Posted by: edain | October 3, 2007

Mormons in the Today Show: More white lies and half truths?

This is an interview to Brent Belnap, president of the Manhattan Stake, and chairman of the New York Temple committee, aired on November 2006 for the Today Show


– The narrator (and it’s not his fault) wrongly states that part of the Mormon standard is no Caffeine, even though, the official ban is for coffee and tea.

– About the Polygamy question: His answer: “There is no polygamy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”, this actually is not totally right, because the Church practice it in proxy, in the temples, death men (and women) are sealed to multiple partners, and even further even General Authorities are seal again when their wives passed away. So even when they do no “Live in polygamy”, the fact is that the church do believe in it and moreover: Is practicing it.

– When is asked if the LDS church is the only path to salvation or an alternative, the President Belnap chooses the “ecumenical answer”: He actually do not lie, because in the LDS teachings there are different kinds of “SALVATION”, and he explains the difference between Salvation and Exaltation.

– BUT if we paid attention to the question: “When you are in those developing nations, preaching the message of the Mormon Church, are you saying that the Church of LDS is the only path to God and salvation or are you presenting it s an alternative?”, Matt Lauer is asking what every Mormon would understand as Exaltation: Be saved and be wit God; the missionaries worldwide aren’t introducing the church as an “alternative” but as the “only true church” and when the three degrees of glory are explained one understand that God will be in the Celestial Kingdom but that’s not the case of the others, Belnap rather answer: “I think is more as an alternative, we give people the opportunity to choose just as any other religion should have the ability to go out and share it message…that’s a choose that every individual should make.”

The bottom line is: President Belnap switch between the types of salvation according to the Mormon theology and the meaning the non-LDS give to that word, even when for Mormons it is proper, actually its unfair nevertheless, his answer at the same time is denying the claim of the LDS Church as “THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH”.

Learn more:
Have you been saved? by Elder Oaks
Gospel Topics: Salvation
D&C 1:30



  1. We are each helping to fulfill the destiny of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith. In 1842 he prophesied:

    “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs
    may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is

    Although the Church remained very small during the Prophet Joseph Smith’s lifetime, he knew that it was the kingdom of God on earth with a destiny to fill the whole earth with the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have seen the dramatic growth of the Church in recent years. We are privileged to live at a time when we can offer our faith and sacrifices in helping to establish
    the kingdom of God, a kingdom that will stand forever.

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