There is an interesting snippet of scripture found in the New Testament in both Matthew and Luke that speaks about the fact that the time will come when everything that has been spoken in secrecy will be revealed.
” for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, preach ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops.
The general theme, even including the use of the word “housetops” is continued in the Book of Mormon:
“I, knowing that these things must surely be made known, and that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops—”
Finally, another variation of the concept shows up in modern revelation in relation to the events of the last days when the servants go forth warning the inhabitants of the earth for the last time
“And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.”
the interesting thing about this “house-tops” keyword thread in the scriptures is that it appears to cut both ways with regard to good secret information and bad secret information.
In other words, it appears that many secrets that God has shared with his elect in the past will someday be revealed to the world, perhaps to the condemnation of the wicked.
Conversely, the secrets of the wicked will also be revealed upon the roof tops.
Some people interpret the roof tops characterization in these prophetic passages of scripture to be referring to modern day communication technology such as TV antennas, satellite dishes, Internet routers, etc. They feel that it is through such technology that these secrets are made available to the masses.
Frankly, I think the ultimate and literal fulfillment of those prophecies are still future, taking place in the 3rd watch, after the Marvelous Work begins.
Nevertheless, I think that a type and shaddow is in play right now and I do see the general concept being applicable to what we have seen within the last several decades and particularly within the last several years. It is amazing how many things are coming to light. Much of this is made possible through technology in general and the the advent of the Internet.
The truth is that very few things are kept secret anymore for a multitude of reasons and once they are revealed, they often travel like wildfire.
The LDS church is currently experiencing a huge challenge with regard to the veracity of their truth claims because the Internet has made access to information and the sharing of information to the average person so quick and easy. The result is that tens of thousands of people are experiencing a crisis of faith. The Internet has been a game changer for many Mormons
I enjoy watching TED presentations from time to time because there really are many ideas worth sharing and now through technology they can be brought to light and countless people can hear these ideas very quickly. A few weeks ago I was intrigued to see that a presentation done by Monica Lewinsky. I couldn’t help but begin watching and once I began watching I couldn’t turn the presentation off.
I confess that my perception of this individual was not very good, partly because of how she was portrayed in the media. As I was listening to the experience that she shared and how she spent a portion of her life wanting to commit suicide because of how the media had revealed her secret acts with President Clinton and forever destroyed her reputation, I began feeling great empathy for her and the situation she got caught up in.
I am not justifying her actions nor do I think it is my responsibility to judge her as a person. The way she conducts her own life and her relationship with God is her business not mine. What got me about the presentation had to do with the topic of compassion and how the viral transmission of information can have such a huge, and in some cases, devastating impact on people lives.
It got me thinking about how my blog plays into the transfer of information and what my motivations are in making information available. I admit that I do promote information that is embarrassing to the modern corporate church and in some instances about individual personalities.
I do so because I believe it is the time for much of this information to come to light.
I feel compelled to provide much needed context to those that are searching and trying to make sense out of things. Nevertheless the TED video caused me to re-evaluate my deepest motivations. Do I get joy out of embarrassing people or am I sincerely motivated by the desire to push for transparency and truth in history and doctrine?
Do I make available controversial things about General Authorities because I am angry about the current situation with the apostate church and feel betrayed, and therefore want to embarrass them and make them squirm or do I sincerely want to bring to light, things that have been hidden in darkness and obscurity to help those that are looking for answers?
I hope my desire is to help those that are searching to find the answers they are looking for. Every piece of the puzzle that is found and put in place makes it that much easier to find and place other pieces of the puzzle. I believe that is what is happening now. The appointed time for God to take the partial blindness off of Israel is quickly approaching.
The Lord has promised that blindness in part will be upon Israel UNTIL the fulness of the Gentiles:
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Rom 11:25)
Section 45 also assures us that the light is about to break forth during the last generation when the times of the Gentiles comes in again. I feel we are extremely close to that event and that is why God is beginning to bring hidden acts of darkness to light and perhaps beginning to take the blindness off of his elect.
“And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;
But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.
And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (D&C 45:28-30)
It is amazing to me how God seems to be slowly taking blindness off of those that that have contracted the spirit of watching.
Little by little information that has previously been kept hidden is coming to light.
