Sustaining the Shadow Posters

I wonder if Mormons should be asked in Temple recommend intervies whether they sustain the apostles/prophet’s shadow writers? Or would you be entitled to dissent from what is posted?

Mormon history in 100 years will have to deal with this newly craftted pseudepigrapha due to social media. Maybe a critical edition of ‘The Blog Posts of Thomas S. Monson” will be published with footnote references to talks the posts were lifted from. Maybe by then MormonLeaks will uncover the Wizards of Oz.

^ my man

The Earth as a Scroll

I am reading a fun little book.

In it, I came across a quote that got one of two cogs moving.

In the iconography and statuary of the ancient world, starting from the time of Zarathurstra, knowledge of the secret doctrine of the Mystery schools was denoted by the holding of a rolled scroll. As we shall see, this tradition has continued into modern times, and today the public statues of the world’s towns and cities show how widely it’s influence has spread.” (Mark Booth, The Secret History of the World, p. 22)

Immediately on reading this, I thought of a prophesy that has always eluded me: the earth being rolled up as a scroll (“Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation—behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?“, Mormon 9:2).

If secret doctrine is represented as a scroll, the earth being rolled together as a scroll at the future coming of Christ suggests that this mortal life and a history of man as we know it will be hidden. Just as our prior estate is shrouded and unknown to us, our current estate will become a mystery to the future fortunate spirits liberated from death and hell.

I like having a least one potential interpretation, as opposed to none. A second interpretation may be useful if this one is wrong.

Earliest Manuscript Scriptures for Snufferites

An interesting announcement and maybe a worthy project: Link A and Link B

It is interesting that the Joseph Smith Papers announced a separate and similar volume just 2 days ago. I don’t think Snufferites are large enough to cause such reactionary waves, but the timing is extremely curious. Mainly it puts a slight grin on my face to feed my conspiratorial mind  or to think that the universe really is conscious and molding to the wills of unseen forces.

I’d argue that the D&C needs a complete and total overhaul. After a healthy debate that is. Should D&C 136 or 138 go? Others? Various journal recordings of things Joseph Smith (i.e. D&C 130)? Maybe a genre formatting as is present in the New Testament? Sections for Lectures, Word of the Lord Revelations, Speeches, Epistles? What about other revelations that are currently not present in any D&C but now published by the JS Papers Project?

That would be quite the undertaking.

I’ve also given my opinion in the past that The Book of Moses should extend to JST 9: here.

Personality types and organizations (read: churches)

[Note to my 2.5 readers: I apologize for posting less frequently. That is just an extension of trends in my life; I’m continuing through a bout of depression which has caused me to withdraw from social interactions. At times I wonder if this blog has run it’s course. I have considered reorganizing/reformatting/rewriting the material I’ve written here and making it into a short book. That would be a time-consuming project and I’m not sure I’m willing to sacrifice the time needed. Back to the actual post.]

I recently had a probing interview my bishop. I brought up an idea I was exploring. His reaction was less than supportive. I had been thinking about personality types and the church. The church as an organization cannot appeal to all personality types. For example, people with more introverted or analytical personality types have more trouble fitting in with the larger church.

He acknowledged this problem but indicated that when people (*me*) find dissonance between their personality type and the larger church, they should just confirm to social norms. Don’t cause ripples. Don’t stir the pot. Just do what we tell you. Smile while you do it. The church has no responsibility to care for my needs, no imperative to comfort me when I stand in need of comfort. Discomfort those in need of comfort.

This was one interview in a painful series. This bishop may think he did good. He certainly got the results he wanted: conformity. His intrusion actually caused harm for my relationship with the church. I keep trying to make it work. I keep getting bitch-slapped. Disregarding truth claims, it has been an abusive force in my life for the past 7 years. It has caused me distress.

As I have branched out and attended other gatherings outside of the LDS church, I have noticed similar dissonance between my personality and the larger group. I am not sure my personality lends itself to group worship. That is a sad thought to confront and wrestle with.

Correlative data: https://www.16personalities.com/articles/religion-and-personality-type
Correlative data: https://www.16personalities.com/articles/religion-and-personality-type

An interesting article about pornography

Link: Does Pornography Cause Social Harm?

In case you don’t actually read the article or are wondering, the author doesn’t say pornography is a good thing, he simply reviews some statistics – statistics that correlate with increased porn consumption in the US.

I saw at least one glaring problem in the article. I don’t think you can discuss divorce rates without discussing marriage rates. I think that is relevant data: Click me!