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Post by DarkJedi » 13 Oct 2013, 08:13

Just curious, do any of you have Mormon.org profiles? If you do, why? Are you able to somewhat openly participate there?

I know that many of us enjoy the anonymity of this site, and I'm not asking you to divulge your identity if that is the case - I am one of you and would not divulge my own identity.

(FWIW, my son who is leaving on his mission is supposed to create a profile. He started but hasn't finished it because he doesn't like the questions it asks, etc. Interestingly, because he is fairly TBM, he does see it as the church trying to appear as something it really isn't and that the whole purpose of the site is to bring it to the top when one Googles Mormon.)
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Post by Curt Sunshine » 13 Oct 2013, 10:24

I don't have one, but my wife and I have talked about it and probably will soon.

Fwiw, I see it as the Church trying to appear as it actually is - much more diverse world-wide than appears when looking at the Intermountain West Mormon corridor. I think it fits well into the messages of diversity that are being preached more and more, and I think it has the potential to help members as much as, if not more than, non-members.
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Post by SilentDawning » 13 Oct 2013, 12:25

After the backlash I've received from TBM sites for what others (some on this site) have described as moderate comments, I have little or no desire to go onto that site and create a profile. At this point in my life, I do not feel proud of the fact that I am a Mormon.
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Post by DarkJedi » 13 Oct 2013, 15:56

Ray Degraw wrote:I don't have one, but my wife and I have talked about it and probably will soon.

Fwiw, I see it as the Church trying to appear as it actually is - much more diverse world-wide than appears when looking at the Intermountain West Mormon corridor. I think it fits well into the messages of diversity that are being preached more and more, and I think it has the potential to help members as much as, if not more than, non-members.
I agree, Ray, that it does show ethnic/cultural/racial diversity and attempts to shed the Utah Mormon stereotype as do those "I'm a Mormon" ads, which are similar. However, I don't think this really shows the diversity of thought in the church - I'm betting if any of us who are a bit more than unorthodox tried to post our true views there it would be "moderated." I'm pretty sure that if mine were "I'm a Premier League soccer player and a historian who knows Joseph Smith was not a prophet, and I'm a Mormon" it wouldn't make it.

Although I agree with him, the initial comment came from my almost missionary son who is not fully aware of exactly how unorthodox I am. We had not ever had a discussion before relating to diversity of thought or otherwise in the church.
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Post by Alex » 13 Oct 2013, 22:15

I don't have a profile and I don't plan to create one. Our ward mission leader has asked us (the priesthood body as a whole) to create one, but I'm not going to. I'm somewhat of a public figure in our area and I want a separation of my private life from my public life; a public profile on Mormon.org would be conflated by many with my other public profile.
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Post by Jazernorth » 14 Oct 2013, 06:51

I may have created on years ago when it first came out. I don't remember where it is, what is on it, or anything like that. old data fursure.
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Post by HiJolly » 14 Oct 2013, 12:09

I don't recall how many years ago I entered this - but I do know I've edited it fairly recently: http://mormon.org/me/1RW1/CliffB
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Post by Orson » 14 Oct 2013, 14:21

I love this:
My testimony is that the LDS Church is not so much true in the sense of how *men* think it ought to be, but rather in the sense that it is TRUE as an arrow is true -- perfectly functional in obtaining its purpose, in fulfilling its sacred design.
...and how it leaves open the concept that even flaws in the church can contribute to it fulfilling its ultimate purpose - and thus allowing it to be "true."
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Post by Heber13 » 14 Oct 2013, 15:05

I don't have one.
Luke: "Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father."
Obi-Wan: "Your father... was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
Luke: "A certain point of view?"
Obi-Wan: "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to...depend greatly on our point of view."

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Post by Ann » 14 Oct 2013, 16:42

I don't, and probably wouldn't have done it before all this, either. Just not inclined. If I were asked point-blank, I would give it more thought.
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