Date: February 19, 2012 01:16PM
TBM's have coping mechanisms that spring into action when something difficult to understand arises. For example: When I was on my way out of the church, I asked my TBM, BIC six generations parents if they knew Jo Smith looked at a rock in a hat to translate the BoM. I thought my mom would choke on her herbal tea she was trying to swallow. Her immediate response was, "Come on now, where did you hear that? What website said that?" She was making weird grunting sounds in her throat. I couldn't believe that neither one of them had heard that little nugget of history before. I told her I read it on the church's own website in a talk that Russell M. Nelson gave:http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=05169209df38b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav
She wanted the link so I emailed it to her and a short while later we talked on the phone and she had this to say: "The spirit uses different mediums to communicate with us and apparently this was the method necessary to communicate with Joseph. I don't have a problem with it."
I asked if she had a problem with the church continuing to portray the wrong image of Joseph translating and she said, "No, investigators to the church would be able to accept a softer image of Joseph rather than one that requires seasoned faith. It's better that people join the church and learn to accept the deeper doctrine with time."
I replied, "Clearly we don't see eye to eye on what's right and wrong. I believe in the truth and thought I had it with the church. You believe in bait and switch and that it's ok to trick people into the church." She didn't like that response. Interestingly enough, my father was in on the entire conversation, read Nelson's talk, but kept silent through the whole thing. I would have loved to hear what he was thinking, maybe someday I will.