Young, single Mormons: Don’t think moving to the DC area will be sunshine. For most of the week you’d be alone in your religious convictions and your time to meet and mingle with those of your faith will be short and limited. Look also at the graph at how your generation is abandoning religion.
by Robert John Stevens, March 29, 2017
A church friend sent me a link to the article How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive. After reading it, here are my comments.
The Mormon Church encourages and supports government-forced redistribution of wealth by taxation to build and maintain homeless shelters in Salt Lake City. Taxation is theft—period. God commanded, “Thou shalt not steal.” Jesus and Paul reiterated that. In this regard, the Mormon Church has not figured out how to love your neighbor without stealing.
My wife and I once had financial difficulties and agreed to be a recipient of the Bishop’s storehouse—the Mormon welfare program for local churches. It was miserable, bullying and condescending. Having paid tithing and fast offerings for more than thirty years, had those monies went directly into mutual funds I would have accumulated a very large sum, probably close to a million dollars. Had that happened with church support or without church interference we could have simply withdrawn funds during financially bad times.
Instead, we had to be humiliated by working through church channels and meeting weekly with the female Relief Society President to fill out a checklist of items, mostly unhealthy, to get us by. It felt like humiliating begging to an organization that was increasingly reluctant to give back even a portion of my life-long contributions.
No brother or elder ever came over to offer me employment or to invite me to their place of work for lunch, which is probably the best way to get a job. None in executive or corporate positions would hire me for a day to prove myself, or even permit me to volunteer for a day, not even those I’ve known for decades.
Having a B.S. in Computer Science and completed my M.S. coursework also in Computer Science from Mormon-owned Brigham Young University in Provo, and with more than 25 years of professional experience at that time, I was highly qualified for church programming positions but even though they had dozens of openings, not even their management would give me a chance to prove myself for a day. I realized then that full-time career church employment is evil and desensitises church employees so they are less likely to be loving and charitable outside of their assigned, paid tasks.
Once when I mentioned to our Mormon landlord I wasn’t sure if my declining revenues would provide enough money for our rent, they immediately panicked. The Bishop was reluctant to help with our rent payment and when he finally committed he was late so our Mormon landlords immediately asked us to leave. The Bishop wouldn’t let us rent just anywhere—it had to be the lowest-priced rental. Those we could find nearby were unreinforced masonry structures which will collapse during a major earthquake so rather than put our family at risk, we moved our into a friend’s 600 sq ft basement and paid him rent.
The correct principles described in that article are not new to Christianity or Judaism. The Mormon Church is just in a healthy position to work on the problems because of 187 years of tithing accumulation, volunteer missionaries (mostly elderly in this category), and thousands of full-time career church employees who think they were chosen by and working for God himself.
If I were a Mormon apostle, I would not compromise on theft by supporting government theft. I would not employ tens of thousands of full-time employees supported by religious taxation aka tithing punishable by damnation vs secular jail time. Surely there are better ways such as teaching correct principles and encouraging Mormon college graduates to temporarily work at the Church but not a mandate as Israeli youth are required to serve in their military.
The American system of limited government was not intended to support government handouts. Mormon Presidents David O. McKay and Era Taft Benson taught it is not the proper role of government to provide welfare. That responsibility belongs to the people and to their churches. The Mormon tithing monies used to employ more than ten thousand full-time, career Church employees in Information Technology alone is more than enough to provide shelters for the homeless in Salt Lake City.
by Robert John Stevens, March 2, 2017
Joe Alfandre is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was in my ward in Potomac, Maryland. He created the Kentlands, one of the most successful planned communities in America and a model for all subsequent planned communities to study. In this interview he also describes subsequent mistakes:
Years ago I scheduled a time to visit with Joe and his wife. We met in Potomac Village at a restaurant. I complimented him for his great accomplishment and emphasized how the Kentlands was so often studied with great interest, and that was anxious to learn some of his insights. I was both amazed and disheartened by his response: He said the great thing about planning a community was that I could do it however I wished.
