August 9, 2012 by gomw
Or I should say disconnection. I am a faithful, practicing LDS. My Mormon friends/family are the most generous, gentle, forgiving (they even forgive me for being a liberal), loving people I know. It is difficult for me to understand why Mormons resent their government, their government, doing, or trying to do, the same things we are commanded to do by the scriptures and our Church leaders. As a Mormon, I would love to vote for and see a Mormon president but I would never vote for a candidate just because he was a Mormon. When Mitt Romney became the Republican candidate, I promised I would never malign him personally. And I won’t, but I have to make the observation that not only has he made his fortune in a manner that is repugnant to me and is contrary to our four basic set of scriptures, OT, NT, B of M, and D & C, but his economic and tax policies would have a deleterious effect on the poor and even the middle class.
When I point out to my fellow members that government policies of wealth redistribution and health care are exactly what we are commanded to do by the scriptures. The usual response I get is “but that is government” as if government is a hostile or even satanic entity. That is not, in fact, what our scriptures teach us.
The 12th Article of Faith is: We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
The Doctrine & Covenants, Section 134, 1 reads: We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
There is no reason that we should reject LDS-like policies of government because they are of the government.
Mitt Romney made his money by hurting workers, both poor and middle class, he has no distinction of the difference in people and corporations, and his life style, his extreme opulence, and conspicuous consumption as demonstrated by his auto elevator and his expenditure of $77,000 (an amount that could support two families for a year) for his horse’s ballet lesson is anathema to what we are taught by the scriptures.
Book of Mormon – 2nd Nephi
Chapter 9: 30 But wo unto the rich who are rich as to the things of the world For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his briches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Doctrine and Covenants,
Section 84: 112 And the bishop, Newel K. Whitney, also should travel round about and among all the churches, searching after the poor to administer to their wants by humbling the rich and the proud.
Section 56: 16 Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!
Book of Mormon – Mosiah
Chapter 4: 22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.