Hope everyone is well. Finally opened an account. I’ve been browsing the forums for awhile and reading threads. Really enjoy some aspects of the conversations here. One thing I don’t care for is the negative attitude and condescending comments towards LDS members. I understand that theology wise we don’t see eye to eye and the Catholic Church doesn’t accept their Baptism. Although this is no reason to bash the individual people or make comments that seem to imply they are fake, weird, or cultish type people ect
I’ve seen this sentiment expressed over and over here. Just a recent thread goes on and on about them “glowing” and in another thread someone jumping to conclusions they have sinister motives behind their evangelization and they’re putting on an act and are fake. I think constant comments like these are lame and would be received in a negative light by an LDS member here perhaps interested in Catholicism.
I was very good friends with a girl who was raised LDS. She wasn’t practicing and sorta had a sour taste for religion all together. I don’t blame her. The doctrines of her church are out there. And I’m sure there were some very radical people that put her off growing up the same as I’ve encountered in Catholicism/Christianity. Although I defitenly imagine its worse in the LDS church. The legalism seems like it’s more extreme. Also I understand when I say the doctrines are out there an atheist can say the same thing about Catholicism. But that’s another discussion. So while my friend wasn’t practicing she still identified Mormonism as her religion at the time. She had a bunch of family who identified with the religion. We are no longer friends but to this day she is one of the kindest people I’ve met.
I’m friends with another member now and this person has done more for the poor (and continues to) than anyone I’ve known. Continually going to other countries and investing time and money to help those in need. On a recent vacation she actually posted pictures of beautiful Catholic and Orthodox Churches she had visited. These recent scandals have made evangelization almost impossible but it’s cool to see the pictures she’s posted and who knows if she may convert one day. While LDS she is certainly not Anti-Catholic.
I’m sure there are crazy LDS people. Ones who are not sincere and just want people to convert to their religion at all costs. But there are tons of Catholics like this as well. And I’ve found it surprising how almost every thread is negative even to the individual people. I understand the gripes with what the church teaches. But there are some great people in the church who are doing a ton for the poor and the least of these. To paint them all in a negative light is a mistake.