I am Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. On Tuesday night I was watching MSNBC when at the end of the show the anchorman told the nation how the Mormon faith was made. Lawrence O'Donnell stated which obviously was to be an attack on Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, that:
"Mormonism was created by a guy in Upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. 48 wives later Joseph Smith's lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go along with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes." (Watch the video clip here)
While this statement was directed at Mitt Romney, it is also about me and my faith. This statement from Lawrence O’Donnell is not true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded by a young man named Joseph Smith that, like me and you, was just trying to do the best he could. This is a quote from the website, Mormon.org about Joseph Smith:
“With so many religions available he felt confused about which religion was the true religion. He turned to the Bible for guidance. He read, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). With simple faith he decided to do just that. “
For the rest of Joseph Smith’s story and how the Mormon church was established please see Mormon.org.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am saddened that a well known and successful news source like MSNBC could support and promote a show that would not check facts before airing a show. I realize that the opinions of MSNBC are different than mine, but I respect other people’s opinions and try to keep an open mind and hope that others would do the same.
It is unfortunate that a world that so desperately needs acceptance and cooperation is constantly inundated with lies, deceit and corruption.
I do not expect an apology from MSNBC or feel that I need one, but I do feel that the truth should be told. There are six million members of the Mormon Church in the USA; just like people of all faiths, we’re trying to do the best we can in hard times. It does society no good to intentionally discredit a group of people because they believe something differently than you do. I have endured people attacking my faith many times in my life, but for the first time I feel like a victim of bigotry.
I hope that you will take the time to explore the about Mormon website and learn more about how the Mormon Church was established by Joseph Smith and what we believe.
Thank you for listening. If you would like to contact MSNBC about this news article you may do so on their webpage.
I would love to hear your thoughts and comments as well as answer any questions you have, however, please be respectful with what you say.
I wrote this post at two a.m. this morning. I have debated on making this post all day but did send it to the news stations in Utah as well as MSNBC. The Utah news stations contacted me and will have stories on tonight's news. I have yet to recieve comment from MSNBC.