Baptism of the dead is another way for the LDS church to creatively explain/justify why the "glory" of their "revelations" weren't around for everyone to "choose" before the miraculous growth that the LDS church relishes in today. This practice reminds me of a parent reading a bedtime story to their children and saying "Now don't you feel sorry for people who didn't even HEAR of Joseph Smith??? Don't you want to help those poor ignorant people who didn't get to hear this story like you just did???". Wait...maybe there is a such a book...but I digress...
Just as with racism (which was conveniently ratified out of their doctrine) and polygamy (which was conveniently ratified out of their doctrine) by MIRACULOUS and timely revelations to their oh-so-holy prophets, I suspect that this and other practices will also go out of fashion. It must be great to be involved with a false church that advocates the constant-evolution, translation, and exclusivity that the LDS church thrives on. Why not just create a quarterly newsletter with amendments, new beliefs, deleted beliefs, new ceremonies, etc. I defy any Mormon to provide explanations on why the God of the Jews would suddenly decide to be involved in a sect (read "cult") and would not have meant what He said when he inspired Joseph Smith to write out the books of your faith?? Since when does God need to recall/amend His messages? The answer: He doesn't and NEVER WILL.
And a note to the Mormons on this thread who guffaw and dismiss the people who KNOW the inner-workings of temple ceremonies, practices, and ideology: There is a LONG line of Mormons who have stopped working their way into a vague faith. Be one of the millions who "rebel" and realize that the God of GRACE has been waiting for you to drop your self-righteous works and accept His salvation alone. There is/has been no need for a supplement to the Holy Bible nor is there a need for your church to do God's bidding and communicating.
Anybody who has or desires to objectively research and study the Mormon "faith" is easily convinced that the Mormon church is nothing more than an ever-evolving company that stands on earnest desires to do good, the desire to feel like work will draw one closer to God, and the completely sinful lust of flesh to get what one wants in this mortal life. Yes, most Mormons are some of the most upstanding people in the world, but behavior does not beget salvation. Honest, complete, and unabashed humility in front of God and the acceptance of the COMPLETE price paid for by Jesus Christ is the one and ONLY way to a relationship and connection with God.
@Gwerbler and the author of this poor attempt at slighting a simplistic approach to being a lamp in a literal dark (and violent) area of Boise (which, I say, would have been a far more notable journalistic story for your portfolio than slamming a new coffee shop):
You can scour CCboise.org and it's ministries for days for any verbiage which might, to the "outsider" aka "biased slanderer" serve as fodder for their argument that churches exist to enslave and corrupt-- but the only things that you are actually finding is the heart-felt prayers, concern, dedication and sweat & tears of people who are living a life dedicated to helping people because God encourages them to (because they wouldn't have existed if someone didn't do the same for them).
While you were scoffing at a simple request to find INTERNAL funding for a tv, you missed pages upon pages advertising free conferences to help families strengthen themselves, no-obligation outreaches/services to poor and single mothers (such as house repairs, car repairs, child-mentorship, etc), food pantry services to the poor(without obligation to attend services), prayer/support meetings for the jobless, and here's the kicker.....hospices, orphanages, and medical treatment facilities in third world countries such as India and Romania.
Perhaps your time spent peering into your computer and trusting every word and phrase that comes bumbling out of the Boise Weekly's mouth could (or should) be spent more fairly examining the world around at it's face value. Additionally, you're own admitted atheism ("if god was real...") should seem even more ridiculous when the article you're posting a comment on is about a new coffee shop. Nice job staying topical and relevant.
Directly relating to the coffee shop (since few people here are actually commenting on their own experience therein):
The coffee is superior - as is the genuine service from the employees. The atmosphere is original to Boise and inviting. The prices are fair and dare I say equitable when compared to the service-with-a-smug-indie-indifference across the street in any direction downtown. The staff is well-educated and well-run in the matters of coffee and the place is earnest and straightforward. Sure, the staff is Christian and their ability and willingness to lend support and spiritual guidance via the Bible is palpable...but they didn't ask what my favorite Bible verse was before they took my order. Nor did they ask if I was right with God before handing me my biscotti.
Boise didn't need another coffee shop -- it needed something new and unique with a heart and soul...and it has one now. So cherish it and experience it. If it's not your cup of tea (or soy latte with vanilla) then walk on.
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