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I participated in this thread in [info]christianity .  Try as I might, I can't seem to get across the point that I'm not trying to harm anyone, but that I care about people who are misled by the LDS leadership.  Here is an exerpt from the thread: 

I don't think anyone is going to get the "gold star" for getting every doctrine right. From my observation I could be a part of any number of denominations and be in unity with them, though I might not agree with everything taught there. There are small differences that do not matter. I do not think that is the case between Christianity and Mormonism. There are very large differences that are not something Christians should put aside for the sake of unity. The Bible does say, 2 Corinthians 6: 14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17 "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18 "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.

You either believe the Bible, or don't, in my opinion. If there is any part of it you can't believe, you might as well not use it at all, because you will have no solid standard. I choose to have a standard. I would contend that anyone who doesn't believe in the Bible is not a Christian. They can claim to be Christians, but if they reject the Bible, they reject the very thing that teaches us of Christ. I am not God, so I have neither power or desire to take away someone's salvation. What concerns me is that someone may think they're saved when they've never had it in the first place. I agree that there are Mormons who appear to be very upright people, but only God knows the motivation of their hearts. Same is true of Christians.... some appear to be upright, but only God knows the motivation of their hearts. I don't think everyone who says they are a Christian is a Christian.

If the Mormons are depending on Joseph Smith for their salvation at all, they are different than Christians. I believe their are some Mormons who have no idea what the church really teaches and it's possible that they only know the good that is taught. I believe that God will bless those people. But it's a scary line and my only concern is that they are being deceived and may never see what they think they'll see, just as the suicide bombers of Radical Islam will never see the virgins they are promised.
I can't count how many times I've heard others say to me, "to each his own," or "why can't you just let people worship how they want to?"  I can't control anyone but myself, but I feel that if I did not at least make an effort to make a case for true Christianity that I would be a bad witness and there could even possibly be Mormon blood on my hands.  It's not about what I might get out of helping someone to true salvation, but what they get out of it.  I can only hope people will start to listen and understand.

Blessings to you.
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But it's a scary line and my only concern is that they are being deceived and may never see what they think they'll see, just as the suicide bombers of Radical Islam will never see the virgins they are promised.

"May"? From the standpoint of the Bible, I think the chance of a Mormon dying and going to Kolob to meet Heavenly Father, then being assigned with his wife (or wives) to rule and populate a new planet, is exactly zero. Which is the same as the chance of a Muslim bomber dying and falling gently into silken pillows, surrounded by his own personal 72 nubile virgins, in Paradise.

Otherwise I agree with you. I just couldn't let that go by. ;)

I can't count how many times I've heard others say to me, "to each his own," or "why can't you just let people worship how they want to?"

People who can't distinguish between an intellectual challenge to someone's truth claims, and an attempt to convert someone by force, should not be allowed to handle sharp objects, let alone be taken seriously in a conversation.
You're right. The thing is that it depends on which Mormon you talk to what they believe about the afterlife. Some have actually never heard of procreation, etc. But I'm glad you brought that up.

I think there's a lot of people who feel really threatened -- maybe it's immaturity or just defensiveness, but I so badly want them to know I'm not just picking on them.
All I can say is that I'm proud of you Lana. I'm thankful that there are a few people in the community who actually stand up for the faith. People who aren't wishy washy and completely relativistic. Your love for people and for the truth always shines through, no matter how people try and pervert what you say.

There need to be more Christians who are willing to stand up and say Mormonism is NOT Christianity, and to call those people out of a false faith. They may be wonderful people, but that isn't going to measure up when they come before the Father.
Thanks for your vote of confidence, Meredith. Considering my new friends, I hope you're right.
my husband is from a denomination that is much looser on the truth and interpretation of the Bible. I remember having a discussion with him that you can't not accept one part of the Bible as being true, because then where's the line?

He agrees with me now.
I think that's my main malfunction with mormonism or "Christians" who say the Bible has errors.