I don’t remember other comments but I do remember we discussed how planning urban communities was a function of inquiring what the people wanted and making it fit with the history and landscape of the area.
by Robert John Stevens, February 28, 2017
Utah has won just one National Planning Landmark Award: Joseph Smith’s The Plat of the City of Zion (1833). At the time, Joseph Smith was 27 years old.
Craig Galli’s article, Building Zion: The Latter-day Saint Legacy of Urban Planning” is fascinating and well worth your time to read.
Utah Mormons have deviated far from the original Zion plan and implementation, and from enjoying its benefits, and seem to have forgotten that outlying farmland is preserved not for the expansion of cities, but to sustain cities. When the population increases, the City of Zion plan was to be replicated.
In other words, Benjamin, Utah wasn’t supposed to be preserved for the expansion of Spanish Fork but to be its own city, designed after the City of Zion plan, with outlying farmland to sustain its own people.
Also, farmers were supposed to live in the cities where their families can be enlightened. I called Craig Galli the author and asked, “Where were farmers supposed to keep their equipment?” He said it was a great question and he didn’t know the answer.
David Hall’s slides on the City of Zion says the “Language of the plot is Tyndale’s 16th century English.” Was David influenced by Royal Skousen’s research or did David decide on his own that like the Book of Mormon, it was Tyndale-era English?
City of Zion Documents
by Robert John Stevens, February 25, 2017
Here is another example of the Mormon press propagating the globalist (aka Gadianton Robber) agenda. The headline below is fake news. Support for Obamacare is probably at an all-time low:
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) deserve better guidance than what their own deceptive media propagates.
When told the public’s opinion is high about a given issue, even people with high and noble values will be deceived and question their own beliefs.
Mormon news has an obligation to remind its readers that taxation is theft and government-run services are inefficient, destroy competition and increase prices. Government employees are not accountable and have no incentive to provide the best service. Anyone who has dealt with government knows this very well.
Those who visit Cuba are shocked to see what awaits at the end of the socialistic journey which is already well underway in the United States and other Western nations. Our son recently returned from Cuba and was shocked to see what sixty years of socialism has done to the nation and its people.
Religion is against the law in Cuba. Those caught holding church services are severely punished.
Mormon news repeatedly propagates the globalist agenda. This is very upsetting and leaders of the Mormon Church should put an end to these deceptions and tell their news organizations to stop posting Associated Press articles.
And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. — Book of Mormon, Ether 8:22
by Robert John Stevens, February 7, 2017
Regarding desertion, the difference between the military and the Mormon Church is that the military will try and prosecute the deserter; The Mormon Church will uphold the missionary’s right of free agency.
How much stronger in our faith we’d be if we have a feast and a parade down Main Street for the missionary who abandons his or her post.
by Robert John Stevens, October 24, 2016
People often attend churches if they like the minister; hence the popularity of the mega TV ministries.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe in a lay ministry, meaning untrained people run the local churches and give sermons. Giving member opportunities to grow has proven very successful. One consequence though, it is often difficult to listen to poor speakers.
The main church service is called sacrament meeting and yesterday’s was the worse I ever attended. Two speakers well over 60 years old just rambled and rambled and said nothing.
The LDS Church needs to raise and restore the bar. Here’s an idea to think about: If the Sermon on the Mount is the best religious talk in history, and if we rate it as a 10, then how will your next talk rate?
What did Jesus do in his Sermon of the Mount talk? What did he not do?
Support for Hillary continues all over Mormon media. Few Mormons understand the damage Gadianton Robbers (aka secret combinations or secret societies) caused in the Book of Mormon, namely the literal destruction of three civilizations: Nephites, Jaredites and Mulekites, because secret societies infiltrated their governments as they have today. No wonder the gap is so wide between the Mormon apostles’ concerns over religious liberty vs the church membership’s.