Comments by dbirley

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Posted on July 3 at 7:21 a.m.

I am a Mormon. Proud to be one. I joined the Church almost 50 years ago. To my faithful Christian friends throughout the world, may I invite you to approach what we believe, not through the lens of our differences, but rather through the lens of the things we share. I thought the article was thoughtful, and basically well stated. Differences of interpretation between the institution of plural marriage (polygamy) "by church elders", or "by Commandment" do not change the fact that it was once part of the Church's doctrine, but for 123 years has not been such.

One little request I would make to one and all, though. The church is not "the Mormon Church". As specified at the beginning of the article, the full name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". However the Church's main website ( gives the guidelines for referring to the Church in articles, and requests that after affirming the full name, the approved abbreviated name "LDS Church" be used. There is not now, nor has there ever been an official "Mormon Church".

Thanks again for a most insightful article.

On Mormons and Their Religion: A Brief Portrayal

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