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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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31.

tracey    

They are great to look at as long as they don't open their mouths about religion...

2203 days ago
32.

GettinOverIt    

The LDS church is a crock! They are Big Brother to the extreme. The "Brethren" are breathing down the neck of yet another member of the church who, from their perspective, is "embarrassing" them. What is soooooooo dishonorable and lacking in character for a guy to go shirtless?! They need to spend their time going after the pervs in the "Church" that diddle the youth - and then cover it up - rather than this guy. This only shows what a bunch of up-tight old farts they are.

2203 days ago
33.

I agree with Dobbie    

Wow, Brett, Ooohhh HURRY!!!! Alert the presses!!! The mormon church is actually standing up for what they believe in. Grow up!

2203 days ago
34.

ThereIsHope    

If this guy who created the calendar gets ex'd, then the Marriotts should get ex'd for selling XXX porn in their hotel rooms and "brother" Romney should get ex'd for sitting on the Marriott board of directors for 10 years and did nothing to stop the sell of porn, because it's a multi-million dollar revenue source for them, which of course, goes to the church. If this guys gets ex'd then all the Vegas Mormons will need to get ex'd for working at a casino, and any LDS model who poses with their shirt off will also need to be ex'd. Come on people! I am sure if he paid his tithing, they would not have any problems with the calendar at all. According to the current stand the church has on modesty and the word of wisdom, you can sell porn, just not watch it, and you can sell booze, you just can't drink it - but if you sell porn and booze and you don't pay your tithing, then you are ex'd. I love LDS, Inc!!! They have a BRILLIANT business plan!! I wish I thought of it!

2203 days ago
35.

GettinOverIt    

Check out exmormon.org for reasons why previous LDS members leave the "Church". Those Mormons out there that tell you to go to LDS.org or Mormon.org are leading you to biased information. It's like telling you to go to a car manufacturers site to get all your information about a vehicle you are researching, rather than reviewing edmunds.com or car and track magazine. Check out ALL sources when investigating the Mormon/LDS church!

2203 days ago
36.

cuttiout    

This is just Mormon bashing. Since when did TMZ switch from celebrity news to bashing religion? Which religion/race/sex/nationality will TMZ bash next? We can visit the gazillion other celebrity websites instead of you. In fact, I think I will. Click.

2203 days ago
37.

Booboo    

I'm a non-Mormon woman who finds these guys attractive. The Mormon lifestyle of maintaining healthy bodies and avoiding caffiene has sure paid off for these men!

The LDS made a mistake by kicking them out as they might have attracted myself and other male-appreciating women to their flock. Or at least cause the LDS to look a bit better to the rest of the world. I realize that the recent scandals concerning underage brides had to do with the FLDS, not the mainstream LDS. But that kind of publicity is not good for anything even remotely Mormon. It will take years for them to live the scandals down, and even then some of us will always wonder about that religion. Why do you think that Mitt Romney didn't get the Republican nomination? He may have been a decent candidate, but no one could get past his religion. Even many who shared his values did not vote for the man. They knew that he could not win.

2203 days ago
38.

nevercomment    

LAME POST - Chad Hardy cry me a river. Since you're not even a participating member why do u care anyway. Get a Real Job.

2203 days ago
39.

Rose (a mother)    

Just me: as is so often the case people tend to believe that everyone is capable of what they do, or that everyone believes what they believe. As a member of the LDS Church for 40 years I can state with absolute truth I have never lived a moment of fear. I imagine that if you did it was because you knew your lifestyle choices were not compatible with church standards. That would be your fear, no one else's. If anything, this church will set you free from the slipped standards of the world. You'll live longer too & be healthier. Those are proven facts.

2203 days ago
40.

Greg    

I don't get it. How do any of you guys "know" about what the mormons believe. It seems that you guys are just filled with animosity...

