Recently read this and decided it was too perfect not to share as it succinctly describes how I currently feel about the LDS organization.
“My child is free to be ordained a deacon after he reaches the age of 18 if he chooses. I describe my decision to prohibit him from receiving the priesthood before being emancipated as an act of compassion, not exclusion.
When a mormon boy turns 12, he normally receives the priesthood and is ordained a deacon. With ordination comes the expectation of attending church and living church standards, which may cause friction between the child and his or her parents, who may not approve of these expectations or standards.
To avoid that potential for tension within our family, I have determined that our children should be old enough to make an informed decision about the commitments that come with ordination.
Children waiting until adulthood to participate in ordinances is not new to the LDS church. Similar waiting periods currently exist and are mandatory for children of gay members.
“Nothing is lost to them in the end if that’s the direction they want to go,” (1) Elder Christofferson said about children (of gay parents) who wait until they are adults to be baptized. “In the meantime, they’re not placed in a position where there will be difficulties, challenges, conflicts that can injure their development in very tender years.”
The same applies to priesthood ordination as it does to baptism: Nothing will be lost by waiting until children are adults to make these decisions. That’s my final answer.”
And that is exactly it: “Children waiting until adulthood to participate in ordinances is not new to the LDS church. Similar waiting periods currently exist and are mandatory for children of gay members.”
This “waiting” policy, enacted in November 2015, clearly goes against Christ’s own teachings (and contradicts doctrine that Mormons believe in) It’s through all of the mormon standard works. It is infuriating to me that members choose to over-look how un-scriptural this “policy” is.
D&C 20: 70
70 Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.
D&C 68: 25-7, 34-5
25 And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.
26 For this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized.
27 And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands.
34 These sayings are true and faithful; wherefore, transgress them not, neither take therefrom.
Matthew 19: 13-15
13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them;
14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
Matthew 18: 6-7
6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!
John 9: 1-5
1 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.
4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
3 Nephi 11: 32-33, 38-40
32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.
33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.
38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
2 Nephi 26:33
33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.
So, the Book of Mormon is the MOST correct book on earth (as mormons claim) and yet modern policies contradict that book, as well as Christ’s teachings… RED FLAGS PEOPLE!
Instead of Red flags I decided to fly a rainbow flag over this post, because mormonism almost killed my dad, several times, and now he is gay-ly, happily, remarried.