Sunday, June 1, 2008

Unrighteous Dominion of an LDS Bishop

I mentioned briefly in my last post that my mother had conflicts with the bishop of my home ward. I have never talked about that and don't know the whole story. But what I do know I will attempt to share.

Just before my mission I lived with my mother who had just recently divorced my father because of his apostasy. My mom was going to school and my dad either could not or would not pay child support, I'm not sure which. But either way, my mom was hard up and was getting desperate to put food on the table.

My mom was staunch LDS, to the point that she hated my father for leaving the church. She was nowhere near perfect as she was completely intolerant to his new beliefs (or lack of). In the ward we happened to live in, my fathers divorced sister also lived. My aunt.

Well, my mom and my aunt's ex-husband started seeing each other. Kinda wierd, I know, but nothing harmful, except that my father's side of the family LOVES something to gossip about. So when they caught wind that my mom was dating my ex-uncle, the shit really hit the fan.

My aunt went to the bishop and told him all kinds of lies about my mother; that she was sleeping with this guy and yada, yada. Naturally, the bishop believed her and so refused to give my mom any type of help from the bishop's storehouse. He would grill her for her wickedness and tried to excommunicate my uncle, who was not living in the ward.

So this bishop completely overstepped his bounds by trying to excommunicate someone who was not even under his jurisdiction. He then made my mother feel horrible by refusing to help her and by accusing her of basically being a slut. My mother finally had to start attending a different ward.

This same bishop once asked me in an interview if I masturbate. I told him no, knowing that the question was not appropriate and was completely none of his business.

Fortunately, my mother was able to get help from the state. When they heard about her situation, they immediately gave her foods stamps. In spite of all the shit from an authorized bishop of the lord, my mother never lost her faith. The LDS church was true and she knew it. She had every opportunity to see the real truth, but somehow missed it.

My mom is dead now, rest her soul. She was an angry person who was abused by the very system that she loved so dearly. She had very little tolerance for anyone or anything that was not LDS. Even though she was abused by priesthood holders all her life, she never doubted that it was true. I admire her for her devotion, but wonder why she was never able to see the real truth...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel for you bud. My second oldest daughter was searching for something and a couple of missionaries appeared at her door. Well she fell head over heals in imaginary love with one of the lads (unknown to him), and signed up with the cult. This girl is extremely gullible and if one of the LDS people told her the moon was made of pink cheese and had a purple smell then it must be true.
Then my wife, who has always been very spiritual, signed up, to support our second oldest. The difference is that my wife is intelligent and can be reasoned with. I tried to look at the LDS church with an open mind, but the more I research, the more I found out that the whole thing was a complete scam, started by a horny, power hungry, loser with a vivid imagination, and the so-called church has carried on that tradition. After many lengthy discussions with my wife she finally realized that the whole thing was a sham. She left the church and informed the area leader (I don't know his title) who was sorry to see her go, but was very pleasant about it (no threats or any such crap). The people who belong to this gang in my area are mostly very nice people, who either can't or won't see facts. They are just pleasant sheep, being misled by a cult of greedy controlling assholes. It's a damned shame.

Anonymous said...

I feel for you bud. My second oldest daughter was searching for something and a couple of missionaries appeared at her door. Well she fell head over heals in imaginary love with one of the lads (unknown to him), and signed up with the cult. This girl is extremely gullible and if one of the LDS people told her the moon was made of pink cheese and had a purple smell then it must be true.
Then my wife, who has always been very spiritual, signed up, to support our second oldest. The difference is that my wife is intelligent and can be reasoned with. I tried to look at the LDS church with an open mind, but the more I researched, the more I found out that the whole thing was a complete scam, started by a horny, power hungry, loser with a vivid imagination, and the so-called church has carried on that tradition. After many lengthy discussions with my wife she finally realized that the whole thing was a sham. She left the church and informed the area leader (I don't know his title) who was sorry to see her go, but was very civil about it (no threats or any such crap). The people who belong to this gang, at least in my area, are mostly very nice people, who either can't or won't see facts. They are just sheep, being misled by a cult of greedy controlling assholes. It's a damned shame.

Anonymous said...

sorry about the double post

Just another evil apostate... said...

It is a shame, thank you for that comment. Yes, on the local level, the Mormons are very good people. I think that for the most part, they really do try to live the best they can. The people in my local ward have also been quite tolerant of my inactivity and I respect them for that.

My beef is with the leaders who know the real truth and keep these "sheep" with a blindfold over their eyes, changing their history and hiding the real truth of Mormonism.

And you're right, they won't see the facts, even if they are right in front of them. The only way someone can see the real truth is whey THEY want to.