Monday, June 16, 2008

Mormon Church to Members ... Ignore Reality ... Trust Your Feelings

"Mormon-Think" can be summed up in one sentence uttered by one of its top 15 leaders, Boyd K. Packer (next in line to assume the presidency of the Mormon Church).

"When confronted by evidence in the rocks below, rely on the witness of the heavens above”

In other words…When confronted with verifiable physical evidence that conflicts any Mormon claim…Ignore it, stick your fingers in your ears, and yell naw, naw, naw, naw…I can’t hear you.

Don’t believe in verifiable, observable, testable, discernable, visible, recognizable evidence. Instead ignore all conflicting evidence and place your faith in your human emotions and feelings that can’t be manipulated, managed and controlled. For you can always rely on your human emotions and feelings as a confirming witness to truth.

I understand why the Mormon Church would want its members to place their faith in something so unstable as their own human emotions and feelings becasue the church knows that it has trademarked its ability to manipulate human feelings.

The church through its own subsidiary,Bonneville Communications , boldly flaunts its ability to manipulate the human heart (feelings) stating its unique strength is their …”ability to touch the hearts and minds of audiences, evoking first feeling, then thought and, finally, action. They call this uniquely powerful brand of creative advertising HeartSell® — strategic emotional advertising that stimulates a response.” Anyone who doubts the Mormon churches ability to evoke emotions may ask the question ... Why do missionaries hand out tissues to audience members viewing the church produced "Joseph Smith Movie"? The movie demonstates the churches ability to manipulate tears, feelings and emotions... AKA "The Spirit"

They proudly proclaim that for over 30 years [their] creative professionals have designed public service and direct response messages for national nonprofit organizations such as the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Boy Scouts of American, National Hospice Foundation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and The Salvation Army.

Yup…don’t trust the observable, verifiable or testable….trust your human emotions. (Just make sure that the church isn’t using its trademarked special human feelings manipulation technique “HeartSell®” on you.


Brother Zelph said...

Very good post and I am glad that you bring this up. This goes to show that believing in Mormonism requires a suspension of disbelief and puts subjective feelings in a higher regard than scientific evidence.

This is ultimately what leads to disillusionment. People that grow up in the church are taught that the ultimate and most accurate method to determine truth is to pray and feel confirmation from the spirit and that makes it true. For whatever reason, it has been my observation that people start to seriously question this method when they reach their mid 20's. That has been my experience.

Once a person changes the way of determining truth from subjective feelings to what is most reasonably supported with facts and evidences, I believe it is all over for the individual. That is why the church presses so hard to try to keep people from using their brains.

It makes me wonder why would God give us bigger brains than other animals and senses like sight, hearing and touch, but we are not to use these senses because they are just there to deceive us. That doesn't make any sense to me. Why would God give us these senses then, to not use them?

That is ultimately what changed for me, it was a paradigam shift in what I considered the best way to determine truth.

Anonymous said...

It's all well and good to point out the misuse of emotion, and in general I don't disagee, but it's extreme folly imho to ignore its value altogether. Emotion is a more refined system than you seem to give credit, intrinsically connected with thought and how we perceive. You can't without grave risk divorce it from thought and analysis, can you?

Cr@ig said...

Greetings really get around alot...I see your posts everywhere.

The point of this post was to point out that the Mormon Church teaches its members to place a greater importance in their feelings rather than the real conflicting evidence before them.

Evidence can be seen, touched, examined, tested and either accepted or rejected based on examination.

Feelings are subjective and can be manipulated. The Church acknowledges that it is delft at manipulating human feelings...and this may be why it places such an importance of trusting your feelings rather than your head.

The Mormon Church wants prospective converts to ignore all of the evidence that would suggest it is a fraud...and trust their feelings.

They take advantage of their members by instructing them to place their heart over head in an analysis of truth claims.

And although I have purchased things on pure emotion…at least they came with a 30 day return policy…when I ended up having buyer’s remorse…

Ray Agostini said...

Emotion is a more refined system than you seem to give credit, intrinsically connected with thought and how we perceive. You can't without grave risk divorce it from thought and analysis, can you?

In part I agree with this, but a poignant example to the contrary might suffice. Had I really sat down and analysed the vast differences between myself and my ex-wife, I would never have married her (and I'm sure she eventually felt the same). We got married for one main reason - our mutual belief in Mormonism. The short of it is that she eventually found someone, her real soulmate, about 20 years later. Hindsight is always clear, as clear as the devastation of relying too much on emotion. We had many successes, not the least of which is five children, and many happy times. But if a logical analysis had been undertaken, from the start, we would really have been about as compatible as chalk and cheese (a saying Craig will know). Thirty years later I'm much wiser, and happier, but I paid a huge price to arrive here. So no, we shouldn't divorce emotion from it all, but if we let emotion rule our decisions - we could be in for bitter disappointment, in many ways.

Just an aging turkey who will never make those mistakes again.

Anonymous said...

Women to a certain degree go by their emotions and feelings to make decisions. I suppose it varies quite a bit. But they call it women's intuition and most I think place a great deal of weight on it.

If their intuition tells them that something is so, then it is so any and all evidence to the contrary be (well I think you know the word that goes here.)

Most men and thinking women realize
that emotions and intuition are just that and not something solid such as evidence or logic. I'm not saying the intuition and emotion shouldn't play a role in a decision, but it should be secondary.

I think that JS was a master manipulator who goal was to seduce women and rob men. And I think he was pretty good at it. As are his sucessors.

Anonymous said...

Ignore Reality...Trust Your Feelings?

It's called True Believer Syndrome:

It's defined as "the condition of continuing to believe a paranormal event/phenomenon after it has been debunked".

A good example is the Book of Abraham. Smith said that the translation of the scrolls was correct. This has been debunked by modern science. Yet Mormons continue to believe Smith's version.

The First Vision and the Book of Mormon have also been debunked. But like people who believe in Syvia Brown even after her "psychic" abilites have been exposed as a fraud, Mormons continue to be true believers and buy whatever Packer and the other leaders tell them.

Very sad.

Keda101 said...

I'm currently conducting a research on the negative impacts of the Mormon beliefs on the education, mental health and social life of its followers can u enlighten me on your experience and to complete my research.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I’m hoping you can help me with my first novel

Here’s the set up:

A Mormon missionary starts going crazy (schizophrenia) on his mission and mistakes the “voices” for the voice of God – which is just innocuous as first, but, eventually, the voices tell him to kill a person.

I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard of any novels like this. I don’t want to do this if it’s already been done.

Thanks for your help

-- john draper

Cr@ig said...

Yes I have....its main charactor is a guy named Nephi...he starts to hear voices in his head also and ends up killing a guy named Laben...fortunately this book, like your's, is also a fiction