I had a "buddy" that I used to trust and who has fallen down on his luck in his marriage and in his relationships and is hanging on by a thread, due to problems with substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) and whose wife may just end up leaving him because she is progressing in life as a manager and he is struggling with this substance problem and will not get the help he needs to kick it). He has a heart of gold - but then, don't most people who are self-medicating..... Pot and the hooch takes the edge off of most of life's situations when you are drowning and choking in it...... Instead of reaching for the safety of the gospel, that does help a man and a woman get through things like losing a child to SIDS and so much else, they would rather reject it. Thus, the Savior's words on those who continue to abuse themselves spiritually by not applying the salve that could bring peace to their souls.
I have attempted to set things straight, even bearing testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith - and showing evidences that he was not some philanderer, as most of the ex-mo community still believes - and he still will not listen. I think I raised the ire when I published this article:
And I love plays on names - the guy mentioned in the article is Ugo Perego - who finds out that, "There U go, the wives of Joseph Smith were not Perego with his children......" Love it. A sterling example of word play for a guy who loves puns.....
I again adjure my "buddy" to read it. The research is sterling - above board and unimpeachable. Facts and data do not lie. Of course, it will be dismissed as quack science - but yeah, whatever. Putting stuff on public forums...... Yep.
To that, I again extend this to all those who are kicking against the pricks - and the admonition to "go and sin no more". Time is short. If Denver Snuffer snuffed your testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, or it was snuff, or 421 doobage or it was a seminary teacher who was a little radical and said that you should not pursue a career and that rearing children is the highest calling, I recommend reading this. It is about as strongly worded as I can put stuff in polite society. Time IS SHORT:
HYPOCRISY BY THOSE WHO WANT TO CHANGE GOD’S COMMANDMENTS TO FIT THEIR OWN SELFISH WANTSThe teachings of the Lord are clear in regard to the way we must deal with sinners. Christ treated them with compassion -- as long as they confessed that their sin was a sin. Only when they attempted to pretend that their sin was righteousness did he harshly name them for what they were: fools, hypocrites, sinners. Hypocrites because they were unwilling to change their behavior and instead attempted to change the law to fit it; fools because they thought that deceiving an easily deceivable society would achieve the impossible goal of also deceiving God. These are they who are “kicking against the pricks” and “fighting against the Saints of God”. Joseph Smith taught that it is never enough to physically leave the body of the Church and then leave the Saints alone. You can leave the Church, but the Church never leaves you -- because immutable truth is just that, immutable. It will gnaw at you at every turn and every choice in life until you either bow the knee and confess Christ as your Savior or raise your fist to heaven and curse God and wish to die because of your defiance at the failing to give heed to saving laws and ordinances which can bring peace and lasting joy.The Church has plenty of room for individuals who are struggling to overcome their temptation and bad behavior. But for the protection of the Saints and the good of the persons themselves, the Church has no room for those who, instead of repenting of gross sin, wish it to become an acceptable behavior in the society of the Saints. They are wolves in sheep's clothing, preaching meekness while attempting to devour the flock, or their families, etc.No act of violence is ever appropriate to protect Christianity from those who would rob it of its meaning. None of us are without sin -- the casting of stones is not our duty or our privilege. All that must ever be done to answer them is to declare the truth, and to deny them the right to call themselves Latter-day Saints while proclaiming their false doctrine. Even as Christ freed from her accusers the woman taken in adultery, he told her, Go and sin no more.Quote attributed to Orson Scott Card with modification by Iraq.
I HAVE TO DEAL WITH MANY LOVED ONES WHO ARE APOSTATE IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER AND IT IS WEARYING. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW GOD MUST FEEL WITH SO MANY STRAYING AT THIS TIME..... THE MOST EGREGIOUS THING I CAN THINK OF IS QUESTIONING THE PROPHET OF THE LORD WHEN IT COMES TO CONTENT OF THE TEMPLE ENDOWMENT - WHILE STILL SAYING THAT YOU ARE TEMPLE WORTHY AND CARRY A RECOMMEND.
I DEDICATE THIS POST TO AN OLD FRIEND FROM MY GROWING UP DAYS: TALMAGE B. (KNOWN AS TAL), WHO IS THE SON OF RANDY B. RANDY JOINED THE CHURCH AFTER MEETING A BEAUTIFUL LDS WOMAN. TAL GREW UP WITH ME, WENT TO ARGENTINA ON A MISSION AND WAS MARRIED TO A WOMAN WHO BORE HIM SEVEN CHILDREN UNDER THE COVENANT. HE HAD THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WITH HIM UNTIL HE FELL FROM GRACE AND IS NOW BUSILY KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS AS ONE OF THE LEADING ANTI'S IN THE CHURCH.
THE ONLY EXPLANATION THAT I CAN COME UP WITH (AND I CONFRONTED HIM ABOUT IT) IS LAW OF CHASTITY ISSUES. HE DENIED IT - BUT YOU CANNOT EASILY HIDE THE OBVIOUS AS YOU SPEW THREATENINGS AND RAILINGS AGAINST THE LORD'S ANOINTED.
PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING YOU TUBE LINKS OF HIS MUSIC VIDEOS (BELOW) BEFORE AND AFTER A PERSONAL FALL.
BEFORE (NOTE COUNTENANCE IN "SHE'S SO HIGH" - WHICH WAS A NUMBER ONE RATED POP SONG):
AFTER (SHOWING HIS LESS INNOCENT (**pure??**) COUNTENANCE):
I GOT AN ANGRY E-MAIL FROM TAL ONCE WONDERING WHY I WAS SINGLING HIM OUT TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE. I WAS SHORT AND TO THE POINT. HE WAS BRINGING FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE CHURCH - AND I SIMPLY WANTED TO GIVE MY PERSONAL WITNESS THAT HIS FORM OF ACRIMONIOUS MORMON BASHING WAS DUE TO HIS PERSONAL FALL - NOT ANY REAL ISSUES HE HAD AGAINST THE CHURCH.
I ONLY PUT THIS STUFF OUT THERE AS A FASCINATING REMINDER OF HOW ANY ONE CAN FALL IF PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF THE SPIRIT IS NOT ATTENDED TO REGULARLY.