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Mormons Slam Calendar's Missionary Position

7/10/2008 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Who knew a bunch of shirtless Mormon hunks could lead to so much drama?! Don't get your magic underwear in a bunch!
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TMZ has obtained a letter sent to Chad Hardy, the Mormon creator of the steamy Men on a Mission calendar, by the LDS church -- threatening disfellowship or excommunication for "conduct unbecoming a member." Coincidence? Chad thinks not.

Hot Mormons: Click to launchHardy tells TMZ he believes he's being targeted for the 12-monther -- but admits he doesn't attend church meetings or pay his tithing. He also believes his repentance will include closing up shop on the calendar, which he ain't ready to do. Save me Joseph Smith!

For their part the Church refuses to comment on the whole thing, "out of respect for the member himself."

We're guessing they won't like his next idea either -- Mormon Muffins: A Taste of Motherhood.

UPDATE: On July 13, Chad Hardy was officially excommunicated for "conduct unbecoming a member of the church."

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151.

Busted up chairs    

"Tithing is kept at each ward house to pay the bills for that particular building, etc."

No. A great deal goes to Salt Lake City and is put to use purchasing multi-billion dollar shopping malls.


"They donate to disaster relief areas all around the world."

The church has donated approximately 20 million towards charity in the past decade. This is an organization that takes in an estimated 2 billion dollars per year.

2234 days ago
152.

Busted up chairs    

"Probably cheated on his wife. We Mommons kinds of look down on that."

Yes. Because the church has never, ever excommunicated a member that didn't do anything wrong other than make the old men in Salt Lake City nervous.

2234 days ago
153.

Kristen    

"Yes. Because the church has never, ever excommunicated a member that didn't do anything wrong other than make the old men in Salt Lake City nervous."

Hee, hee! Peter Danzig, anyone. The September Six. Don't be publicly dissentin', you'll get your LDS arse whooped by The Authorities. In fact, you're probably better off cheating on your wife. The church considers public dissenters more evil than adulterers.

2234 days ago
154.

Helga    

Most of you don't seem to notice that he has pictures of guys clothed in missionary attire, including name tags. Guys with no shirts on is one thing. Guys wearing missionary name tags is another. The second one is out of line. I would not be surprised that the name tags is what led to the letter.

And it amazes me how much time, effort, and hate go into bashing something you don't even believe. Believe what you will and let others believe what they will.

And I know I am going to get bashed just for saying that.

2234 days ago
155.

Busted up chairs    

"And it amazes me how much time, effort, and hate go into bashing something you don't even believe. Believe what you will and let others believe what they will."

My family is devout LDS. The church is now politically getting involved in banning gay marriage in California, which would deprive my amazing sister in law of enjoying a marriage with her partner. The church always has a boogie man up it's sleeve. First it was the non-LDS (the early Saints were horrible neighbors prone to claiming divine right to property), then it was those of African descent, then it was the feminists (the church actively infiltrated ERA meetings to disrupt them), and now it is the homosexuals.

The church runs on fear and close-mindedness. I love many of the members, but they are under the institution's thumb, and the institution has proven itself to be utterly wrong time and time again.

The world needs less ignorance. What's so wrong with battling that?

2234 days ago
156.

Greg    

I commented before (#50, I believe) but must speak out again.
Yes, I will admit that it is true about the homosexuals. My brithmother turned homosexual after I was adopted and is now getting a lot of flak for that because she used to be a member of the church.
But really, who cares? If you are Mormon, why debate? You know what it is like in your church, both the good and the bad thingsm, and you can't change other people's opinions. If you are not Mormon, why try? Most people agree with you anyway. All you are doing is burning bridges. Bashing on both sides just looks immature and dumb. There is a difference between comment 164 (very mature, I applaud you for your level-headedness, thank you) and somebody saying,
"Mormonism is a damn cult and you should all whack off and get over yourself so wear your panties and read your mormon bible and get over it!!!" See?
So, imo, we should all just shut up over this subject and have a fun time agreeing that Mormonism is different. Now let's eat something at Denny's.

2234 days ago
157.

Greg    

^^^from above comment (#165)
*edit- I was comment #48, not comment #50.
ty,
greg

2234 days ago
158.

Busted up chairs    

"MORMONS are not POLYGAMISTS"

D&C 132 which commands polygamy is still church canon. There was no canonical denouncement, merely an announcement that it would stop for the time being. Men can also be sealed (married for eternity for the non-LDS) to more than one woman, but women can't be sealed to more than one man.

It's a part of the faith, and a review of early LDS church history will show that the FLDS conduct their lives and hold beliefs that are far closer to the original church than the current LDS church out of Salt Lake does.

2234 days ago
159.

Anita    

Mormonism is a stupid cult based on lies and delusions.

The members love-bomb (flatter) suckers into joining and then the cult demands start.

Run like the wind when approached by any Mormon. When their lips move they lie.

2233 days ago
160.

Maggie    

The comment by Thankful_butnotamember saved me from going off on a bunch of VERY rude bigots on this thread.
My husband, kids and myself are all converts. My oldest son is not a member. I was raised in a VERY liberal household. I did drugs as a teen, hubby did too. I drink Coke like it's water, sometimes I smoke. I have NEVER been asked about my sex practices. I have never seen a "witches circle" (wtf?). I DO get sick of the commitment sometimes. It is hard to go from doing whatever the heck you want to serving God. But that's the choice we have made.
Do I ever question stuff? Yes I do. But the members of my family have seen proof that our Church is good, and right. If you don't like it, fine. And our Church doesn't teach that if you're not a member, you're going to hell! There's stuff we don't understand about a lot of religions around the world. It doesn't make it right to come here and post a bunch of LIES and half-truths. I imagine if this story involved Catholics, it wouldn't have seen the light of day.
The bottom line is that when I walk into the Temple, tattoos and all, *I* feel right. If you don't, then stay away. Simple as that! And my personal opinion is that polygamy should be legal among consenting adults. So what?

2233 days ago
161.

in shock    

reading these comments really surprises me, there is so much understanding out there. The FLDS church is completely different from the LDS church. The LDS church at one point did practice polygamy. In it's infancy many members didn't know what they were doing. Later in years they got things figured out. When they were ran out of the country and fled to utah some families lost the father and husband. There were women that had many small children and no one to help them they would be married to another man yes but it was solely for the purpose of providing for them and their wives would have to approve of the marriage before it could take place. The FLDS church still practices this today. The LDS church doesn't not since the 1800's. It's against the law.

2233 days ago
162.

Ali    

To all those people who think the LDS church is a cult, go to Websters dictionary and look up the word cult. I think you would be shocked at the definition.

2233 days ago
163.

Amber    

By the way, it's obvious by now that I created all of the Mormon apologist comments on the board. You're pretty pathetic to believe that Mormons read this site. All of you bashing this religion based on family and christ probably know that I j/o to tranny porn. So sayeth the Lord.

2233 days ago
164.

Tim    

The church is a fraud, plain and simple. If you read the REAL church history you will discover that. DONT fill me up with BS about misunderstanding it. I lived it, did the research like so many others have, and left it. If it works for you, then great, but dont call the educated ones ingnorant.....thats called hypocrasy.

2233 days ago
165.

Busted up chairs    

"it was solely for the purpose of providing for them and their wives would have to approve of the marriage before"

Joseph Smith married a 14 year old and his own step-daughter. Give me a break.

2233 days ago
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