I remember years ago wondering how Neal A Maxwell found his way into the leading quorums of the church since he was not a descendant of the Nauvoo saints. His parents were converts to the church. It was extremely unusual for someone without the “divine Nauvoo pedigree” to be elevated to the apostleship.
Sometime after that, it was brought to my attention that he had worked for the CIA and that he and the Church had tried to hide that bit of his work history by simply stating that he had “worked for the government“. Below is a snippet on Wiki which also reflects his bio on the church website.
“From 1952 to 1956, he worked in Washington D.C., first for the US government and then as an assistant to Senator Wallace F. Bennett.”
That piece of the puzzle led to other pieces of the puzzle linking the very close connections between the combination that has infiltrated the church and the combination that has infiltrated the government.
It is interesting how some information goes viral and other information does not.
Of course anything can go viral if it is juicy and controversial enough, even without the help of digital media and social networking platforms.
Even before the Internet was invented, controversial things would find their way into the public domain.
I learned an amazing marketing lesson from Bruce R. McConkie back in the 80’s. He taught me that if you want something controversial to go viral, simply write a letter to someone, then make a few copies and stamp “DO NOT REPRODUCE” on them, and give them to a few of your trusted associates at the church office building.
Before long everyone will have the opportunity to read it.
In that particular case, there were many people that got and read the letter even before it reached Eugene England, the person that it was addressed to.
Page one of the letter began with:
“Dear Brother England, this may well be the most important letter you have or will ever receive”
How is that for an attention getter? Some of the Advertising giants on Madison Ave could have used his skills.
I think Brother McConkie may have missed out on his calling in life. He really should have been in marketing and advertising.
I have already blogged about the amazing content of the letter which is so important for people to be familiar with as they try to work their way through the Mormon Maze, so I will not beat that dead horse again, however the circumstance behind the exchange between Apostle McConkie and brother England is really quite a fascinating and important story as related by the daughter of Eugene England.
In the letter, McConkie explains why he is condescending to deviate from his usual protocol of blowing off nobodies, to write a personal letter to a lowly member of the church:
“I have now reached the conclusion that it would be wise for me to depart from usual custom and send you an answer to your letter. I do so out of respect for your parents, G. Eugene and Dora, and for your own personal well being..”
It is a good thing that McConkine knew Eugene’s parents. That is probably the only reason the time was taken to construct the letter.
The arrogant and condescending nature of that letter has shocked and entertained countless people.
The point I want to make about brother McConkie’s letter is that false doctrine has been a huge problem in the church not only from regular members of the church, but also from General Authorities, such as Brigham Young and Bruce R. McConkie. In the letter McConkie accurately accused Brigham Young of teaching false doctrine about the nature and character of God and said that he would have to answer to the Lord for such a monumental faux pau. McConkie himself would one day tell people to forget everything he (McConkie) had ever taught about blacks and the priesthood.
Another letter from a General Authority has just gone viral. This particular one is from Apostle Oaks to a gal that appears to be a Snufferite.
Although the letter was written quite a long time ago, she just released it. It appears that she has waited for a long time for the perfect oopportunity to let it go viral and the Boise Rescue created the perfect moment.
The content and condescending tone of the letter has some degree of similarity to McConkie’s letter to Eugene England. No Doubt, Oaks had seen the McConkie letter to England. Oaks had apparently learned well from the senior apostle how to conduct himself as an Apostle when communicating to lowly members of the church.
In the letter, Brother Oaks explains why he is condescending to write to a lowly member of the church:
“I write in response to your letter of May 15 2011, which I have given special attention because of my high regard for your parents..”
Wow, does that sound like the McConkie letter all over again?
I suspect the Apostle Oaks may well be very embarrassed and perhaps even sweating bullets about how he is viewed by the general public regarding his comments in Boise and how he responded to the Snufferite gal.
One of the take-aways I got from the two GA letters is that if you don’t have parents or a close friend that is known and well thought of by the General Authority that you are writing to, they are not going to waste their precious time patronizing peons. They may be the servant of all, but not everyone gets served the same way.
The content of the letter is not quite as juicy as the letter to Eugene England, but it is just as authoritarian, fear based and condescending. Again, hopefully my motivation in talking about these things is to bring hidden things to light in an effort to awake the sleeping virgins, not some morbid desire to embarrass people, even if some of them are dead.
