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If you are a heroine dealer, or a chemically derived opioid dealer, this is your wake up call. Get out of the opioid business. If you deal any form of opioid, you deal death, and it deserves to be dealt back to you.

Earlier this weekend I had the horrible, but apparently all too common experience of finding someone overdosing in a convenience store bathroom.  She was found sitting on the floor with her head laying up against the door of  the closet inside the only restroom in the store.  She was already cyanotic, turning blue around the mouth, and having great difficulty breathing.  The needle was broken off in her arm.

If someone else who came into the store had not had to go to the bathroom, we would not have found her in time.  Since the key was missing, we thought that someone may have left the key inside the restroom, since there had been no response to the knock on the door.  We used the other store key to get it open.  That’s when we found her, with her face mashed against the utility room door in all her sad glory. My shout for my other store associate drew the attention of the other customers.

Fortunately for this young woman, one of the of the other customers in the store at the time was an LPN who had been issued Narcan in case she ran across anyone in need.  Indeed, this tragic behavior is becoming so commonplace that it is even likely that there will be a need. The user of the drug was given two doses of Narcan before the ambulance  was able to get there. She was conscious when the emergency personnel came into the store and didn’t choose to go to the hospital. The emergency personnel did pull the broken needle out of her arm for her though.

Unfortunately for her, she is still addicted and is likely to do this again.  There were six other overdoses in the nearby apartments just the same morning.  That’s seven that we know of in a two block area.  911 was called for them as well. Narcan was administered and all survived, this time.

The antidote is administered freely, and there are no consequences at all for anyone involved. We pity the poor addicted users of these horrendous drugs and turn them all back loose, knowing full well that they will continue to abuse the drugs until they die of them.   In other words, we pity them to death. This response MUST end.   It is an utterly unworkable counter to a problem that is costing our society a whole generation of mostly young adults, and young parents.

A couple of generations ago, the foolish actions of youth might give one a solid scare, but only rarely took their lives. Now, the loss of life is all too frequent, and so too, the orphaning of their children. The cost of caring for these, our future generation, alone is overwhelming to our overburdened societal structure.  This cost is the least reprehensible and most tragic result of what has to be a deliberate flooding of the market with such a deadly addicting disease. If this were smallpox, we would mandate a cure for it immediately.  We are after all required to be vaccinated for far less deadly diseases than this one; Measles rarely kills it’s victims,  chicken pox almost never kills anyone, and I’ve never heard of anyone dying of chlamydia, but there’s a vaccine for it.

Since these much less deadly conditions are required by our government to be treated and nullified so as not to be a problem anymore; you would think that something as easily spread and ghastly addicting as opioids would get a far more aggressive approach to ridding our society of it.  The number of absent labor hours, the loss of productive spending on items with real value, the stolen property, the payouts for the police and emergency forces to respond to related issues, the costs of trials, and prison housing, and the children who grow up without their parents, or with them while having to live with the effects of the drug on them; these costs are egregious, and should be all the incentive we need, as a society, to understand that allowing the continuation of this evil among us is intolerable.

There should be every effort to take these suffering souls in to therapy and detoxification to rid them of any desire to take theses drugs again.  While in therapy, see to it that they are guided through any type of education necessary to assure that they have the skills necessary for real survival without the drugs in their lives.

As for those who conspire to produce and promote a drug almost purely for profit, without any thought of the effects it will have on the end user, or their families, or the society in which they operate? Yes, I’m talking about the pharmaceutical companies, and their shareholders as well; you all have a part in creating and maintaining this national nightmare. You have the costs of all this human destruction on your hands.

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Once upon a time in the seventies, the elderly were using a simple solution for pain and arthritis called DMSO.  It worked well.  You could smell it on people. It smelled like a mixture of garlic and corn.   Mostly corn. Sometimes the elderly would also use almond oil when getting massages; then they would smell like almond and garlic and corn, but they felt good all over. It wasn’t expensive either, and it wasn’t necessarily dangerous, unless it was misused, but a set of instructions on the proper use of it could be issued so people wouldn’t hurt themselves or others.  Mix two parts pure DMSO with one part distilled water, spray or pat onto the affected area, and let dry.  Don’t mix it with any other ingredients.

