Thursday, July 19, 2012

Confronting Truth

"Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness" (2 Ne. 15:20). 

For those who are not used to confronting the truth of difficult issues within Mormon history, it may be easy to pass quick judgment upon those who have decided to do so with candor.  Because something seems contrary to your assumptions does not mean it is unimportant, or untrue.  Be humble enough to at least consider whether or not these things are important.  If you decide they're unimportant, fine.      

The truth is not always kind in its confrontation with error (2 Ne. 9:40).  My intent is not to be critical of the Church or its leaders.  I sustain the leaders.  But there remains things to which you must draw your attention.  I'm not the only one singing out about these things.  It's really unfortunate that we cannot candidly discuss our own history in an attempt to better understand our faith, without being considered suspect by those who share our faith.  It's really a shame.  I accept that's the way it is and will remain for now.         

It is important to bring up these issues.  It is important because in order to grow in truth, you at some point need to begin shedding error. You cannot gain further light and knowledge building upon a false foundation.

It is important to consider these things, because it allows you to step outside of your present world, and view the history that has created the Mormonism you've inherited.  What you have inherited is not what Joseph Smith intended to create.

We read, memorize, and parrot many gospel precepts that we do not understand correctly.  It's easy to use the words of scripture and have no idea what the prophet-author had in mind when he penned the words.  Words written by the power of the Spirit of God can only be fully understood by that same Spirit.  We are blind.  We are gone into captivity, because we have no knowledge (2 Ne. 15:13).  Our honorable men are famished, and the multitude dried up with thirst (Ibid.).  

This terrible dilemma we find ourselves in is not completely our fault.  We've inherited many ideas about the gospel.  Some are correct and have their roots in the restoration the Prophet was trying to accomplish.  Others are innovations from more recent history.  But you shouldn't be surprised you didn't know that.  How could you?  When a man walks into a room that is painted blue, he does not naturally begin wondering what color the room used to be painted.  Not until the paint begins to peel away does he entertain questions about the original.  

When we are born into a culture that teaches reliance upon the arm of flesh, it's easy to adopt unbelief, and to persist in spreading the disease.  We do so without malice, and even good intention.  It's so difficult to break the cycle.  It's too comfortable to pursue our present course and think all is well.     

There are many people looking for answers. People are beginning to ask important questions. Not everybody, however, is interested right now in shedding their biases, and traditions.  Not everybody is willing to be burdened with correction.  All things must be done in wisdom.  God wants to save his children, not harm them.   

It is easy to allow yourself to become a critic of the Church, or an "accuser" of the brethren, when you've seen enough of the weakness and failings of men.  It's unfortunate that some decide to become critics and to indulge in the spirit of the evil one.  The critic attempts to destroy faith and unity.  

Criticism is addictive.  This is a new challenge that folks face when they begin to wake up from that awful slumber, and shake off the dust that covers them.  The natural man would have you point a finger of scorn and condemnation at a brother.  Christ would have us cover another in the cloak of charity.

"I do not dwell upon your faults, and you shall not upon mine.  Charity, which is love, covereth a multitude of sins, and I have often covered up all the faults among you...We should cultivate a meek, quiet and peaceable spirit" (Joseph Smith, TPJS, Section Six 1843-1844, p. 316)

I see a day coming in which many people will lose their faith.  Those who have placed their faith in men will lose it, while those who have developed faith in Christ will save it.  My effort is to reach out to those who desire to come unto Christ.  Inasmuch as the Spirit of the Lord will guide me, I will continue the effort.

Here's something to remember: sometimes wicked people are very nice; and very good people, deceived.


  1. Thanks for your posts. It has been hard to not be critical having learned of so many changes. For this posts I particularly liked the last sentence.


  2. I am grateful for these words...I can relate to the pattern you speak of.

    THe pattern of beginning to awaken to our own unbelief, and then seeing it in our church culture and leaders, and becoming critical or judging of them. I see so much now, its painful at times as I realize where i am at, yet I rejoice to KNOW, and to have my eyes open.

    I pray my eyes will continue to be opened, and that I will move forward on this Journey to God.


  3. Thank you for your posts. Two years ago I would have read your posts and immediately dismissed you as just another idiotic, deluded apostate. I may have even been angry at you and called you names. I'm ashamed of that, but it's true.

    However, the Lord, in His mercy, has taken pity on me and has caused me to be humbled. In other words, I have suffered one trial on top of another. Physical, mental, spiritual and social trials have created my own personal furnace of affliction. I write this, not because anyone will or should care about me personally, but by way of warning. One can humble oneself, or the Lord might choose to humble you.

    This process of awakening has been very difficult for me, and it's hard not to become critical, but I know that isn't right. It's not my place to judge.

    It's also painful when others, including those very dear to you, are not ready to awaken and react with shock, disbelief, fear and even anger to the things you try to share with them. These are very wise words:

    "Not everybody, however, is interested right now in shedding their biases, and traditions. Not everybody is willing to be burdened with correction. All things must be done in wisdom."

    The day is coming when the affairs of the Church will be put in order, and the restoration that the Prophet Joseph founded will be continued. Whether or not I will be on the earth to see that day, and whether or not I will be worthy of the privilege of helping in completing the restoration, I don't know. For now, I must be patient.