First, weather some obscure tidbit of information makes us doubt, or we realize some widely accepted belief is wrong. Does that make everything wrong? Or am I just looking for a reason to ditch my way of life.
You have probably noticed that I comment on articles. One reason is I need more room than is allowed in the comment fields, and the reality for me is that very few people read the comments. The most comments I have read on an article may be 8 or 10, sometimes out of the hundreds and thousands of comments. I would also like to keep my comments consolidated in one place. Because most of the time I am sure my comments on articles are even more lost than the ones I am posting here.
Todays article is from the New York Times Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt. They article tells the story of a former Area Authority that is having doubts because he found out some things about the church he was not comfortable with. The first thing he found out that was Joseph Smith was a polygamist. I wonder why he didn’t know that before. I have heard that Joseph Smith was a polygamist for most of my life. I also heard that his wife hated the idea and Joseph was afraid to tell her about it. I didn’t realize, until I looked on the internet it was a bunch of women, Here is a list of 44 women supposedly were married to wikipedia list of Joseph Smith Wives. I will address later why I think this doesn’t really matter.
There were also a couple of other topics that were mentioned. The Blacks and the Priesthood and the Mountain Meadow Massacre. I believe the reasons that blacks did not hold the Priesthood is because of prejudice in the church. In my mind, it just that simple. As a Church we have moved past this. However, we need to admit that is was wrong. I am also open to the idea that someday in the Future women may hold the priesthood and Homosexuals may be able to marry. I don’t agree with those things now.
The Mountain Meadow Massacre is definitely a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened. I believe it was a isolated and has no relevance in a religious discussion. It was just a bunch of idiots, which I believe, were on both sides. And it just happened that the Mormon side of things enacted the most vile part of the story. This is not how Mormon’s act now or how 99.9999% of the church has ever acted. That is why I don’t believe the MMM has any relevance in a discussion about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am sure some could argue that. But they can do that where they may.
All of the issues I have raised, except for the MMM, could be looked at in this way. Look at what the church teaches: the Ten Commandments, the Teachings of Jesus, and a few new things. Eternal Marriage, the word of wisdom and the Relief Society. of those things mentioned in the previous sentence the basic beliefs are love God, Love your neighbor, don’t steal, don’t lie, try to help people, donate to the poor, don’t put things in your body that are harmful and keep sex in marriage between a man and a woman. Following these things will help keep us free, healthy and happy.
So let me try to see it from outside what I believe. Let’s say Joseph Smith was a liar and the God does not exist. That is not what I believe, but that is what many believe.
Let’s look at some scenarios; What if everyone was nice to each other and tried to help each other out. There would be more freedom and more happiness than we have now. That is obvious. What if people didn’t steal and lie. There would be more freedom and more happiness. What if people didn’t use substances that were addictive and impair behavior. There would be more freedom, better health and more happiness. What if people stayed only had one sexual partner throughout their lives. There would be little risk of STD, no broken hearts and broken families. There would be more freedom, better health and more happiness.
The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even if Joseph Smith is a fraud and God doesn’t exist. The principles are still sound. Proving Joseph Smith is a fraud and that God doesn’t exist is really just a ploy to prove the things they taught do not need to be followed.
Why is this never discussed in the articles. Show me a way of life that gives me more freedom from negative consequences, increases lasting health, and produces more lasting happiness than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints and I may change my views.
The truth of the matter for me is also about fear. Life is hard. I have made choices in my life that do not agree with the tenants of the church, I have also discovered that sometimes the negative consequences are difficult to handle. More difficult than if I would have made choices that matched the teachings of the LDS faith. Life is hard for me and I am afraid if I choose another way it will eventually get harder. Like I said before, If someone will show me a way that will be easier for longer I will definitely take a look.