DMSO is a naturally occurring substance found in the oceans, which is why when you go swimming in unpolluted ocean waters, you feel so good. It sinks straight through the skin.  It carries the minerals from the ocean waters into your system with it. DMSO is also a byproduct of the paper-making process, which is why it’s so easily available and inexpensive to purchase. If it could have been patented and it’s use restricted by the pharmaceutical companies, we would all be using it for relief of pain at highly exorbitant prices.

Since it couldn’t be patented, and it was getting popular for pain treatment, the pharmaceutical companies decided it had to be removed from the market.  The nineteen-seventies was the time that the pharmaceutical companies were beginning to manufacture an opioid derivative called Oxycontin, they wanted that arthritis market for themselves, and any other kind of pain market they could expand into.  So a concerted campaign was begun to remove DMSO from human usage. Of course they packaged their argument in neater language, and made it sound like it wasn’t really a conspiracy to deprive the public of a cheap, effective alternative treatment for pain, and inflammation.

It was almost removed from any kind of usage, but the horse industry, on which DMSO was used very effectively for the swollen ligaments of race horses, objected, and veterinarians objected because it worked so well for animals with arthritis. The use of DMSO was limited for use on damaged animal ligaments, and for animals in pain from arthritis. It can now be found in the horse liniment aisle of your local farm store.  Don’t tell the farm store people that you want to use it on yourself, that would get it pulled from their shelves and made unavailable for personally administered animal husbandry.  Tell them you want to try it for your dog, or your neighbors dog who suffers from arthritis.  Recently, there are new methods of using DMSO, such as topically applied gels, etc.  that are available over the internet. I am not familiar with them, and do not know what they are mixed with. Anything DMSO is mixed with will go through your skin into your circulatory system.  Do some research before you apply any product.

It should be understood that the pharmaceutical industry isn’t all by itself in this campaign to remove competition.  The pharmaceutical companies are derivatives of the big oil companies. You see, synthetic drugs are often created from oil derivatives, so it behooves the oil companies to spend money influencing decisions that affect their down-line profit sectors.

While we are on the subject of related financially influenced support;  our congressmen and women who make the laws are not subject to the same insider trading rules that the rest of us are subject to. They decide what laws will be applied or are going to be applied, and know ahead of time how those laws will affect the stock price of any given industry.  They often invest in those stocks that the laws they are about to pass affect.  It does help explain how some of our congressmen and women got so rich while in office.   Look at their voting records.  Many (but not all) of our elected officials are also guilty co-conspirators in this suppression of simple, effective remedies for pain, and other natural effective treatments.  In that, they are also complicit in the deaths of all these individuals over dosing on opioids, legally prescribed or not.

As an additional means of re-enforcing their profit margins, our lawmakers instituted the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which determines which drugs or applications for treating health are allowed support, and which will be suppressed.  The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), is the strong arm enforcement controlling the sale of illicit drugs, and going after anyone who dares to defy the officially sanctioned line of available narcotics. Woe to anyone who gets in the way of the Holy God of Profits. We are all required to bow down before the edicts of  the pharmaceutical industry’s desires.

The Physician’s industry instituted the AMA (American Medical Association) which purports to License physicians, without whose approval no doctor is allowed to practice (they can be sued for practicing medicine without a license, even though they are very well trained).  The nutritional avenue of health has been downplayed and subverted in favor of encouraging people to take a  medically prescribed and controlled treatment for every ailment that comes about from malnutrition.  There are a whole host of symptoms that can be expensively countered, but never cured, by the chemically derived drugs of the pharmaceutical industry.

To make matters worse,  the big agricultural enterprises,  backed by the USDA, who are now also subsidiaries of some of the largest oil companies are contributing to this nutritional disaster by encouraging the use of Glyphosates as pest control, and discouraging traditional farm practices. The biggest agricultural research firms are further exacerbating the destruction of our bodies natural  ability to heal itself by adding, splicing in other material, and subtracting bits and pieces of the plant DNA in ways that appear to be beneficial, because we get so much more product, but which, in reality have many negative effects on those who eat the genetically modified outcome.  There are better, natural ways to increase plant yield.

So what does all of that have to do with illegal opioid narcotics?  Just look at the sheer volume of it.  It’s being manufactured somewhere, and distributed all over our streets. Opioid derivatives were overprescribed for any complaint of pain.  As opioids do, they caused addictions in the people it was prescribed to, but as most pharmaceuticals are, it was also expensive.  Suddenly, after a couple of decades of less popularity (think Janice Joplins death from a heroin overdose) there is a whole lot of heroin and other opioid derivatives flooding the streets.  This product didn’t get out there all by itself.  It was brought here. It’s both dangerous and expensive to get that much product onto the streets.  It’s pretty obvious when you think about it. This community death dealer has big money and heavy hitting power backers behind it.