The point of bringing up the TED presentation and the two letters from General Authorities is that we live in a time when communication goes viral quite easily and effectively, and information that might otherwise be kept somewhat contained is being revealed on the house-tops, so to speak.
Apostle Oaks once made an authoritative declaration that has now gone viral-
“It is wrong to criticize the leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true”
The Lord provides a protocol for excommunicating the president of the church and other authority figures, if they ever make grievous errors that are leading the church astray, however, since it is impossible to ever hold a disciplinary council on leaders without being somewhat critical of something they did or said, the Lord’s protocol could never be used, according to the divine council of Apostle Oaks.
Frankly, that statement of his should go viral. For someone in such a high position to make such a false and damning declaration is almost beyond belief.
The remarkable thing about that statement many years ago is that Oaks probably still believes what he said.
Those two letters, the declaration that general authorities should never be questioned even when wrong, and Lewinsky’s affair with President Clinton would have all remained somewhat private and confidential in an earlier time when TV, Radio, Newspapers and the Internet were not in existence.
Letters from General Authorities just seem to emerge into the court of public opinion even if it takes a few decades for them to be brought to light. Many years ago my cousin George Romney got a fascinating letter from Delbert Stapley regarding the topics of how Blacks should be treated-
While that letter is quite revealing about the views of Delbert Stapley, I am curious to know if Romney responded to it and if so, I am still awaiting for someone to leak the response.. LOL
Regarding the Boise Rescue, I want to share another example of information going viral that would otherwise remain hidden.
Although many people have heard the recording of Apostle Oaks address in Boise, few people know what the circumstances behind the visit are. The Church PR department has told us one thing, however, the secret communication of an insider living in Boise tells quite another story.
Some very interesting context about the Boise Rescue event has now been released because one of the participants in a private chat forum on the Internet decided to leak the confidential information being shared.
As that content was being electronically shared from one person to another, it somehow ended up in my email box and I am now sharing it with you.
Here is what the participant in the private forum who lives in the Boise area had to say about why the fireside was held.
“Satan’s attack in Idaho/How to keep a ward safe
“Some have requested this information, hopefully many of you will benefit from it.
There is so much information here, that I don’t want to chase you away. I’ll try to keep it to what is really needed and facts.
I stated earlier that the “Boise Rescue” was called that by the apostates. In fact apostates attended this meeting and did a sneak recording of Elder Oaks and Brother Turley. They published the recording and of course the apostates had a hay day with negative and degrading comments.
These three stakes have had a very difficult time with members associating with apostates moving into many wards like a fast growing cancer. We were told that friends and family outside these three stakes were not invited to the fireside and please do not ask them to come with you. Bishops did know that the topic was going to be about church history and false prophets. However it was not publicized that way. Which was fine.
Elder Oaks and Brother Turly, handed the baton back and forth sharing and teaching how apostates at the time of the early church worked. Forged Signatures, telling lies and other sorts, noting that nothing has changed much.
My personal experience has been a very close friend how he started looking several months ago. We talked on the phone, emails, FB, and texting all the time. Each time I patiently heard him out and then would challenge his thinking. But my voice fell upon deaf ears. He has slowly come to the point that we do not have living prophets and apostles on the earth today. He now believes that President Monson has failed in his calling and that the church is under condemnation. Apostates use the same scriptures that you and i use to weave their web of lies. If I showed you the emails that he has sent me, it has been a very slight twist to the truth, which if you are not a student of the scriptures and have NOT the Holy Ghost with you, it looks really good. They prey on the weak, those who do not study and those who may not pray as they should, fall short.
I have had days of tears all day long, and spent much time upon my knees pleading with Heavenly Father to preserve this brother. But, he has his own choice, to choose right from wrong. Since we are not in the same ward anymore, I went to my bishop with this issue. He wrote me a very tender email and advised me to call his stake president. In which I did. The evidence is all over his FB account. My friend asked me to keep it quiet because he still wants the temple privileges, but the bishop is right, he should not have a recommend and it is possible there is other church action that needs to be done.
