Guess that I can now see how the prophets of the 19th Century were able to so clearly see how the Lord would first come to the corruption in His House. I guess the new LDS Church standards is that any kind of corruption goes and one can still enter the most holy of LDS structures -- the temples. It does not matter that one is willfully breaking the laws of the land and that one is in clear violation of the Articles of Faith penned by Joseph Smith JR. I fondly remember telling people with a firm conviction that Mormons '...believe in honoring the US Constitution as a sacred, treasured document; and believe in honoring, sustaining, and obeying the laws of the land." Now, I have folks asking me, "I thought you Mormons believed in upholding the laws of the land? What is this stuff with supporting illegal aliens?" And, now I am at a loss for words. Has the new batch of LDS Leaders dumped the Articles of Faith? I wait with batted breath to hear what might be spoken at the upcoming General Conference that might declare that Mormons no longer bother with that relic of the Articles of Faith. Should I now burn my worn and studied copy of the "Study of the Articles of Faith" by Apostle James E Talmage? It clearly is not being followed in Utah nor by the LDS Leaders who are now embracing illegal aliens. It feels like not that "I" have left the faith but the faith has just picked up and scurried over to the wrong side of standards and values. Leaving me stunned and bewildered until I remember the prophecies of Joseph Smith, JR; Brigham Young; John Taylor; Ezra Taft Benson; and others that there will come a time when even the elite among you will be deceived and that one day the House of the Lord will be purged of its own wickedness.
An oddity I am finding on Mormon websites is that one should not expose 'corruption, wickedness, nor sinful behavior' with in the Church or by LDS members. And their argument is that one should protect "THE CHURCH" from any form of negative coverage. But, I argue that the evil and wickedness is NOT part of the Church and pulling out the deadly parasites of bad actors is a good thing to keep the House of the Lord clean. These people would prefer to protect an imagine, an institution, a public relations agenda rather than call out the evil from within.
These poor ill informed souls apparently have not read of the many times that Pres. Brigham Young chastised the members as they traveled westward to Utah. At one point, Young told them that if they did not mend their sinful and corrupting ways he would not go one step further with such an ill tempered, foul mouthed, animal abusing lot.
BRAVO to you, Paul, for your writing on these topics that should not be sensitive nor taboo amongst Mormons at all but a rallying cry for all Mormons to declare "Yes! We need to stop the corruption and remember who we are and what we stand for!"
Sandy Heer : Wow, your bashing of the LDS Church just continues to get more fierce--but now your bashing Mormons, in general, as well? "Mormons do not sin"...and "Forgiveness comes before repentance?" Come on, Paul--as 'a member in good standing' you know better than that.
Paul A Drockton M.A. I hope you save a little outrage for the criminals that have infiltrated our Church.
Scott Hixon Rodney: Good article. I have a friend who used to be a business owner in Utah years ago. He told me one of the reasons he left the state is the corruption in the LDS business community. He feels that the Wasatch front will go down in history as the most corrupt area in America. He really hated seeing bishops and stake presidents denying recommends to people on Sunday then on Monday engaging in the same behavior. He said "I just had to get out of there."
Everyday I receive communications like this one from a few of my fellow Mormons:
"I can understand your innate desire to sound a word and a warning regarding the NWO & Illuminati global secret combinations, but if you are doing nothing to bring people to Christ with your ministry through it, then isn't it all in vain? I see nothing in your writings that testifies of the love of Our Savior and that the faithful are awaiting His glorious return and will recognize Him, or that He will succor and comfort His people in that great and dreadful day. Though chaos be the order of the day, Christ's people will not fear and will continue to love and be at peace in their hearts knowing Whom they serve. Christ's elect do not fear death or the things that are surely coming to pass--instead, we rejoice in the evidence that His coming in Glory to put down the wicked is ever closer. Do you not think your time & efforts would be best served by bringing your fellow men/women to their Redeemer and the peace in their hearts that only He can provide? When all is said and done, if you haven't brought people closer to the Lord, Jesus Christ, then what's it all for? Think About It." (Name Redacted)
The Book of Mormon tells of an individual in a similar situation as the one I and others find themselves in:
3 And now behold, I say unto you that myself, and also my men, and also Helaman and his men, have suffered exceedingly great sufferings; yea, even hunger, thirst, and fatigue, and all manner of afflictions of every kind.
4 But behold, were this all we had suffered we would not murmur nor complain.
5 But behold, great has been the slaughter among our people; yea, thousands have fallen by the sword, while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength and succor for them. Yea, great has been your neglect towards us.
6 And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state.
7 Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering thousands of your brethren—
8 Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in a situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have sent armies unto them, to have strengthened them, and have saved thousands of them from falling by the sword.
9 But behold, this is not all—ye have withheld your provisions from them, insomuch that many have fought and bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the welfare of this people; yea, and this they have done when they were about to perish with hunger, because of your exceedingly great neglect towards them.
10 And now, my beloved brethren—for ye ought to be beloved; yea, and ye ought to have stirred yourselves more diligently for the welfare and the freedom of this people; but behold, ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance; yea, for known unto God were all their cries, and all their sufferings—
11 Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain.
12 Do ye suppose that, because so many of your brethren have been killed it is because of their wickedness? I say unto you, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain; for I say unto you, there are many who have fallen by the sword; and behold it is to your condemnation;
13 For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
14 And now behold, I say unto you, I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will come upon this people, because of their exceeding slothfulness, yea, even the slothfulness of our government, and their exceedingly great neglect towards their brethren, yea, towards those who have been slain.
15 For were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head, we could have withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us. (Source)
If you truly want to follow Jesus Christ than you better understand what He was really about. I quote:
"7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.... "
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind bleaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which akilled the bprophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye ageneration of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34¶ Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
I am often asked if I am a Prophet of God. I would have to respond that, if not, then someone better let these self-righteous hypocrites know, so that they can stop trying to destroy me and those that I love. They have stolen my wealth, my health, my good name. I have been shot at, almost murdered in a set-up car accident and narrowly escaped death on so many occasions I could not list them all here. All because of my love for the truth and the true testimony that I have of Jesus Christ.
If God has sent me to prophesize and warn a group of slothful and disobedient people, that think they can stay out of the devil's way and still be friends with God, then so be it. I have done my duty. When severe judgments are poured out upon the same slothful and disobedient people, and they find their promised land taken away from them and given to others that are not so slothful and disobedient, they will only have themselves to blame. My hands and garments are free from their blood.
I grow weary of those that say, "the bed is too short, cut off his legs". Or, "the bed is too long, stretch him out a bit." Maybe the problem is, you need to buy a new bed.