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The Apostasy of a High Priest- The Sociology of An American Cult Paperback – October 9, 2012
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About the Author
Park B. Romney, born in Spokane, Washington, in 1956 was ordained as High Priest in the Mormon Melchizedek priesthood in 1982. He served in two successive Mormon Bishoprics as Counselor, and as a member of a Stake Mission Presidency. He asked to have his name removed from the records of the Church in 2004, having concluded that he could no longer support the claims of the Churchs divine authority. He is the son of the former marriage of Milton C. Romney and Evelyn Brannock Romney. Milton C. Romney is the great grandson of Miles Park Romney, the Mormon polygamist who gained notoriety as a result of the Mitt Romney campaign for the presidency in 2008. Miles Park Romney was the son of Miles Romney who immigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois from Lancashire, England to join Joseph Smiths community of Mormons as a result of the missionary efforts of Orson Hyde, an early Mormon apostle. Both Miles Romney and Miles Park Romney are celebrated for their prominent roles in the construction of Mormon temples. Park Romney is seen here standing next to the gravestone of Miles Romney in St. George, which is a historical landmark.
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The book is enlightening as it is from the perspective of someone who has left the cult and paid the high personal price for doing so.This is in keeping with the title of the booklet and I found it well written and demonstrates an unusual degree of reflection and effort to understand the dynamics of the world in which he found himself trying to cope. As he grew as an individual he was increasingly in conflict with an organization that demands blind obedience regardless of the cost to the individual or their family.
I have worked with people who belong to the Mormon church but never fully appreciated the pressures they face from this organization and its officials. Even the Catholic church organization seems benevolent by way of comparison. It would be valuable for anyone contemplating joining the Mormons and becoming a member of their organization to read this book before making the leap and try to do so with an open mind. This may be a reach as the Mormon church preys on people who are not independent thinkers.
It was interesting to me to read the words of someone who so desperately needed to get approval from those around him for his own sense of personal worth. This is at the core of the Mormon church's strategy to maintain control over its members. The church organization was brilliantly conceived by its founder (and experienced flim flam man) to use religion to control its members utterly and to exact a 10% wage toll to enrich the organization and its leaders. When one can only be admitted into the temples by paying this 10% toll dutifully this "religion" can only be described as a cult, though a highly successful one in terms of its growth in power and profits.
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This is not a book recounting the step-by-step apostasy of Park Romney, so if you are looking for an exit story, pass this one up.Read more