Under the direction of the Presiding Bishopric, the LDS Foundation makes
contributions to other churches. For example, this is taken from The
Columbian on Feb 28, 2002:
Domes in the desert
Mormons in Utah have donated thousands of hours, and thousands of
dollars, to building a new temple about an hour south of their Salt Lake
Temple, spiritual headquarters of their faith and newly familiar to many
viewers of the Olympics.
The temple isn't Mormon -- it's Hindu, as its onion domes and marble
deities make plain.
"I found them to be wonderful people who, in their wildest dreams, could
never afford to build what they wanted to," said Stanley Green, a local
leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, recalling his
first visit to the Spanish Fork Hare Krishna community.
There are approximately 2,000 Hindus in Utah.
Eventually the church donated $25,000 to the Sri Sri Radha Krishna
Temple effort. And hundreds of weekend volunteers started showing up to help
with the labor.
"We just asked what we could do," Mormon Eric Weight told The Dallas
"You find out they're not that much different than we are. They're
children of the Heavenly Father, too."
"They probably gave us 3,000 hours of volunteer time," said Hare Krishna
leader Caru Das. "In monetary terms that's enormous, and of course there
were benefits beyond money."
Suspicion and ignorance were swept away by contact and cooperation, Das
And the sects discovered how alike they are in some respects. For
example, both ban drugs, alcohol, gambling, promiscuity, caffeine, tea and
"We're pretty white bread in our own way," Das said.
I have to assume that the 'value' gained from helping other churches comes
from the missionary opportunities that result. It would be interesting to
see if anyone involved in these types of donations ends up joining the
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2002 1:48:30 AM
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: [ZION] A Disturbing Contradiction
I don't believe there is any inconsistency or contradiction in Church
doctrine on the matter, but am becoming increasingly disturbed by what I
see as a growing inconsistency in the minds of the saints over the relative
merits of apostate religions and true Christianity as only practised by the
saints. Of course there is some truth in other denominations. So
what? Nobody has ever said otherwise. But the whole idea of a "true"
Church loses all meaning if we don't remember that for there to be a true
Church there have to be false churches. False churches teach false
doctrine. They do not lead their members towards Christ. On the contrary,
most of them so confuse their members with false teachings that they reject
our missionaries when otherwise they might have listened to them.
If it isn't a true Church, it is a false church. I should think that would
be obvious. The saints seem to be incapable of understanding the
difference between the false doctrine taught by other churches and the good
people who are misled by those doctrines. We need to learn to discern
between the various churches that people belong to and the people themselves
But no, every time I point out something wrong about the teachings of
another church, I get practically booed out of the house by protestations
that other churches have some truth. Did I ever deny it? They just don't
have priesthood. They don't have unpolluted doctrines. The do not have
the power to save. And if a person remains committed to them, they will be
damned for rejecting the servants of Christ and his gospel. A man who
lives and dies a Buddhist has as much chance of obtaining eternal life as a
Baptist who does the same. I say this keeping in mind that some Buddhists
join the Church, and so do some Baptists. But they are the only Buddhists
and Baptists we are going to be associating with in the Celestial Kingdom
if we are fortunate enough to end up there ourselves.
Broad is the path to destruction, but the narrow gate to the Celestial
Kingdom is the baptism performed by the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. And there is no other way to get in. No one obtains
the Celestial Kingdom unless he becomes, dead or alive, a member of the
There seem to be a lot of people who are losing sight of this fundamental
teaching of the gospel.
John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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