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...an increased amount of posts on FB by TBMs about their religion in the past couple days. 

 

"Have you ever wondered what the life of a Mormon Bishop is like? Read this beautiful blog post!" 

 

links to articles written by "Mormon Scholars" testifying about the truthfulness of the gospel

 

quotes like "Our culture has accepted two big lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. 

You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."

           Based on the past conversations this TBM has had on FB, my guess is this quote has to do with gay marriage

 

What is the deal with this influx of Mormon sharing?  Is it because GC is coming up?  Are members being told from the pulpit to up their missionary efforts?  

 

What gives? 

 
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It seems to me(from a limited view) that everywhere you look now there is credible information about what a sham religion in general is. Perhaps the posters are doing what they have to in order to validate his/her beliefs. It's kind of like bearing your testimony to strengthen it, even if you don't believe what you are saying, you say it to confirm what you want to believe. It must be hard to hear all of the good evidence that is out there that contradicts what you have been brainwashed to believe. If only we could just accept that spirituality is a great and natural thing and take the organized religion out of the equation. Rules are only there to control the people, spirituality is a realization that we are all connected to something that we can't quantify or put on paper.
 
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I've seen a huge increase in defending marriage posts recently as well. I think it is a mix of GC coming up soon and the supreme court hearing the Prop 8 case in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure when the ruling happens there will be an even greater influx of either "This is proof the country is going to hell" or "Finally the courts had the courage to uphold what everyone knows is right" type posts from TBMs.
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...an increased amount of posts on FB by TBMs about their religion in the past couple days. 

 

"Have you ever wondered what the life of a Mormon Bishop is like? Read this beautiful blog post!" 

 

links to articles written by "Mormon Scholars" testifying about the truthfulness of the gospel

 

quotes like "Our culture has accepted two big lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. 

You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."

           Based on the past conversations this TBM has had on FB, my guess is this quote has to do with gay marriage

 

What is the deal with this influx of Mormon sharing?  Is it because GC is coming up?  Are members being told from the pulpit to up their missionary efforts?  

 

What gives? 

 

I feel like there's been an uptick in pro-LDS stuff online since the election not olny form the rank and file but from the LDS inc. Search results and Youtube are acting like someone with lots of money is trying to push everything else out or at least way down. 

 
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I've seen a huge increase in defending marriage posts recently as well. I think it is a mix of GC coming up soon and the supreme court hearing the Prop 8 case in the next couple of weeks. I'm sure when the ruling happens there will be an even greater influx of either "This is proof the country is going to hell" or "Finally the courts had the courage to uphold what everyone knows is right" type posts from TBMs.

 

 I forgot that the court hearing for Prop 8 was coming up.  Good point.  It'll definitely be interesting to see how TBMs react, no matter what the outcome (though I'd love to see Prop 8 thrown out).  

 

The quote that I included in my original post irks me because it is an all or nothing statement.  Of course it is ridiculous, because there are always going to be exceptions.  There are things out there that people do that are legitimately bad, evil, what have you, and those actions should not be tolerated.  But there are also plenty of beliefs and lifestyles out there that may be different from your own, but they don't harm or restrict you in any way.  

 

 

 
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itsallclear:

...an increased amount of posts on FB by TBMs about their religion in the past couple days. 

 

"Have you ever wondered what the life of a Mormon Bishop is like? Read this beautiful blog post!" 

 

links to articles written by "Mormon Scholars" testifying about the truthfulness of the gospel

 

quotes like "Our culture has accepted two big lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. 

You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."

           Based on the past conversations this TBM has had on FB, my guess is this quote has to do with gay marriage

 

What is the deal with this influx of Mormon sharing?  Is it because GC is coming up?  Are members being told from the pulpit to up their missionary efforts?  

 

What gives? 

 

I feel like there's been an uptick in pro-LDS stuff online since the election not olny form the rank and file but from the LDS inc. Search results and Youtube are acting like someone with lots of money is trying to push everything else out or at least way down. 

 

I've heard several times from lds leadership, both during college at BYUI and short afterwards, that there are people with big money behind search results, to guarantee that when people type in words that are tied to TSCC, that official church or pro-lds websites would be the first things you see.  Don't want those sneaky anti's wiggling their way in there.  I never heard anything about Youtube, but I wouldn't be surprised.   I really wish I had a way to verify this, or show physical proof, but I don't.  All I can say is, again, I heard about this numerous times from people in leadership positions.  