This is where the Narcan comes in, which is also a pharmaceutical product.  After all the damage is done now the sympathy for the poor addicted souls naturally gets the people to accept the cost of this government provided band-aid solution.  It doesn’t cure anything, but it does increase and prolong the profits back to the pharmaceutical companies.

Does my objection to this mean that I don’t want the Narcan to be used to save these lives? No. It means that the Narcan should be the first step, not the only step, to first saving and then turning people’s lives around. Without the removal of the addiction, administering the anti-dote won’t do much good.  The pharmaceutical companies need to finance the whole solution.  As for the dealers, the street traffickers, the mules, and indeed the actual manufacturers of this deadly epidemic, I offer the following thoughts on what could be done to correct this course:

  1. The leaders who have contributed to this profit making  snake oil approach to medicine should be tried for crimes against humanity. All their assets and income should be seized and used to help correct the problem which their unethical, with total disregard for the actual human costs profit plotting created.
  2. The pharmaceutical companies should all be nationalized and turned into non-profit organizations dedicated not only to saving lives, but to using all the income from the sale of what few really good products they have for: correcting their past mistakes, financing the raising of all these orphans, supplementing any income necessary to get the surviving victims off of opioid addiction, and provide financial support for training in real nutrition, gardening, animal husbandry, and other seriously life sustaining activities.
  3. The up-line oil companies should be required to send a letter of apology to each and every surviving family member affected by the lack of oversight contributing to the unethical behavior of their down-line companies.
  4. Congressmen and women who profited from pharmaceutical companies who make opioid products stocks, making laws which allowed pharmaceutical companies not only a free hand in pursuit of profits, but a nefarious hand as well,  should not only step down, but also be required to apologize to their constituents in a public forum.  Since the companies are nationalized, their stocks won’t be worth anything anymore; they lose their investment.
  5. The FDA needs to be shut down.
  6. If the DEA can’t do a better job of preventing these deadly drugs from getting to the streets, they should be disbanded too.
  7. Legalize Marijuana so the sale of it is not done through the same dealers. Relatively harmless products should not be prosecuted the same way as deadly ones.  As is plainly evident, heroine, and opioid derivatives are deadly in addiction.
  8. Catch the dealers, and traffickers of opioids/heroine/fentanyl, etc. and after a speedy but fair trial, if found guilty, hang them. Death to dealers! should become a new national motto.  If the dealers know that they will not get away with this crime, perhaps they will feel more inclined to give up the names of those who set them up in the business, so they aren’t the only one to pay for this perfidy with their lives. Anyone found guilty of facilitating the sale of these deadly addictive drugs on the streets, or of over prescribing them for use outside of a hospital should be up for consideration in the hangings.

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Nationally, we are uncomfortable with hanging, as we should be. This is a form of execution with overlapping resonances in many other areas. I suggest this precisely because it has so much resonance.  I suggest this in the hope that the idea of being hung will echo in the hearts of anyone contemplating selling this dreadful drug.  The seller knows full well that the drug is addicting from the beginning, that the use of it will destroy not only the life of the user, but the lives of those around the user as well; furthermore, the seller knows that the end result is almost always a life ending permanent overdose, yet they are still willing to pull someone into this death spiral.

Are there some who have managed to escape the use of these drugs?  Yes, and bravo to them, and to those who help them to escape it.  Perhaps the idea of getting hung if they sell to others in order to obtain more for themselves will encourage more people to find the strength and courage to get off heroin.  This national opioid addiction has to stop before it becomes our national end.

 

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Ellen M Story , Ellen M. Lattz at emariaenterprises, llc. May 2018.

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Sometimes, when I am enjoying an announcement, in an article on the internet, of further growth in my church, there comes a comment from one who would throw cold water on my enjoyment.  There are some dedicated individuals, who desire to bring down this House of God (I know, such a dramatic statement). I could view this activity in a discouraging light, if I didn’t fully realize that the fact of their persistent existence is a testament in itself, to the truthfulness, and importance of this organization.

