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Mormon Cult

Mormon Cult

As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church), more than once I have heard, “Isn’t Mormonism a cult?” My response is always, “No.” When I hear the word “cult,” I think of an abusive leader who cunningly isolates his followers and coerces them to practice horrific rituals—like Charles Manson. Webster’s New World...

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Mormon Cult?

Mormon Cult?

There are anti-cult ministries that either list Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) as a cult, or else actively fight against it, employing half-truths, untruths,  and perpetuating misconceptions about the Mormon Church.  Many of these issues are dealt with in detail on another of our websites, MormonFAQ.com. What is a Cult? The dictionary definition of the word, cult, includes...

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Gay Mormons

Gay Mormons

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church, there are members who are homosexual.  The stand of the Church is that inclinations are not sinful, and those who do not act out upon their same-sex attraction have not committed sin.  There are many members of the Church who have attraction to the same sex, but who are members in good standing, worthy to attend the Mormon temple,...

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Black Mormons

Black Mormons

The early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which was organized in 1830 in New York, U.S.A.) were anti-slavery and fair toward Blacks.  When the Latter-day Saints migrated to the state of Missouri, after facing persecution in Ohio, their anti-slavery stance brought even more harassment—the majority of Missourians wanted a slave state.  Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the...

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ExMormon

ExMormon

An ExMormon, or Ex-Mormon, is a person who was formerly a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but who is no longer a member of the Church.  Polls show that in the United States, about half of people change religions at least once during their lifetime.  A Pew Forum study conducted in 2009  found the following: Most people who change their religion leave their childhood faith...

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Mormon Polygamy

Mormon Polygamy

Although the Mormon Church has not practiced polygamy for over a hundred years, when many people think of “Mormons,” they still think of men with multiple wives.  In today’s Church, however, people who practice plural marriage are excommunicated.  The Mormon Church does not endorse breaking the law, and polygamy was ruled illegal that more than a hundred years ago.  Also, this practice is only...

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