» Goal was to “transcend,” not “conquer” church: Former members of the LDS Church, after an increasing disagreement with church policies/opinions/explanation of its own history, signed the necessary letters of resignation over the weekend. While some people struggled with the decision to leave the church, others felt secure with their choice.
The concept that we select people based on the church or the synagogue you go to strikes me as a great departure.Mitt Romney, addressing the anti-Mormon remarks by Pastor Jeffress, who endorsed Rick Perry. Romney said he’d heard worse insults over his faith, and would’ve rathered Perry call out Jeffress for earlier comments in his endorsement that faith should be at play in the presidential selection process.
Warren Jeffs convicted of child sex abuse: Sentencing came down today on Warren Jeffs, the 55-year-old leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (or FLDS). The FLDS is a group separate from mainstream Mormonism, which operated a ranch in West Texas in which authorities reportedly found “women dressed in frontier-style dresses and hairdos” as well as “underage girls who were clearly pregnant.” Jeffs himself had two underage brides, which led to the child sex abuse charges. He railed in court against what he called religious persecution in this matter, but that argument left the jury cold — they took just a half-hour to sentence Jeffs to life in prison. source