Today I want to address something that really boils my beans. I am so sick and tired of hearing that my Church, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints, the only true Church on earth today, is a CULT. How dare you insinuate that I am some sort of brainwashed cultist and that I can’t think for myself. I’m so mad that I’m going to refer you to what the Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley had to say on the subject:
Next question: “There are those who say that Mormonism began as a cult. You don’t like to hear that.”
Response: “I don’t know what that means, really. But if it has negative connotations, I don’t accept it as applying to this Church.
See? The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints is NOT A CULT. GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED! President Monson is a Prophet of God, he would not run a cult. Does this look like the face of a man who would run a cult?
Yes. Mormons live a life very different from the rest of the world. We wear sacred garments day and night, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and tobacco, obey the law of chastity until we get married, give 10% of our income + fast and testimony Sunday tithes, pay roughly $12,000/child to send our children on a two year mission for the Church, spend three hours on Sunday at the meeting house and several ours during the week at various meetings to fulfill our callings, marry only other temple worthy members, do our genealogy so that we can baptize dead people, read our scriptures and pray morning, noon, and night, avoid anti-mormon material and stick to only PG media, because we want to be able to go to the temple and we want to be closer to God. And if you are going to call us a cult, then I’m here to tell you that you are an arrogant snob who doesn’t know the true meaning of happiness because you’ve never lived the Gospel like I have and you’ve never experienced the true light of Christ. Maybe if you would just try to live the way God wants you to, you would see things differently.
I know that this is God’s one true church and that from 1820-1830 God revealed the fulness of his Gospel to his chosen prophet Joseph Smith. And God told Joseph that he needs 10% of our income and all of our time and our talents to build up his Kingdom on Earth! God doesn’t lie. And to anyone who questions Joseph Smith’s character, to you I say that I know he was a Prophet. He was not a Confidence Man. Don’t let those evil anti-Mormons out there shake your testimony! Satan has ahold of them and he is trying to get ahold of you too!
Steve Hassan, a so-called “cult expert” claims that cults control their members by phobia indoctrination. That they instill in you an irrational fear of an imaginary being called Satan. He claims that they teach you that if you don’t do everything the leaders tell you to or if you leave, you will be in this Satan’s power. Well first of all, the Mormon church teaches us that only if we don’t live up to every covenant we made in the temple, then we will be in Satan’s power. He says so himself in God’s revealed temple video that is so sacred I can’t say anything more about it. Second of all, Satan is real! President Monson says so and he tells us:
Satan will tempt you and will do his utmost to entice you from the path which will lead you back to that heavenly home from which you came and back to your loved ones there and back to your Heavenly Father.
He also revealed that it is Satan who is to blame for doubt in God’s one true Church. He said that he will try with all his might to destroy our testimonies. The only way to keep Satan from pulling you down the path of destruction is to Believe, Obey, and Endure.
My young friends, believe in the words you say each week as you recite the Young Women theme… Obey the laws of God. They are given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. When they are obeyed, our lives will be more fulfilling, less complicated…Finally, may you endure. What does it mean to endure? I love this definition: to withstand with courage. Courage may be necessary for you to believe; it will at times be necessary as you obey. It will most certainly be required as you endure until that day when you will leave this mortal existence.
Believe the words you are told to say, obey the laws that our leaders tell us are the laws of God, and no matter what happens or how you feel, endure to the end. Does that sound like a cult to you?