Whatever happened to that old-time LDS religion that was always on about how the end of the world is nigh? Probably some members like the newer, calmer CoJCoL-dS, but others are clearly unsatisfied with the weak porridge (and deletions) that the correlated corporate church serves up — they want the exciting stuff back:
among the â€œestablishedâ€ families, there seemed to be a high percentage of â€œdoomsday preppersâ€ with extreme right-wing views. Pretty much every sacrament meeting included at least one person warning of impending calamity and railing against the â€œNew World Order,â€ the UN, and so on. Bo Gritz bumper stickers were common, and I was grilled more than a few times as to why I didnâ€™t support his candidacy and instead supported one of the fake parties that were in on the conspiracy.
Enter Julie Rowe and her “preppers”! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, this podcast gives a good overview. She’s starting to show up on the mainstream’s radar, and the CoJCoL-dS itself is starting to take action. Will she be the next on the excommunication block?
Weak Gospel Teaching
â€¢ Teaching that a pint of cream might be solely responsible for someone leaving the Church.
â€¢ Having the same Sunday School lessons on a rotating 4-year cycle for over 30 years and expecting a different result.
The Mormon apologists recently got some bad news: BYU “destroyed” the scholarly study of Book of Mormon as ancient history (due to lack of good scholarship — did BYU do something right?). This development seems to be connected with poor Bill Hamblin getting his ass handed to him by Philip Jenkins. So I guess they’re going back to trying to rebut the CES letter and writing snarky book reviews.
Those observing the CoJCoL-dS have some interesting new stuff to offer! Glenn (of Infants on Thrones fame) is starting a side project early Mormon audio. Thinker of Thoughts created a Mormon Meme Translator. The brand-new blog Zelph on the Shelf has offered responses to “44 Reasons the Church is True” and is Changing the Narrative About ExMormons (among many other things). And Mithryn is continuing his 40 talks in 40 days.
In philosophy, Mormon Hurt analysed whether faith is a virtue.
In books, Kirkus has posted a review of Johnny Townsend’s latest book. Also Woman at the Well has written three book reviews: Brigham’s Destroying Angel, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, and Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.
In life journeys, Aerin contemplated what she misses about being married, Kiley is feeling unprepared, Kevin Barney wrote about the film “Transmormon”, Puck Saint described life as a queer Mormon, Uomo Nuovo is sending more pretty pictures from Italy, and both Prairie Nymph and Kevin Dudley shared some adventures in parenting:
We knew she was trying to figure out what it meant. She “dated” a couple of kids from school. Both boys and girls. The guidance she received from us was, “Only do what you are comfortable with.” We also advised her to take things slow. Don’t rush to commitment. Don’t limit yourself to dating just one person. Some of our advice was well received and some of it has been ignored. At the end of the day, we are observers. Our only role is to preserve her ability to consent.
Leia described receiving a very startling revelation:
I plopped down on the couch and she told me that my dad wasn’t my real dad, that my brothers were only half brothers, that she was raped and that is how I came to be, and that I had older half siblings, but she wasn’t sure. I stared blankly at her for a short while, then she said that I couldn’t tell my brothers because they didn’t know.
And Myrtle Joy explained how God ended:
“No, Yahweh, I WILL NOT KILL MY SON.
“No, I will not do as you command, and take the life of that which is more precious than my own breath. No, I will not plunge a knife into my son’s body, spilling his blood on the ground. No, I will not offer him as a burnt sacrifice to your incredible hubris.
“No, God. I will not kill my son.”
That day, sitting in that class, I knew I was done with that god. A god who could ask such a thing is a god not worthy of my devotion. He is a god I will not obey, a god I cannot love. I do not want to return to such a god, and I do not want to become such a god.
Folks, I’m really sorry about the lateness of this exciting episode! Basically, my husband came home yesterday (been at a conference for a week) — and this coincided with a long weekend (today’s a holiday here in Switzerland!) — making it too easy for me to say “Meh, I’ll do it in the morning…” Have fun with this batch!