The 1st FreeAtLast
Date: January 01, 2014 03:38PM
Back in 1996, Eric K., the creator of ExMormon.org, could have not cared so much, i.e., he could've decided to not use his time and computer skills to create this website. But he did want to share in cyberspace his concerns about Mormonism and by so doing, stepped on the field of history, so to speak.
Fast-forward to early 2006, when Grant Palmer, the author of "An Insider's View of Mormon Origins" and retired LDS Church Eductional System director gave an interview to John Dehlin of MormonStories.org quasi-fame. In that 4-part interview, Palmer, a lifelong Latter-day Saint who'd been disfellowshipped by the Morg for writing his book (which church-owned Deseret Books sold for two years!) said that Monson had acknowledged that "the church is hemorrhaging" members.
If you're interested, the interview is Episode 4 at http://mormonstories.org/mormon-stories-030-031-032-and-033-an-insiders-view-of-mormon-origins-an-interview-with-grant-palmer/
In an interview earlier this year, Palmer revealed that he learned via a Gen. Authority (a 70) "that each new member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is given one million dollars to take care of any financial obligations they have. This money gift allows them to fully focus on the ministry. He said that the overriding consideration of who is chosen is whether they are 'church broke,' meaning, will they do whatever they are told. He said the senior six apostles make the agenda and do most of the talking. The junior six are told to observe, listen and learn and really only comment if they are asked. He said that it takes about two to three years before the new apostle discovers that the church is not true. He said it took Dieter F. Uchtdorf a little longer because he was an outsider. He said they privately talk among themselves and know the foundational claims of the restoration are not true, but continue on boldly 'because the people need it,' meaning the people need the church. When the Mission President voiced skepticism and named ___ as one who surely did believe, The GA said: 'No, he doesn’t.' The one million dollar gift, plus their totally obedient attitude makes it easy for them to go along when they find out the church is not true. For these reasons and others, he doesn’t expect any apostle to ever expose the truth about the foundational claims." (Ref. http://mormonthink.com/grant9.htm
So, the multi-billion-dollar LD$ Church effectively buys the silence of so-called "prophets, seers, and revelators", who use their ecclesiastical authority to ensure that the SCAM of Mormonism continues to dupe unsuspecting and vulnerable persons around the globe. Fraud is a criminal act. Your wife and children have been suckered by the chronically dishonest Mormon Church, as were you, me, and millions of other people since 1830. Mormonism is the costliest and most-enduring swindle in American history!
In your post, you used the word "afraid" a lot. Cultic Mormonism systematically uses fear as well as guilt and shame to psychologically manipulate Latter-day Saints into praying, paying, and otherwise obeying. Info. about how Mo-ism negatively affects people psychologically, including a list of 40 engendered fears, is at http://members.shaw.ca/blair_watson/
Instead of allowing fear to be in the driver's seat of your life so often, why not replace it with courage? Author Meg Cabot once wrote: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear."
Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during the Second World War, said that "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
Ultimately, it comes down to choices. You can either placate your LDS-'brainwashed' wife, or you can act in accordance with the truth, namely, that Mormonism is a fraud perpetrated by the propaganda-addicted and increasingly-rich LD$ Church over many generations.
As a father, it's your responsibility to protect your children from harm, including psychological harm. You cannot stand by while your kids are raised in cultic Mormonism, which has wounded some young people so severely that they have killed themselves (news reports are online; Dr. Mark Malan, a mental health professional in UT, has studied the grim phenomenon).
America's leading cult expert, Steven Hassan, who is also a licensed mental health professional, lists the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on his website (freedomofmind.com) as a thought-control organization (ref. http://www.freedomofmind.com/Info/infoDet.php?id=140&title=Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter_Day_Saints_%28LDS%29_-_Mormons
If you're going to care about anything, I suggest you care about the quality of your life and that of your children, which cultic Mo-ism will absolutely undermine in the years to come if they are exposed to systematic LD$ indoctrination.
You're the captain of the ship of your existence; it'll go in whichever direction you set. While you can't force your wife to leave the duplicitous Mormon Church, you can put your foot down relative to your kids' involvement in it. They're little and are unaware of the psychological damage that Mormonism will do them. Your wife, an adult, clearly won't take off her mental blinders to see the truth. The responsibility falls to you.
Finally, I wish things were easier for you, but they are as they are and need to be dealt with as such.