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By Kent Larsen

Anti-Mormon Group Opens Office Near LDS Mesa Temple

MESA, ARIZONA -- The anti-Mormon ministry Concerned Christians has moved its main office to new quarters, just two blocks from the Mesa Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ministry, operated by former LDS Church members Jim and Judy Robertson, expects the new location to give their work an expanded presence in the community. But LDS Church spokesman Wilford Anderson says that the move won't get a reaction from the Church, "The only appropriate response to criticism from others is to live our religion."

The Robertson's missionary work is aimed at "exposing the lies of Mormonism." The couple claim that their ministry has persuaded 1,600 people to leave the LDS Church over the past 29 years. But they say their efforts are made out of love and concern for others, "The people are wonderful people," said Judy Robertson. "They are all kind and loving, clean-cut and wholesome people but deceived, as we were deceived. A lot of people think we are Mormon haters, but if we hated the Mormon people, we would not be doing what we're doing."

Until the recent move, the Robertsons ran the ministry from their home, turning their work into a full-time operation in 1984. The group operates on donations from evangelical churches in the greater Phoenix area and around the US. Jim Robertson also travels to speak at protestant churches around the US and Judy Robertson has written a book, "Out of Mormonism" which is due out this Fall from Christian publisher Bethany House.

LDS Church spokesman Anderson says he is familiar with Concerned Christians and their claims that Mormons are not Christian. "Anyone given enough time could construct a definition of Christianity that would eliminate everyone in the whole world but themselves. I think the real disservice that sometimes is done is the misinformation that is spread about the church by those whose interest is to criticize it."

Anderson also says that the Church supports the freedom of every person to worship however they wish. "Our 11th Article of Faith says 'We claim the privilege of worshiping almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience and allow all men the same privilege. Let them worship how, where or what they may.' We support all people in all churches and their sincere worship of God."


Anti-LDS group moves near temple
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 21May01 D1
By Kelly Ettenborough: The Arizona Republic


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