There are many people my friend likes, but I am not willing to share all the blogs that I have read. I DON’T want anyone to go to these blogs and lose their eternal reward. It is not worth it. No names means I am protecting you. Just know there are many….
I plead that you study the word, daily. That you pray daily. That you serve daily. That you ponder daily. That you seek the Holy Ghost, daily. Then you’ll be fine.
How to keep a ward safe.
Our story is similar to many others when it comes time to move. We searched, we pondered, we inquired and we listened and the end result is we landed where He wanted us to be. This particular ward, has had many, many members tell of this exact experience. The Lord has brought to this ward some very elite and strong testimony driven Latter Day Saints. I am not one to believe that the testimony I have is ALL MINE, it is on loan from Heavenly Father. The day will come when I will have a perfect knowledge. The Lord has done some mighty miracles in our family of nine (Started with 2 and now we are 33) and it is has caused some serious thinking and testimony building. This is not the place to get into that… however, we have felt honored and humbled to witness the miracle that is taking place in our ward.
Now the rest of the story. Our bishop took Elder Anderson’s challenge (Find it at LDS.org) for the youth to do family history search very seriously. Last October, (Before we moved into the ward, we moved in January of this year) he organized a Ward Family History Committee. That committee consisted of 2 adult family history consultants, (One for the YM and one for YW. He release the YW,YM presidents and put them as history consultants) the Bishopric, one young woman, who is 15 and one young man who is 15, the High Priest Group leader and they were looking for a couple to be the Family History Coordinators. (He was looking and praying for 4 months until he found them).
The committee met and decided that they would set a goal for the youth to find 500 names this year in 2015 to do baptisms for in the temple. 2 temple trips were scheduled and they anticipated of doing 250 names each trip. It was a very nice goal.
The first meeting was a combined YM/YW meeting with computers and passwords for all the youth in the ward. (By the way our ward is large, about 500 members) They began the meeting as usual, song, prayer, spiritual thought and then digging in on the computers. However, after 15-20 minutes no one had found any ancestors to take to the temple. One of the YOUTH leaders, stopped everyone from what they were doing, and explained that they needed to get upon their knees and plead with Heavenly Father for help. No adults interrupted but allowed the youth to do as what they felt they needed to do. So, they stopped, everyone got upon their knees and a prayer of pleading was offered. After the prayer, they began again, except this time, a name was found, then 2 then 3 and so on. That night 86 names were found. THE FIRE WAS NOW LIT.
The youth became so excited they could not contain themselves. They went home and did more research, they taught their parents, and their brothers and sisters. In February, they wanted to do a Ward Family History Search night. The committee organized it and the youth advertised it by telling the adults, they could find an ancestor with in 30 minutes of searching for anyone. The cultural hall was full as well as several other class rooms with families searching. It was youth teaching adults AND It has exploded.
The last count of names in the ward found……….”
There you have it. The secret scoop on the Boise Rescue. More hidden information being brought to light
Here are a few of my takeaways-
1- Influence of “Apostates” Growing Like a Cancer
“Apostates” are moving into the Boise area and influencing members of the church. The effects of this indoctrination are growing like a cancer. Apparently LDS inc was concerned enough to take drastic measures in sending an apostle to do damage control.
2- The way to keep the youth in the church during these troubled times is the temple!
It really is amazing how the temple does have a powerful impact on some people, particularly when they are young and impressionable. The Church is using the temple rituals and covenants to try and keep people blinded to the pure and simple gospel of Christ. Instead of focusing on a covenant with Christ, lets get the sheeple to make a covenant with hell. That should keep them in line.
3- The Church Attempted to Keep the Topic of the Meeting Secret
It was supposed to be a low key fireside that only individuals from three stakes were invited to.
Friends and relative from other stakes were not to be invited and the topic of the fireside address was not made known to anyone other than the local bishops, who were instructed to not let people know what the topic of the fireside was. This was done in an effort to keep the event low key and not attract the attention of any evil apostates
Somehow those precautions were supposed to keep this event under the radar. LOL
Don’t they realize that some of the Bishops are probably questioning the truth claims of the modern church and possibly even sympathetic to many of the fringe groups and bloggers?
Somebody in the audience came prepared to secretly tape the meeting. That would indicate that either a Bishop was the whistleblower or a Bishop let the cat out of the bag about what the meeting was going to be about to others after being instructed not to.