“How so!” you ask? I would answer you thus; Because, if this organization were not important, no one would bother for so long, and with such vehemence, to persist in trying to destroy it.  The Church would simply be laughed off, momentarily, and then ignored. Additionally, if it were not true, it would not have survived for so long, let alone, grown to it’s current size, without ever being a political tool of a sovereign nation, as the Catholic church, or the religion of Islam became. Both of those churches used politics, and forced conversion to grow their numbers.  The religion of Islam, even currently, uses force and the politics of nation states, to grow their religion.

But the size and age of this religion is still not enough to provide a full testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That requires personal study, and thought, and personal prayer, to discover for oneself, whether or not it is worth believing in. The personal study will come through reading, or listening to others read (such as on tapes or cd’s) the scriptures. Both the Holy Bible, and the Book of Mormon, which are companion volumes in testimony of the existence, and divinity of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all of us, for the sins of the world.

As to one of the questions currently being raised by these individuals, I’ll give some space for an answer here.  One accusation, and question being raised, has to do with a story book that was supposedly written prior to the translation of the Book of Mormon.  The accusation being leveled is about a similarity between a short story book and the Book of Mormon.  According to the theory being proposed, Joseph would have had access to this story book, and simply made up the Book of Mormon, based on this short story book.

So, to address the questions raised here… If one has read the accounts of the translating of the Book of Mormon, one realizes that a short, 116 page section, which was a condensed version of the whole book, was given to someone who was learned, to provide corroborative proof to this gentleman, that there was a book of plates being translated.  This gentleman, to whom the condensed version was given, promptly lost them, or hid them, and claimed not to have received them at all.

Joseph was devastated that his trust was betrayed, but even more devastated that he had himself betrayed a trust, as he had been instructed Not to share those pages, and had done it anyway.  After the loss, he was further instructed not to retranslate them, as the lost pages would be used against him and the restoration of the gospel.

Now, some of you know that I am currently enrolled in school again.  I am a student at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.  I am studying fine art, as a studio artist.  One of my areas of study has been in printmaking.  As you might be aware, printing presses of old made use of moveable type.  You set up the letters in trays (backwards) and ran pages, with ink over them, to create printed pages.  You could make any kind of written words, and images that could be duplicated, including printing dates. They could be anything you could set the type to reflect, even if it wasn’t accurate (much like things on the internet today).

So, if a person had a condensed version of a book coming out, someone could, if they so chose, create another story, based on that condensed version, and set a type-set date previous to the date of the creation of the full version of the book, thus making it seem as though the person who was creating the full version had stolen their idea from someone else.  Why does this sound so particularly plausible? Oh, because this sort of thing still happens today, all the time; Copy right laws, notwithstanding.

So, even if the story that someone is touting actually exists, which I wonder about, due to stories of that nature being printed on wood pulp, and not surviving to this day and age, due to acid, and browning, and cracking up into little tiny fragments…   No, I don’t believe the story of the story that someone is pushing on the internet, as a plausible reason for denying the testimony I have received, of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the Divinity of Jesus Christ.  He exists, and still teaches us today, if we will ask in faith, and Listen to his response.

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Moses with the Ten Commandments

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This post a direct result of reading Two other blogger’s posts.  Both of them had something to say that I wanted to respond to, and did in comments, but I would like to expand on those comments here.  Rob Slavens Post was an agnostic’s view of  the Ten commandments , and the other one, was from a link in the post below that, about On Tebow, written by Grant Dawson in Remotely Nowhere.

Rob Slaven was complaining that the Ten Commandments seemed sort of Vain and common sense if not trivial, with the exception of one or two pretty decent ones.  He’s right, if you think of the Ten Commandments as the end all and be all of what God wants and expects of us; however, remember that the Ten Commandments were the Second set of plates that came down the mountain.

The children of Israel were partying pretty hard by the time Moses came down the first time. That  first set, the one that got all smashed up, were the higher law, that Moses and God decided the then current crop of children of Israel weren’t ready for yet, and so they were given the kindergarten version.  The lower law.

The first half of the Lower law lays out things you Should do.  The be good stuff.  The Second half of the Ten Commandments lays out all the Shouldn’ts.  Basically, if you can’t handle doing the good things, then for Heaven’s sake, and your soul’s sake, don’t do these other, bad things.

The Higher law is available, but people still have a hard time with the lower law, so….    Well, if you’re the sort who can handle the lower law, then maybe you’re ready for the higher one.

