It seems like with every new day the LDS Church is taking new steps further away from its own basic precepts and values. The Doctrine and Covenants of the church, section 121, is the cornerstone of this faith. It seems that the Church has taken an official stance directly against the teachings of its own priesthood.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
Let that sink in for a minute. No power, or influence, can or ought to be maintained outside of love unfeigned, long suffering, and meekness. These are powerful words and a very clear standard put forth for the faithful of this religion to follow and words I try to structure my life around.
I wonder at which point the Church officially took the stance of open bigotry and hatred against other souls, openly stepping away from the commandments found in D&C121? The level of insecurity and hatred here is actually somewhat astonishing. They now seek to force people into their own paradigm and call it a defense of “Traditional Marriage”. With a new hero at the helm in Utah, Attorney General Sean Reyes, the battle is heating up.
Two landmark decisions were made by a federal judge. One overturned Utah’s ban on gay marriage and the other effectively make polygamists non-criminals. There is a long history of persecution behind the latter which loosely put a Felony label on a man cohabiting with multiple women, designed to target people exercising their constitutional right to freely worship as they choose. Sean Reyes has openly proclaimed that he will waste massive amounts of taxpayer money and fight these two decisions -decisions that move our culture further away from the archaic approach of legislating relationships between consenting adults.
While I could see (certainly don’t agree with) the Church taking an open stance against gay marriage as it did with proposition 8, it is dumbfounding that they would spend as much time and money subtly fighting polygamy as well. As they try to force marriage as “One man and One woman” on the American people. This being their form of “Traditional Marriage” they are fighting diligently to protect.
See, the Church has made great strides in its efforts to mythologize its early leaders, and subtly rewrite them into modern times whitewashing and all but eliminating the truth. They show their own founder, Joseph Smith, as a monogamist touting his wife Emma around as the perfect divine couple. They bury these men’s personalities, and create new Gods to worship. Making them the perfect non-coffee drinking, non-swearing, mythical examples they would like them to be. They take these men and turn them into ideas, removing them from the realm of the reality in which they lived. Joseph Smith had over 30 wives. The next three leaders were also openly polygamist. They teach that family is the cornerstone of heaven yet they fight against the very families that gave rise to their organization. They fight for their monogamist traditional marriage when polygamy is about as ancient and traditional as marriage historically can get. A bigot in the church fighting gay marriage is understandable, but for them to step up and redefine their own forefathers, to push them into the closet then condemn their lifestyles, is disgusting.
I love the teachings of the LDS church, I love the people, but I am also calling for all Mormons to stand up and defend the basic precepts of this religion. It is not okay to force people to see the world how you do, the Kingdom of God encompasses the saints and the sinners. The church has no business throwing its power around in the political arenas in an attempt to force its beliefs on the rest of the world. I ask that people be secure with their faith, live and let live. If this is true then there is no need to worry about the next guy. You are accountable only for your actions. This is what happens when people put blind trust in their leaders. Your connection with God does not require a middle man, and you are free to step up and use your own agency to determine what right and wrong is. “It is pleasing to me that men would use their own agency in these matters”. This side effect of eating the fruit is the basic knowledge given to Adam and Eve in the garden. They became as “Gods” to know the difference between good and evil. If you understand the teachings of the original prophets of this church, you should see how wrong this is. You cannot rob a person of their God given agency and force them into your reality.