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    Monday, April 28, 2008

    My Church in the News

    Today many people from the congregation ("ward" as Mormons call it) I grew up attending were interviewed about the polygamous sect in North Texas. Unfortunately, many people today still believe many misconceptions about Mormons, including that we have many wives. FALSE! Trust me, one is enough!

    I don't always understand why these misconceptions persist, since polygamy in my church ended over 100 years ago -- I think it's similar to assuming that everyone from England still dressed like they do in "Pride and Prejudice" and shipped convicts off to Australia. With the past president of our church, Gordon B. Hinckley, appearing regularly on Larry King Live, and two prominent Mormon politicians (Mitt Romney and Harry Reid), you'd think people would have ample opportunity to be educated out of their flat-earth beliefs.

    Some of it stems from overtly harmful and false remarks made by evangelical preachers to lead their flocks astray, but I firmly believe that's the exception (small exception) not the rule. Mostly, I think people hear it through the grapevine, and don't care enough to invalidate the absurdity of it all.

    Nevertheless, with the circus in North Texas regarding the polygamous sect, my church has once again started clarifying the misconceptions and for that I'm glad. Any opportunity to build good will and educate people is a blessing. It's a short video from a local Houston television station, but I think the point is good for everyone.

    I was going to embed the video here, but channel 39 has poor code, and it wouldn't load. I tried for too long, getting Youtube to work easily, but never this video. So, you'll have to click the link and see it for yourself in it's native webpage.

    I know many of my close friends at medical school have had lots of questions for me over the last month, so don't be shy to ask any in the comments section. I will respond, albeit possibly slow since I'm in the middle of finals.


    toomanyquestions said...

    is polygamy wrong or just illegal. does the us government have the right to define mariage. so if i live in a country that does not prohibit polygamy is it right, holy, righteous.

    toomanyquestions said...

    Why did you remove my post?

    Triet said...

    Nobody removed your comment. It is still there.

    We have been commanded not to follow polygamy anymore. So, it doesn't matter what the laws of each country say. If you live in a country that allows it, you still should not practice it. God has said that polygamy is not to be practiced at this time.

    toomanyquestions said...

    Sory when i checked the site it did not come up. Must have been hicup. So polygamy is not evil or wrong, God changed his mind.