Hinckley's Ridiculous Book Of Mormon Challenge-23 Days Left and counting-The Pressure's On Baby!! Get 'er Done!! Get those blessings From Above!!
What is the Book of Mormon challenge?
"I offer a challenge to members of the church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon. If you will read a bit more than one and one-half chapters a day, you will be able to finish the book before the end of the year."
- LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley in the August editions of the Ensign and Liahona magazines
Oh man, I'm freaking out, I'm still on page 1 and I have 530 to go in just 23 days. What am I gonna do? Ha Ha!! Thankfully, I don't have to give a rat's ass about this ridiculous "challenge", now full blown "commandment" of God's "one and only true mouthpiece"(aka Prophet). Notice how that happens? Hinckley just simply suggests something and the lab rats(TBMS) start freaking out, running around like chickens with their heads cut off, to please this cult dictator, their Master, disguised as a Prophet of God. If this isn't the perfect example, for all the world to see, that the Mormon Church is a full blown cult, disguised as a Church, then I don't know what is?
If it isn't how many earrings a woman can wear, what kind of music they can listen to, what kind of TV shows and movies they can watch, what kind of underwear is required to enter into the Lord's house and ultimately, the Celestial Kingdom, what they do in private with their bodies, whether they have oral sex or not and now reading the book of Mormon, etc, etc, it's always something. Hinckley always suggests things and then people run with it, I should say sprint with it. Are TBMS that desperate for guidance or for a new commandment, that they hang on every word that comes out of his mouth, almost begging for something new to do that will restrict their lives, free agency and free time? Apparently so, if we use this latest fiasco as an example. But then again, that's typical cult behaviour.
The other day, I had a friend come over, that doesn't know about my full blown high dive into outer darkness, where I now hang out with Satan and Demons everyday, as I'm one of the elect that has been deceived, and he asked me if I was obeying Hinckley on his "commandment" to read the Book of Mormon. First, I had to try not to laugh out-loud, cause he was so intense about it and so serious. Anyway, I just decided to mess with him and have a little fun. I said, "Hell no!!" Ha Ha!! If you could have seen the look on his face!! I said, "I don't do well when people tell me that I HAVE to do something." He said, "you're joking, right?
He actually started laughing and said, "yeah right, I know you are reading it and that you're just messing with me." "I know you", he said. I said, "no seriously, I haven't read one page since that promise, command, whatever, was spoken." He still didn't believe me..he said, "really?" "But he's the Prophet of God and he promised us that we'd have the spirit more strongly in our lives if we read the Book of Mormon", "You don't want or need to feel that spirit in your life?"Then he bore his testimony to me, "that ever since that "promise was made, and he started reading, that he had that extra strong spirit with him, guiding and directing him and that he could feel it with him so much stronger." He said, "the difference was incredible, before and after he started reading." (suggestive thought or perception is reality, isn't it? Especially when you are brainwashed and deep into a cult.)
I then said, "that I had in fact been reading the Book of Mormon( a lie) but as soon as it was commanded of me, that I rebelled and stopped reading, because I don't like to be forced to do things." He continued bearing his testimony to me(over and over) about how important it was to read the book of Mormon and told me that if I did, the Lord would bless me blah blah blah. He strongly urged me to "follow Hinckley and cautioned me of the consequences if I didn't and so on."
Anyway, that was my personal experience with someone that has taken this "suggestion, command, challenge, Promise, etc," hook line and sinker. This is the kind of guy that Hinckley was hoping to reach. He wants to find out who his "true sheep" are. Who would drink the cool-aid for me, is what he wants to know. He wants to divide and conquer. My friend was currently in Alma and he talked about how he had to get cracking, in order to finish by December 31st. He was worried and very concerned about this.
Is this one of the dumbest things that the Mormon Church has ever done or what? I mean seriously!! Notice that Hinckley wants everyone to "read" the Book of Mormon, not "study" the Book of Moron, I mean Mormon. How desperate is the Mormon Church becoming. I've been talking about their desperation for months now and trust me, it will only get worse and worse, in every aspect. The amount of converts, missionaries, etc, will continue to shrink, I believe, in large part, due to the information so readily available on the Internet. Instead of going to a library and researching, a few letters typed and a click or two and there it is.
