Thomas S. Monson and a little boys suicide!!
This was part of a talk given by Thomas Monson in the April 2005 General Conference. It was entitled, "Constant Truths for Changing Times." I read this a while back and I have really needed to post this. After analyzing what he said, I was shocked to say the least by the overall conclusions of this part of his speech. I just wanted to see what you guys think.
Here is the quote:
"Several years ago we had a young paperboy who didn't always deliver the paper in the manner intended. Instead of getting the paper on the porch, he sometimes accidentally threw it into the bushes or even close to the street. Some on his paper route decided to start a petition of complaint. One day a delegation came to our home and asked my wife, Frances, to sign the petition. She declined, saying, "Why, he's just a little boy, and the papers are so heavy for him. I would never be critical of him, for he tries his best." The petition, however, was signed by many of the others on the paper route and sent to the boy's supervisors.
Not many days afterward, I came home from work and found Frances in tears. When she was finally able to talk, she told me that she had just learned that the body of the little paperboy had been found in his garage, where he had taken his own life. Apparently the criticism heaped upon him had been too much for him to bear. How grateful we were that we had not joined in that criticism. What a vivid lesson this has always been regarding the importance of being nonjudgmental and treating everyone with kindness."
Link to talk
My opinion is that first of all, he missed the entire point of the fact that the little Boy died and that he and his wife did nothing to prevent it. As he said, " How grateful we were that we had not joined in that criticism." So basically, as long as they didn't sign the petition, they were in the clear? So, they have a clean conscience? Was this about the Boy or about Thomas Monson pointing out how righteous he is? So, they didn't sign the petition, great, but they didn't stop it either!!
Now let's remind each other of who this man pretends to be. According to the Mormon hierarchy, He is the 2nd most powerful man that God has on earth and is God's next Prophet, Seer and Revelator with all the keys and power. Only Hinckley has more authority that he does.
So with that being said, I find it astonishing that he had absolutely no inspiration whatsoever regarding this situation. He didn't know or feel that the boy might commit suicide? Why didn't he at least go and meet with the Boy and try to console him knowing that there was a petition going around and since he appeared to be so concerned for the little boy? Why didn't he go tell the little Boy that everything would be okay, see if he needed help, etc? After all, his Wife Frances said that, "I would never be critical of him, for he tries his best."
Why didn't they at least tell him that, instead of talking to each other and the walls? Maybe it would have made a difference, right?
Now, all of this leads me to wonder, how the Family and Parents of this little boy feel about Thomas Monson using the tragic death of their Son as an object lesson. Did he notify them beforehand? I have also begun to wonder, as I'm sure many have, if all of these stories are just bogus and made up anyway. Has anyone ever tried to confirm all of their little stories? I hope that this story is indeed made up!!
But, lets assume it's a real Family whose little Boy really did take his own life; do they appreciate Thomas Monson using the example of their Son to show the world how righteous he and his wife are? By the way, I wonder if it was the Deseret News that the Boy was delivering? Surely, Thomas Monson could have intervened and talked to the Supervisor since it is the "Church's Newspaper." He could have said, "hey, go easy on the little Boy, the neighbors are coming down pretty hard on him."
Was the little Boy and his Family Mormon? Were they in his ward or stake? Was the "delegation" that came over with the petition, Mormon? Lots of unanswered questions in this little but very sad story and I think we deserve the answers.
Now Thomas Monson ends by saying, "What a vivid lesson this has always been regarding the importance of being nonjudgmental and treating everyone with kindness."
I personally think that this story by Thomas Monson is a "vivid lesson" in his lack of humility or caring for a little Boy, that took his own life, because of something that Thomas Monson should have known or could have tried to stop. But hey, at least he didn't sign the petition, right?
To me, this story also proves what most of us here already know; that Thomas Monson has no more inspiration than my dog. He has no special power of discernment or revelation whatsoever. He is a man, just like any other man and this story certainly proves that point. He is an arrogant and self-serving man that can't wait to get his hands on the reins of a Billion dollar corporation. In other words, this is just another example that proves that these guys are not really Prophets, Seers, Revelators or Apostles of Jesus or any God. They are instead, FRAUDS!!
Hey, Mr. Monson, I know you are disconnected from us real people and all reality; but as your Mormon Church teaches, there are sins of commission and sins of omission. You Sir, committed a sin of omission by not intervening in this situation, that were aware of and that was happening right in your very neighborhood, right under your nose. If you are indeed God's 2nd most powerful man, the 1st counselor to God's mouthpiece, where was your inspiration?
Quit patting yourself on the back Tommy, for not signing the petition; the Boy is gone and you did nothing to stop it and you have nothing to be proud of and you are a disgrace.
You should be ashamed of yourself!!
Samuel the Utahnite