Most of us in the restaurant business are not what you would exactly call religious. But we do come from a variety of different religious backgrounds. Being that it is Utah, even the most unpolished of us can and often do come from LDS backgrounds, but that's not the only case.
One of the kids there is Baptist. And he is fond of reminding my girlfriend and me that "even if Mormon Jesus doesn't love you, Baptist Jesus does."
I find it amusing and sad at the same time.
I think it is sad that this is the message that has been sent from LDS leaders and the Utah LDS community as a whole--Mormon Jesus doesn't love you. I don't think this is necessarily the message they are hoping to send, but it is the one that is coming through the static. I think it is also sad because I think one of the goals of religion should be to better people through spiritual messages, no matter what the religion is.
Of course, I don't think there is a Baptist Jesus and a Mormon Jesus and a Catholic Jesus. Christ is Christ, and it's us with our small minds that make Him different for different groups of people.
Regardless, I think that if there is one thing Christian religions should agree on, it is that God and Jesus love you, no matter who you are or where you live or what your religion is. Teach about the Bible, teach about the ten commandments, teach about consequences for the things we do in this life...or don't. But God's love for all His children should be a staple. But maybe it's just me and my way of thinking that believes that the knowledge that God loves everyone is a fundamental principle to any Christian religion.
At any rate, it's good to be reminded that Jesus loves me, because leaders in my own religion are often fond of trying to get me to believe otherwise.
So remember friends, no matter what Elder Oaks says, Baptist Jesus loves you.