The Mosaic Law - Stage 5
The Mosaic Law
The New World Order - The Patriarchal Family - Be Fruitful and Multiply
The Chosen - Obedience - The Elite
Elect Ladies - Dehumanized Containers - "Yes, but no, yet is/are..."
The Omission of Love
The Fifth Commandment
"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Ex. 20:12)
(With its accompanying penalties, which would "cut off" thy days in this life.)
"And, he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.
"And, he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
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The New World Order, a Theocratic Patriarchal Family Ruled by Yahwah.
"The Fifth Commandment sanctified (made holy) the family, as second only to the Temple in the structure of Jewish society ... The Hebrew patriarchal family was a vast economic and political organization ... its political value lay in its providing a system of social order so strong that it made the state--except in war--almost superfluous." (The Story of Civilization, Durant, Chap. XII, pp. 333-4. Italics and bold letters, mine.)
The Elite, a "Chosen People."
"Belief in themselves as the chosen people ... accentuated their disposition to segregate themselves maritally and mentally from other peoples, and deprived them of the international perspective that their descendants were to attain." Durant, Vol. 1, p. 335.
Deut. 7:6: For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
As in ancient days, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Mormons of today claim themselves to be the elite, and peculiar "Chosen People" of God ... the latter-day "Israelites" ... "above all people that are upon the face of the earth" ... and possessing all the blessings and privileges known to the ancients. They are "separate" from the "world." Those not for Yahwah are against Yahwah, therefore they are the "enemy."
The Patriarchal Family - A Theocratic Kingdom - Restored by Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith began with a version of Democracy which evolved into a Theo-Democracy, with the aim of eventually dropping Democracy for total Theocracy. Democracy was the "milk" hook before the "meat" of Theocracy. Underneath the "milk" ... "Smith was already establishing an authoritarian system of priesthood which he intended to be monolithic. In his dictated revelations of the 1830's the voice of God commanded Mormons to be one in all things and to make their decisions unanimously. ... A decade later the church would begin implementing this theocracy as a city-state in Illinois." (D&C 101:50, 102.3, 104:21*; Quinn, Ibid, p. 86.) Members of the church were to have "one mind" in all things.
Theocracy in Nauvoo, Illinois
"In 1842 as recently appointed editor of the Times and Seasons, Joseph Smith sounded a new note in Mormon political discourse. He announced that Mormon political power was not just a local matter. "It has been the design of Jehovah (Yahwah), from the commencement of the world, and is his purpose now, to regulate the affairs of the world in his own time; to stand as head of the universe, and take the reins of government into his own hand," the editorial began. The prophet observed that Moses and Aaron "taught the people in both civil and ecclesiastical affairs; they were both one; there was no distinction; so will it be when the purposes of God shall be accomplished." He added that "the government was a theocracy, they had God to make their laws, and men chosen by Him to administer them." (History of the Church, 4:542; Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, pp. 248-54; Origins of Power, Quinn, p. 111)
Theocracy, a Political Mormon Kingdom in Utah
Brigham Young: Re: The laws of the land against polygamy: "If I had forty wives in the United States, they did not know it, and could not substantiate it, neither did I ask any lawyer, judge, or magistrate for them. I live above the law, and so do this people." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 361.)
(That was the "left" hand speaking; the "right" hand said: "Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land." D&C 58:21.)
Apostle Orson Hyde, in the Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 53, made this statement: "What the world now calls 'Mormonism' will rule every nation. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young will be the head..." (In that case, the Laws of the Land will be the same as the Laws of Mormonism, i.e., a theocracy.)
The president of the church, John Taylor also confirmed the Mormon church was a theocracy: "Was the kingdom that the Prophets talked about, that should be set up in the latter times, going to be a Church? Yes. And a State? Yes, it was going to be both Church and State, to rule both temporarily [sic] and spiritually." (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 24) "We used to have a difference between Church and State, but it is all one now. Thank God, we have no more temporal and spiritual!" (Ibid, Vol. 5, p. 266)
Personally, as long as I can remember, it has been prophesied in the church that the day would come when the Constitution would "hang by a thread" and that the Priesthood would step in to "save" America ... with Mormonism ... a theocracy. If this is believed to be true, then Mormonism and other conservative extremists are creating, by projection, the cause of this supposed problem. Mormonism expects then, to "cure" America with the "cause" ... i.e., their theocracy ... but under the guise of Democracy ... the Theo-Democracy advocated by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Orrin Hatch, a staunch member of the Mormon church and a current member of Congress is running as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. The number of Mormons in the US are in the millions and the church has matching untaxed funds to support a candidate of their choice.
Theocracy in Utah, a Vast Economical Organization
During the latter part of the 19th century, the church had almost total, if not total, ownership of the economic forces in Utah. Today, the church has extended its economic power into other states and enterprises. In 1997 they told Time Magazine that their "current assets total a minimum of $30 billion." It has an "estimated $5.9 billion in annual gross income ..." It is almost three years later now, and the church still pays no taxes on its investments; it is totally tax-exempt from what it is, a corporation, and is thereby increasing its monetary power which is being used to support their theocratic VS democratic interests in personal and political issues.
