Does The Mormon Church Lie About Gambling Being A Big Sin?!!
Well, on one hand they preach and tell you that it is a big sin and destructive to the soul and on the other hand, they seem to fully support it. It is just like a lot of things in the Church. Let me explain now.
It is true that there is no question in the Temple Recommend interview regarding gambling, none whatsoever!!(that could change someday) Abstaining from gambling is not a requirement to go to the Temple. Now with that being said...the Church is very much against gambling, preaches against it on a regular basis in Conferences and makes it seem as if it was a terrible sin. Here is a talk from Gordon B Hinckley himself in just the last General Conference Priesthood session talking about the evils and perils of gambling:
Hinckley's Gambling Talk
So my question has always been, if it is so serious not to gamble, then why isn't it a requirement and question in order to be able to enter "God's holy temple." The answer in my opinion is that too many members gamble....too many members work in casinos in Vegas and one other big thing; There is actually a Stake President in a town in Nevada that owns a casino!! A few years back, there was a Mormon, Senator Harry Reid (who has served as elders quorum president, high councilor and Sunday school superintendent), who was named the head of the Nevada Gaming commission. Here in Utah, everyone heads out to Wendover, Nevada which is about an hour and a half from Salt Lake. There are all kinds of funny stories about members running into Bishops, Bishops running into Stake Presidents, etc. I'm sure that there is a lot of validity to at least some of these stories. I would say that about 98% of their business comes from Utah!!
The other day, somebody on Mormon recovery, mentioned that their Bishop owned several casinos, so we know that the Stake President isn't the only one that is directly involved with a casino. I'm sure they pay plenty of tithing from their "dirty gambling money." So how do I personally know about this Stake President you ask? Well, I have a friend with a super-duper die-hard "TBM" brother that did his accounting apprenticeship there and he wouldn't lie, you can trust me on that one. He's a "TBM" through and through and very anti-gambling. He has chastised his Brother and myself for many years over the issue. I had to laugh when he headed off to a casino to do his apprenticeship, no hypocrisy or irony there. LOL!! He never gambled once while there working!! He would never say anything negative about the Church unless it was true.
On top of that, I'm sure what the Church is really worried about is that you will lose your money gambling and not pay your tithing. The LDS Church is the main reason that Utah is one of only two(Hawaii) states that doesn't have a lottery. But remember, they never get involved in political matters.(Lottery, gay-marriage, ERA)I guess it's like they teach, I think it was Oaks or Packer that said, referring to a testimony "just keep saying it until you believe it!!" Of course we could talk about the Church and many members being heavily invested in the speculative stock market which is always a gamble but that's another conversation for another day.
But I guess in their eyes, it is better to gamble paying your tithing to the Church and hope that blessings come. Hinckley even admitted that your blessings from tithing may be of a "spiritual nature." That way, they can build more temples and World Trade Centers, buy malls, etc. Also, it means that you never have to receive a tangible blessing and when the monetary blessings don't happen, then everyone can say to themselves, "oh yeah, Hinckley said it might be in a spiritual nature."
Once again, it is the Mormon Church saying do as we say, not as we do. The Hypocrisy lives on!! I hope this was helpful for people to understand the Churches stance on gambling. So it sounds like we could probably educate those (poor, desperate, young, we'd do anything for numbers to please our leaders), missionaries a whole lot!!
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