Monday, January 30, 2012

LDS (Mormons and Me)

So Reuters has big story about how young and others are leaving the Mormon church, as details about the church are available on the web.  Apparently a lot of Mormons haven't told their kids the full history of the church.
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The LA Temple, Palm Trees and the Angel Moroni
Like Polygamy or the Golden plates or even the fact that the church preaches it as a scientific fact the Indians are descended from a 600 BC tribe of Israelites that came to America.  Note: They have been, however, quite open about the millions and millions of dollars they dumped into California to pass Proposition 8 (overturning legal marriage for same sex couples), which is also driving out liberal Mormons.
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Now personally, I like Mormons as individuals.  They are, in the main, nice people. Not particularly nice to non-Mormons in Salt Lake City, but maybe that has changed in the 40 years since I lived there.
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I am even descended from Mormons.  Not just ANY Mormons- mind you, but the big one!  Brigham Young (of course, he had over 20 wives, so that lineage isn't a big trick in the Mormon family). However, should Mittens be the nominee, I will fight to expose every hypocrisy and idiocy I can unearth about Mormonism.
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Not out of anger.  But if the church believes it is their duty to take the 10% of every persons income to repudiate my marriage covenant, I feel it is my duty to point out the problems with their covenant.  The church's hatred of me was inflicted, quite directly on me, my marriage and my friends.  I have no problem with repaying the favor.  Not to denounce the church, merely to point out the beliefs of Mittens - not just a member, but a Priest of the Church and the highest ranking church official in New England for decades.
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Just a heads up.  Every belief system has some odd things.  Same as the Mormons. They should revel in their uniqueness, not be afraid of it!
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PS, the Angel on top of the LDS church points to Salt Lake City.  It is not an abstract "Angel".  This is the Angel Moroni.  He was a prophet / warrior that fought for the America Israelites in the first Millennium. In 1823 this prophet returned as an Angel (again - NOT  an abstract Angel, but Moroni, the American Israelite) and visited Joseph Smith in order to lead him to the Golden Plates.
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You see, the Prophet / Warrior / Angel Moroni had written the story of the American Israelites onto Golden Plates and buried them in Upstate New York (near Rochester).  These plates were returned to the Angel after Joseph Smith translated them from the Egyptian (using a seer stone from the bottom of a hat) to English.  The Prophet / Warrior / Angel Moroni then took them back to heaven (via a cave in Upstate New York) - and now he adorns the top of each LDS Temple.
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Apparently, since that time, the Prophet / Warrior / Angel has returned every now and then with big news.  For example,  in 1968 he took a trip to Salt Lake to say that black people were now okay to go to Heaven (up until then, their skin color was a mark from God that they were evil).  And he came back in the late 1990s to tell the Mormons to fight against Gay Marriage.  Who knows when Moroni will pop up next!

1 comment:

Prophet/Warrior/Angel from Wisconsin said...

I think the Angel Moroni is a convenient answer/scapegoat when the leaders of the Mormon church want to exert some control in society and be ugly bigots or explain away their ugly bigotry. Maybe the Angel Moroni will appear in 2012 and say he/she was all wrong about that Gay Marriage thing. Don't hold your breath on that one.