A shepherd's views

Corruption

     There was corruption in the remnant of  the Religious Body  referred to as "the church of God", the Jewish Synagogue, and many of the Priests and Rabbis living at the time of the Ministry of the Messiah, Christ Jesus.  The "church leaders" stirred up trouble against the Christ,  they called for his Crucifixion.  Today I witnessed a TV News Report and Interviews of the Tom Green Family.  They have been in the news for some time now.  As I viewed, I saw the smugness of the Utah County Prosecuting Attorney Leavitt, a brother of Governor Mike Leavitt of the State of Utah.  I have heard them speak about persecuting or prosecuting those who believe in and practice the eternal matrimony referred to as Plural Marriage.  These Leavitt's along with many of their faith in the LDS Church ("Mormons") are the same kind of people who called for the destruction of the early Christians. They would try to prosecute and persecute their ancestors if they were living on earth today.  They have turned their backs on what their forefathers lived and taught.  They have turned their backs on the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith,  Brigham Young and the Prophet Isaiah,  not to mention Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They have turned their backs on Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ has witnessed to a number of Prophets the eternal practice of several women joined to one man as their husband. The practice which Isaiah wrote of  "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory shall be a defense."  (Audio Isaiah 4:)

      Not only is there corruption in the State of Utah in persecuting the Tom Green family.  It has recently been reported on the TV News that Governor Leavitt has been involved in shredding evidence dealing with the 2001 Olympic Scandal.  Of course he denies involvement in a way similar to Bill Clinton, ex-president of the United States. If  Tom Green were conducting himself in the unfavorable way in which Bill Clinton did, prosecution would be understandable.  Tom Green has been honest in standing up for what he believes.  He has been standing up for a principle in which I believe.  I cannot turn my back on the principle which Tom Green stands up for, without turning my back on our Creator and all the Holy Prophets.  If I had the intestinal fortitude of  Tom Green and the lovely ladies and dear children, who surround him, I would deem myself a blessed man.  I suppose I fall more to the disposition of ancestor, John Alden of the May Flower fame, as he approached Pricilla, on behalf of Miles Standish.

     My defense of Tom Green is not that I necessarily agree with everything he has done, I have some differences with the authority by which he has entered into these relationships.  But that is his business, and the business of his dear wives, and the judgment of  the Eternal Ones.  I am not one to oppose him, but only to give my blessing to him for standing up for his beliefs, and my beliefs.  I have not had such a youthful wife as has he,  and I do not entirely recommend it.  But neither can I entirely condemn the practice without bringing upon myself the condemnation of God. For the Mother of Jesus Christ was in her very youthful teens, and His Father was Ancient of Days, the same spoken of in the seventh chapter of Daniel and elsewhere.

      I have witnessed on TV Host shows very young girls / women who would do anything to have a baby.  They did not have the family support that the young women with Tom Green have had.  In this day of divorce and family break up, I see the persecution and prosecution of  Tom Green by the politicians in the State of Utah as nothing but an organized crime against society.  I see this action in the State of Utah as a 'Hate Crime' perpetrated by government.  Shame on these Leavitt's!  Prosecuting Attorney Leavitt and his big brother Governor Leavitt should hang their head in shame!

     In 1977 the Ogden Standard Examiner reported on a Bill before the Idaho Legislature.  They were debating on what to do about a law on the books making it unlawful for "Mormons" or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to vote.  It had been a law on the books since the 1860's.  I and most of my family,  the populace of our community, and many, yes, even politicians, were lawbreakers when we went to the polls to vote, and voted.  For it was against the law for "Mormons" to vote in the State of Idaho.  Just as it is still a "law" in the State of Utah against the people who believe as did the Biblical Prophets, including Jesus the Christ, in plural marriage.   After much debate in the Legislature of Idaho, whether to completely do away with the law, or to have it illegal for "polygamist" to vote.  It was decided to make no distinction.  It is now legal for "Mormons", including polygamists to vote in the State of Idaho.  God Bless Idaho!

