First some history:
Mormons /ˈmɔrmənz/ are a religious and cultural group related to Mormonism, the principal branch of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity, which began with the visions of Joseph Smith in upstate New York during the 1820s. After Smith’s death in 1844 the Mormons followed Brigham Young to what would become the Utah Territory. Today Mormons are understood to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The center of Mormon cultural influence is in Utah, and North America has more Mormons than any other continent, though the majority of Mormons live outside the United States. During the 19th century Mormon converts tended to gather to a central geographic location, and between 1852 and 1890 a minority of Mormons openly practiced plural marriage, a form of religious polygamy.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formally organized in a small log cabin in upstate New York in 1830. It took 117 years — until 1947 — for the Church to grow from the initial six members to one million. Missionaries were a feature of the Church from its earliest days, fanning out to Native American lands, to Canada and, in 1837, beyond the North American continent to England. Not long after, missionaries were working on the European continent and as far away as India and the Pacific Islands.
The two-million-member mark was reached just 16 years later, in 1963, and the three-million mark in eight years more. This accelerating growth pattern has continued with about a million new members now being added every three years or less. Growth consists both of convert baptisms and natural growth through the birth of children.
Church membership today is over 15 million. SOURCE
Straight from the LDS RULE BOOK:
Birth parents who do not marry should not be counseled to keep the infant as a condition of repentance or out of a sense of obligation to care for one’s own….unmarried parents should be counseled to work with LDS Family Services to place the child for adoption, providing an opportunity for the baby to be sealed to temple-worthy parents. Adoption is an unselfish, loving decision that blesses both the birth parents and the child in this life and in eternity.
From Claudia: I can’t even hold it against Troy Dunn that he is a Mormon Bishop, though we KNOW how bad the LDS church is with adoption! But, alas, Troy Dunn is a real dope. I Declare WAR on Troy Dunn …Ok, not that he really cares, but I shall NEVER say a somewhat good thing about Troy Dunn, his adoption search services, or “The Locator” shows again.
Read her blog: http://www.adoptionbirthmothers.com/the-locator-troy-dunn/
Yet another religion who has old rule books and MALE bishops who instruct umarried women to obey and abandon their infant to another Mormon couple – REALLY? – I am curious about Mormons and misogyny in world-wide religion so please share links if you can…Lara/Trace