I've been predicting this for a while now and I'll say it again; it won't be long before the Church tells every member to only subscribe to the the "Mormon Internet", where they will filter out all porno and most importantly, all anti-Mormon sites. It's coming, you watch and see!!
Now, if anyone really "studied the Book of Mormon", they would figure out it was nothing but plagiarism and fantasy, mixed with horrible grammar and a slew of misspelled, misused words, etc. The Book of Mormon is a very poorly written book and even harder to read. I admit, some of the stories are interesting, like a Novel, but the majority of the book is just like taking a sedative. If anyone has a hard time getting to sleep at night, or has insomnia, just try reading the Book of Mormon, and you should be good to go without any meds.
Not one shred of archaeological evidence has ever been found, unless it was by FARMS(part of the Church and BYU) or some die-hard, crackpot Mormon. Even then, it's only theory or maybe, possibly, etc. Nothing has ever actually proved, archaeologically, one single thing, city or person in the Book of Mormon, especially the Hill Cumorah, with not one shred of evidence proving that two great battles were fought there. Have you read the official statements by National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute, completely debunking the Book of Mormon as an actual historical document? I'll post them here soon.
I had various discussions this past week with some die-hard TBM's regarding the lack of evidence in, on or around the Hill Cumorah, where millions of people supposedly died, wearing full battle gear and it was amazing and eye opening. FARMS and FAIR, along with these TBMS, can only come up with one thing; there were two Hill Cumorahs. Of course, nobody knows for sure where the hell this other Hill is, but there is one in Mexico, that is currently the number one candidate. Starting to sound a little sketchy?
The first clue to all TBMS or members and the world, that there is a massive problem with the veracity of the Book of Mormon, is that not one Mormon Prophet or Apostle, in the 175 year History of Mormonism, has been able to identify, definitively, where the hell these people even lived or where there cities are. So much for inspiration eh? So much for revelation eh? They have however pointed out, with no doubt, that the Hill Cumorah in New York, is THE Hill Cumorah, where the great battles were fought. Therefore, the "two Hill Cumorah theory" is out!!
Then again, it's really hard to come up with proof of a people, cities, places, coins, battle gear, bones, etc, when they never ever existed, except in the mind of Joseph Smith. Get a clue people!! It's not that hard to figure this out. However, you must turn off your emotions and flip on your brain in order to understand what I'm saying. I know, because I had to do just that about 6 months ago.
I'll admit that before my mission, I had never read the Book of Mormon all the way through. While in the MTC, I read it twice in English. Then during the rest of my mission in Argentina, I managed to read the Book of Mormon 10 times, front to back, finishing it for the 10th time just days before coming home. If I have one thing to thank the Book of Mormon for, it greatly helped and improved my Spanish, so at least all that time wasn't in vain. Besides, what the hell else was I gonna do, with 156 hours a week to dedicate to the Lord.(I subtracted 12 hours for p-day.)
One thing that I've noticed, is that the Book of Mormon(Joseph Smith), liked to "cut things off." Whether it was sinners from the Spirit of God, or heads from Laban and Shiz or bad guys arms. With all the wars and the Nephi experience near the beginning, where he slices off a drunk dudes head in the name of God(Laban) and then puts on his clothes(all bloody, right?) and "every whit" and then tricks everyone(now no blood) that he's actually Laban, in order to steal the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a gore fest. Be-headings, wars, bloodshed by the millions, it's slaughterville baby.
It should be rated at least X or XX for violence. If it was a movie and showed everything that actually happened, it would have to be at least X or XX, possibly even XXX. Nephi was no better than the terrorists today,(Raferties) that hear voices in their head, from their God and then feel that they MUST cut off someones head or kill, in order to accomplish their(God's) goals. But, it's completely justified, after all, their God told them to do it, right?This guy Nephi, is supposed to be an example for our Children? Just call him Nephi-Osama, right? There's no difference. Nephi was just a terrorist.
