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Posted by: Tall Man, Short Hair ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 02:05PM

What a great story and wonderful lesson. Thank God many in the congregation were wounded when he held up the mirror to them. I wonder how I would have reacted to him? Ouch.

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Posted by: rhgc ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 02:44PM

At seminary in our ward a similar test was made. The teacher had a man made up as a bum lying near the chapel door to see if anyone tried to help. The only class member to react and do something - was one of my children. The others ignored the person who obviously needed help.

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Posted by: rhgc ( )
Date: September 20, 2013 01:40PM

While the OP may be an urban legend, the experiment in LDS seminary is not.

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Posted by: serena ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 03:25PM

And the picture is of an unidentified real homeless man.

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Posted by: David Jason ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 04:07PM

Thanks, I love it when people call out these fake stories. They might sound nice, but they encourage our own confirmation bias. Thanks Fact checker!

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Posted by: ec1 ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 04:10PM

This story could be an urban legend, but there have been some social science experiments that have done this.
Google "good samaritan study" or "good samaritan experiment"

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Posted by: dogeatdog ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 04:15PM

Oh, so totally untrue...? Sorry! Still a good lesson perhaps...

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Posted by: caffiend ( )
Date: September 18, 2013 10:32PM

serena Wrote:
> And the picture is of an unidentified real
> homeless man.

I noticed there was no identification of the church or the city this took place in. And what is this site? Whatever their affiliation(s) is(are) is hidden in there somewhere, and I'm not going searching. But I did find this:

"ReportersTv is Africa’s #1 internet TV site. A revolutionary next generation social media site that combines news with video sharing.

Is the first of its kind that pays its contributors for views, every single time someone watches their video."

I think we got punked. I suggest that the moderators delete the thread.

dogeatdog wrote,
"Oh, so totally untrue...? Sorry! Still a good lesson perhaps..."
If I may challenge you, what if somebody said, "Oh, the BoM and the Book of Abraham may not be so totally true...sorry...(I think they) "still (provide) a good lesson perhaps..." No, I want what I believe in, and draw my life lessons from, to be true.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/18/2013 10:37PM by caffiend.

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Posted by: brothernotofjared ( )
Date: September 21, 2013 05:50AM

Maybe the real questions is:

"Do you doubt this could happen in America today?"


"How would your (current or former) 'Ward Family' handle this situation?"

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Posted by: britbritchrischris ( )
Date: September 21, 2013 12:01PM

In slc at gateway mall their are usually bums pan handling on the corners. or people playing instruments i like the musicians. The homeless shelter is really near the gateway mall.

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Posted by: truthseeker ( )
Date: September 21, 2013 12:15PM

Just because the story is illustrated with a photo of an unidentified homeless man doesn't mean the incident didn't take place. Maybe the writer just didn't have a photo of the pastor involved.

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