When I was a little girl, I was dunked under the Mormon waters and told that from that point on (and I was eight), I was COMPLETELY accountable to God for everything I did.
EVERYTHING. I lived in fear of that for quite a few years, because I was not exactly an angelic child. I’m sure you might find that hard to believe, but true it is. Anybody who was EVER baptized a Mormon knows they were told the same thing. All your “sins” are washed away, and from that point forward, you are ACCOUNTABLE.
So who is holding Joseph Smith accountable for having sex with a 14-year-old girl? (Helen Mar Kimball. Look it up. If you want someone to use irrational logic and magic powers to wash it away, call Todd.) We are trying Brian David Mitchell in a court of law, and have kept him locked up for years while we are doing it. He and Old Joe BOTH committed their crimes using religion as an excuse. Where do you THINK Brian David Mitchell got the idea? Dateline? Hmmm, that’s possible, so scratch that.
My point here is NOT that BDM is not guilty of a crime. He is. So are the pedophiles of the FLDS community who are marrying children EVERY DAY. But it all started with Joseph.
The FLDS Church is living the gospel the way Joseph Smith taught it.
Thank God today’s Mormons are not. But it’s time to put away the Joseph Smith statues, folks. He was nothing but a very flawed man who came up with an interesting idea. His group remained small and probably would have mostly died away, except that because of his death and the persecution of the Mormons, they were forced to flee.
And they came to Utah, with Brigham Young, where he was basically a king and did whatever the hell he wanted. And because there really was NO ONE HERE but Mormons, they flourished and grew, and everyone stayed Mormon because it did NOT PAY to piss King Brigham off.
I’m bothered that no one EVER wants to hold Brigham Young accountable for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I understand how it happened, folks. Anyone who reads or studies the time understands the mindset of the Mormons. But, much like slavery, it really wasn’t all that great of an idea. Excuse me, but did you REALLY think that one through?
WHAT is the meter used to determine which “prophecies” and statements are divine, and which are just the prophet being a man? Who decides that, Todd? Or anyone else who cares to answer? I can tell you what the meter is. If it has been discarded or misproven, IT IS THE MAN. If they are still doing it, divine.
Too bad they don’t have one of those golden egg contraptions from the Willy Wonka movie. You know, one that would say, “BAD PROPHECY, BAD PROPHECY, DOWN THE TUBES.”
That would have kept all the lovely little gems like “sometimes the truth is not very useful” from escaping the mouths of the Mormon prophets.
Sometimes the truth is not very useful. So lie about it instead. Produce a manual for official instruction that ONLY mentions the OFFICIAL wife of Brigham Young, and not one of the others. Odd. Lie about the Adam-God Doctrine. It’s one of those man things. You know….
Lie about it. But guess what? Your lies are shining through. Time to stop.