Mormons are wonderful people. Their church leaders encourage them to be moral people and uphold the law. The Mormon religion is the third largest religion in North America. Secret service members, CIA, FBI, and etc. are Mormons not only because of their strong work ethic, but because of their moral standards.

Mormonism isn't "restrictive", it is simply choice. If a person wants to not believe in what their religion believes in, it's okay.
The church leaders aren't angry about that. It's just if they do something considered morally wrong that calls for something more serious. The ultimate thing that people don't know about Mormonism is that Mormons believe that God condemned Satan to hell because Satan wanted to take away people's choice and agency. Choice is a huge thing in the Mormon religion.

Mormons and the FLDS church are very different. After most natural disasters, the Mormon church is first on the case before most organized aid societies. They also donate millions of dollars to the government for humanitarian aid. The FLDS church doesn't do that. Mormons only practiced polygamy 200 years ago because in Nauvoo many men and boys were killed by dissenters and Joseph Smith, a moral man that was also killed by dissenters, wanted the women to have a man to take care of them when they started their journey to Salt Lake. After reaching Salt Lake, it is clear to all of us that polygamy was quickly abolished. Now what church that cares about its members, strives to uphold the law, treats everyone with respect, is concerned about moral standards, and donates millions to the homeless and hungry is considered a cult? What other church is that involved and actually cares that much?

Temples are simply a place of worship, not cult serivces. And how would any of us know? A person has to be morally worthy to enter the temple, and it sounds that most people here that have been ticking off about the LDS church aren't worthy. They wear white clothes to show respect to Jesus Christ, not to practice wicca cult rituals. Cult rituals...that even sounds ridiculous. They don't swear their lives away to the church like Catholic Nuns, they simply declare loyalty to Hevenly Father and Jesus Christ.

And come on, you can't expect Mormons to be perfect. They can be stuck-up. But sometimes all of us can. They are only human. I bet you wouldn't be able to tell a Mormon from a non-Mormon if you sat down and talked with both of them. And why all the hate? Because people simply don't know that much about them?

Anti-Mormon literature is written by dissenters mostly, and thus people can bet an extremely one-sided view of things. I'd suggest learning about the Mormons. They are much more normal than you think.

2203 days ago
41.

Tick    

This guy is misrepresenting the Mormon Faith and should be excommunicated....What religion is OJ Simpson? Are people going to stop believing just because he, as one singular person, is a murderer? No! So just because a "Mormon" does something wrong it doesn't make the religion itself wrong.
Posted at 1:51PM on Jul 10th 2008 by wndrwmn

12. No, Mormons do not marry 12 year olds. That is the FLDS church. Please educate yourselves on a subject before commenting. http://mormon.org

Posted at 1:53PM on Jul 10th 2008 by wndrwmn
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Uh, wndrwmn...OJ was found not guilty. Please educate yourself. Or, as they say, don't throw stones.

2203 days ago
42.

Angiebaby    

The LDS church disapproves of the calander, huh? Well, since they view the body as a wicked temptation which should be covered from neck to ankles; their members wear special "undergarments" to further cover the body and discourage wantonness; they admonish sex before marriage; sex during marriage is solely for the purpose of procreating. It is not to be indulged in more often than necessary, and is NEVER to be enjoyed; they believe it is a sin to have intercourse while pregnant or menstruating; Mormons are bathed in the belief that masturbation will lead to hell... and the list goes on. I'm really not surprised they object to the calander.

2203 days ago
43.

Dick Lick    

The LDS church is classified as a cult! Where else can a guy get his own planed and women to populate it with? These are usually good people but they have faith in a REALLY GOOFY idea of God and the universe! That is truly " the pearl of great price"

2203 days ago
44.

my name is bindy not bindi    

i am LDS and would never buy this calender. i think this guy is out for a quick buck.

2203 days ago
45.

Safe dad    

Ya know why you always have to take MORE than one mormon friend fishing with you ? If ya only take one, he will drink all your beer !! True true true !!

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