How honest does Elder L Tom Perry want us to be?
“In speaking about the church, we do not try to make it sound better than it is. We do not need to spin our message, we need to communicate the message honestly and directly.”
“If church members do that, suspicions will evaporate, negative stereotypes will disappear, and [outsiders] will understand the [LDS] Church as it really is.” ~ Elder L Tom Perry, October General Conference 2011
But I’ve been told by the Stake President not to talk about any Church History! “Even if they are true, don’t talk about them!” he said.
Apostle Russel M. Nelson:
“Indeed, in some instances, the merciful companion to truth is silence. Some truths are best left unsaid.“
“To anyone who, because of truth, may be tempted to become a dissenter against the Lord and his anointed, weigh carefully your action.”
Apostle Elder Boyd K Packer:
“Some things that are true are not very useful.”
Apostle Packer seems to disagree with D&C 84:45, which says: “…whatsoever is truth is light…”
Elder Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy seems to disagree with Elder Packer:
“We don t believe that there is anything in our current history or in our past history that is worrisome, so we are grateful for people to get to know it.”
He must be joking! Why are members who speak about the origins of Mormonism disciplined if they don’t follow the orthodox line? And why are hundreds of thousands of members leaving the Church after discovering uncomfortable facts about its history? Including me.
Or he’s trying to reassure the majority of active members who are ignorant of all the facts that there is nothing to worry about. Whereas Elder Packer is talking to those who know stuff!
For more information on Mormon honesty see: http://home.teleport.com/~packham/lying.htm