Of course, the BOM, doesn't do much for God's image either. He couldn't just help Nephi to get the plates, without beheading Laban, after God got him drunk of course, and delivered him into his hands. Then Nephi didn't want to do it, but the Spirit kept telling him to "kill him", "kill Him", so finally he does "obey the voice of the spirit" and be-heads him. Isn't it lovely, isn't it wonderful? Gather the kids around the fire and teach them how "Gods Spirit" demanded that Nephi behead Laban, of course, breaking the 10 commandments that were in the "plates of brass", or the Bible that he needed to steal,(oops, broke another commandment) which justified the murder. Make sense?
For an example of the graphic gore and the complete fantasy that I mentioned above, how about this one, regarding Shiz;
30-And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.
31-And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died.
32-And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and became as if he had no life.
How would you like to see that one on the big screen, with your little kids? First of all, "He smote off the head of Shiz", so, the head is gone, detached from the Shiz's body, correct? Then in verse 31, somehow, Shiz's body(I'm guessing for dramatic effect and to prove how evil he really was) raised up on his hands and fell. Then it says that he "struggled for breath and he died."
Now is it just me that has a problem with that? First of all, how did he raise up, without a head on his body? Secondly, how did he then, after his head was safely removed from his body, "struggle for breath" and only then die? Give me a damn break!! You've gotta do better than that Joseph if you expect me to buy this crap. My guess is that he was laughing his ass off at some of this stuff, while getting drunk or smoking herbs and couldn't believe how gullible and stupid everyone was for believing it. Just the head in the hat would have done it for me man. Isn't it wonderful? It's like, magical, isn't it? It makes me warm all over and my bosom is burning like a .....well, never mind.
This just really makes you wonder what people are thinking when they read this. Honestly, I always questioned this stuff and wondered about it, but I still knew that the Book of Mormon was true, even though it made no sense.(due to brainwashing from my youth) So, when I began to unravel the BS that is Mormonism, I fell back on every doubt, and common sense moment that I had ever had, therefore helping me to expedite my departure faster than most or at least some. It was like a flood, as my brain finally kicked in and I began to remember all of the doubts that I had had all throughout my life. Suddenly, everything made sense. Suddenly, I could rely on my normal, analytical brain, to understand, exactly and precisely, why I had always had all of these doubts/questions and I finally knew the answer:
That the Mormon Church was a complete fraud!!
Here is my suggestion, to those that are currently reading the Book of Mormon, or panicked about finishing by December 31st, just because some man "suggested" it; put the book down, enjoy your life and family. Enjoy the holidays and your free time and set aside your guilt. Watch your favorite Christmas shows, play games, rent some movies, anything, but read that dumb, fictitious Book of Mormon. Recently, a story appeared in the Salt lake Tribune here in Utah, regarding this "Book of Mormon Challenge, and I found some of the quotes to be downright nauseating.
Anyway, I'll end this post with that article, with some great quotes by people that are currently trying to hurry and finish on time:
LDS members cram to complete the challenge to read the Book of Mormon by year's end
By Mark Eddington
The Salt Lake Tribune
A Salt Lake City attorney reads it in Japanese and reads nothing else. A BYU student downloaded it onto his MP3 player and listens to it wherever he goes. A Provo couple took their book, blanket and picnic basket to the park and read for 15 hours. Call them the "Book of Mormon-challenged."
All over Utah, many Latter-day Saints are desperately - some despairingly - racing to meet church President Gordon B. Hinckley's challenge, issued July 25, to read the Book of Mormon by year's end.
When Hinckley speaks, faithful Mormons obey. So riders are taking TRAX to read Mosiah, hopping on UTA buses to roll through Alma or hooking up with carpools to plow through other portions of the 531-page book on CD or cassette. Some churchgoers even play catch-up in sacrament meetings instead of listening to sermons or, dare we say, snoozing.
"I'll be riding the bus or TRAX and pull my book out, and everyone else will pull theirs out, too," says LDS Business College sophomore Cameron Coppin.
At a recent devotional, LDS General Authority Marlin K. Jensen joked about the deteriorating social skills of church employees who always have their heads buried in the book. Even so, The Challenge is no laughing matter for the challenged. University of Utah senior Don Dowdle of South Jordan is navigating through 3 Nephi in Portuguese on daily train trips, striving to overtake his parents. "They have been keeping a 10-chapter lead on me for three or four weeks," he laments.
