Comments:Copy of handbook for leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints obtained by Wikinews
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Polygamy and the afterlife 
I would be interested to see what it says about the afterlife and polygamy. It is rumored that these doctrines are only made clear to the elders and the enlightened. I am wondering if they laid it all out in their handbook for leaders. ~sabriel26~ —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 05:59, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
- Considering that this is an administrative procedural manual of guidelines, you are going to be very disappointed as there is nothing in the manual instructing the bishop or stake president what meetings they should be holding in the afterlife, or the procedure for bank deposits from afterlife donors. The only entries on polygamy deal with procedures for excommunicating those who practice it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:51, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? 
- Mormons --Brian McNeil / talk 08:43, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
- ty --Nohawkson - (talk) 08:50, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
What's the big deal? If you want ANY literature from the LDS church, go to thier website and get it. The LDS church isn't hiding anything. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 15:19, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
If anyone goes searching after the handbook to find out what dirty secrets the Mormon leaders are hiding will be really disappointed. Ask any church leader who has one what the handbook says about something and they'll tell you flat out, often even show you right in the manual. Think of the thousands and thousands of normal UNPAID people who have been in various positions to read and have a copy of the manual. Should there be anything unsavory or scandulous, it would've been common knowledge a long time ago.
Probably the biggest reason the church doesn't distribute the manuals widely is because they are nothing but administrative policies and guidance suggestions for the lay leaders. They are changing all the time, and should they be distributed along with the Bible or Book of Mormon, too many people would cling to these policies as some sort of pronouncement of doctrine. Simple as that.
If the juiciest details that Wikileaks or wikinews can come up with to expose the Mormon church's policies is euthanasia and cremation, is it worth dealing with a copyright infringement lawsuit? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 14:45, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Mormon repression 
This is just another example of repression and censorship by the American Taliban, also known as the Mormon church -- an institution devoted to sexism, homophobia, racism and extreme right-wing looney-tunes political views. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Utahstudmuffin2 (talk • contribs) 19:56, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
- No, this is simple enforcement of copyright. The Church is within its legal prerogative to determine how its copyrighted material is and is not distributed, just as any other copyright holder is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 00:58, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
I find it interesting that a site, such as wikinews would publish something COPYRIGHTED as it says, IN BOLD LETTERS below this very box that I'm typing in, "Do not submit copyrighted work without permission." Hmm, I wonder what that makes them... Anyway, the issue here is that the "Genreal Handbook of Instructions" is a copyrighted book. Wikinews and anyone else needs the express permission of the copyright holder to publish it. I don't really understand the problem here. This country was founded on people obeying the laws set by their appointed representatives. Have we lost site of that? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:29, 15 May 2008 (UTC)
For the Admins of this Site, The FLDS Church has nothing to do with the "Mormon" church, the info box on the right-hand side of the screen contains a link to the "401 children..." this is an FLDS news item, NOT a Mormon or LDS news item, and it should be removed, thank you.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs)
- The infobox highlights recent stories having to do with the larger topic of Mormonism, of which both the LDS and FLDS Church are subtopics within the larger topic. Cirt (talk) 04:44, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
Is WikiNews PURPOSELY misleading It's Viewers? 
If I may, let us examine a trend by Wikinews.
When you look at the following webpage (http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Copy_of_handbook_for_leaders_of_the_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_obtained_by_Wikinews)you can see Wikinews 'Related Stories' section yet if you clearly examine these items you can see that the link about the '401 children...' are NOT in fact members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but members of the FUNDAMENTAL Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Different church following different beliefs.
I have searched other pages on Wikinews which point out this very fact but does Wikinews correct such errors?
What is Wikinews intent?
I have two other posts regarding the 'LDS' General Handbook of Instructions. Psoting by bashers or 'con' viewpoints are many and easy to spot but I have to wonder the validity of a web-based 'news' organization when it such things occur. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:05, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
- The infobox highlights recent stories having to do with the larger topic of Mormonism, of which both the LDS and FLDS Church are subtopics within the larger topic. Cirt (talk) 04:45, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
I don't think this article meets a level of public interest to be revealing, except of course for the publicity you are recieving for publishing their copyrighted material. I thought your articles are to specifically reveal information unknown to the general public and are somehow related to corruption or secrecy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 20:05, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
Laughing Out Loud 
I am so sorry to have to tell you this, but wikinews is apparently the most gullible news agency I've ever seen. The "secret" (LOL!) handbook for leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "leaked" (LOL again!) by wikileak has been available to anyone I might care to show it to since I've been a member (going on 35 years now). Any man OR WOMAN who has any type of leadership calling whatsoever (we have a lay ministry) is given all or parts of the handbook pertaining to the specific calling. I am a woman and I've had dozens of callings, like almost all the men and women who are active members. My husband has had the entire handbook many times and I could read anything in it I'd want to, and I have.
There is nothing in there that the majority of the members don't already know! And I don't care if the world knows it, too. The sample pieces of "leaked information" you provided in your article are nothing spectacular - what's the big deal?
I suppose that those who know nothing about us might misunderstand some things, but it's easy to explain if anyone bothers to just ask. And as for the groups/people that provided the handbook to wikileak, they have an axe to grind, for whatever reasons are beyond me. The rest of us are happy to tell anyone and everyone ALL about our church. We'd like them to know what we REALLY believe and how we REALLY do things, and not the half-truths these groups spread around. Did you even talk to any faithful members of the Church? You certainly didn't quote any, if you did. What kind of news reporting is that?
FLDS Church and LDS Church ARE NOT THE SAME 
Why are there references to the FLDS church in the same area as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's (LDS Church) information? The two churches are not related in any way and are not the same faith. You should do more study so you know what you are referring to on your web site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 02:04, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
Comments from feedback form - "What guided the selection of i..." 
What guided the selection of items from the handbook? Was it an attempt to shock the readers? This represents less than 0.3% of the entire handbook, but if this is the most controversial items you could find, I don't see the point in quoting them. They are not the most important matters in this handbook, by far. What about quoting sections that discuss how leaders should always serve others and love them? Why weren't these quoted as well?