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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

CTD01 Wrote: May 09, 2012 10:40 AM
things common among them, every man dealing justly, one with another." I don't know why so many good members of the church, who want the government to be more righteous in so many ways, say that the one area where the government should in no way emulate the Church or the Savior is in caring for the poor. It is confusing and seems artificial to me.
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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

CTD01 Wrote: May 09, 2012 10:40 AM
had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given." Similarly, King Benjamin said "I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants." Later, after Christ's visit to the New World, we witness a time where the government and the church were almost indistinguishable and "they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift" and "they taught, and did minister one to another; and they had all
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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

CTD01 Wrote: May 09, 2012 10:39 AM
But, going to the other point of the article, the United Order *was* pretty much socialism, or some form of communism with private ownership of distributed property, but either way it was an extreme example of the redistribution of wealth. Failure to to participate, "from each according to his ability and to each according to his need," could result in the harshest penalty the church has -- excommunication. You also have Mosiah 18:27, where Alma, who was acting not only as a religious leader, but also as the political leader of a people in exile "*commanded* that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly; and of him that
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