How Powerful Is The Mormon Church?

How Powerful Is The Mormon Church?


Mormons. We know the name thanks to high profile
members like Mitt Romney and a popular broadway musical, but according to a recent survey,
most Americans don’t know much about them. In fact, critics suggested that voters didn’t
allie with Romney in 2012 because they were suspicious of the Mormon faith. So who exactly
are the Mormons? Well, let’s break it down. Mormons identify
themselves as Christians, belonging to the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist
Christianity. They follow the teachings found in the Bible and The Book of Mormon amongst
others. The religion itself is actually quite young.
The church was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith in upstate New York. Smith claimed that he
received a revelation from God saying that Jesus would one day return to a New Jerusalem
in America.  When Smith died, Brigham Young led a significant number of Mormons to Salt
Lake City in Utah, where the religion’s headquarters was established. By and large, Mormons are considered a conservative
religion, abstaining from drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling and even drinking caffeine.
The majority of Mormons are also outspoken about being opposed to abortion, homosexuality
and sex before marriage. Most people also believe them to be polygamists, yet the Mormon
church denies it, saying it discontinued the custom over a century ago and anyone who practices
it will be excommunicated. Reports suggest that Joseph Smith had up to 40 wives and it’s
noted that there are some fundamentalist sects of the Latter Day Saints that continue to
practice the tradition. While some Mormon beliefs seem to go against
the grain of modern society, according to the church, it’s the fastest growing faith
in the world. Since it was established with just six followers, according to the National
Council of Churches, it is now the second-fastest growing church in the United States and worldwide
it the church now boasts over 15 million members.   With new members, the Mormon church has grown
in more ways than one. Mormons practice something called tithing where each person is required
to donate 10 percent of their earnings to the church. And with 15 million followers
worldwide that amounts to a lot. So just how rich is the Mormon Church, and
how influential are they? It’s true, the Latter Day Saints are pretty
wealthy but they are also notoriously tight-lipped about how much they earn. It’s reported
that tithing brings in around 7 billion dollars annually. In fact, Mormon’s have developed
a solid reputation for being great business leaders and it’s understood that the churches
holdings are immense, comprising around 35 billion dollars worth of corporate commercial
ventures including temples, ranches and shopping malls. Religious scholars suggest that for
Mormons, giving to the poor and making a million dollars is all part of doing Gods work. Aside from their economic wealth and power,
Mormons have also started to get more involved in the political arena. According to a 2012
Pew Research Center survey, 74 percent of Mormons lean toward the Republican Party and
although Mitt Romney recently withdrew from the 2016 presidential race, experts suggest
that with financial backing from the Mormon church and community business leaders we may
see more Mormon candidates representing the Republican party in the future, however, they
might have to work on their reliability to the voting public, first.   10 Does believing in god have anything to
do with how smart you are? Turns out researchers have investigated this question in the past.
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100 Comments

  1. Utah literally voted on a bill and then the church decided they didn't like it so straight up they changed the bill that we all voted on. Y'all come to Utah and save us. We living in a theocracy straight up here.

  2. Everyone should check out this guy on YouTube channel 444age you will find out stuff others don't have its true I know what he talking about most some is new to me and some will be surprised members to leaders of church know how wrong it is if you don't pay 10 percent of your gross salary for tithing don't go to temple and get benefits of the church corrupt not right in So many ways I could go on and on maybe later

  3. Oops at last count there were 16 1/2 million members of the church. Although some have quit, others have lost interest and some may been excommunicated. In central America and a whole lot more in South America as well as the eastern shores of Africa. Just thought you’d like to know, this is Ron and crew up here in Alaska USA baby!!

  4. I’ll say this regarding to all the comments talking about how tithing is not mandatory:
    Tithing is not mandatory, but tithing is mandatory if you want to go to the Temple. Going to the Temple is mandatory if you want salvation and to live with your family after death.

    To tell me:
    What’s the difference between paying 10% of your income so your eternal well-being and family won’t be jeopardized, and someone holding a gun to to your face telling you that you will never see your family again if you don’t give them 10% of your income?
    Do you really have a choice in either situation? Does tithing still sound normal and ethical? Is this something an all-loving God would do?

