“God’s kingdom, where questions are honored” – Elder Oaks
HERE ARE MY 20+ SINCERE QUESTIONS I HOPE YOU WILL HONOR BY ANSWERING EACH OF THEM AS THEY ARE.
These are sincere questions I have that would go a long way to resolve my doubt and even more my frustration. It doesn’t even matter what the answers are, only that my leaders be vulnerable enough to answer them without changing the questions or avoiding them. I realize that it may seem as though some questions are duplicated but I assure you they are different to me. Please honor that. Brethren, I need you to answer these, please. Gone are the days where you can change my question or deflect it to apologists or scholars, or avoid them altogether. Even an I Don’t know would go really far to help me in my journey.
1.) Can one pay tithing in the present on surplus income and still be a temple worthy and faithful Latter-day Saint? especially in light of the historical and theological evidence that this was the way it was intended/understood? My question here is based on what I perceive is your discomfort in giving people this option in your public discourse while seemingly approving the 10% of Gross definition in spite that history, scripture, and revelation seem to give more validity to Surplus or something like it.
2.) Have all 15 prophets seers and revelators at any one time been united on doctrine only to be shown to be wrong? in light of the Race and Priesthood essay. While you seem to hint at this, you seem to steer clear of ever acknowledging it publicly. It seems you like you are willing to acknowledge this on some surface level and history bears it out but you seem determined to not say this to general membership.
3.) Do you concede church stances on issues have likely contributed to youth suicide especially the Church stances on LGBT issues?
4.) How much money do Full time Seventies get paid…. what about Apostles?
5.) Did you sign a non-disclosure form when joining the seventy… What about the 12?
6.) Was the priesthood ban an error rooted in racism? Again you seem happy to have your words be ambiguous so both sides fight over their meaning… could you just tell us what the essay is saying?
7.) Did John Taylor receive a revelation from God in 1886 that we turn a blind eye to…. Why? you agree it seems to be Christ speaking and that polygamy will never end and that it was the new and everlasting covenant? As a followup – You do see how our fundamentalist Brothers and Sisters in the break off groups can validate their schism from this revelation right?
8.) Is it true that Brigham young taught that he believed his Adam God ideas were revelation from God and if he did, why do we now say he was wrong? The quotes are there, it is just important to hear you acknowledge it due to the repercussion of disavowing an idea once taught by a prophet as revelation revealed from God.
9.) Is it true that while leaders claim to be scripture, that scripture can be wrong?
10.) Is it true that no explanation for the book of Abraham is without deep problems?
11.) Is it true that the strengthen members committee keeps records on dissenting members to assist or encourage local leaders to weed them out? Do they have a file on me? Can I see it?
12.) Is it true that while Church Public Affairs insists that all discipline matters are handles locally that certain discipline cases have been encouraged by members of the 12 and seventy with pressure to go after certain individuals?
13.) To the top 15 men, have you seen Jesus face to face individually and collectively or one or the other? If you have not seen him collectively How can you know when you are getting revelation from him and not your own biased prejudiced views like leaders in the past
14.) Why do you continue to pose hope as less than knowing when Alma 32 seems to value both as gifts to be honored by God?
15.) Did the brethren approve/ know / authorize shock treatment to the genitals to “cure” gays at BYU? Because we can no longer debate if this was done. It was. You know that right?
16.) Why do you tell us we can trust you as having attained the mind and will of God when all 15 of you are united when that has seemingly failed in the past and present leaders among you admit as much in the Race essay that approved by the 1st presidency on LDS.ORG
17) Can you help us understand how the top 15 under George Albert Smith were unitedly wrong about Doctrine that is today disavowed theories but in the next breath assure us that the current top 15 are absolutely right on the doctrine of LGBT members?
18.) Why on one hand do we declare that Joseph Smith said, “I never told you I was perfect; but there is no error in the revelations” as if that shows the revelation of today’s leaders can be trusted and on the other hand we have set aside several revelations from prophets as being understood today as not true? (Adam God, John Taylor 1886 revelation, and others)
19.) Why do you insist on our not trusting the internet for answers to our questions when you either change our questions or avoid answering them altogether? In other words why say gone are the days teachers can avoid the tough questions of students but that is exactly what you do?
20.) Why do you not speak up in General Conference and tell our gay youth not to hurt themselves?
21.) How are we to trust our experiences with the spirit when those of other faiths have the same kind of experiences giving them testimony of their beliefs which contradict ours? Can you validate that others seem to have the exact same experiences about contradicting beliefs? Can you validate that others outside our faith seemingly feel the holy ghost as strong as those in our faith who have “The Gift of the Holy Ghost”
22.) Was it true that Joseph’s treasure digging and mystical practices go much deeper than he let on? can you truly grasp why stuff like this disturbs peoples faith?
23.) Was there ever a revelation from Christ to cease the participation of the sisters in blessings? If so where can I find it?
Bonus since it wasn’t answered the first time : How can an LGBTQI member have a healthy emotional life following the scriptures in the church and find love and be loved during this life?
Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns – Elder Holland
In this Church that honors personal agency so strongly, that was restored by a young man who asked questions and sought answers, we respect those who honestly search for truth. – Elder Uchtdorf
We openly acknowledge that in nearly 200 years of Church history—along with an uninterrupted line of inspired, honorable, and divine events—there have been some things said and done that could cause people to question. – Elder Uchtdorf
It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. – Elder Uchtdorf
“Gone are the days when a student asked an honest question and a teacher responded, ‘Don’t worry about it!’ Gone are the days when a student raised a sincere concern and a teacher bore his or her testimony as a response intended to avoid the issue. ” – Elder Ballard