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Comment by Shane Smith on November 3, 2011 at 11:32am

Creating a Skeptic group in Utah. Check out the site! For those of you not in Utah, Lucky you! And you may like the podcast either way.

Coming up this weekend: An interview with a paranormal investigator!

https://sites.google.com/site/skepticinmormonville/
Comment by Roland St.George on August 17, 2011 at 3:17am
Hey all, just another former LDS, now atheist. After I left the LDS religion I was a fundamentalist Xtian for about 20+ yrs, but now identify as atheist.
Comment by Jim Mo. on August 4, 2011 at 12:24am
I was surfing around several post-mormon sites (some neutral and some that are fronts for x-tian groups) and found a blog post saying that some second-tier mormon authority was heard to say that growth of the LDS church has plateaued. Has anyone else heard this rumor?
Comment by Aaron S. (USA) on August 24, 2010 at 4:45pm
LarryW: When you say "we", do you mean that you're a Mason? I was told that only theists could be Masons.
Comment by Debbie Morris on August 23, 2010 at 2:43pm
Does anyone know how I can view 8 The Mormon Proposition from Ireland. Dying to see it and can't view it anywhere!
Comment by LarryW on April 16, 2010 at 10:20pm
Thanks, Gustavo, for the link. Very interesting. The more I am learning, the more Joseph Smith sounds like a frustrated Mason. There is so much of Masonry in the Mormon church it's unbelievable. As I read the Endowment ceremony, except for the text, of course, I could swear that I was listening to a Masonic Initiation lecture. The square, plumb and level are the three principal symbols in Masonry, although we use the compass and straight edge as well in our teachings. I wonder if Mr. Smith learned of these symbols from the Angel that visited him. Maybe the Angel was the frustrated Mason, or perhaps they are one in the same.
Comment by Gustavo Keener on April 11, 2010 at 9:14pm
The Masonic symbols in Mormon Temples are the square, the compass, and the straight edge. Respectively, they symbolize (paraphrased from the last time I went sometime before 2002) "exactness and honor in obeying the commandments of the lord," "all truth can be circumscribed into one whole," and I forget what the straight edge symbolizes. You can see it all here at http://www.ldsendowment.org/telestial.html (and the following links from that page). The link shows the LDS Endowment ceremony as it was before sometime in the 1990s. It has evolved quite a bit to be more "politically" correct, inasmuch as such a religion can be P.C. whatsoever.
Comment by Gustavo Keener on April 11, 2010 at 8:58pm
I agree with Debbie. For "faithful" (read: deluded) Mormons, the man is supposed to "preside" over the household. A wife and husband are supposed to be equal, but perhaps like those of African decent being able to hold the "Priesthood", that might be more of a reflection of changes in society than any revelation from some higher being. The actual way it is phrased in the Temple (paraphrased by me) is like, "[Husband], you will take your revelation from God, and [Wife] you will take your revelation from the husband."

Also, even though the Mormon church does not practice polygamy in this life, it is allowed in the mythological next life. In other words, women get one husband and a lot of "sisters" with whom they share a husband, if they all make it to the Celestial Kingdom (by obeying laws learned in the Temple). Summarized in one sentence: It's a whole lot of sexist rubbish.
Comment by Al Jensen on April 9, 2010 at 4:58pm
Yes, there are tons (literally) of Jensen's in the LDS Church. My father's parents were converted in Denmark and came to this country early in the 1900's. A great many Danes were attracted to the possibility of free (or cheap) passage to the US. In the middle of the 19th century Denmark had a great deal of rural poverty, which made the US an attraction. Jensen is the most common name in Denmark -- It's like Smith in the US. It means son of Jens (danish for John), so its the Danish equivalent of Johnson. There are eight columns of Jensen's in the Salt Lake Phone book. Best to you and your wife and your long marriage.
Comment by LarryW on April 9, 2010 at 4:46pm
Al... Oddly, or ironicly, my wife's sisters married name is Jensen.
 

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