Re: Mormon Prophet dies at age 97
- From: Florida <demeter547opine@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:06:18 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 29, 7:10 am, Gary <n...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 15:59:57 -0800 (PST), mg <mgkel...@xxxxxxxxx>
On Jan 28, 10:31 am, Gary <n...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:39:20 -0800 (PST), Florida
On Jan 28, 8:17 am, Gary <n...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley dies at age 97
LDS president met call with humility, vigor
By the Deseret Morning News staff
Published: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 8:08 p.m. MST
President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints through explosive growth during his more than 12
years as president, died 7 p.m. Sunday at home of causes incident to
age, surrounded by family. He was 97.
He traveled the world during his tenure, which was marked by a number
of significant milestones, including the "Proclamation to the World on
the Family," construction of dozens of small temples and the creation
of several new quorums of the Seventy. He called for increased
fellowshipping of new converts and reaching out to other faiths. LDS
Church membership has grown from 9 million to more than 13 million
members during his administration.
His ministry was characterized by a strong desire to be out among the
people. He traveled nearly a million miles and spoke to hundreds of
thousands of members in at least 160 nations, employing his mastery of
electronic media to bring unprecedented press attention to the church.
Under his leadership, the 21,000-seat Conference Center, north of the
Salt Lake Tabernacle, was built and dedicated, and the portion of Main
Street between Temple Square and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
was turned into a plaza. Online computer access to church information
as well as online and CD access to family history resources grew
Now I'm curious: does anyone know what the Prophet's prophecies
They were many. Anytime there was any doubt as to what the lord
meant about anything, the Prophet called and spoke to him. Mr
Hinkley had a long and illustrious career.
One of the biggest problems Mormons are having right now is with DNA
testing of the American Indians. Mormons have always believed that the
American Indian came from Israel. DNA testing, however, indicates that
they came from the far east.
First I'd like to say that of the few Mormons I have met they all seem
like very good people and I've respected all of them. I understand
there are about 13 million of them and they are the fastest growing
religion in the world.
But there are about 40,000 who are described as "Fundamentalists" and
they can be scary. They still believe in bigamy and most follow some
If you want some entertaining reading and like the true crime genre,
I'd suggest any book that deals with a Mormon. They are intellignet
people and when they go bad they do it in an interesting way. Four
I have read recently are -- Four O'clock Murders, Gathering of
Saints, Under the Banner of Heaven and Kirkland Massacre.
Any group who believes that god speaks to their leader can be
encouraged to think that maybe *they* should be the one god talks to.
And then things get interesting.
One book (can't recall the title) was about a guy who managed to
convince aobut 200 men and women that he was a prophet of god. As
it wasn't long before they started obeying him. He was short
sighted and decided he wanted to screw all the women. Which meant he
first had to kill most of the men. So he ended up with 100 lonely
women and being wanted for a lot of murders. At least people like
that don't usually kill any innocent bystanders.
Thanks, that fills today's quota for "stuff I would never have
dreamed up in a million years. Is this supposed to be a true story?
I mean, in the real world, we literalists would expect that by the 3rd
or 10th or 25th murder, one of the ladies might have noticed there was
something a little odd about the dwindling number of husbands at the
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