I suppose this happens in all cultures, where there is too much of one thing. In this case, the “thing” is the Mormon religion. And what happens is that people walk around with a sense of entitlement that perplexes me.
Case in point. A friend of my daughter’s was telling us the story of her now ex-boyfriend, who just graduated from high school and is getting ready to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They broke up because he is suddenly “holier than thou” and she is still herself, not walking on water, drinking Coke and wearing a bikini to swim in. But she related to us a conversation she had with him.
It seems he was all in a dither because another mutual friend who is also going on a mission wore a LEI to his farewell. Since he is Polynesian, it was deemed appropriate by his bishop, family, etc.
But Missionary A$$, as we will call him, said, “I can’t believe he did that. He is SUCH a convert.”
And there you have it in a nutshell. Missionary Bravo did not make the wise choice after the war in heaven, and thus he is not one of the chosen people. Of course, if you choose to look at it that way, NOBODY that Missionary A$$ is going out to convert will ever be as valiant as he. Because he was “born under the covenant.” What I regard as sheer luck, this religion sees as a choice, and refuses to acknowledge just how arrogant this belief is.
Further, why on earth would anyone want to join a church that will always consider them “second rate?”
“Such a convert.” Such an arrogant, dismissive a$$hole.
But he was raised this way. His parents and his culture and his religion taught him this. They may not have told him to be so dismissive, and would undoubtedly have all sorts of excuses about his behavior and why he said what he did, but the facts cannot be disputed.
If you are not born into the Church, you are a convert. You will NEVER really belong. They may not tell you this in the missionary drive-by baptism attempt, but it’s true.
If you made the wrong choice before you were born, well, you simply are not as valiant. The Mormon religion teaches there was a war in heaven, and some people followed Jesus, and some people followed Satan. The people who followed Jesus were born into Mormon families on this earth. And the ones who followed Satan moved to California and became porn stars and heroin addicts, and voted for Obama.
So again, why would anyone want to willingly step in to a religion that teaches they were not as valiant when they were even less than a twinkle in their daddy’s proverbial eye?
This will, of course, occur to you if you ever dig deep enough, but most people don’t, particularly around here in Utah. In this state, they think they can decide for you how to raise your child. What your child should wear to dances is their decision. Their child, automatically superior to your child, should be given automatic spots above your child in any endeavor, because that child was more valiant before… before. The before, of course, is pretty vague. Since the Mormon Church is only 200+ years old, there is a lot of wiggle room here. While Joseph Smith claimed to have brought back the restored gospel, nobody really ever says when the “before” happened.
We’ve dealt with this entitlement for years. It won’t change tomorrow. But I WILL write about it. And then OH YE ENTITLED ONES can shake your heads and say, “The Church doesn’t teach that.”