Interesting tactic used by ex-Mormons

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  1. Edwardo

    Edwardo Patron with Honors

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  2. programmer_guy

    programmer_guy True Ex-Scientologist

    Yeah, I don't think most of them do polygamy anymore.
    IMO, most of them have "modernized" their religion (like other Christian denominations).

    (Many years ago, I visited their big Utah Salt Lake City church building, just to see what it looked like, while I was on an engineering job assignment in that area.)
  3. lotus

    lotus autonomous rebellous

    I take this opportunity about other cults practices to mention something interesting about JW.

    My hairdresser is a gay(was previously married with a woman). He met a guy who quit his wife, never had any gay relation. So they felt in love and are now living together for few months.

    So, his lover's family are all JWses.. He told me
    they invited him for holidays and they totally accepted him, and their gay relationship.

    He wasn't expecting such welcoming though.

    I too was surprised of such an open mind of the I have some JW neighbours and they are very narrow minded and strict about their scriptures and sins.

    Seems somes are evolving!:cool:
  4. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

    I don't know much about the Mormons, but did go help a friend who was a member pick up some food from what is called the Bishop's Store House.
    They give out food for free to some people in need of it, whether a member or not. (at least according to Wikipedia)

    They produce much of their own food for this purpose. Here in Florida they are actually the largest private landowner in the state. That includes 290,000 acres used for cattle and citrus.
  5. Wilbur

    Wilbur Patron Meritorious

    The mormons cancelled polygamy a long time ago. One of their early prophets (perhaps it was Brigham Young?) was instructed by God that it was no longer applicable, after the US government got upset about it.

    There are still mormon polygamists, but they are all in break-away sects of the mormon church, like the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints.
  6. Wilbur

    Wilbur Patron Meritorious

    Yes, the JW religion strikes me as being very dour and humourless. The mormons have a bit more humour about them, but when they recruit members, the member is asked before baptism whether s/he has ever been a homosexual. I'm very surprised to hear of a JW family accepting their son's gayness. I wouldn't imagine that that is very common.

    I recently asked a JW (who had been trying to recruit me) how their Christmas had been. "Oh, we don't celebrate Christmas" came the reply. My immediate thought was "well, nor do most people celebrate it (as a religious festival). I was just asking you whether you had a nice holiday time." Anyway, I didn't get into it with him, but I bet it's no fun being a member. I can imagine them being very controlling, in a humourless way.

    It's interesting seeing this kind of thing from my current vantage point. I couldn't see me subjecting myself to that kind of crap now.
  7. Wilbur

    Wilbur Patron Meritorious

    I didn't realise they produce their own food. But their scriptures encourage them to keep a year's supply of dry food (grains, tins, etc) and water for when armageddon comes.
  8. Type4_PTS

    Type4_PTS Diamond Invictus SP

    They don't product their own food for all members. As far as I know it is just the ones who get it through the Bishop's Store House, and there's 138 of them.

    Unlike the CoS they really do have millions of members here in America, and millions more outside of the country. They claim to have close to 157,000 just here in Florida.

    When I went to the Bishop's Storehouse they gave me a little tour. They did had food as well for long term storage but didn't give those for free. They sold them, but for MUCH less than I've seen anywhere else.
  9. lotus

    lotus autonomous rebellous

    Yes, this is how they are and sometimes very apocalyptic as only a few thousands will be saved....
    One of my neighbour, who holds me in great affection is having humour though! But each time there is something going wrong in the news..she says : Jesus will act soon and this world will end...

    I warned her to stop being so apocalyptic when she speaks to me...otherwise we wont speak again...She complied...and I can sometimes, have her agree that god created beauty and that it is to enjoy...although I suspect she is put back on the right apocalyptic track at the next meeting...;)
    I respect her beliefs (she is now old)..till she doesn't attempt to preach to me neither to depress me with her armageddon fix idea...
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  10. programmer_guy

    programmer_guy True Ex-Scientologist

    The approximate time frame of the apocalypse is clearly indicated in the New Testament.
    Christians do tap-dancing around what it states in many places.

    But I don't discuss this matter with Christian neighbors nor Christian relatives.
    I don't want relationship conflict with them by challenging a core piece of their world view.
    I just want to be friends. So, I just talk about things like vegetable gardening, etc.
  11. lotus

    lotus autonomous rebellous

    It seems we have the same approach :D
    I was raised christian -catholic (I still practice in spite I am a zen buddhism practitionner for 20 years)

    My family and I were involved in the community Church activities and were having assigned tasks and duties. Mine were to plan and coordinate the need of people to hold all rituals like Sunday services, funerals, marriage etc...

    Although we were devoted practitionners we never were fanatics neither bought the apocalypse and the old Testament. At that time , Catholics were educated only with the New testament and focussed on Jesus preaching and true message of loving and kindness as well as forgiving. This is essentially the Christian practice.