 
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It's not an accident when you find the church at the top of your search results list.

 

If you do a quick search of terms like "mormons" and "SEO" you will find a few articles over the past few years that discuss how the church is actively using SEOs to push their stuff to the top of the results.

 

from 2010: http://www.distilled.net/blog/seo/breaking-down-the-mormon-seo-strategy/

 

from 2011:  http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-08-17/lifestyle/35270570_1_mormons-lds-church-american-born-faith

 

 (there are more but I didn't feel like adding them all)

 

Do a search of "I'm a mormon SEO" and you'll find a few on the first page of results alone, all with SEO in the title line. Check a few more pages and you'll find more that in the bios list SEO as their job. 

 

SEO specialists are now pointing to the church as a great of example of how to do it and do it well.

 

Personally, I find it all a little too creepy.

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It's not an accident when you find the church at the top of your search results list.

 

If you do a quick search of terms like "mormons" and "SEO" you will find a few articles over the past few years that discuss how the church is actively using SEOs to push their stuff to the top of the results.

 

from 2010: http://www.distilled.net/blog/seo/breaking-down-the-mormon-seo-strategy/

 

from 2011:  http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-08-17/lifestyle/35270570_1_mormons-lds-church-american-born-faith

 

 (there are more but I didn't feel like adding them all)

 

Do a search of "I'm a mormon SEO" and you'll find a few on the first page of results alone, all with SEO in the title line. Check a few more pages and you'll find more that in the bios list SEO as their job. 

 

SEO specialists are now pointing to the church as a great of example of how to do it and do it well.

 

Personally, I find it all a little too creepy.

 

 Taken from the second link:

 

 "It's not only the official church group that's got PR chops. This month, an independent Mormon group launched the Mormon Defense League to monitor reporting on the church. The group threatened to confront writers who it believes misrepresent the church."

 

Yikes.  Scientology much?

 
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I heard about this "Mormon Defense League" just recently.  I think it was at the last GC that Holland challenged all the TBMs to "stand up for your beliefs/tscc in online forums - be BOLD and defend the church.  We're being attacked on all sides by Satan and his minions and we need your help in the online war for souls..." (something to that effect).  Wealthy sheeple must be contributing to the cause by paying big bucks to optimize the SEO strategies...
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itsallclear:

...an increased amount of posts on FB by TBMs about their religion in the past couple days. 

 

"Have you ever wondered what the life of a Mormon Bishop is like? Read this beautiful blog post!" 

 

links to articles written by "Mormon Scholars" testifying about the truthfulness of the gospel

 

quotes like "Our culture has accepted two big lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. 

You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate."

           Based on the past conversations this TBM has had on FB, my guess is this quote has to do with gay marriage

 

What is the deal with this influx of Mormon sharing?  Is it because GC is coming up?  Are members being told from the pulpit to up their missionary efforts?  

 

What gives? 

I don't know if our culture "has accepted" these statements, but I do agree that they are incorrect.  

Yeah, I think that's false.  Just because you disagree with someone's "lifestyle," that is not proof that you fear or hate them.  Now, if you try to deny them rights, demonize them, treat them as inferior, and try to force your beliefs on them, THAT's evidence that you fear or hate them. 

Yep, also false.   You don't have to 100% agree with someone to love or respect them.  Though ironically, when you disagree with mormons, they tend to accuse you of "attacking" them or their church.    

 

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Nomoremocrap:
I heard about this "Mormon Defense League" just recently.  I think it was at the last GC that Holland challenged all the TBMs to "stand up for your beliefs/tscc in online forums - be BOLD and defend the church.  We're being attacked on all sides by Satan and his minions and we need your help in the online war for souls..." (something to that effect).  Wealthy sheeple must be contributing to the cause by paying big bucks to optimize the SEO strategies...

I think this is great, because I just see so much potential for it backfiring.  The more that TBMs engage online with "outsiders" the more chances they have of eventually being exposed to something that will cause them to question their faith.  I say bring it on!  I mean, I get sick of all the mormon drivel on FB, etc. too, but I'll take it since it comes with more open discussion.

 

 
       
 


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