They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. These pictures provide a small glimpse at the efforts of some critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These pictures were taken April 5-6, 2003, in Salt Lake City, during an LDS General Conference. Protesters positioned themselves all around Temple Square and along the west side of the Conference Center. These pictures were taken by Allen Wyatt.
Under each picture you will find some comments by the photographer, as well as some links that provide additional information that explain the sensationalistic claims of the protesters. Unfortunately these are still pictures, so they don’t convey the yelling and screaming being done by many of the protesters. If you want to see the real behavior of the protesters, check these links:
- Street preacher throws LDS scriptures on the ground and dares anyone to approach him. (Windows media, 1:46)
- Street preacher shouting about the Book of Mormon. He drowns out six missionaries who try to sing hymns near him, as ACLU observers–in blue stocking caps–keep a watch. (Windows media, 3:54)
- Street preacher implores the LDS to come out of sin. (Windows media, 1:12)
We allow all people to worship who, where, or what they may–and trust the reader can determine if picketing a sacred edifice is Christian behavior.
A protester states his belief about the Church.
Are Mormons a Cult? Are Mormons Christian?
The wording at the bottom of the sign refers to
‘Portter [sic] Rockwell, assassin for the LDS occult’ and ‘Brigham Young the whoremonger.’
It is refreshing to see Christian charity and love in action.
Do Mormons Worship “Another Jesus?”
Are the LDS Occult?
According to this sign, the LDS are “thieves, liars, and perverts.”
Notice, as well, the reference to “underwear” at the bottom of the sign.
This is a reference to temple garments, which some devout Mormons wear.
Why Do Anti-Mormons Attack the Church?
Why Do Some LDS Wear Temple Garments?
Some Christians believe that you can get to heaven simply by professing
belief in Jesus Christ and having faith. Others believe that you must do
good works to make it to heaven. This protester is taking exception with
the LDS belief in doing good works, but ignores our belief in the saving
grace of God.
What do the LDS believe concerning faith, grace, and works?
The protester on the left believes the LDS are condemned to Hell with
a host of others, many guilty of grievous sins.
What Do the LDS Believe About God’s Judgment?
Protesters wasted no time in making an absurd comparison between Joseph Smith and
Brian David Mitchell, the deranged kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart.
What is the Truth About Apostate Groups?
What About Personal Apostasy?
Is Brain David Mitchell a Mormon?