  5. Lds church is not powerful because the USA is no longer a power. And their money is worthless chump change. Sikhism is globalist, is larger, growing faster. And in all parts Of The world, especially in Iran. Sikhism will most likely supplant show Islam and take control of Tehran within the next few decades. Then set it's sights on ridding the Saudi regime and capping the wells for long term planetary safety. Books of revelations, Mormon,, d and c, Pogp are all fearmongering rubbish. Resistance is futile. One world. Now and forever.

  6. No prography? According to statistics I have read, there are more hits on pornographic websites per capita out of Utah than anywhere else in the country.

  7. Not RECWIRED to do,tithing but we belie doing good makes you feel good. Thus granting you more luck or happy New also I have caffine on a near daily baseis

  8. you left out the amusement park in Hawaii . the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. something to see once rather nice. i read about 1880 or 1890 the church sent agent emissaries to washington d.c. and started to " lobby " for the church. this was started in the day when the wall st. crowd had meetings to set the amount of bribes for city officials. democracy on action, 1 dollar 1 vote

  9. Correction to your video: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was NOT founded by Joseph Smith…if it was founded by him the church's name would be The Church of JOSEPH SMITH…get the picture? Just wanted to correct you on that. We believe that Jesus Christ founded this church.

  10. You know there's something I don't get about you non Mormons when you criticize the church's wealth. Since when does doing God's work mean that you should be stupid with money? I mean think about it. If the federal government was as good with money as the LDS church, we'd praise them for being wise stewards and being careful with the money given to them. But if a church does it, they're suddenly evil.

    I know that you shouldn't make the accusation of wealth your soul ambition, otherwise you'll be very disappointed and overall unhappy in life, but it doesn't mean you can't be smart with money. Financial intelligence and God's work is not contradicting ideas. Especially when it's not really your money. It's God's money and the people who pay tithing's money. But the lack of logic to the accusation baffles me.

  11. Mormons believe in Christ,they are Christians. Mormons follow the commandments and that is what Jesus encouraged us to and God expects us to do, paying 10%of tithe to help the poor and support activities in the church like youth meetings,youth trips, conferences,women's meetings etc. Its simple logics.

  12. While many here are saying that you are not "required" to pay tithing; you will NOT get a temple recommend (which we can ALL agree is a sign you are a "good" Mormon") w/o doing so; so yeah, to be considered a "good" Mormon you are REQUIRED to pay tithing so it's very disingenuous to pretend that it ISN'T a requirement; after all to not be deemed a "bad" Mormon does kind of force you to pay doesn't it? Also although I am sure that some money is put for worthwhile causes I'm pretty sure not all 7 billion does so, or why be so secretive about it?; sounds a bit like Trump's taxes which may be why many Mormons do not mind that Trump is the ONLY president since tax filing was mandated to do not make them public. It is true that there are no paid CLERGY but there are other ways to compensate the higher leaders and everyone knows that. Plus the church does employ millions of others around the world to do services for the church. Having said all this the LDS church is no different than any other church: it does some good things and it hides other things.

  13. Turned off and thumbs downed as soon as you said Mormons don't drink caffeine. Dont make a video explaining Mormons if you are going to get basic principles incorrect.

  14. I'm a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints, ask me any question you have about our church not answered in this video, or in the video

  15. Lots of things to comment on but I will pick one.
    The church does not give money to political candidates of any persuasion. Members can do as they please.

  16. The Mormonism most tolerated the sect in United States. I do not trust them at all. it was very clear for me when I attended to their church is a sect because of the control of their believers.

  17. Outside of America nobody has a clue who they are. They are a people who dine out on being loving kind etc etc but when you're in their community the back biting is horrendous. They look down on everyone else, why wouldn't they, they think they can become gods of their own planet (LOLZ). When you leave the church they shun you and want nothing to do with you.

