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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #645991 by Al in Ky on 13.10.19, 19:48

After watching the video,”Amish Latter-day Saints: Blending Two Worlds Into One”, I have some thoughts and questions.

What does it mean to be “culturally Amish”? What are the distinctive characteristics that makes a person “culturally Amish”?

“Amish” here is used as an adjective (“Amish” Latter-day Saints). If “Amish” was being used as a noun (i.e. Latter-day Saints Amish), it would be even more challenging to understand how the term “Amish” is being used/defined.

Many individual people try to define what it means to be Amish. I think it is also a definition that is defined by the Amish community as a whole, not just by others. This can be hard to fully understand, because “Amish” is defined by living as well as in a written definition.

The video talked quite a bit about the experiences of the families being shunned. When a person leaves the LDS church, how is that person treated by the LDS church? Do they go through similar challenges these three families went through?

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Comment #645982 by Stephanie Berkey on 13.10.19, 15:21

Was Jesus mortal? Was he God? Did Jesus teach, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father”? ~ John 14:9. And, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” ~ Hebrews 5:8

Why did the Pharisees crucify Jesus? Wasn’t it because they didn’t like Him claiming to be God? To this He responded in a way that can answer your questions too, in John 10:33-36

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Comment #645981 by Stephanie Berkey on 13.10.19, 14:49

The Lord Jesus Christ said to his apostles that He would make them fishers of men and commissioned them to do missionary work (feed His sheep). Would it be just to refuse this opportunity to everyone who ever lived? Baptism for the dead is mainly for our ancestors and is just like missionary work here; they all have a choice. Would you deny them that?

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Comment #645978 by Stephanie Berkey on 13.10.19, 14:33

Hello Yoder in Ohio, I consider myself partly Amish (my heritage and culture). I honor my many Amish ancestors, some who were of the Yoder family and some from Ohio. I also belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was referring to the culture more than the religion, but they are mixed into each other so much with both of these ways of life that it’s hard to separate them completely.

I’d say one more important difference may be the belief that families can be together forever, sealed as families in heaven. Would you please comment on what the Amish view is on that?

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Amish Roofers

Comment #645977 by Jesse Olson on 13.10.19, 12:42

Hello, I was looking to get a metal roof to be installed on a house in Oconomowoc WI. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks, Jesse 262-719-1983

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #645974 by MKJ on 13.10.19, 11:27

LoL! ;D

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Wisconsin Amish

Comment #645968 by Holly J Hoffman on 13.10.19, 10:19

I think you are asking the wrong question. When I think of puppy mills it is mass breeding in implorable conditions. I got a gorgeous border collie from someone near the bonduel area. She was the best dog I ever had. The mom was on site and very healthy as were all the pups I saw. So this family breeds dogs but a far far cry from anything remotely like a puppy mill. I wish I could find the farm since my sweet daisy passed on.

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Amish Builders - Ohio

Comment #645962 by Christine Revay on 13.10.19, 08:22

I am looking for a crew that is able to add a first and second story addition to the back of my home in Bay Village, OH 44140. Time frame is pretty open but would like to get estimates and plans made asap. Please call Chrissy at 440-376-4181. thank you

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #645954 by T. Miller on 13.10.19, 06:13

According to their own official literature, the Mormons also practise church discipline and excommunication.

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #645945 by A Christian on 12.10.19, 21:42

Adam,

Let’s see first you refer me to the Corinthians, then give long dilatation on your take of what Shunning is and as it relates to anarchy. Then end with how it works in the Amish community.

We are all commenting on the Amish families who left their religion and joined the Mormon faith. [Both Anabaptists and Mormons are Jesus Christ believers].

My comment was about shunning as dipicted in the video. I willl state again that I could not shun my child for any reason, and I am surprised that the Amish practice this shunning. I NOW REFER YOU TO YODER WHO IS AMISH; HE WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.

This statement is not against the Amish. The statement is not against the Mormans.

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Comment #645944 by A Christian on 12.10.19, 21:17

Yoder,

I am a Jesus Crhist believer. I feel the more hard-line conservative groups of any religion can be “sad and disturbing”.

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5 Lesser-Known Holidays Observed By Amish

Comment #645936 by Charles P Arnold on 12.10.19, 16:29

What surprised me was your response on the internet. I was unaware that Amish use electronic devices such as computers.

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Amish & Social Media: Youth Now On Instagram; Women Using It For Business

Comment #645935 by Debbie on 12.10.19, 14:04

Amish on smartphones? I don’t think that’s a good idea to preserve their lifestyle.

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"Amish & Mormon": 8 Things That Caught My Eye In The Latest Video

Comment #645932 by Yoder in Ohio on 12.10.19, 13:08

I am Amish. Please don’t claim these people are still Amish! It is NOT possible to be both!

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Comment #645930 by Stephanie Berkey on 12.10.19, 12:58

These three families are proving it is possible to be both. Amish beliefs are similar in the belief of the two greatest commandments: love God and others. The biggest differences are non-resistance and shunning, especially of family members. Those are huge differences, but the intent is very similar: to put Jesus Christ and His teachings first.

