Sunday, October 24, 2021

GOD Picks the Mormon President

Today's piece was inspired by the blog listing the dozens of changes that have occurred since Nelson took over the LDS church.

Most of the roughly 4 million active Mormons believe that GOD chooses LDS presidents using a kind of natural selection. The 12 million inactive Mormons do not care. Believers are of the opinion that if a member of the quorum of the 12 is not "prophet material", then he will die before his chance comes to lead the church. Only the true giants of righteousness live long enough to take over the mantle of church president.

Now anyone with enough free time to read my rants, knows that I do not believe that Mormonism has had a real prophet since Joseph Smith. The flood of revelations from on high stopped in 1844, only to be followed by a 177 year trickle of false revelations, proclamations, and policy changes designed to keep the church's tax exempt status.

I believe GOD is picking the mormon presidents!

He is picking individuals who are completely unfit to lead in a last ditch effort to get his beloved children out of the Mormon church. 

GOD is allowing the current church president to live to an unripe old age, so people can have plenty of time to see his demented decisions.

GOD's latest selection is a guy so drunk on power that it is easy to see he is not anything like JESUS. Some, like myself, believe he is the exact opposite of CHRIST. Nelson wants the power and the glory, but he does not want to do GOD's will. Nelson is not a servant, but a slave-holder of 4 million minds. He is the sole ruler of billions of dollars.

I am sure you are aware of the "cult of personality" where leaders rule using their charisma. The problem is that the current LDS president has zero charisma, and less personality. Joe Biden is more charming than Russ Nelson. How do these 4 million people keep showing up every week and shelling out once a month for tithing? 

I am no genius, with no special spiritual gifts, and I got out. I thank JESUS every week for helping me. I give thanks every Sunday, where I get 2 hours off from church and every payday, where I get a 10 percent raise.

Those who fail to see the falseness of all religions, including Mormonism, are going to be in for a soul wrenching surprise when they die. 

JESUS saves, and everything else is just a distraction.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Would You Do Something You Knew to Be Wrong for 1.5 Million Dollars?

I have not dealt with the JST of the Bible for too long a time. I apologize. Here is one verse that Joseph added to the beginning of chapter 7 of Matthew. I would call it verse 0, but it stands as verse 1.

    Now these are the words which Jesus taught his disciples,

    that they should say unto the people.

It is important to realize that what follows in chapter 7 was given to his chosen disciples. There were at least 12 men there, and possibly women. The point is that this was not relayed to the people directly, it was passed through his messengers first. 

I would like now to turn to verses 13 and 14 which because of other material Joseph added through inspiration (and NOT with help from Adam Clarke's commentary), theses two verses become 22 and 23. That makes 9 verses Joseph completely added, with no assistance for anything earthly.

The incomplete KJV reads,

    (13) Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate,

    and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction,

    and many there be which go in thereat.

The JST reads,

    (22) Repent, therefore, and enter ye in at the strait gate;

      for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to death,

    and many there be that go in thereat.

    (23) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, 

    that leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it. 

Now, adding "repent, therefore" is critical to the entire passage. The theme of the gospel is if we do not repent, then we all end up in the same horrific place. "Death", as in spiritual death, replaces "destruction." Destruction is obviously bad, but death is much more emphatic. "That" for "which" is the only change to verse 14. 

Now you are probably asking who is Nick Rolovich? Yesterday, he was the head football coach at Washington State University, which is member of the Pacific 12 Conference. Until today, he was making 3 million dollars a year to coach the Cougars of WSU (not to be confused with the Cougars of BYU). 

3 million dollars is more than any person on this planet should make doing anything. It is ridiculously high for coaching any sport, but Rolovich is not even close to being the highest paid coach in his own state. The point of mentioning his salary is to give context to what follows.

In essence, Rolovich was offered 1.5 million dollars this year, and 3 million per year for as long as he kept on complying. It is 1.5 million because he has already worked half of this season

Rolovich was fired today, in the middle of the season, for refusing to be vaccinated for covid-19. Washington's tyrannical governor, whose name deserves no mention, created a "mandate" for any person working for any state institution to be vaccinated for our latest flu virus under the guise of public health. There is no law in Washington forcing vaccination, but now that people conflate "mandate" with "law", we get the present injustices. 

