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I am a writer and a Mommy. I am a devout Jew.
These are the most important books I have read:
The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell translation. Spiritual Divorce by Debbie Ford. Living Inspired by Akiva Tatz. My kitchen would suggest I'm a closet carny, as would my love of Branson.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Mormon Facts - Mitt Romney included
The Mormons have a supreme leader, known as the prophet or the president, whose word is prophecy. There are multiple prophets alive today in this religion whose word is taken as the word of G-d.
They can be ordered to turn upon and shun any members who show any signs of backsliding.
They wear specific underwear, to mark them off from other people.
They don't drink alcohol, smoke or drink coffee.
They must tithe 10% of all income to the Church.
They stockpile an entire year's worth of food for safety reasons.
Mormons amass archives of the dead, and regularly “baptize” everybody as a convert.
G-d was a man of flesh and bones who made Jesus with Mary the same way everyone else is made.
There can be millions of G-ds and men live their lives aspiring to become G-ds after death.
At end times Jesus will come to Missouri.
Honestly, these are just a few facts about Mitt Romney's religion that you might be surprised by. There are a lot of other very unusual things about the Mormon religion but I am not trying to write an outrageous blog post here so I left anything that sounds really crazy off of the list.
I personally love Mormons with a passion because I believe that Mormons have really good values. You can read about them here: http://www.mrm.org/10-things.
I first met Mormon missionaries when I lived in Japan and I also happened to spend Christmas with Mormons that year which solidified my deep love of this religion. This is what we did on Christmas. We sat in a circle and said what we were thankful for. There were no presents. We had a nice meal and reveled in gratefulness. It was awesome and my love for Mormons has continued until this day.
Most of the practices and beliefs of Mormonism that I think the average Christian would be horrified by I am completely at ease with.
As someone who has always found Religion to be one of the most fascinating subjects imaginable, I have come to notice that there are only two kinds of people in this world whether they are religious or non-religious.
There are people who behave all the time, as much as they can, as if what they do really matters and these people are kind and nice. They are patient and loving. They really try to only speak goodness and to be a good person. They are holy people.
Then there are those people who don't value kindness and it doesn't matter what religion they are - they suck!
So, what I have found is that Mormons in general are really nice and I like being around them. I think that most people raised in the Mormon faith are very holy people.
So, do I want Romney to be President? I do because I love Mormons so much that it would be really cool but I don't because one of my Mormon friends told me that it signifies the end times and that doesn't sound nice, especially with 12/12/12 coming up and all that.
The other thing is that I'm very liberal and practically a socialist so I'm not sure I really agree with Republican thinking. I believe in taking care of everyone. But, I also think we should drug test people on welfare and make smoking 100% illegal so I'm not sure who to vote for. I stay away from politics.