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What happens when church politics intersects with actual politics? One Albuquerque, New Mexico church may soon find out.
Parishioners of Legacy Church recently went public with sample ballots given to them by the church — ballots that included a handful of highlighted names.
… marking a sample ballot is legal, [but] federal officials said a nonprofit is not supposed to take sides in a political election.
Actor Christian Bale (below), who plays Moses in the upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings movie, seems to have ruffled some feathers with his comments about the Biblical figure he’s portraying.
And no wonder, as he’s refreshingly blunt:
“Hello! My name is Elder Hawkins, and this is my companion, Elder Thompson. We are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we would love to share the true words of Christ with you today. May we share our message of Christ’s atonement with you?”
I can’t count how many times I uttered that phrase. Over and over again. Of course, as a Mormon missionary in the Philippines, I was required to speak the language of the people, so it sounded something closer to:
Kumusta! Ako si Elder Hawkins, at ito si Elder Thompson, ang aking kasama. Mga misyonero kami sa Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw. Gusto naming magbahagi ng totoong salita ni Cristo sa inyo ngayon araw. Puwede ba kaming magbahagi ng mensahe namin sa pagbabayad-sala ni Cristo sa inyo?
It’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Good thing I learned how to speak the language on the fly during my stay. Gift of tongues.
As an active member and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I first spent nine weeks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Although I was raised Mormon, most of my friends and family aren’t, which means that they are merely being deceived by the wiles of Satan, who is always getting good, god-fearing, non-Mormon Christians to follow him to hell.
True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, “Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness or our friendship is over.”
Her response: She couldn’t do it because the “rules” of the interview said that topic was off-limits.