Date: November 04, 2019 04:33AM
OK--here's the answer from a very wealthy, bona fide Mormon crook--my home teacher! His company's "bankruptcy" made the SL Tribune, with a memorable photo of his garage full of about 20 very high-priced vintage cars. Two of our neighbors who worked for him were conned into mortgaging their homes to "save the business", and had to move out of the ward, homeless, with no job, no retirement, nothing.
I got this Home Teaching message straight from the horse's mouth:
He read us an article out of the Ensign. Essentially, it said that good deeds could make up for, and balance out, the bad deeds! Oh yes, if Mormons "bank" their temple hours, their callings, their tithing and donations, the Lord will be more willing to forgive their little mistakes and slip-ups. He said that was the beauty of "The Gospel", that it offered him a way to stay worthy!
I once saw this man ring my Mormon widow neighbor's doorbell, and run away. A minute later the widow called me and told me that someone had left an envelope on her doorstep with $200 cash in it, out of the blue. (Is this what Mormons refer to as "fire insurance?)
This man is in a different line of work, now, but is still dishonest in his dealings with people. He lies in his advertising, he makes false promises to his clients, he cheats as much as he can (and just goes ahead and pays the penalty fines, over and over again), and he still goes to the temple with his wife, regularly. He's never been a bishop or higher, though, so you have to give the Mormons credit for that.
It's the same for drugs. My RS president sister-in-law was hooked on Vicodin, and she thought there was nothing wrong with that, because she could still be the ward chorister, and get her children to church on time, and go to the temple with my brother on "temple night." In fact, she felt righteously superior to my mother, and would berate her for drinking coffee. Her children were disasters, but she blamed everyone else for that.
Yes, compartmentalization, and delusion.