Remember in Matthew, chapter 22, verses 36 – 40, the pharisees asking Christ what was the Greatest law? And Christ responded, “To Love God with all your heart might, mind, and strength, and the second was like unto it; To love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these hang all the law and the prophets.”

Somewhere in there is the key to the higher law.  If we can do these things successfully…… everything else is covered.

 

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Pain comes from disappointment.

We expected more from ourselves.

Our expectations are our enemies.

Anger comes from fear.

We fear what we do not understand the end of.

Fear is the opposite of faith.

Despair comes from giving up on yourself.

You are afraid you don’t have the right stuff.

God believes you are always worth hoping for.

If God believes it, why don’t you?

He is smarter than you.

He already knew you before you were here.

He knew there would be difficulties.

That’s why he agreed to pay the price for you ahead of time.

After everything you can do, he will do the rest.

Do everything you can.

Do what you must.

Trust him.

He will bring you home.

He is not disappointed.

He already knew what would happen.

He only wants you to let him help you.

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I was angry.

Now I am not.

I was afraid.

Now I am not.

I felt despair.

Now I have hope.

There is no rational explanation for what I feel.

It just is.

Because it is what it is.

That is the nature of the challenge.

If there were no difficulties,

How would there be a test?

If there were no test,

Why bother with this type of existence?

God could make us all run on automatic with only a little tweaking.

But he doesn’t,

Because he wants the test to show us what we are, and can do, and can’t do.

Then we will be satisfied

that where we are placed is the right place for us.

We will all be happy.

Everyone will be happy.

I will be happy.

So I may as well start being happy now.

 

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Is a blog an appropriate place to express ones religious beliefs?  If not here, than where would be more appropriate?

I’ll not burden my reader with any expectations of agreement.  I’m not so insecure that I need your affirmation of my beliefs to shore them up.  I believe because I feel it in my heart, because I have seen His hand at work in my life, not always pleasantly.
I tell you these things that you may know where I stand.; where my faith is, where my heart is, and in what direction my efforts lie.  I struggle here with the inexactness of my ability to communicate to you what I believe.  Or of the inability to convey the scope of this belief.  Or the utterly inconceivable scale of what  I believe God is.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am not a member simply because my parents were.  I have had more than enough time and experience, both in and out of The Church, to have opportunity to question and explore on my own.  My experiences with faith, and doubt, and re-newed faith are my own.  My questions were my own, but the answers I finally learned to accept were always there.  God loves me, and is aware of me, and cares about what happens to me.  He cares enough to chastise me, betimes sharply when it’s needed, but like the loving God He is,  shows forth more love again after, lest I esteem him my enemy.

God doesn’t just love me, He loves all his children alike, but not all his children are listening, or recognizing His hand in their lives.  Some, like I did, believe they are not worth enough for an all wise God to take notice of them.  They don’t give Him enough credit for His abilities, His love, or His reach.  Because the concept of a God so powerful bothering to take notice of any of us, who are so Not good, or powerful, or pure, or  whatever, is so foreign to our understanding, we fail to give Him credit, and we turn away from what He has to offer us.

He loves and has loved all His children throughout history, so much so that he has visited all of them, throughout all the isles of the seas; and left with each peoples instructions on how they should live with  and treat each other.  As he stated to His apostles in Jerusalem , John 10:16 And other sheep I have, not of this fold: Them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  One of these accounts of his instructions is contained within the Book of Mormon which is an excerpt of a history of a people spanning a thousand years and more.

I can’t convey to you properly how well this book explains the Divinity of Jesus Christ.  Nor how clearly it explains gospel truths.  I can tell you that I find in it’s pages such a profound oneness with the Bible, that I cannot even imaging one without the other.  They are a complimentary set.  Beautiful truths contained within each one, and tragedies recounted in each, all proclaiming the sameness of God, and His certain  and unchangeable promises.