Sending the recording to Mormonstories is tantamount to sending confidential information to the National Enquirer.
The truth is that there are 100 times more dissenters that are still active and in good standing in the church than there are dissenters that have openly gone public or been outed.
Did Apostle Oaks really think he could keep that damage control meeting a secret?
What can I say? All things must be revealed upon the house–tops!
The Brethren and Their Minions are Closet Fundamentalists
I am going to close this post with one last little secret that was revealed to me recently. I suspect that one day this information will be brought to light in a big way.
As you know, during the last few year in Nauvoo, Joseph Smith was publicly claiming that he was a monogamist while secretly taking on plural wives. What I am going to suggest to you is that such doublespeak and duplicity is taking place by people in high places in the LDS church right now, regarding the same topic.
I became appraised of this situation the other day when a reader of my blog forwarded an email to me that really surprised me. It was from a very high profile LDS apologist that has published many books on polygamy and fashions himself to be the worlds greatest expert on the topic. He was also used as a doctrinal and historical “consultant” by the church in drafting their new articles on polygamy that have been posted on the official church website.
I have recently heard the man speak about his books and I have had a few brief exchanges with him.
He appears to be very down to earth, honest and sincere. He also publicly presents his personal opinion that polygamy is something from the past that he hopes will not return. He acknowledges that it has brought unhappiness to everyone involved and that it has a devastating impact on the women that get involved with it. Nevertheless, I now think he is being somewhat disingenuous in his public persona.
The reason the email written by this apologist to a friend of mine surprised me, is because despite his public rhetoric, in the email, he claims that ALL of the passages of scripture in modern revelation that command the saints to live monogamy, are really not saying what they are saying!!!!
He obviously takes this view because he continues to accept the celestial polygamy doctrine that is taught in Section 132 as being essential in being exalted in the highest kingdom, even though he publicly denies that belief or at least skirts the issue.
In his email, he denies that section 42, 49, and the “Article on Marriage” that Brigham Young replaced with section 132 are really saying that monogamy is the Lord’s standard of marriage!
What? “Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?
What? “Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?
What? “Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?
That is right. According to this “scholar” the Lord was cryptically saying just the opposite of what He appears to be saying.
I am not going to show the content of his email at this time as this post has already gone too long and you would loose countless brain cells if you tried to comprehend his logic and reasoning. I simply want to point out that LDS general authorities and some of their apologists are presenting one thing in public while believing something quite different in secret.
I was utterly shocked at the level of sophistry and wresting of the scriptures employed in this apologist’s email. I was going to contact him and confront him on it and ask him how he could contradict the public declarations that the church has recently made on this most important issue in their essays on polygamy.
Before contacting him a little voice in my head said, ” you better go back and read those historical essays on polygamy again, perhaps they were not saying what you thought they were saying”, so I did. I went back and re-read the two essays on polygamy. And sure enough, they appear to be saying one thing, but if you pay attention to the wording, and particularly to the footnotes, it becomes apparent that a deception is in play.
One of the articles on the church website is called Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo
Here is what the opening declaration says:
Latter-day Saints believe that monogamy—the marriage of one man and one woman—is the Lord’s standing law of marriage.1
Notice that it does not say that monogamy is the Lord’s standing law of marriage, it says that “Latter-day Saints believe” that it is the Lord’s standard of Marriage!
Furthermore, a “standing law of marriage” could be referring to the masses, not the special elect that inherit a high kingdom.
Now, before I show you footnote #1 documenting the deceptively worded declaration, let me show you the five references that any scholar worth their salt would put in the footnote if they were going to prove that the Lord’s standard of marriage in the restored church is that of monogamy.
The first two passages would be from the New Testament showing that monogamy was God’s standard of marriage among the New Testament Saints:
1 Timothy 3:2 ” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach..”
1 Tim 3:12 “Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.”
The above two passages are critical in substantiating the opening declaration because they demonstrate what the standard of marriage was in the New Testament Church.
Obviously, if New Testament Christianity was restored through Joseph Smith, it would include the same standard of monogamous marriage. In the New Testament the Bishop was the father of the congregation and a judge in Israel. The Deacons were to set am example and watch over the church. Both were to be examples and prototypes of how the gospel should be lived. Both had to only have one wife to qualify for their very important stewardship!
