Thought of the Day about Mormonism, Ministries,  and Abortion

Today I read with interest on the Salt Lake Tribune’s website some of the highlights from the LDS Conference that took place this past weekend (October 6-7, 2012).

The apostle Dallin Oaks urged members to stand up for what they believe in along with others who might not be of their own faith.

There are two items of interest in his statement that I want to present.

1. Abortion

2. Coming alongside the non-Mormons

Let’s look at the latter item first.  Now historically speaking the LDS Church has gone out of its way over the past 180+ years to segregate itself from “outsiders”.  1 Nephi 14:10 comes to mind quickly for me. For those who are unaware this verse refers to the body of Christ as the “whores of Babylon”.

Now that society has changed drastically we find the Church calling for “other Christians” to come alongside them to fight the social ilks of the day. That’s a rather abrupt change of tune. I find things like this interesting as I don’t personally believe they’re trying to cozy up to their neighbors because they’ve changed their minds.

I see it as a deliberate and well thought out plan to infiltrate the body of Christ and pollute the line of demarcation.  Remember, they drew the line first.

And as for abortion.  Referring to abortion as a “great evil”, he pointed out the declining birth rate in America and elsewhere.  While I do agree it’s not condoned by God at all and I don’t agree with it under any circumstance, I have to wonder why they’d condemn abortion so publicly when in fact the LDS Church’s position is that of the average unsaved person here in America.

Ensign, November 1998, pg. 71; “Abortion is an ugly thing, a debasing thing, a thing which inevitably brings remorse and sorrow and regret…While we denounce it, we make allowance in such circumstances as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have serious defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.” – Gordon Hinckley

So are you against it or not?

The Trib also reported that Mormon apostles Quentin Cook and Neil Anderson told members that reacting to statements they may have read about on the internet made by past prophets isn’t good either. They warned members against believing in quotations about Mormon history or quotes from past Mormon leaders on sites that aren’t faith promoting sites.

I’d like to personally invite the LDS member to check my sources out for yourself!  If I’m wrong I’ll change it immediately and publicly apologize. Disagreeing with me doesn’t mean I’m wrong mind you.  If I’ve given an incorrect resource then I’d be wrong.  Because I don’t have the same opinion you do, it means we don’t have the same opinion. I obviously believe the Church is wrong though!

The comments by leaders at the conference tell me we’re doing a good job and we need to keep it up!  Pointing out their false doctrines and prophecies can only hurt someone’s testimony because the Mormon god is wrong, not because it’s truth.  And isn’t it odd they have the time to talk about those who disagree with them when they’ve also taken the time to promote working with other non-Mormons to suit their own purpose?  That would be talking out of both sides of your mouth wouldn’t it?

More to come on the General Conference of October 2012…