What I believe is that God and His Divine son,  Jesus Christ, have worked out a plan so complete, so intricately woven through our lives, so all encompassing, that we could not begin to fathom it all; but every once in a while, a few of the details concerning our own place in it are revealed to us, if we ask in faith.  Just enough for us to know we matter to Him, insignificant though we may seem to ourselves. and yet he notices us.  This knowledge is breathtakingly humbling.  Such joy as can be had among people will be had when it is understood how much He loves us.  We have only to turn to Him, to`a ask in faith, believing that He will answer, and listen with all our heart.  When we are willing to follow his example,; When we understand that willing and happy service to our fellow men and women is the only way to follow in his footsteps, when we fianlly understand that working for the welfare of others Is working for ourselves, and we do it because we love them, and want their joy and happiness as much as we want our own, this then is the way, the truth and the light that Christ taught.  To love God with all our heart, might, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Mine is not the only testimony of the truth of this gospel.  There are Other testimonies from many places, and many voices, all understanding that the Book Of Mormon is a second witness to the divinity of Jesus Christ, and a clear set of instructions to assist in filling in the gaps of knowledge not contained any more within the pages of the Bible.  A book such as this could only have been preserved and brought forth again through the gift and power of an unchanging God, and the raising up again of a Prophet in the latter days, like unto old times.  That there are doubters…. that is like unto old times too.  That there is confusion,  likewise.  Where truth lies there also lies Satan, that deciever, waiting to trip you up, so that you cannot tell the truth from the lie; therefore, you will be needing a personal revelation from God, to affirm the truth  of His holy word, wherever it is found.  Fear not that you are not worthy of His telling you of it.  His word is worthy enough.  His desire that the truth should be made known, that the accomplishments of His son should be accepted and proclaimed throughout the world.  This is enough reason alone for Him to reveal the truth of any of His works unto even such as yourself.  That you should know the truth of a thing, and the truth shall set you free.  Free to embrace the gospel in all it’s enlightened latter day sentiment.  Free to believe His son died for your sins, that if you are willing to follow Him, and take His name upon you, that you might havehis spirit to be with you in this life, and everlasting and eternal life with Him hereafter.

And now I sound like a fanatic, but it is not so. I am just another human like yourself.  I am not perfect, far from it.  I have need daily of repentance, fighting against my nature which is indeed an enemy to God.  I am entirely too likely to want to sit and be comfortable when I should be doing something else.  Too immersed in my everyday world to take note of things that need attending to. Too caught up in my own fantasy of what I want the world to be to make room for other view points.  Too idealistic to understand that what I consider an ideal may not be the best way to handle something.  Too human to understand that not all things come in a time and a place of my choosing, but rather that of God’s choosing, for He has understanding of all things that have an impact on our lives.

I have had enough time here in this world to finally see that what I think I understand is only shadows of what is, and what I think I know is only one facet of the whole.  As was mentioned in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

I will wait and trust in the Lord, that all things in the end will be revealed, and I will understand and know finally, what I do not understand and know now.

My brothers and sisters, for you are all my brothers and sisters, I tell you these things, my feelings, and my knowledge; such that it is, in all honesty, in the name of the only begotten of the Father, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Once again I find that irrational hatred gets top billing.  Well, I hope that it doesn’t stay that way.  Christopher Hitchens posted a piece pretending to be an expert on Mormons and their cultish ways. All he really managed to do was to prove himself to be ridiculous.

Point one of his ridiculous rant was that the church’s supreme leader was the President/Prophet.  Wrong.  The Leader of The Church is now and has always been Jesus Christ; hence the name The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Point two of the tirade was that members could be ordered to shun someone.   Ahem…  not so.  We are not ordered by anyone.  The choice for Free agency (free will) is the paramount feature of being here in this world.  We might be asked not to pay any attention to the sad ravings of an obviously frustrated and unhappy individual, but nobody is ordered to shun anyone.  In fact, there will be efforts to address the unhappy persons needs as long as that person is willing to tolerate the visits from members.  As soon as a person tells his visitors that he or she does Not want any more visits, the members will stop bothering him or her.

As for underwear, whose business is it what underwear anyone wears but the wearer?  Frankly, Christopher sounds a little jealous there.  Does he wish that he could wear the distinctive underwear too?   I’m sure there’s some underwear out there somewhere that is special enough for him to enjoy wearing instead.

Point four seemed to suggest that members of the church are somehow superhuman in their adherence to moral and health codes.  Would that it were actually so.  Any adherence to moral or healthy food restrictions is strictly done by personal will power.  Abstinence from any practice is a personal choice, not a built-in feature.  Temptations are every bit as hard for any member of the church to resist as it is for the average Jill or Joe.  Repentance is a very real and welcome feature in the gospel.

