Mormonism Research Ministries

A few days ago, I wrote two blog posts about children in Dickinson, North Dakota.  The WordPress internet website hosting company, listed my website as a recommendation to read.  A very beautiful young lady from Utah “Liked” my blog post about children in Dickinson.  When I saw her photograph, I knew that she was Mormon because of the special kind of radiance and flawless beauty that she had.

I felt sorry for her, because I know what Mormon women have to go through.  Their parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, other relatives, neighbors, teachers, and the Mormon church, all nurture, guide, push, instruct, and reinforce them to believe, act, and behave in a certain way.  Correction is immediate.  Deviation is not permitted.  Punishment is unbelievable.

Mormon girls must be honest, truthful, dedicated, hardworking, polite, kind, friendly, pleasant, healthy, and attractive.  Any deviation from this is immediately noticed, reported, and corrected.

Who notices, who reports this, and to whom?  Siblings, friends, relatives, other adults, report improper behavior to teachers, parents, or the Bishop.  What do I mean by correction and punishment?  Each parent individually, both parents together, the Bishop, ask the young lady what was she doing, what was she thinking, why was she doing this, does she know that this was wrong?  The questioning and listening is serious, the young woman knows this serious.  The parents or the Bishop make an assessment about the seriousness of the violation, what the consequences and punishment will be.

Besides normal punishment from the parents, like not getting some item they wanted, not getting to do something they wanted, not getting to go somewhere they wanted, the Bishop may decide that this young lady will absolutely be denied in the future if she ever requests to serve on a mission, or to be married in the Temple in Salt Lake City, because she is a “bad” girl.

The unmarried young men and women go to a separate church service, so that the older prominent members of the church, can decide and direct who will marry who.  A bank president who contributes a great deal of money to the church, even if his son is a fat, stupid, dork, the church will make arrangements for this son to have a very beautiful good young Mormon woman for a wife.  And if there happens to be a very handsome young man from a successful Mormon family, the Bishop is not about to let a “bad” Mormon girl marry him.  It is the Bishop’s job, to remember who all the “bad” Mormon girls are, and make sure that they don’t get married, at least not to any young man the church cares about.  It would be better if the “bad” Mormon girls just went far far away and never came back and were never spoken of again, lest they pollute and foul the purity of the other members.

I wrote a blog post a day ago titled, “What Should I Do About Mormon Women”.  In that blog post, I wrote that in 2007, I moved to an area of Idaho that was 70% Mormon.  I didn’t mind that the Mormons were strong believers in staying married, focusing on their families, not using alcohol or drugs.  I was amazed at how beautiful and friendly the young Mormon women were.

I realized within a couple of months of moving to Idaho, that I was not getting hired for a good job in Idaho because I was not Mormon.  This was the first time in my life that I was so blatantly discriminated against.  I began to see that the Mormons were happy and cheerful because they had good jobs, and that the non-Mormons were an underclass of people in this area of Idaho.  I began to see a dark side of Mormonism, that the Mormons weren’t so nice after all.

I went to a Mormon church with a friend of mine, to see what Mormonism was about.  In the men’s study group, they read, “…and just as God evolved, we too can evolve to become like God, and be gods of our own planet one day.”  This was the most bizarre and outrageous thing that I had heard in my entire life.  This was blasphemous in three different ways, implying that God was not perfect, that we could evolve to become like God, and that we could be god of our own planet one day.

I said that I could not got to their church anymore.  What was I supposed to do, deny God, and go along with them in order to get ahead?

I learned more about the Mormon church, Mormon practices, Mormon culture, and Mormon women as I continued to live in Idaho.  There was not a lot of crime, it was peaceful, there was not much going on.  I liked living there, but I never could get a good job.  It made me angry sometimes that I was not doing well financially, because I was denied a good job.  All I had to do was pretend to have a change of heart and want to join their church.

I wondered how many people in Idaho were pretending to believe in Mormonism just to get ahead.  I wondered how women could pretend to believe in Mormonism.  It taught that men could evolve to become like God, and be god of their own planet one day, but it didn’t say this about women.  Women were treated as inferior from everything that I could see and learn.  Women were supposed to be subservient.  Though polygamy was not practiced openly, the mindset of polygamy was still around.  The purpose of women was to bear children and serve men.

As I was writing my blog post “What Should I Do About Mormon Women”, I was feeling sorry for Mormon women.  But I became sorry for myself about what I had lived through.  My education as an engineer, and my work experience as an engineer, estimator, superintendent, project manager, and inspector was treated as worthless by the Mormon employers, and I became the poorest I had been since graduating from college.

Soon after I published my blog post “What Should I Do About Mormon Women”, I received a comment from a Mormon man named Shem Atwater.  Shem wrote, don’t worry, Mormon women aren’t left out of the becoming god of your own planet, they are included, and Mormon women are perfectly fine with their role in evolving and becoming a goddess.  I had never heard that women were included in evolving and becoming a goddess.

I read Shem Atwater’s website about Mormonism for about one hour.  I became more upset and discouraged when I read page after page of discussion on:  was God married, was Jesus married, did Jesus have more than one wife, did Jesus have children, was Lucifer the brother of Jesus, the Garden of Eden was in Missouri, and on and on.  Apparently when the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants are all sources of fact and information, you can examine all of these questions and more.

Finally, I found some of Shem Atwater’s discussions on a website called “Mormon Coffee”.  If you know anything about Mormons, you know that they can’t drink coffee, so what was this website?  This website had 1,200 blog posts, and 52,000 discussions on Mormonism.  The website was created by several husband and wife couples, whose lifelong career was to explain the discrepancies between Mormonism and Christianity.  Thank God.  They do a much better job than I could.

After the website “Mormon Coffee” had been going for more than ten years, they created a website called “Mormonism Research Ministries” which is much more extensive and exhaustive in explaining the differences between Mormonism and Christianity.

For those of you who don’t know, if you are a Christian, you believe that Jesus was the only son of God, who came to earth, was without sin, was without temptation, who was crucified on the cross, and ascended to heaven.  When you start saying that Jesus was on earth having sex with women, you are implying that he had lust that he was unable to control, and that his purpose in coming to earth was something other than the salvation of mankind, the whole basis of Christianity.  When you start saying that God evolved, you are implying that God is imperfect.  When you start saying that man can evolve to become like God you are again implying that God is not a supreme being, because we can become like God.  These are some very important differences, that if you believe, you are denying Jesus, and you are denying God.

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