Religious bullying… PROOF that the LDS Church DOES influence their members

So, you want to elect a POTUS who, besides being out of touch with common man, an elitist, and a bully, also belongs to a church that resorts to BULLYING tactics to get their way. I have a few problems with that.

In a Salt Lake Tribune article, the interesting story of a new Missionary Highrise, scheduled to be built in an affluent neighborhood, shows just exactly WHAT the Mormon Hierarchy does when they want something.

The majority of Provo Mormons who were fighting construction of a proposed high-rise at the Missionary Training Center have dropped their opposition after a local church leader asked for their support during a worship service.

On July 1, a Mormon Church stake president asked members of Provo’s Pleasant View First Ward during sacrament meeting to support the church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their decision to build the nine-story classroom building, which some neighbors had opposed because of its height.

Neighborhood chairman R. Paul Evans, a practicing Mormon, had led the opposition to the project. But after meeting with his stake president, he said he felt it was important to “support the decision of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.”

 So, that is what they do when they want something. Whatever is necessary, including bullying their members, albeit with quiet, aggressive tactics, until they step down and support the church..

R. Paul Evans, an active Mormon who seems to be an honest man, is not holding back his reasons for backing down on his opposition to the Church’s high rise.

“On Monday June 25, 2012, I received an invitation from a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ecclesiastical leader relayed from a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the second-highest governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” Evans wrote in an email to McGinn. “The invitation was to support the decision of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to build a nine story building at the Provo Missionary Training Center. I accept the invitation.”

As the LDS Church is KNOWN for their member purges, I’m sure Brother Evans did not want to take a chance on his own membership. They “invited” him to change his mind, and he accepted that “invitation.”

Now the fight is not over. There are some diehards still opposing the building. But rest assured, the Church will get to them as well, and they WILL get their building, because that is how it works in Mormonism.

People DON’T fight back because they don’t want their temple recommend or church position to be put into question.

Let’s look at that in another light. What would happen in the secular world should the some thing come up? In some cities, you end up with cement boots decorating the bottom of a lake or river.

Here in Utah, you end up with eternity-lined handcuffs that can’t be removed without setting off that annoying buzzer.

We are looking at a President of the United States of America who is a Mormon, and we are looking at an example of exactly what they do when they want something and don’t get their way.

What would Mitt Romney do if the church approached him about something they did or didn’t want to pass or be law. Would he accept that invitation? I have never seen any indication from him that he has ANY backbone at all. If you elect Romney, you have just admitted the Mormon Church into your living room. He does things the Mormon way. If he doesn’t want to answer something, he uses evasive tactics. Or he “doesn’t remember.” Or he flipflops. Or he speaks in such convoluted sentences that by the time he is done nobody can remember what he was talking about to begin with.

“I stand behind whatever it was I said I stood behind.” In the interest of honesty, I will tell you that I have paraphrased what he said. And so you don’t jump up and down and say I have taken it out of context, or changed the wording, here is what he actually said:

ROMNEY: I’m actually gonna — I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. I’ll go back and take a look at what was said there.

Yeah. So you tell me. Should we be concerned about about Romney being our president? The LDS Church already runs things here in Utah. Just ask me about our liquor laws. Don’t get me started. You know what a Zion Curtain is? It’s not what you’re thinking. It’s anything that blocks the view of a bartender mixing a drink to give to a patron. Restaurants must have these installed, because if someone might accidentally see how to make a drink they might go home and do it themselves and get drunk. Or something.

Never mind that you can find instructions to build bombs, and other truly dangerous things on the Internet. As long as we can’t see the person PUTTING the alcohol INTO the drink, everything is fine.

Can someone please explain the sense of this law to me?

LALALALALALALALLALALLA. I have my fingers in my ears. I can’t hear you.

Yeah. About like that.

Our state legislators go to the Church BEFORE they propose changes to our laws. You sure you want that, America?

Are you sure you want Mitt Romney making an important decision with congress and his advisors’ advice on one hand, and the LDS Church in the other?

I’d give that some thought.

Back when Gordon B. Hinckley was president, he engaged in some behavior that resulted in a couple of murders. Now, he didn’t do the dirty work himself, nor did he condone it. But when forger Mark Hoffman started producing all of these horrible little things, like the Salamander Letter, which would have put Joseph Smith and the origins of the church into a very bad light, he proceeded to buy them up and hide them away. Why would he pay money for these things? Because he knew there was enough question about Joseph’s past, that it was possible the White Salamander letter was real.

It wasn’t. Mark Hoffman, the murderer, forged it along with other items. But he was making a good living off the church, and so he proceeded to murder two innocent people when the pyramid of lies he had built started to crumble.

He was never going to be a good man. He IS a murderer. I don’t blame Hinckley for that. But the FACT the church buys things up and hides them away should give you an idea of how open-minded and interested in free speech they really are.

It’s about control. As LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer has said, “Some things that are true are not very useful.”

The truth is not useful? Oh, so that’s why Romney evades telling the truth. I get it.



About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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