  18. I’m not downing any Religion but Jesus is the only way through the father, confess through thy mouth that Jesus died on the cross ✝️ an arose on the 3rd day and you shall be saved receive him into your heart an continue to walk down that holy path, serve the lord thy god…PRAISE THE LORD🙏🏻

  19. Why is the growth map only shows America? I live in Indonesia and my school is right next to a mormon church.

  20. They are powerful enough to get their perceived enemies and whistle blowers in the church spied on and harassed by CIA FBI Military Intelligence and state and local law enforcement virtually anywhere in America and in most of the world these days. Money talks!! Very scary people!

  21. Not mentioned in this video at the time, but there was a great Mass Exodus happening from the LDS Church and still is. It is quite well known, by now, that the LDS church has based a religion upon false scriptures that have been demonstrated to be completely fabricated.

  22. Great video! One correction though, they abstain from coffee and tea specifically, but not caffeinet drinks. The Word of Wisdom, which is a book that they follow when it comes to righteous living, is against drinks that are caffeinated AND brewed at the same time. I'm a foreign exchange student in Utah and I live in a very religious community. They are kind, service-oriented people.

  23. We have this really cool thing called bishops store house where poor mormans put orders in for free food and youth go volunteer and fill their cart and it gets sent to them. IDK if this happens anywhere else, but after we are all done, we get breadsticks.

  24. Mormons are a coven of white supremacist witches. Joseph Smith was shot dead in jail by citizens accusing Joseph smith and his brother of using witchcraft to steal their wives. Morons utter witchcraft curses at people they don't like in some secret Mormon witchcraft language. I know because they've done that to me several times If you look at the secret beliefs of Masons, Scientologist and Mormons they're all the same …Smith was a Mason. They believe good souls go into white babies & black souls into bad babies = White Supremacists. Mormons are also LIARS .

  25. Mormons are very nice people, but it seems they would rather be called members of the Church of Jesus Christ instead of Mormons. A Senator from Utah helped pass the no smoking law on airplanes and spaceships. That is something most of us appreciate. But because of their Republican leaning politics they are not good stewards of air quality or supporters of renewable energy.That is a strange paradox.

  26. I'm a member & I still would like to know where the Church spends it's money. Church schools(k-12) would be great. The Catholic Church does this and my hat's off to them.

  27. Don't brag about the church repudiating homosexuality! They have changed their standard now, like they do with most of their doctrine!
    That proves it is false, because the truth never changes! Their God used to be a man, and their Jesus was not born of a virgin! And their prophet had 49 wives. I have a list of them. 11 of them were other men's wives that he seduced! He does not even qualify to be a deacon.

  28. Interesting comment feed. A large number of people who know nothing about the LDS church, and a large number of Mormons trying to defend it. Both having no idea how truly evil that cult is

  29. Um, excuse me. The mormans are totally slowed to drink caffeine. My mom drinks 3 mountain dews a day and my grandma is in love with coke.
    Tithing is not required to be paid. We pay it if we choose to. And it is used to help people in need and fund welfare Square. That is the churchowned factory that produces free supplies and food to people who need it. They give mattresses, spaghetti, and lots 9f other stuff to people who need it for no cost whatsoever.

  30. There are a lot of offshoots that call themselves mormons. The one you are referring to is the One in Salt Lake It is a conservative faith that believes in living by the laws of the land and most of all that all men have the right to worship how, where and what they may. Some off shoots are living lives that are breaking the laws of the Land. Off shoots are mostly in the United States. The Salt Lake based Faith do not associate with the name Mormon Church, LDS Church, FLDS, Community of Christ etc. It is considered to be a Global Church and goes only by it's full and proper name for him that established it. "The Church Of JESUS CHRIST Of Latter-Day Saints. Mormon is referring to a man who anciently edited records and scripture Using his name to deride this faith is not the Legal or Proper name to use. They do consider themselves Christians as the name clearly states but sectarians with hold the proper name of the Church as they believe that Christ is God and this Faith teaches he is the one and only begotten Son of God and is therefore Deity who sits on the right hand of his Father. Therefore Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of this World and is worshipped as such.

  31. They run the state of Utah, and they do all kind of illegal things. They are fake moral, but they think they are good people, and smart. Christianity, and Catholic are not good religion, not only the mormons are bad. The mormons are the worst.

