OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS ON RECENT STORY ON "FIFTH CHANNEL"
Religiia i Pravo, 31 January 2017
On Sunday, 29 January 2017, at 17:00 on "Fifth Channel" (Teleradio Company Peterburg) a story, "Aliens among us," was shown in the program "Scene of the incident," which was devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).
Unfortunately, the expectations we expressed earlier regarding this video story were justified: it contains a great quantity of unreliable information and cannot be regarded as an example of honest and responsible journalism.
We consider that the time has come to learn the truth about our doctrine and form of life from original sources by visiting houses of worship, conversing with parishioners, or visiting the official websites of the church.
The church does not engage in political processes and does not have political goals and it does not support groups of people or organizations that act in opposition to the policy and legislation of the state. Our parishioners maintain the principle which states: "We believe that it is necessary to submit to sovereigns, presidents, rulers, and judicial authorities, observing, honoring, and supporting the law" (Articles of Faith 1:12).
Believers of the church create strong traditional families, lead a healthy life style, and honor the culture and tradition of their country. Groups of fundamentalists, including those practicing polygamy, are not in any way associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Leaders and parishioners of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints advocate transparency, dialogue, and mutual respect, hoping for due respect to their faith and assurance of the constitutional right to freedom of religious confession guaranteed in Russia. (tr. by PDS, posted 1 February 2017)
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