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Monday, April 30, 2012

Classification of Mormons is Ridiculous

I just read two articles up at RealClearReligion, one of them responding to the other. The first is Maniac, Moderate & Modernist Mormons by Fr. Dwight Longenecker, CO. Which was a load of inaccuracies, first by referring to Warren Jeffs as a Mormon when he is most definitely NOT. The second is The Five Kinds of Mormons by Peggy Fletcher Stack, of the Salt Lake Tribune. From the second:
Sorry, Father. Those categories don't work for observers with a better sense of the Mormon population.

If you want to come closer to understanding Latter-day Saints, check out Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby's “Five Kinds of Mormons.”
They are: liberal Mormons, genuine Mormons, conservative Mormons, orthodox Mormons and Nazi Mormons.
Are you kidding me? You really think that Mormons can't be genuine and liberal or genuine and conservative? I don't even want to know what you're referring to with orthodox and Nazi Mormons. Classification doesn't even make much sense here!

Let me lay it out plain for you, speaking here as a Mormon. There are at most two kinds. There are Mormons who try to follow Jesus Christ with all their hearts, having experienced a true conversion. And there are those who don't, until perhaps they become truly converted or stop coming. That's it. And it's that simple. Politics has nothing to do with it, and neither does anything else besides following Jesus Christ.