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Comment #645924 by Yoder in Ohio on 12.10.19, 09:50

Maybe you would explain to us this teaching that your god was once a mortal man? The God I serve ALWAYS has been and ALWAYS will be the One and Only God. Even if you take away the polygamy and the changing teachings of the LDS church and the other questionable doctrines, this teaching will always leave me convinced Mormonism is teaching false doctrine. I have had conversations with members of the LDS and found them troubling conversations. As for not “hurting” anyone, that I would disagree with. If your church is actively seeking to convert people in other churches who DO teach and uphold Christianity, you are hurting them.

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Comment #645923 by Yoder in Ohio on 12.10.19, 09:44

You haven’t met MY wife! 🙂

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Comment #645922 by Yoder in Ohio on 12.10.19, 09:42

You were forgiven before you asked. 🙂 Yes, the more hard-line conservative groups have a very different view of things. I also find their view sad and disturbing.

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Comment #645917 by Annette on 12.10.19, 07:57

The free expression of emotion, particularly emphasized by tears, is culturally encouraged by the LDS church. Having attended an LDS ward for nearly a year during research for a novel I was writing, this was particularly noticable to me, and especially during Fast and Testimony meeting, when people are hungry and tired. To bear one’s testimony with emotion and tears is a way to make one’s experiences more convincing to others and gives a certain amount of weight to the bearer’s experiences. To wit: if you want to be seen as righteous and trustworthy, use tears and emotion when you talk about your religious experiences, particularly if you are a man.

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Comment #645914 by Alex Knisely on 12.10.19, 06:33

Yep. Be a good Mormon, Temple-sealed, and you and your wife / wives will become gods in the hereafter — creating “spirit children” whom you send to your assigned planet so that they may, uhm, become gods.

But the real selling point for many prospective converts might be that this is one of the few faiths that endorses copulation in the afterlife. Making those spirit children, donchaknow.

Andrew Marvell famously wrote, trying to hurry up a young lady so that she would go to bed with him, that life was short and that we should have fun while we can — “The grave’s a fine and private place // but there, I think, none do embrace”. Joseph Smith hadn’t been born when poor Andrew wrote that. If he had had the chance to share his new revelation with Andrew, that fact might have cost us a beautiful poem.

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Comment #645911 by Adam on 12.10.19, 05:29

In my youth I nearly joined the LDS church, but a week before my scheduled baptism, I discovered that Mormons worship a god that was once a mere mortal. I man that became exalted and finally a god, your god that you currently worship.

I phoned the bishop and cancelled my baptism, because I don’t care how exalted a man can become, I draw the line at worshipping a god that was never a god to begin with. I believe in a God for all eternity with no beginning or end.

You believe that your husband will become a god one day, not a soul in heaven worshipping the one true God for all eternity, but an actual god, an equal Creator to the one true eternal God. That is a demonic teaching of satan, and the Bible tells us to expose the works of darkness, so yes, Christians will not keep silent about the demonic teachings of the LDS church.

The bishop said to me, “but Christian worship Jesus whom they believe was a physical man.”
I said, “yes, but Christians believe in a God that became a man, and not in a man that became a god. That’s paganism.”

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Comment #645910 by Adam on 12.10.19, 04:39

Shunning and excommunication are practiced in all aspects of human life under different names for infractions of the rules.

In your workplace you get fired, in sports you get dropped from the team, in the military you get dishonorably discharged or shot, you can also get banned, disbarred, jailed, executed, license revoked, disfellowshiped, excluded, blocked, unbefriended, etc.
Bottom line, when you transgress the rules of any organization or social system, there are consequences.

The Amish and biblical response for members who transgress the rules is to shun and excommunicate. If you wish to advocate that the Amish are not allowed to punish their members who transgress, then be consistent and advocate that all of society’s institutions and social structures can likewise not be allowed to punish their transgressors.
Such a stance is called anarchy.

Bear in mind that shunning and excommunication are not permanent, the individual can at any time apologize, repent of their transgression, ask for forgiveness, and be reinstated as a member.
The choice to remain shunned is that of the shunned individual, kindly don’t blame the church for that. The church is always ready and willing to accept the shunned individual back into fellowship.

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Comment #645889 by Keith M Lucy on 11.10.19, 17:04

“Another testament” is the deception. The LDS church claims to be the true church, doctrine should remain the same from the beginning. Yet, it has changed over time. the Church has had different revelation, doctrine should be stable. If this is from “God” how could it change?

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Comment #645888 by MKJ on 11.10.19, 16:54

The Amish don’t baptize infants, they consider baptism only something an adult of sound mind has to freely choose for themselves.

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Comment #645887 by MKJ on 11.10.19, 16:49

Amish men like to be at the top of the pecking order with women and kids who basically are “staff”. Not sure if Mormon men are similar but I have heard them say that plural households basically run without them having to be involved in the day to day. So maybe there’s something similar about men wanting to be in charge of a large herd of women and kids who basically work for them . . .

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