Sadly, but justly, the dishonorable governor of Washington, and all tyrannical leaders in world history will have to pay for these sins for however long JESUS deems necessary. That payment will take place in a hell you and I would do well to avoid. JESUS himself described the agony He went though to make our escape possible, if we would repent and do what He asks.

Now my personal theology imagines a Hell that is not filled with beer drinkers, smokers, coffee drinkers, and women with 2 earrings. I believe only incredibly selfish people, cowards, hypocrites, murderers, child molesters, and tyrants will be turned over to Satan for a time. A time never to be forgotten.

Nick Rolovich is no coward and no tyrant. His players love him. He was willing to forfeit a 3 million dollar a year job to do what felt was right. Too many of us, myself included, are like the rich young ruler. We want to know what is required for eternal life. Yet, we do not want to do what is required for the greatest of GOD's gifts. Instead, we want the GOD who already did 99.99  percent of the horrific heavy lifting to just give us a pass on our part of the Universe's greatest bargain.

If you want to get vaccinated, get vaccinated, but do not do it just to get along. GOD is not going to damn anyone who did something in an effort to keep their job and keep feeding their family. There is nothing shameful in that. The flip side is He is not going to exalt that kind of person either. There is a middle Kingdom for people like me.

There will be a few people (JESUS's words, not mine) in the highest Heaven, but there will be no average people. Only exemplary people need apply. JESUS always did whatever it took to please His Father, regardless of the infinite cost. 

If we sincerely want to be with Him after this life, then we need to follow his example. 


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

I stole the title from a line from the Dowager of Downton Abbey, Violet Grantham. She is played to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith. I am fairly certain the line is not original to her, but no one has ever said it more eloquently than she. It is an obvious play on the more famous idea that "nothing succeeds like success."

Mormon Incorporated announced 13 more temples in their autumnal general conference. General, as in "generally boring." How can a church that is indisputably shrinking need 13 more temples? There are already too many to begin with. 

I finally came up with the following after discussing this with my wife. Both of us are former members of the Mormon church. Both of us were avid temple goers for a short season. Mercifully the Holy Spirit led us out of the charade of temple attendance, and away from the hypocrisy of the Mormon church.

The first reason for the latest baker's dozen of temples is to bamboozle the 3-4 million remaining active Mormons into thinking that the church is still growing. 

The second reason is to keep their tax exempt status. I may have the reasons backwards, because the Mormon church loves nothing so much as money.

Why come out and give an honest accounting of the decreasing membership, when you can just count 12-13 million inactive people into your total "membership." I would not be surprised if I am still being counted under some ridiculous label like "born a member, and was a member for the majority of his life, so we are still counting him."

If you are the captain of religion's version of the Titanic, don't alert the passengers, just ask the band to play louder. Distraction is the hallmark of the con man and the magician. President Nelson is no magician, but he is one of the world's greatest con artists. Con artist, because I am not sure he is a con man, because that would presuppose he is an actual man.

Of course, Utah got another temple (Heber Valley). Apparently, schlepping it to Salt Lake or Draper was a heavy burden for these descendants of the pioneers. Santiago, Chile will now have 2 temples. I guess Chileans have a lot of free time as members of a third world country. Rather than work to escape poverty the Mormons there prefer watching the same boring movie over and over. Rexburg, Idaho will have 2 temples soon, so the Nelson Youth of Eastern Idaho can choose which building to waste 2 hours in when the mood strikes them.

If the Mormon church were receiving any guidance from JESUS, then you would have seen at least one of the following headlines,

"LDS Church Announces 130 New Homeless Shelters to Span the Globe"

"1300 soup kitchens and food pantries donated by Mormon Church"

Until they do something with their billions to help actual poor people, you can rest assured things are still rotten in Utah's state religion.