Ok… The next three passages of scripture that would be crucial in scripturally substantiating the opening statement that monogamy is God’s standard protocol of Marriage would be the three passages I have already made reference to. They are important in establishing the fact that the marital protocol of the fulness of the gospel that was had during New Testament times is the same as the marital protocol in the fulness of the Gospel that was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith-
D&C 42:22 ” Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.”
D&C 49:16 “Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation..”
The Article on Marriage “Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.”
Ok. The word of God tells us that my the testimony of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Notice that God has given us five clear declarations in the Bible and Modern revelation detailing what the marital law of the gospel is.
Obviously there are a multiplicity of fantastic passages in the Book of Mormon that should also be included in the footnote as well, but those five passages from the Bible and D&C are absolutely critical in establishing the doctrinal veracity of the declaration that readers of the essay ASSUME the first declaration is saying. For the generation that Joseph lived in, the fulness of the gospel required monogamy and forbids polygamy!
It should be noted that if you back out a couple of revelations that Brigham Young canonized, there is not one shred of evidence in the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, or D&C, that the so-called “spiritual wife doctrine” or “celestial polygamy doctrine” is a true doctrine or that it is a requirement to obtain the highest kingdom of glory.
It is clearly an anomaly. It was an aberration that was invented during Joseph Smith’s ministry.
One of the unfortunate things about this issue is that scholars almost always neglect to differentiate between the doctrine of “Biblical Polygamy” vs “Celestial Polygamy”. They are not the same. Biblical Polygamy was a temporal based custom that was integrated into the Law of Moses after the Children of Israel rejected the higher law. It was a cursing to everyone that lived it.
Celestial Polygamy on the other hand is the doctrine that claims a man must have multiple wives sealed to him in order to obtain the highest salvation. That doctrine simply cannot be found in any of the standard works with the exception of Brigham Youngs canonization of section 132.
Are you ready to see what the footnote says?
Sit down and take a deep breath
You are not going to believe what these bastards well meaning but disingenuous shepherds have put in the footnotes.
Here they are:
You have got to be kidding me! One passage from the Book of Mormon and NOT ONE PASSAGE FROM THE BIBLE OR D&C!
Just a link to the proclamation to the world from the modern corporate leadership!
Why provide a passage from the Book of Mormon instead of the New Testament or D&C?
Because scholars and apologists can claim that the Book of Mormon folks lived under a different dispensation and therefore had different commandments from God. If passages from the New Testament and D&C are provided, it created a HUGE problem for the veracity of section 132.
Was it an oversight that they neglected to put the obvious scriptural references?
I can Guaran-DAM-tee that it was not an oversight. It was very calculated.
How about the other historical essay on polygamy that they posted on the official website. It is titled: Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah
Here is the opening statement:
The Bible and the Book of Mormon? Is it not at all relevant what the Lord has said to Joseph Smith’s generation about the proper standard of marriage?
Why no comment about what modern revelation in the D&C has to say about it?
Here is what that footnote has to say documenting that the Bible and Book of Mormon teach that monogamy is God’s standard for marriage-
- Jacob 2:27, 30. For instances of plural marriage in the Bible, see Genesis 16:3; 25:1; 29:21-30; 30:3-4, 9. See also D&C 132:34-35.
There it is again, the passage from the Book of Mormon. Then, instances of plural marriage in the Bible.
Where is the documentation for their declaration that the Bible teaches that monogamy is the standard of marriage?
Again, it become problematic if they provide evidence that the NT church of Christ that Joseph Smith was instrumental in restoring required monogamy as God’s standard of marriage under the New Covenant.
Is it an innocent oversight that in both of the opening statements in the two articles on polygamy, that not one of the five most important scriptural references is provided?
This was very calculated by the group of men that huddled together to decide how they can appear to be saying one thing that will be politically correct in today’s religious environment within Mormonism, when in fact they believe just the opposite.
You see, if they would have provided the five critical references that I pointed out, demonstrating that indeed monogamy really is the Lord’s celestial standard of marriage, then it would expose the fact that section 132 is a revelation from hell.
All of this comes at a time when the possibility of the legalization of polygamy is very real.