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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: The Weird World of Meet the Mormons

Meet the Mormons

 

WATCHING Meet The Mormons (Channel 4) felt like taking part in a bizarre game of Where’s Wally? as the camera caught glimpses of the Church PR people lurking just out of shot. There are 200,000 Mormons in the UK and the elders at the church’s Salt Lake City HQ seemed to think giving director Lynn Alleway access to a young British missionary could up that number. But for viewers whose knowledge of the sect stretched no further than Osmonds, this hour-long look at 20-year-old Josh from Sussex beginning his two years mandatory missionary work was far from edifying.

A representative from the Church was always just out of shot and often creeping into view as Alleway worried that the young man was struggling to cope with his challenge. We saw him in tears early on before resigning himself to the constant attention of his mentor, a Swiss missionary named Elder Bauman who was not much older than him but far steelier in his determination to knock on every door in Leeds and remain upbeat despite the constant knock-backs.

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Posted: 27th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1)


Mormons baptize Jews murdered in Holocaust

DID you know that Mormons baptize Jews murdered in the holocaust? The victims of Nazi genocide don’t even get to own their souls. They get nothing. Mormons took it upon themselves to baptize Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel asked Mormon Mitt Romney to investigate why this happens. (Rumours abound that Romney’s theist father-in-law Edward Davies was posthumously baptized.)

Forrest Wickman explains

The church says it learned that such baptisms were occurring in 1991 and formally ordered a stop to them; when it received complaints from an organization of Holocaust survivors in 1995, it re-emphasized the directive and removed hundreds of thousands of names from genealogical records. Even so, members have disregarded the order again and again. … Mormons think of baptisms for the dead as a service to others, almost like adding family members’ names to a guest list. According to Mormon doctrine, dead people who are baptized by proxy don’t automatically join the church. Instead, they have the right to accept or reject the ordinance in the afterlife, and thus the chance to ascend to the highest levels in the afterlife, depending on what they decide.

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Posted: 20th, February 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2)