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mrmpa Donating Member (707 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:14 PM
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What's up with all the Mormon commercials?
I've been seeing these ads for the past few weeks. Where all these people with great professions profess that they are also a Mormon. Is the church trying to recruit? Is this just a foray of ads before the elections? Or what? What do you think?
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Sapphocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:15 PM
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1. Damage control. n/t
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:18 PM
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2. If you give DU a little money...
Those pesky ads disappear...

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mrmpa Donating Member (707 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:29 PM
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5. No, not DU ads- Television commercials
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:37 PM
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7. Ah, sorry, I misunderstood. nt.
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mrmpa Donating Member (707 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:09 PM
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27. No need to apologize
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:28 PM
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3. To lay the ground for Mitt Romney's run for President. Did you know
that they add people's names to their "converted" list after they die? They will claim you as Mormon after you die especially if you are a professional. My husband's father was a minister of another Religion and they converted him after he was dead. As so they did to my uncle also.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:29 PM
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4. Oh and I forgot to add that they will build the new Israel on American soil.
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:05 PM
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11. And they don't remove resigned or excommunicated member's names...
from their "official numbers" until the individual in question celebrates their 110th birthday. Most are too dead to care by then. But it allows them to claim greater numbers, and therefore more political clout.
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Sheepshank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:16 PM
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14. the only way (other than turning 110 and be dead) to get off the list
is to formally apply to have your name removed from all records. They hold a meeting and invite you to explain yourself. of course by that point hardly anyonw shows up to the 'hearing'...but yeah, theres a process and still once it gets to the main admin building, it may take time. Although I've heard that Greg Dodge has done a good job of speeding uyp the process once he gets the requests.

Back in the old days they would excommunicate you to get you off the rolls. Since so many people threatened law suits with such a disparaging lable being added, I think they may not do that any more. But still, it's the only way not to have your latent membership used to inflate attendance numbers.
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:28 PM
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16. They still keep your name on the official "count list".
You can resign (the preferred term to name removal, incidentally), but it literally doesn't matter to the big wigs in Salt Lake.
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FreeState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:05 PM
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21. That is not true - by law they have to remove your name as a member
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:08 PM by FreeState
See: http://www.exmormon.org/remove.htm

and

http://packham.n4m.org/leaving.htm
Until a few years ago, the only way to leave the church was to be excommunicated. That changed when one man, Norman Hancock of Mesa, Arizona, brought an $18 million lawsuit against the church in 1985 for refusing to let him withdraw voluntarily. The church settled the case before trial, and the next edition of the General Handbook of Instructions after the resolution of the Hancock case included provisions for voluntary withdrawal without the stigma of excommunication. But the authorities still make it difficult. The procedures are found officially only in the church's handbook of instructions for local church leaders, which is not generally available to members; only church leaders have copies, and those copies are carefully guarded. (For a detailed discussion of the Hancock case, see the long article in "Reports of the Mormon Alliance", which also discusses the importance of resigning rather than requesting "name removal.")
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:12 PM
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22. "Officially", yes.
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 04:15 PM by arbusto_baboso
You are no longer considered a member for purposes of ward records, tithing, etc.

But when they brag about their membership numbers (i.e., the "fastest growing church on Earth"; another mormon lie, btw) they still include you in the count.

Oh, and don't quote Richard Packham at me. I know the guy. And he will readily acknowledge that the theory and reality don't necessarily coincide in this instance.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:44 PM
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25. Makes me angry that they took my relatives against their will and included them.
They had nothing to do with the Mormon Church. It should be illegal to do this.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:41 PM
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24. It allows them to claim "diversity". LOL!
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Boojatta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:34 PM
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6. Advertising is good.
It might motivate you to learn something about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is an important institution. You could begin with the founder: Joseph Smith.
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:43 PM
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8. All you need to know about "The Prophet" Joseph Smith can be found
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:56 PM
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9. They are fun to watch with your wives
Several of my wives enjoy watching television in the evening while the rest tend to the home and garden.

Later I pick the choicest of them to join me in bed.

My Life As a Mormon. Soon to be a major motion picture.
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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:58 PM
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10. All the Prop 8 fol-de-rol was an effort by mos to look "mainstream christian".
And why? So Mitt actually stands a chance for the Repub nomination in 2012. Won't happen, of course, since most southerners (rightly, it turns out) think of mormonism as nothing but a bizarre mind-control cult.
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:09 PM
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12. The 'Free Personality Test' marketing gimmick was already taken. n/t

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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:13 PM
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13. Romney's running
and it's a subliminal ad...

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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:45 PM
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26. THAT is exactly why those ads are up on tv. They are political.
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Realityhack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:21 PM
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15. They are always trying to recruit.
It is a full time church activity.
However the tone of these particular commercials may be a form of damage control.

Look at their commercials as just that... commercials. They are trying to get people to buy their product. If people have a negative view based in the idea that Mormons are not represented in interesting or high paying jobs... the PR guys do a commercial to address that.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:34 PM
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17. Are they having a special on Magic Underwear?
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:41 PM
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18. Oh those Fundies and their Undies!
:eyes:
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:52 PM
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19. There have always been Mormon ads here and there
Are there a lot more now?
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GoldenOldie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:19 PM
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23. Mormonism is more like a cult than a religion yet..........
it is the Islamic religion began over a 1,000 years ago which practiced their faith beside their Christian friends and neighbors, that is now being constantly and sometimes savagely attacked. I sense that the majority of Islamic haters base their hatred on 9-11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Islamic attire and just plain lack of knowledge of the Quron and Allah(God). Yet they readily accept the Mormon faith and they haven't a clue about their cult-like practices and their goal of gaining power through proselytizing and taking control of local governments. Ignorance is not pretty and can be very dangerous.
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mrmpa Donating Member (707 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:12 PM
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28. Yep, at least here in western PA
There will be a run of 3-4, right after each other. They are annoying to me and my 80 year old mother.
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:05 PM
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20. They've appeared on and off for decades
I remember seeing them when I was a child. (a long time ago) They are always trying to get new converts. Why do you think they send their teenage missionaries door-to-door?
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:13 PM
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29. One reason. They think it will hep Romney be accepted.
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