jon wrote:Stem, if we ignore the obvious differences in specific details between the two accounts that Monson gave. How would you account for the Prophet standing up at conference and stating this as a fact?
How would I know? I'm not in Monson's mind. As I said, he could have gotten that impression by talking to the kid's mom. he could have heard something about it in the neighborhood. But somehow this detail means Monson fabricated it all to make for a faith promoting story. Even if the kid died while playing hopscotch and fell of the side of the boat the gist he was going for would have been the same.
There are no details recorded of exactly how he died. His mother didn't know,
You don't know that.
the military don't know
You don't know that.
and Monson definitely doesn't know.
I can agree with that in principle, but I can aslo say perhaps he has details none of us do.
So if we don't know how he died, how can we possibly know how long he took to die? The above statement by Monson that he gave in Conference is at best disingenuous, at worst it's a falsehood.
Only the mind of a cynic would conjur up these as the only options. As I said, perhaps Monson thought the word on the street in his neighborhood was reliable and perhaps that word on the street told a story quite different then he went missing while not getting back to the boat. Perhaps the records kept on the boat are wrong. We wouldn't know. But apparently that's enough for you to convict Monson because you don't like him.
And before you or someone else goes on about how that's not important, it's only some inconsequential little detail. He is supposed to be Gods direct representative on Earth. He is supposed to be better. His words, especially at Conference are supposed to be directly inspired from God. From what I know about God, He isn't slapdash about details. He doesn't make stuff up to add spirituality to his stories.
I disagree about your view of God. I don't' think He gives two pennies about whether Monson knows the cause of death or not. The story might not even be all the faith promoting anyway. But its touching because its personal to MOnson.