Point five claimed that there was some word  (not indicated from where) that said leaving the church was harder than joining it.  Well, I haven’t found either one to be difficult.  I have been both in and out of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) and back in again.  I had the privilege of being raised inside the church where I was reminded frequently that I was a worthwhile individual, and that God cared about what happened to me.

When I made the mistake of believing that just because the Doctrine was excellent, that meant that the people were supposed to always do what I expected them to do, I walked away from the church for a while, looking for a more perfect group of people to associate with.  In five years of looking, I did not find a more perfect group of people.  The doctrines I encountered outside the church were sadly, much less perfect.  Eventually I went back to the church and was welcomed with open arms.

Point six had to do with Tithing.  Tithing is one tenth of your yearly increase.  It’s a flat tax that works, but it’s voluntary, and private.  There is no passing the plate around for anyone to see you make a contribution of any kind.  Any other monies you wish to donate for various causes is also voluntary.  In the case of those with more than enough, a Bishop may ask if you would be willing to assist a little more in something that needs more assistance, but it’s never an amount that the giver can’t afford to give even if it might be difficult. Sacrifice sanctifies the individual who makes it.  And again, it’s voluntary.

Point seven:  Hmmm….  how to answer such rubbish.  It would be more dignified Not to answer it, but this person has a rather large platform to spread his hatred with, so I’ll make the effort anyway.  Christopher claims to Know that Joseph Smith was a fraud and a conjurer.  He bases this on someone else’s book, another hater who also did not live in the same place, or time as Joseph Smith, Jr., and whose information all came from others who also hated.   I’d like to point out that a complaint against someone does not mean that an actual misdeed was performed by the person the complaint was made against.  Just because someone did not get what they wanted from Joseph, does not mean that he was a fraud or a conjurer.

As to whether you believe or not, in what Joseph presented, that is entirely between you and God.  Read the material, and then ask God what it is.  Being afraid of reading a book is just silly.  Do you not have a mind of your own?  Does not your brain function properly?  Or your heart?  To believe that reading false material and then praying to a loving God about it, that you would get an answer that will lead you astray…..  What kind of loving God would do that?  If it’s false would he not tell you that it was false?  If it’s true, would he not tell you that it was true?   That  is if you believe in a God at all.  If not, then this is not for you.

Point eight……  Where he got the idea that Joseph Smith, Jr. ever had any knowledge of the Islam, let alone the Koran is mystifying to me.  He never had any contact with that religion.  Joseph Smith never said anything of the kind.  Utter trash.   Joseph Smith and the church helped found several small cities before he was murdered. One in Ohio, several in Missouri, and one in Illinois.  They were thriving communities, very orderly and clean.  The fact that the church held together after his death should speak to anyone that there is something more to it than just the schemes of a conman.

The Church did not believe in slavery and Joseph Smith actually ran for President at one point in order to present his platform which detailed a method for reimbursing the slave owners by giving them portions of the Louisiana purchase in exchange for freeing their slaves.  The fact that the church did not hold with slavery was the real reason behind the persecution that drove them out of Missouri.  Many powerful people in Missouri wanted the territory to come in as a slave holding state, and the votes of the Mormons were seen as a possible block to that desire, especially as they were bringing in new members from England who were also against slavery.

After the church was driven out of Missouri and the powerful interests succeeded in getting Missouri brought in as a slave state under the Missouri compromise. The same interests tried the same tactics in Kansas, against those who were not members of the church.  The massacre of all the men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas rallied the rest of the territory of Kansas and it came in finally as a free state.

The rest of Christopher’s rant is equally ridiculous in it’s assertions.  Members of the church don’t pray dead people in.  Some of them do baptisms for the dead, as was done in the ancient church.  Reference the King James Bible, 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 29: Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?   Why are they then baptized for the dead?

Even in the world of the dead, those who have passed on still have their free agency.  They choose whether they wish to accept the baptism or not.  It is a physical ordinance, therefore it has to be done in the physical world, though by proxy.   The baptisms and other ordinances such as marriages, are performed by proxy in order to link family members together from this side through to the other side.  The church teaches that family is the most important structure we can aspire to.  No other success can compensate for failure in the home.  If, as some believe, that none of that is possible,that no one rises after they die, that there is nothing for us after we are dead, then  what harm does it do if someone wants to indulge in the fantasy?  At least the church is very helpful in assisting anyone who wants it with their family genealogy.

If Christopher Hitchens or anyone else does not wish to be a part of any of it, he or they will get their wish.

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