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- Publication Date: January 24, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SC4TPRA
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Better Off Dead: The Lost Children of the Book of Mormon Kindle Edition
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Difficult read but a must read. Obliviously there needs to be a different approach. Hard questions need to be addressed & a humble awareness that not all answers can be addressed through the church only! The cost of only one life is too high. Perfectionism needs to be address more realistically-God is perfect!
1. He states that the Church membership is hypocritical, putting on a happy face but miserable creatures at heart and have a fascination for death and look forward to it. Good grief!! Has he even ever met a Mormon? The truth is, Latter Day Saints look to life, and love it, and work to benefit from its many challenges, and help others along their way. BUT, they are blessed to not fear death because of their strong faith and belief in the Savior and His promises.
2. He states that at church meetings the atonement of Jesus Christ is seldom mentioned. My word,
What planet is he on? If he was a member, he must have slept through the services. There is not a meeting, or a discourse, or a blessing or prayer or activity in the church where the Savior is not mentioned and testified of. All the teachings of the church are and always have been centered on Jesus Christ and His all important atonement.
3. He states that the temple endowment teaches that suicide is favored over breaking a covenant. While in truth there are some things so sacred that even upon threat of death worthy members will not do, (like deny the Christ.) In accordance with Christian teachings, members are taught that the taking of ones own life is one of the most terrible things one can do to him/herself, to their family, and to their God, and to not consider ever doing it.
4. The author mocks his prior bishop as unlearned because of his job posting as a janitor, unworthy to counsel his flock because of his supposed lack of training, especially in matters of conscience. I would ask the author how it was that the Lord chose Peter, a humble fisherman with no education of consequence, to be the leader of his church (has he never heard of being taught by the spirit?) The author goes on to criticize all of the churches social workers (most highly educated in secular colleges and universities) believing them also to be inadequately trained. But he goes on devoting nearly an entire chapter, to the virtue of one of his favorite psychologists who advocates unrestrained masturbation by anyone desiring it, from the age of discovery up to and through married life, as a much better way. The author admits to being a nonbeliever, which his ideology verifies and perhaps makes sense to those who mistakenly think that life ends at death.
5. He gives lots of statistics about suicide in the West and blames it squarely on the church by associating it with that awful phrase “be ye perfect”. Well, that is not the church’s proclamation, but the Savior’s…..and He said it more than once. The church teaches the Savior’s gospel. Do your best…..and when you fail, repent, get back up and try again and again, and again, and when you repent He will forgive you and give you strength to keep going. It’s a simple positive message, clearly understood by those who want to understand, and gives hope, not discouragement to all believers.
I could go on debunking his other false declarations but there is a better and much proven manner of clearing away his smoke screen. The Book Of Mormon is another testament of the savior Jesus Christ, and it is the keystone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is a book of scripture and anyone can come to know that it is true by reading it, praying about it “with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Finally: It is plain that the author wants to center much of the blame for his son’s perceptions and suicide onto the shoulders of the church and its membership because of that word “Perfect”, but the truth is that neither the church nor its members are to blame, no more than the parents or anyone else who associated with the boy but couldn’t prevent it. The note left behind was not uncommon in suicide cases, and was not directed at the church but to his father from a son trying to please.