Don't Say 'Mormon', and What Are Your Sources? - 11/13/2008
Was just wondering where exactly you got all of your information on the church of jesus christ of latter day saints?? or the mormons as you incorrectly refer to them. As alot of it seems to be incorrect or misinterpretated by yourself.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Boyd. Thanks for writing. All of our research into Mormonism is
based on official LDS sources, such as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine
& Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Mormon Doctrine (a book by LDS
Apostle Bruce McConkie), Articles of Faith (a book by LDS Apostle James
Talmage), Gospel Principles (official LDS curriculum), The Journal of
Discourses (a collection of the sermons of Brigham Young and other LDS
prophets and apostles), and a few other LDS sources. If you think
something on our site is incorrect or misinterpreted, I encourage you
to let us know specifically what that is, and back up your assertion.
We actually request that in the email guidelines on our contact page.
Don't just make a blanket accusation - be specific. That way we can
discuss the specifics to see if we are incorrect or if you are.
"Mormons" and "Mormonism" are correct and acceptable terms. There was
a public relations move prior to the Olympic Games in Utah to minimize
the use of those terms, but that's recent and not followed by all
Mormons. I grew up with many Mormons - some of them direct descendants
of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young - who referred to themselves as
Mormons. A non-practicing Mormon was referred to as a "Jack Mormon" by
other Mormons as well. LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie wrote the book Mormon Doctrine.
A review of many of Brigham Young's sermons in the Journal of
Discourses finds that he used the term "Mormons" as well. Even the
official LDS website today is replete with these terms. In a press
release on the website entitled "Who
Are The Mormons?", the author writes, "Members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as
Mormons)..." In an article on the LDS website entitled "A
Mormon Worldview", we read "One reporter initiated a
thought-provoking discussion by asking Mormon historian Richard
Bushman, 'What is the question that Mormonism answers?' Bushman
replied: 'What Mormons really try to do is to offer a story – a
story of human existence that begins in the world before and comes to
this world. It answers the classic questions of whence, why, and where.
It’s not just something that stands above Mormons, but is
imbued into their minds.' " And in the article "The
Religious Experience of Mormonism", the author states "In
his recent book People of Paradox, Mormon scholar Terryl Givens
maintained that 'Mormonism is ill disposed to maintain a simple
hierarchy that privileges spiritual activity over physical or the
contemplative over the active.' " If it were "incorrect", as you
suggest, to refer to Latter-day Saints as "Mormons", I doubt they would
do so on the official LDS website, books, and sermons.
Now, if you believe we have any incorrect information on our website,
please feel free to let us know specifically what it is, and provide
some evidence to back up your assertion. Otherwise we're left to
believe you simply hope or want to believe that we're wrong, but we're
really not. God bless.