27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
29 But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.
30 Who am I that made man, saith the Lord, that will hold him guiltless that obeys not my commandments?
31 Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?
32 I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing.
33 Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath, and not from above. (D&C 58: 27-33).
Think carefully, and work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Guard your mouth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:5-8)
Use your short time on earth wisely, because in a moment; in the blink of an eye, it will be gone....
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1st Corinthians 13)
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1Peter: 4:8)
When I was 20 years old I became a Mormon, and after reading the Book of Mormon, my heart was set on fire, but it was not to be an everlasting fire, and to this day I don't know why. Or maybe it still has an effect upon me. That I cannot explain. All I know is that we "ex-Mormons" ought to have more respect for this religion, and a greater sense of fairness and balance when "assessing it", especially since we were once a part of the fold. To willfully expose them to ridicule and persecution, and to join the crowds that gather in "the great and spacious building", and adding to their persecution, does not seem right to me. It would be better to abandon "boards" altogether, and live in peace, and let the Mormons be, than to contribute to their afflictions and persecutions, especially as former believers. They won't ruin America, and they won't ruin the world. If anything, they will make both a better place to live. Regardless of controversial origins, their ethical and moral standards are impeccable, and out of their "standard works" has come a flowering of righteousness, which only the most cynical can disdain. It may well be hypothesised that "in the last days, the house of the Lord shall be established in the mountain tops - and all nations shall flow unto it", because they will become the standard bearers. And perhaps this goes back to what's stated in the scriptures, over, and over, and over, so many times, that only in heeding and obeying the word of God is there prosperity and peace. I choke on that, probably because of my weakness, but I have to acknowledge that I think it's true. Like Sampson, with the walls crumbling all around me, I ask from one more grace, one more moment of God's power in my life, because I don't have the willpower of a Nephi, or a Paul.
Be good, and be careful, and respect the "things of God". We have one life, and an eternity to contemplate it.
Let the psychoanalysis begin, lol.