Excommunication

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA....

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Taken by myself with a Canon 10D and 17-40mm f/4 L lens. This is a 3 segment panorama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At some point, Mitt’s taxes are likely to be revealed if he doesn’t do it himself. If it turns out that he has been avoiding his full tithes as well as taxes, will the Mormon Church excommunicate him or will they allow him to pay tithes due with penalties and interest? I am not a member of the Church so I cannot say what they will do. A major tenet of the Church is to tell the truth. Mitt’s campaign for president so far is sorely lacking in truth. Could he be excommunicated for that too? Or will he and the Church accept the rationale that in this case, the ends justify the means? We will see.

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2 thoughts on “Excommunication

  1. Just by way of clarification, the LDS Church does not initiate discipline, such as excommunication, for not paying tithing. Tithing is one of several requirements for a recommend to enter LDS temples (which aren’t used for regular worship services), but even at that, it is on the honor system. You are asked, “Do you pay a full tithe?” You answer yes or no. There is no additional investigation or probing. By contrast, if you get convicted of tax evasion, you most certainly can be subject to Church discipline, as is the case for any criminal conviction.

    As to the “truthfulness” of Romney’s campaign, you actually do raise a legitimate issue. Another of the temple recommend questions is whether you are honest in your dealings with your fellow man. Some folks might assume that question would eliminate all politicians and lawyers from temple recommends, which would leave Mitt, Harry Reid, and me all out in the temple parking lot together.

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