  32. LDS CHURCH IS JUST THE WHOLE OF OUR SPIRITUALITY IF WE COULD NOT REACH THE RIGHT LEVEL OF CONVERSION THEN YOUR PROBABLY FALL INTO INACTIVITY..BUT WHY THAT HAPPEN TO SOME MEMBERS TO THIS WORLD OF OURS…THE ONLY REASON THAT IT HAPPENS DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE SPIRIT THAT KEEP HOLDING US LEAVE US ALONE THE WAY THAT WHY WE START OVER AGAIN LOOKING FOR THE SPIRIT THAT GUIDE US BEFORE…..FAST AND PRAY FOR THAT..♥♥♥

  33. The same people that disavow the Mormon church is the same people that totally ignore the Muslim religion. Never listen to a lefty.

  34. There Are 1 Millions Mormons In The Entire Country Of Mexico. Arizona Nevada And Idaho Have A Good Mormon Population. Jeff Flake Former Senator Of Arizona Is A Mormon Gilbert Meza And Chandler Have A High Mormon Population.Most Mormons Are Good Hardworking People Who Don't Tolerate Racism This A FYI I Have Talk To Several Mormons And They Treat Me Like A Family Member.

  35. Mormons should never go back to Europe to spread their religion. religions are already settled in Europe like Christians and Catholics

  36. I'm sorry but I could never be Mormon. There's just not enough proof to tell any of that stuff actually happened. I can't just read a book and have the Holy Spirit tell me it's real. I'm a lot smarter than that.

  37. The mormon church brings in over 7 billion dollars a year in tithing, by their own admission they spend 40 million a year on humanitarian aid and in charitable donations. As a non profit this is pathetic. Under 1% of donantions are spent on the poor and needy. Do the math. There is a reason the mormon church does not open their books or disclose where the money they bring in goes. They do build billion dollar shopping malls, luxury condo developments, huge hunting preserves.

  38. It wouldn't hurt to have an actual Mormon assist with the presentation. We're not exactly hard to find. There are thousands of us in every city in the US, and the missionaries are very conspicuous.
    Even in fair presentation like this there were unnecessarily sinister undertones. To which we roll our eyes and say we're really not that weird.

  39. satan church ! LORD JESUS WIN ON CROSS FOR US , Not for death religion ! LORD JESUS IS GOD ❤️ ADONAI❤️ ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN ! Stop doubting and Repent IN JESUS NAME ❤️ ADONAI❤️ No more time ! We are Last generation .

  40. Joseph Smith was a false prophet and a man who talked to the dead and he was not talking to dead people he was talking to demons.

  41. Is it based on Masonic beliefs. We should all know the rituals are identical and Joe Smith was a mason.

    Masons worship who? It’s Lucifer actually….

    So… I mean really it’s polygamy in the afterlife. We all know that.

    I mean read between the lines here.
    Or just read the history connect the dots and Face the Truth.

    Mormons are mostly nice but something is very wrong.

    I not saying other religions are right either.

    Why do people need a community of to control to be Good.

    If you need a religion to be good you must be Super Flawed.

    Learn self control, self love and love for others.

    No buildings needed profiting from donations.

    Church people are so imperfect.

    Other people are too but their not claiming to be self righteous because of there Religion.

    You can be spiritual and good No Religion Required.

  42. The commentator speaks about political candidates having financial backing from the LDS chuch. It's obvious whoever did the research for this piece either didn't research deeply enough, or ignored a major facet of the LDS Church's political stance. And that is the church is politically neutral. The LDS church as an organization WILL NEVER financially back a candidate of any political party. Church leaders NEVER tell the membership regarding political candidates. They have taken a strong stance on certain issues which they have felt would be damaging to the people as a whole, but they never tell membership how to vote. Even on issues where the church has taken an official stance, if a member votes opposite, that doesn't endanger their membership. Members can donate to whichever political candidate they prefer, but the church as an organization will NEVER financially sustain a polticial candidate of any party. While the church membership in the US skews conservative and Republican, there are famous Democratic members of the Church such as former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.

  43. I've often wondered how Romney's Mormon beliefs would have affected the way he would have governed and his attitude towards President Trump?

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