Mormons represent less that 3% of the US population. Outside the intermountain west, they are a non-entity and most Americans don't given Mormons or Mormonism much thought until mishies knock on the door or a mormon runs for politcal office. I think they are good at what they do. But miss guided by this Smith guy. Bible talks religions who go from other books, or doctrines.
I have great Mormon friends. I admire their family and community values and their commitment to education. I don't agree with all their religious practices, but I don't agree with the practices of other religions either. A good person is a good person regardless of the name of their faith.
I didn't know much about Mormons until I saw the South Park episode about them. I thought the show was just poking fun at them, that it was all made up jokes. Then I did a little research about the Mormons and South Park basically didn't say anything that wasn't true. I'm still an agnostic.
Most people are very misinformed about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They repeat the same worn out lies about Mormons thinking that since they hear them from other misguided people than the lies must be true. They aren't. - Find out the truth if what we believe at www.Mormon.org You don't have to be a dupe believing the silly old lies that are posted here and elsewhere on the Internet. Some clueless people here actually think what they saw in a cartoon was the truth. - You can believe that kind if nonsense and than go repeat like the other misguided and close minded people, or you can learn the truth about us very easily. You can find out for yourself what we actually believe. Check it out. www.Mormon.org
Well, before I joined the church, I didn't have much of an opinion. A couple of my friends were members, and they were awesome people but I couldn't base a whole religion off three people. I started going to church with them, and one of the first things I noticed was that everyone was so nice. I had always been treated like an outcast, but within a minute of walking into my ward building I had shaken three hands and been hugged. I was a bit surprised by how much everyone loved coming to church. I don't know how it is with most other churches, but I heard the preacher at a baptist church I once went to say that he used offering money to buy a new suit. I don't know if he gets a pay check for being there, but no one in a Mormon church gets paid unless they find money laying around and no one claims it. Everything is volunteered for. I can't speak for anyone else, but I thought they were great people.
Someone posted here a suggestion that if people wanted to know mormonism better they should go to the church official site for reliable information. Sorry to say but that is not true and I do believe that it is he/she who is fully misinformed about his/her own church and doctrines. I have been a member of the church for 17 years and I have had doubts about lots of subjects touching doctrine and church history and I have seen that all the officiall pages give us white washed information that can easily be disproved by documentation preserved from the early days by Smith's family and friends and even by the church itself. But they are not lies. Lie is what I am taught in every sunday school. We mormons are a good people and I love the moral values that I was taught all these years, but I have to admit to the fact that we are a very stubborn to insist that the church is true when every one else can see very easily that it is not. Too much confusion and lack of discerniment on the part of the early leaders and even of contemporary ones is proof enough that God is not there!!! My suggestion: check the internet again. More open-minded this time!!!