Stuck in 2 Nephi, Mark Sorensen of West Jordan, 23, frets that he should be in Helaman by now, several hundred pages and, seemingly, endless light-rail trips away. "I probably won't make it," he concedes. "But I'm reading the book on faith that I will be blessed if I try to follow the prophet." Reading the Book of Mormon is Kelli Snow's just desserts - literally. Every 10 chapters she digests, she treats herself to a Lindt chocolate bar. "You've heard of the Freshman 15?" the Utah Valley State College student asks. "I've put on 15 pounds reading the Book of Mormon."
That's the spirit, says Ashley Llavina, who works for Brigham Young University's Center for Service and Learning, passing out "Y Read" cards with Hinckley's challenge printed on them. Problem is, the BYU junior confesses, she's not practicing what she is passing out or preaching. "I'm still in 1 Nephi [the beginning of the book]," says Llavina, who vows to cram over the holiday break to catch up. Sacrifice, though, brings blessings for West Jordan bank clerk Sarah Hintze, who says she is "happier" for reading each day - although she struggled to wade through all the "wars and stuff" in Alma.
The Book of Mormon, which members see as a companion to the Bible, brings slumber for BYU student Collin Simonsen when listening to his wife, Tessa. "That's why she has me read."
BYU defensive end Tyler Berry wasn't going to tackle the challenge when his Book of Mormon instructor told class members they could read the first half of the book and still satisfy Hinckley's charge. After the October General Conference, however, the professor decided students best go the whole nine yards. "Now I'm having to double time my way through it," Berry says. Trey Hall of Littleton, Colo., gathers his family and pet Labrador Spike on the bed each night to read. "Spike's not as reverent as our old Lab," Hall says. "His predecessor was very spiritual. But Spike is improving. He listens better now."
Sandy father Kevin Pasker's children perk up during their read-a-thons to and from picking up a sibling at dance class, particularly during parts when they "know another Lamanite will die." Listening to the scriptures on tape takes any rage out of road trips for Pasker's co-worker, Carl Bohn of Cottonwood Heights. Such peace comes at a price. Doggone, some say, they have to be dogged to endure to the end of, say, the book's hard-to-finish but even harder-to-fathom Isaiah chapters. "There should be some Sparknotes for the Book of Mormon to make it easier," says U. freshman Megan Whitfield, who jests she plans to call in sick for two weeks so she can finish reading and meet the challenge.
Heck, even hell-and-damnation sermons can't propel some to crack the book. West Valley City resident Dan Bassett says there are so many "it came to passes" in the book's beginning, he decided to pass on reading it. The diligent disciples labor on, though, whenever and wherever possible. Everywhere 19-year-old Jessica Armstrong of Salt Lake City goes, "Everyone has their Book of Mormon out, trying to get 'er done."
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Take care guys, and please, please, I beg of you, if you are currently reading the Book of Mormon, STOP, and give that time to your Family or to yourself. Give it to anyone but the damn Mormon cult and their cult leader, that only wants to control every apect of your life!! Enjoy life and quit feeling guilty over some bogus challenge by some rich dude/cult leader that doesn't really give a damn about you. You see, this is all a plan!! He wants everyone to read or re-read the Book of Mormon, feel the spirit and guilt, if they aren't currently worthy for the temple, then to start paying their tithing, and finally, to return to the Lord's house.
Then, these people can thank Hinckley and the Book of Mormon Challenge for their return to temple worthiness. They can bear their testimonies to the whole ward and world, that they wouldn't be going to the temple if it wasn't for Gordo and his challenge. You see, it comes full circle and everything that that Mormon Church does, especially Hinckley, comes down to money. Isn't it obvious?!!
So, here's my prediction; all you die-hards out there, you TBM's, prepare yourselves for the Doctrine and Covenants challenge. It will go something like this:
"I offer a challenge to members of the church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Doctrine and Covenants. If you will read just one page a day, starting January 1st, you will be able to finish the book by October 22nd."
Samuel the Utahnite
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