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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 College Dictionary defines a cult as...

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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 the following: 1. formal religious...

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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, and to participate in all aspects of...

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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 Mormon Church, even wanted to create...

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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 before age 24, and many of those who...

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Mormon Underwear

Mormon underwear is a curiosity for some and a subject of ridicule for others.  It has been described as “magic,” “special,” and “secret,” along with countless other adjectives.  Mormon underwear is usually called “garments” among Mormons, perhaps to distinguish them from regular underwear and to call them by a more proper term, for they are very sacred to those who wear them. The proper wearing of this underwear...

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