"Yes," "Honor thy Mother"
"The mother of many children was certain of security and honor. For the little nation (the Israelites) longed to increase and multiply, feeling, as in Palestine today, its dangerous numerical inferiority to the peoples surrounding it; therefore it exalted motherhood, branded celibacy as a sin and a crime, made marriage compulsory after twenty, even in priests, abhorred marriageable virgins and childless women, and looked upon abortion, infanticide and other means of limiting population as heathen abominations that stank in the nostrils of the Lord." (Durant, Ibid, p. 333-4) Rachel is an example of the humiliation a woman felt when barren; Gen. 30:1 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob Give me children, or else I die.
Today, as then, the main objective of Mormonism, through their missionary system, is to numerically increase the membership of their theocratic church. They further admonish and counsel returned missionaries to marry as soon as possible on their return home, start a family immediately and to refrain from any birth control practices.
Each Theocratic Patriarchal leader has, in turn, echoed the command given to Adam and Eve, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth" thereby attempting to become superior to those surrounding them ... through obedient "numbers;" quantity being more important than quality; obedience more important than understanding.
The Commandment in Mormonism to "Be Fruitful."
Although Joseph Smith ostensibly was commanded to take plural wives for the purpose of "raising up seed to the Lord," there is only one recorded birth having been delivered of his many wives. (This lack of documentation means that other possible unrecorded births were not included, nor recorded, in the temple records that were so essential to Smith's doctrine of being "sealed" into "eternal families.") There was a law against polygamy and Joseph's plural wives were kept a secret, unknown to the majority of the members of the church, as well as to Emma, his legal wife. (There may have been other children fathered by Joseph that were "adopted" by other families.) Polygamy was kept a secret among the Leaders of Mormonism for some time, until it was made "official" through a revelation some ten years after the fact. It eventually led to Joseph's death. Brigham Young, however, openly and vigorously embraced polygamy in his isolated Theocratic Kingdom in Utah, where he ruled outside, and "above," the law.
Brigham Young and Women as Containers for "Raising up Seed for the Lord."
Brigham Young spoke of others that "worship a Savior that is too pure and holy to fulfill the commands of his Father. I worship one that is pure and holy enough "to fulfill all righteousness;" not only the righteous law of baptism, but the still more righteous and important law "to multiply and replenish the earth." Journal of Discourses - Vol. 02, p. 210.
"Yes," Honor the Mother ... "But," Love is not Necessary.
Brigham Young, regarding the complaints of first wives: "Sisters, do you wish to make yourselves happy? Then what is your duty? It is for you to bear children, .... are you tormenting yourselves by thinking that your husbands do not love you? I would not care whether they loved a particle or not; but I would cry out, like one of old, in the joy of my heart, 'I have got a man from the Lord! Hallelujah! I am a mother..." Journal of Discourses - Vol. 9, p. 37.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church
Official Church Policy
"The first commandment that God (Yahwah) gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His (Yahwah's) children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
"Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. 'Children are an heritage (= property) of the Lord' (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives--mothers and fathers--will be held accountable before God (Yahwah) for the discharge of these obligations." This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Italics, bold letters and the one italic insertion, are mine.)
Love, in theocracy, is a commandment, a duty, a responsibility and an obligation which each father and mother will be held accountable for ... to Yahwah. Love is a word, only, in theocracy; theocracy destroys the very possibility of love. This "Thou shalt ("voluntarily") "love"... (= no-choice, and "choice," at the same time) ... is enforced by fear, intimidation, and the threat of punishment. "Love," in theocracy, is a pseudo-love, the love/hate syndrome of becoming one with what one hates, which was also Brigham Young's definition of "loving thy neighbor as thy self," that of being willing to shed your neighbor's or your family's blood in order to "save" them. The means of being able to voluntarily love, without fear, is taken away in theocracy because the means have been taken away.
It takes a free Self, a person who has a Self ...to make possible the love of ones Self ... the freedom to personally evaluate in order to make a free choice. We cannot love our neighbor as our self if we have no self that can be loved. In theocracy and Mormonism, we are maneuvered into a self-hate, and with that self-hate, we are then commanded to "love" others with the same kind of self-hate we have for ourselves, which is then projected to "others." It results in a "love/hate," the numbed emotional state accepted in the "voluntary" union of Stage 8.
Mormonism admits no definition for a personal, voluntary love. In the command to "love," members are supposed to ... "just do it" ... just ... "love;" the label takes the place of the meaning and the understanding of love. All family relationships in Mormonism are based on commandments, demands, and the fear of punishment. And, as Brigham Young stated, love is not the purpose of marriage; marriage is for the production of children, and women are merely the containers for Yahwah's children; love is not an essential ingredient. As in ancient days, a woman is to be honored only for her Womb.
