Conscience Is Not Allowed Here

General Musings

In a prayer today in church, gratitude was expressed that we live in a country where we can worship according to the dictates of our own conscience. The naïveté of that sentiment both saddened me and firmed my resolve to serve the Lord and no man.

I do, in fact, worship according to the dictates of my own conscience. My conscience informs me that the man who sits at the head of the LDS church has never prophesied about anything, never acted as a seer, and never revealed words the Lord gave him to give to us. Now, mind you, I’m not saying that he is not a prophet, seer, and revelator. I’m simply saying that he’s never acted in any of those capacities. He has never done any of those things.

You can call a man a carpenter but if he’s never made anything out of wood, it’s difficult to justify calling him that. But I’m perfectly willing to allow the church to give the president the titles of prophet, seer, and revelator. Perhaps he really is and the Lord has just not given him any of those things to do yet. I am happy and willing to sustain him with those titles. But that’s not good enough for church leadership. They want me to take a solemn oath that he really is those things and my conscience will not allow that.

So I have been relieved of all my church callings and placed in a holding position while the church leadership decides what to do with me. I suspect excommunication will be the outcome. Since the church can only remove my name and church title, (of High Priest), from its roles, I fear not that outcome. 

Church leadership has no authority over my priesthood since I was ordained by my father and him by his father back to Joseph Smith. During a heartfelt prayer over this subject as I poured my heart out to God, He made it very clear to me that my priesthood was intact and could only be removed by Him.

I will not take a loyalty oath to any man. I follow Jesus Christ and Him only do I serve. My behavior is not perfect. My faults are many but I do not suffer from any moral sin or any other cause that would bring down excommunication on my head. I am innocent of such cause but even so, I am under consideration for just that because I choose to worship according to the dictates of my own conscience.

The country in which we live may allow that but the church, to which I have been dedicated my entire life, will not. And they wonder why there are problems. Blind men leading blind men are bound to have them.

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