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  1. Hello,
    Our new pastor (Missouri Synod Lutheran) writes a daily devotional that is emailed to the congregation. On more than a dozen occassions in the last several months he has used quotes from leaders in the Mormon church and additional dubious characters. The quotes themselves seem benign and appear to not promote any obvious false doctrine. I found this to be rather inappropriate and forwarded my concerns to him, the MMC chair and associate pastor. I stated the following in my letter: “…I have concluded that the use of quotes from false teachers (mormons), new age philosophers and the like are wholly unnecessary, very inappropriate and potentially dangerous. Additionally, I think it is reasonable to assume that most in the congregation have not memorized the names of Mormon leaders and are also unfamiliar with the other dubious characters quoted. So, we had no idea we were studying the words of the LDS leaders. Again, the actual quotes seem harmless – for instance, the following quote was presented in our Lutheran Daily devotional: “Throughout our lives, God’s grace bestows temporal blessings and spiritual gifts that magnify our abilities and enrich our lives. His grace refines us. HIs grace helps us become our best selves. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Though, I think the Apostle Paul would have something to say about us becoming “our best selves”.
    I was not familiär with Dieter Uchtdorf. So I googled his name thinking he perhaps was one of Luther’s buddies. I was shocked to find out he was “President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of THe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our pastor just cited his name. He did not furnish Dieter’s credentials. The pastor responded to my concern by saying he had to take more time to prepare the daily devotional and began including a disclaimer on all future devotionals. The disclaimer is as follows: The quotes provided in this devotion are used to encourage further thought on the subject for the day or because they carry general wisdom and are not an endorsement
    of the character, religion, or other theological positions held by individual quoted.
    A period of 2 months passed without any quotes from questionable sources. Then, just this morning, today’s devotional showcased another quote from Gordon B. Hinckley, another former LDS president. The quote itself, seems to be “Christian” and devoid of heresy. Though, I am not a theologian & perhaps I am missing some deeper false context within the Mormon religion.
    Today’s quote: Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
    I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Quotes from Taoists have also been included in our Lutheran Daily devotional.
    Thank You,

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