In Mormonism, men and women are each actually classified as an Adam or an Eve. In the Temple each member collectively takes an oath as an "Adam," or as an "Eve," to "multiply and replenish the earth," by all raising their arms to the square in assent, at the same time; no one dares to do otherwise.
Mothers are to be Honored ... "Yes,"
... "But no," Women and Children are Things to Possess, to use, to be sold, or to be "given" away; "Yet," they must "love," obey, and serve those who rule over them.
"The father's authority was practically unlimited; the land was his, and his children could survive only by obedience to him; he was the state. If he was poor he could sell his daughter, before her puberty, as a bondservant. Boys were supposed to be products of the right testicle, girls of the left--which was believed to be smaller and weaker than the right. Yahwah's instructions to the wife were: "Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." (Durant, Ibid, p. 333; Exodus, chapter 21)
As Yahwah was the Father-Creator and Lord over His children, the earthly father in Theocracy became the Lord over his family who, in turn, were subject to the same Mosaic Laws of Yahwah which were then administered through the father ... the father being "one with" Yahwah. He was authorized to use Yahwah's means of subduing the creatures he had created; being one with Yahwah, the father could do all the "Thou Shalt Nots" that Yahwah could do, but which his subjects, his wife, children, slaves and "outsiders," could not do; a double-standard prevailed.
Women to be Possessed, Given away or Purchased
Exodus 22:16,17. And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
Women in Mormonism, as Possessions
Dehumanized "Things" to be Given Away.
"Yahwah" speaks through Joseph:
D&C 132:37. Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given to him.
Verse 39. David's wives and concubines were given unto him of me ...
Verse 44. ... then shall you (Joseph) have power, by the power of my Holy Priesthood, to take her and give her unto him ... (another man.)
Verse 51. '... A commandment I give unto mine handmaid Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you ... (Handmaid = servant, a female slave. Strong's Hebrew Dictionary #8198)
Verse 62. And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him; therefore is he justified.
Brigham Young to John D. Lee
"In 1858, Brigham Young gave me my seventeenth wife ...Brigham Young said that Isaac C. Haight,...and I, needed some young women to renew our vitality, so he gave us both a dashing young bride. ... By my eighteen real wives I have been the father of sixty-four children.." (The "Confessions of John D. Lee," pp. 288-289)
The Man owns the Woman, not the Woman the Man
Lorenzo Snow, the fifth President of the church testified: "According to my understanding of this new covenant (Revelation on Polygamy, D&C 132) the woman is sealed to the man and not the man to the woman..." ( Temple Lot Case, pp. 320-322)
... "Yet, women are ... Exalted as "Elect Ladies," such as Sarah and Rachel ... barren women whom Yahwah caused to be impregnated by His Wonders.
The "Elect" ladies of Yahwah were the barren women whom Yahwah, through his Wonders, caused to become pregnant with child, and hence, a "virgin" mother; the first being Sarah ... "And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken; For Sarah conceived .." Gen. 21:1, 2)
"Honored" Mothers in Mormon Theocracy Reflect the "Honor" of the husband, as "Yahwah," in impregnating virgins.
All Mothers bear Yahwah's children through her Mormon husband, thus Yahwah is a "polygamous" God and the husband can do all that Yahwah can do, if Yahwah is "doing" it and not the husband. Therefore, polygamy has been and is "justified" in Mormonism even though it has been outlawed. There are still polygamous marriages performed in the Temple today ... for the "next life;" women are "given" to husbands through an "endowment" ceremony.
The concept of "Elect Ladies" whom Yahwah had impregnated has been transferred to Mormon women and is reflected in Mormon Theocracy; these are the virgins (as yet "barren") who are "elected" by their Husbands. The Husbands, being "one with Yahwah," impregnate their wives in order to produce more of Yahwah's children; the father does not "own" his own "seed" nor does he really own his children ... it, and they, belong to Yahwah. (This orthodox marriage relationship is not personal, it is political, for the purpose of increasing the numerical membership of the church ... in other words, "for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God, in these Latter Days"). The woman is only the impersonal container for Yahwah's children; the latter expressed "spiritually" in the "sacred" sperm ("sacred powers") of the "Yahwah"-Husband. The children borne by the woman are considered to belong to the "Yahwah"-Husband, who then turns them over to the woman to raise under Yahwah's Laws, for Yahwah. In Mormonism, neither the man nor the woman owns his or her own body.
Mormonism commands its members to live this ancient Theocratic Mosaic Law in modern day Democracy. By living the Laws of her "Yahwah"-Husband, Mormon women emulate Yahwah's "Elect Ladies," and thereby are "honored" when reflecting a Sarah's honored position, that of having her children, through her "honored" husband (as an "Abraham"), eventually numbering as many as "the sands upon the seashore."
To be labeled an "Elect Lady" is to be dehumanized by being put on an "Honored" pedestal; in a Democracy, it is a demotion, not a promotion, in that it de-humanizes the woman.
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The Sixth Commandment - Thou shalt not kill.
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