     A number of years ago, as a result of my studies of the Good Book, and the lives of the Prophets, my ancestors, and speaking my understanding of Plural Marriage, a young man came up to me in my place of labor, and said "Some have told me that you may be able to help me with a problem I have."  I asked him to tell me of his problem, and we would see what we could do.  He told me that he had a wife and children, which he loved, but his wife had decided that she did not want him as a husband and filed for divorce.  He moved on and found a woman with children who took him in and wanted him for a husband.  Then his first wife decided she wanted him back.  He could not turn away from the second woman and children which he had learned to love.  Now the mother of his children decided she made a mistake by giving him the "boot", and wanted him back.  He was chasing from one side of town to the other in attempt to meet their needs.  I asked him if the two ladies knew of each other, to which he replied in the affirmative.  I asked if he thought they would get along together, this he also replied in the affirmative.  I asked him if they had considered getting a duplex or homes closer together.  I told him of twin sisters I knew of, who had taken one man for their husband, and they lived in a duplex.  Some time later this man came up to me, with a happy smile on his face, and said they had solved their problem.  They had sold both homes and purchased a duplex, and now he was closer to his increased family.   I understand that all people are not so amiable. But I "take my hat off" to people such as this who solve problems by working together.  If more people would overcome jealousy  fear, and hate there would not be so much divorce, broken families, and children without love, guidance, and an example of living in peace and harmony, with mothers and father..

   It is time that the State of Utah did away with its antiquated laws against its people.  It is terrible when we have a society which accepts the small part of the populace who are not pro- creative, (F-F), (M-M), as were the people of Sodom and Gomorra, which was destroyed for their actions, and fight against, persecute and prosecute the family man and women who build a fine family relationship.  This family has seemingly overcome much of the jealousy and hate which breaks so many families in society today.  We ought to "take off our hats" to them, and do them reverence for a job well done. They have set an example for the rest of us, that families with more than one woman can overcome fear and mistrust.  They have set an example that is better than Foster Care, and Family Services.  This family because of financial problems, some of  which has been brought upon them by the State of Utah which is persecuting them,  has not cost the State, more than monogamists, ladies of the night, and street waifs.

   There is not a separation of Church and State, when State dictates what a religious people can believe and practice.  There is not a separation of Church and State, when State will not allow in courts of  law the mention of  God or  religious beliefs of the people before the court.  This is pure denial of a persons right to religion, when the actions they are on trial for are tied to their religious beliefs.  This is denial of Civil liberty.  One is to have trial by Jury of Peers,  How many pluralists were in the Jury?  When the people of majority religion, who have turned against their founding beliefs, and the descendents of the persecuted, become the persecutors, it is a sad day in Heaven, and whooping and hollering in Hell!  Yet the persecuted will come out triumphant, and the persecutors, will bow before them in the final judgment.

     The biggest cost to the State of  Utah in persecuting the Tom Green Family will be the continued break down of family unity brought about by corrupt government, and a Church which has lost its way, by  bowing to corrupt government, and turning against the Ways of our Eternal Parents.  They have chosen to believe lies in preference to the truth.  Church Leaders and Government officials hide behind lies,  it is a sad day.  By these actions, they inadvertently teach jealousy, mistrust, and the ways of a fallen world.  Evidence the Tom Green Trial, Ruby Ridge, Waco, and FBI cover-ups.  The Lord doesn't  need Oklahoma City type of actions.  The weather will get worse, the elements are reacting,  more earth quakes and volcanoes are coming, the Earth is tired of this corruption and will heave the people of corruption from their supposed and false mooring.  Many of the more innocent will also be swept away, along with the corrupt, but they will not have as much to worry about.  There is Justice in the End!

Repent! Repent! before it is too late.

     a shepherd of Southern Utah

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