of their own special planets in the hereafter, where all their dozens of children will reside. A wife can only rise to the level of her husband, i.e. if he's a slacker, she could walk on water and it still won't matter in heaven.
However lots of $$$$. See the Time magazine article from a few years back called "Mormons, Inc."
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
I'm also LDS, and I know of another poster who is also mormon.
There are many mysteries of the church which are not easily understood by many christians & other non-believers that is hard to grasp. While I am not fully into the entire doctrine of the Church, I do believe in 85% of what we do and how we do it.
In regards to kids, there are no restrictions on the number of children. But as long as you have a firm foundation & family, they are yours forever (eternity), which is why you don't see many couples that are split (mormon marrying a non-mormon).
I'm probably NOT the best person to talk about the Church, but it is an amazing organization and a great place to be!