Snapped up during the prime years of a young boy's life, the LDS Church emphasizes that it is "necessary" for a young man to go on a mission. Education is interrupted or even cancelled. His missionary training does not include nutrition or health education.
Within the LDS Church, from the time a child is first exposed to
Sunday School, the standard indoctrination statement is, " ... when
you go on your mission." The option, "if you go on your mission" is never even offered or mentioned.
Within the LDS Church, from the time a child is first exposed to Sunday School, the standard indoctrination statement is, " ... when you go on your mission." The option, "if you go on your mission" is never even offered or mentioned.
Such disgust over many mission experiences has caused some to write and frankly state their views. Here is one:
Date: Oct 06 12:01
Unlike some of the others on this list, I find NOTHING redeeming about a mission. People always want to point out the
positive aspects, like learning a language, living abroad, meeting people. All of those things could be accomplished in the
Peace Corps....without the dangers. I have met too many TBMs [true believing Mormons] who have shared mission stories that terrify me. Good
men who were told that their serious health problems were just a lack of faith by men in power who "spoke for god" but
knew nothing of hepatitis, parasites, rheumatic fever, or bipolar affective disorder. I have known of too many
missionaries who bullied, abused, injured, even emotionally tortured their companions because they thought they were
"right" and had the "spirit".
When I was at BYU, I worked in on a project in the Kimball Tower....in the rooms next door, a friend was working on a
project for the First Quorum of the 70. Basically, they were collecting data on all the missions to see which was the most
effective. They had an awful lot of data. We would sit around and talk....they were really clear that some of the mission
presidents were stupid, abusive, spiritually bankrupt,manipulative, corrupt, and just plain evil. NOW some of them were
great guys, but you have to remember that for a missionary, he is taught to give up all powers of high cognition and
surrender his conscious mind to another human being....the mission president. So if the luck of the draw is against
you....you are screwed.
Sure there are great men, regardless of their beliefs who get called to be in authority. There are also small minded despots
who rule the missionaries like they wish. And your son....and everybody's son is being TRAINED to do WHATEVER
they say. THEY ARE THE CHURCH....THEY REPRESENT GOD HIMSELF. SO if he tells you not to jerk off and you
do...because you are a 19 year old kid....you feel guilt. You feel unforgivable. If you are sick...it is because you just aren't
rightgeous enough. SO get out there and knock on some more doors in the rain to prove that you are worthy of feeling
better. If your companion is abusive....well I'm sure you can work it out...just pray more. If you father or mother
dies....well god wants you here.
Perhaps this whole thread is a warning. A warning to those with young children who choose to capitulate with the
mormon church. If you let your TBM [true believing Mormon] spouse dicatate what you can and cannot say in the house, this will be your fate too.
The church is like a mythic snake....you might be strong enough to fight against it....but it will eat your children if you
don't prepare them. If you allow your spouse to silence you, if you don't tell your kids what you know, if you tolerate the
church (scouts, activities, primary etc.) cause they are "good for the kids"....don't be surprised if your son or daughter is
influenced to go on a mission......and don't be surprised if it is a living hell.
Remember that those who come home early are NEVER fully accepted. Think about what that message means to a kid who KNOWS he should come home. He would rather be dead....and he may just be.
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