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He also served as a bishop; a calling he enjoyed as much as full time instructor and Coordinator for the Church Education System. He loved and still loves the students and the ward members. His story can be found here.
Lying for the Lord on You Tube. The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised.
My last assignment was brief. I resigned from CES a month later. I started this list in an effort to defend the church from its detractors. As an informal defender, I discovered that those accusing the church leaders of being dishonest sometimes had the facts on their side when I took the time to check.
I guessed there may have been occasional isolated examples of premeditated deception but it was not a pattern or standard practice. My belief was that those who accused church leaders with deception were deceivers themselves. But as I read more church history my list leaders' prevarications grew, and at some point it occurred to me that Joseph Smith established a pattern of institutionalized deception.
Evidence presented in this list establishes that when the church or its leaders needed protection, it was, and is, okay to fib, deceive, distort, inflate, minimize, exaggerate, prevaricate or lie.
You will read quotations by church leaders who admitted that deception is a useful tool to protect the church and its leaders "when they are in a tight spot," or "to beat the devil at his own game.
Michael Quinn called the use of deception by LDS church leaders, "theocratic ethics. Origins of Power, p. The Making of a Prophet, described Smith as a pious deceiver.
Smith used deception if in his mind; it resulted in a good outcome. Smith believed he knew when God approved of lying. For example, Smith wrote that God commanded the prophet Abraham to lie to protect himself and his wife Sarah from harm Abraham 2: Smith believed God also approved of murder if it was for a good cause.
Origins of Power, Chapter 3, "Theocratic Beginnings," pp. Deception came naturally to Smith. Before assuming his role as prophet, he operated confidence schemes. He guaranteed clients that he could see underground treasure using a magic stone in the bottom of his hat. Gullible "clients" paid him to locate treasures using this vision-in-the-hat method.
He never found anything. Smith's arrest, trial and conviction in Bainbridge, NY for fraud in documented his activity. He was found guilty of glass looking. The modern term for Smith would be a con artist.
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