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Ha. This is another misconstrued event. This video was taken at the Mormon Miracle Pageant outside of the Manti Utah Temple which celebrates the founding of the Book of Mormon and depicts scenes from it with a cast of around 500 actors. Anyways, this video was taken by non-member protesters who, after 30-some women lined up with the names of Joseph Smith's wives and began condemning our beliefs, demanded to use the restrooms. The protesters caused such a ruckus that the spectators couldn't even enjoy the pageant and the Church asked the Manti police to escort the protesters off of private property. The Church had the right to do so and enforced that right when the protesters decided to cross the line and attack an historical event and a part of Church history. They weren't telling Christians they couldn't use the bathrooms. That in turn would bar Church members from using the restrooms as well considering The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints IS a Christian Church believing in the principles of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The only people who were asked to remove themselves from private property were the ones who were causing problems. An officer in the video even states that it is property owned by the Church and it had been requested that the protesters be removed. The Christian thing to do would've been for those protesters to respect the rights of the Church, one of our pageant celebrations, and the law enforcement officers and kindly move away. It would've been as simple as that.
How is accurately depicting "unedited" Mormon Church history, attacking? So, I guess anyone who testifies in a court of law presenting accurate evidence is attacking that person? Anyone who presents accurate, verifiable information, fully documented, about Mormonism is labeled as a troublemaker and "causing problems." I guess the Constitution was only written for the Mormon Church? Those who wish to present accurate information about Mormonism, that the Mormon Church doesn't wish anyone to know, have no rights under the Constitution. These women needed to use the restroom, but since they dared to present information about the Mormon Church that the leaders don't want people to know, well, they should just be made to wet their pants instead of allowing them to use the restroom. Just because the restrooms were on private property, does that make it a decent act to refuse these ladies the use of the restroom and have them wet their pants...just because you can? In Mormonism it isn't WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), it is WWJD (What Would Joseph Do). Joseph Smith clearly showed us throughout his life that he would do the underhanded thing - that is exactly what was done here. Some things never change!
Well, the thing is that the protesters weren't being denied the use of the restrooms because they were presenting "accurate, verifiable information." They were being removed from the premises because they were interfering with the pageant and right of the spectators to enjoy the show in peace. We know that Joseph Smith had multiple wives. We are well aware of it. There is no cover up, we aren't lied to, and we definitely believe his marriages actually happened. There's plenty of proof for it. The Church and Her leaders attempting to cover it up would be absurd. On the other hand, it isn't widely talked about and you wouldn't see a member of the First Presidency getting up and speaking about the Prophet's 30+ wives, but that doesn't mean that it's being lied about or covered up. Now, was it a decent thing for the protesters to choose the pageant to present information in a rude and radical manner, disrupting the enjoyment of the spectators to the point where law enforcement had to remove them? No. Absolutely not. I'm totally for free speech but I'm definitely against attacking the beliefs of anyone, as is the Church and the leaders around the world. I know I wouldn't want anyone in my house if they stood outside my yard telling me how horrible I am for Joseph Smith's decisions. If a person like that asked to use my restroom I'd definitely say no instead of saying, "Why certainly! You've only tried to tell me something I already know in an unorthodox and immature manner while disrupting my peaceful evening. I guess I owe it to you!" We all have rights. Even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Intent and motive. Those people were there with the intent and motive of starting a "fight." The event wasn't an "open mic" event where people were allowed to come in and voice their own opinion as these anti's were doing. There was nothing Christian about these people. If you don't like what the Mormon's are showing at a Mormon even, then don't go and try to spew your own message contrary to what they're teaching on their own property.