1. I cannot support those who would insist that a human fetus is not a living human being. Abortion is a killing. Even if I do not agree that it is a murder on this telestial plane, I believe it is exactly that on the terrestrial.
The LDS culture that I departed from loved the notion of helping those "who help themselves", as if the Book of Mormon doesn't actually say what it says. As if it was truly only useful as a paperweight.
"Think of your brethren like to yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you."
If you cannot imagine being familiar enough with people that are homeless to actually know their names, then what covenant could you possibly have? If you cannot imagine giving to others until they are rich like you are, then what do you imagine Zion to be? Why on earth would you want any part of it?
"And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor. Ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need, and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Perhaps thou shalt say, The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just. But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this, the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done, he perisheth for ever and hath no interest in the kingdom of God."
What do you honestly think of King Benjamin and this teaching? Do you think he was behind the curve when it comes to the poor? Do you assume that he was ignorant of those that lie, cheat, and steal among the poor?
"37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Stop your car, and get out. Show the angels that you have a spine, and the poor that you have a heart. Show your children who you follow. Learn their names. Give them food, clothes, and yes, money. Do you think that there are actually people in this country who don't need cash?
Stop worrying about what they do with it. That is between them and God. Stop fretting because you cannot control how they spend it. Autonomy must be navigated by all of us.
If we ignore King Benjamin, then our prayers continue on with their charade as described by Mormon. We will always come off to heaven like fakes who pray in vain. Like millions of other posers before us. If there are poor among us, just admit that we have no covenant to speak of. Just admit that we have fucking zero to do with heaven. Begin with the truth.
And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received, which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. And this condemnation rests upon the children of Zion, even all, and they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon, and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say but to do according to that which I have written, that they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom. Otherwise, there remains a scourge and a judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion, for shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, verily I say unto you, nay.
Which brings us back to the pro-choice feminists that our Puritan/Protestant Pharisee faction seeks to bring to heel. As much as I despise abortion, I fear for those who assume that they can legislate the womb. I fear for the country that thinks that it can assume the role of sentinel over that which Heavenly Mother has already entrusted to her daughters.
"And I, the Lord God, spoke unto Moses, saying, That Satan whom you have commanded in the name of my Only Begotten is the same who was from the beginning. And he came before me, saying, Behold, I, send me. I will be your Son and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost. And surely I will do it. Wherefore, give me your honor. But behold, my Beloved Son, who was my beloved and chosen from the beginning, said unto me, Father, your will be done, and the glory be yours for ever. Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man which I, the Lord God, had given him"
The political faction that would rid the land of Roe v. Wade now has the judicial majority to overturn it. Abortion will likely be outlawed in many states. But what exactly will that accomplish if America continues to ignore and abandon the poor? What will we have proven to the Almighty? That we can adopt the adversary's puppet plan by compelling women to righteousness? That we can legislate the womb, and then punish those who break the law?