Saturday, October 9, 2021

What In The World Is Going On With The Church Leaders Lately?

 

Previously: Religious Exemptions: You Don't Need Your Bishop's Permission

Many thousands of devout members of the church are understandably confused by recent statements of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve. Setting aside some of the more bizarre presentations heard at general conference last week, what most disturbs these faithful members is how blatantly the leaders have been lying to them.

The most notable falsehood was the official statement by the First Presidency encouraging members to submit to the Covid "vaccine," wherein they made the outrageous claim that the shot has been "proven safe and effective." 

The reason these members find that statement troubling is because those who have been following the actual science know it is an outright lie. The data simply doesn't exist to support such an outrageous claim.  The very reason the FDA has not approved those medicines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson is specifically because there has not been adequate time to test them to find out if they are safe and effective.  All the data so far shows the opposite to be true. A report released just this yesterday shows that the covid shot kills five times more people than it saves.

Just as this controversy was really heating up, I was shown this report about an admission made by Elder Ronald Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve:

"Elder Rasband was speaking at a meeting in Boise last week.  Our nephew was in attendance. Someone asked about the vaccine and Elder Rasband responded that each person should understand that the Church is being threatened and sued on a continual basis.  The CDC has the Church in their crosshairs.  This request for the members to participate in the vaccine was simply to reduce liability for the Church from the government.  He said that members are to go to the Lord with this...and do what feels right for them.  This has never been, nor ever will be a commandment."

Whew! Well, that's a relief, ain't it? So members of the Church aren't really being told to take the vaccine after all! It's just a ploy to keep the government at bay. 

But hold on a second... doesn't that raise at least two very troubling questions?

1. Given that members of the Church are raised to believe that when the president of the Church speaks he is relating instructions directly from God, is it then moral for President Nelson to put the lives of the saints at risk just to keep a government agency off his back?

2.  Since our constitution prohibits the government from dictating policy to any religious entity, what possible jurisdiction can the government claim that would give one of its agencies authority to make demands on a church? 

Allow me to take a stab at answering those questions:

1. No, it is not moral. 
2. The reason the federal government has jurisdiction over the LDS Church is because the LDS /Church is not really a church.

Oh, it used to be, make no mistake about that. The church that was organized by Joseph Smith and five others on April 6th, 1830 had been properly organized under American common law principles.  And like every other church in its day, the Church of Christ (as it was originally known) stood independent of, and immune from, governmental interference. But in 1851 Brigham Young directed the territorial legislature to convert the church into a  corporation under federal law. That shadow "Church" was now a creature of the federal government, and in 1887 the United States government, as was its right, dissolved that territorial corporation and directed federal marshals to seize its assets. We came within an inch of losing Temple Square.

The lesson that should have been learned by that scary episode (but was not) is this: The State giveth, and the State taketh away.

Because 36 years later Church lawyers convinced President Heber J. Grant to incorporate the church under a model identical to that held by the Catholic Pope.  In addition to several unscriptural "improvements" to its operation, this corporate charter legally changed the name of the Church to reflect the executive office held by a man.[1]  All this was done in secret without informing the members, who up until then had been the rightful Holders of Interest in the church. 
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[1] "How be it my church," Jesus asked rhetorically, "save it be called in my name? If it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man."  Ever wonder why the Lord saw fit to point that out? Other than the Lutheran church, I can think of no other church at the time that was named after a man, so what do you think compelled the Lord to even bring that topic up? Well, perhaps he was preparing us for a future event. The actual, legally recognized name of the LDS church today is The Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or "Corporation of the President" for short.  The fact that the corporate charter is named after the president is a clear indication that for the past 96 years, this "church" has been named after a man. 

If the Church held the same status under the law as when it was organized in 1830, it would be directed by those principles contained in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants.  Alas, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was long ago converted from a church into a Corporation Sole, an act that gutted the Church's basic structure and gave the erstwhile "Church" an entirely different status, leaving it vulnerable to the whims of societal change. To read a detailed explanation of how it all went wrong, see "How Corporatism Has Undermined and Subverted The Church of Jesus Christ."

Whereas the church that was founded by Joseph Smith operated under the distinct doctrines revealed by Christ, The Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operates under the doctrine of political expediency. By definition, any church that has been incorporated cannot claim the Lord Jesus Christ as its sovereign head. In an incorporated church, the State is sovereign.

That's not just speculation on my part; it's a legal reality. What it all translates to is this: if the Board of Directors of the Corporation of the President expect to keep the Corporation intact, at times they will be forced by circumstances to set aside the religion. This abandonment of principle has occurred many more times than we would like to believe, as documented here.

But That Was Only The Beginning

Converting what was once a religious society of equals into a corporate entity controlled by a single man at the top was just phase one of the transformation. In the middle part of the last century, leaders of the LDS Church, along with those of many other denominations, were tricked into applying for special 501(c)3 status under Title 26 of the United States Code. This status, government lawyers assured them, would provide their churches special benefits, as well as guarantee their churches remained exempt from taxation.

But Churches were already non-taxable, and guaranteed to remain so under the First Amendment to the Constitution. That exclusion is still plainly codified in the government's own Code of Federal Regulations at 26 IRC 508 (c)(1)(A). But Americans in the 1950s tended to completely trust their government, so when the government began actively promoting a way for churches to better protect their assets, it was an easy sell. Most churches, including our own, willingly signed up.

Well, it was a scam.  Known as The Johnson Amendment after its chief promoter, senator and future president Lyndon B. Johnson (according to this guy, the 'B' stands for "Butthole"), the law had one purpose and one purpose only: to neuter and muzzle America's churches.  According to author David Fiorazo:
"Texas Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was a powerful politician running for reelection as Senator, but two anti-communist, tax-exempt groups were opposing him and passing out literature during the campaigns. He contacted the IRS and found the group’s activity was legal, so he sought other options to fight them. 
"Johnson shrewdly appeared on the Senate floor on July 2, 1954, and offered his amendment to a pending, massive, tax code overhaul bill. The bill was supposed to modernize the tax code. Records indicate an absence of committee hearings on the amendment. No legislative analysis took place to examine the effect the bill and the amendment would have, particularly on churches and religious organizations. The amendment was simply created to protect Johnson." (The Cost of Our Silence: Consequences of Christians Taking the Path of Least Resistance.)
Under this radical overhaul of the tax code, churches were now restricted as to what could be preached from the pulpit. If they dared talk about the bible as it relates to cultural, political, fiscal, and social issues, they were in danger of losing their tax exempt status. If a pastor preached contrary to what the courts refer to as "fundamental public policy" he was walking a thin line.

If you remember LDS Church leaders preaching vigorously against abortion in the nineteen sixties, and you were puzzled when they suddenly seemed to shut up about it following the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade; or if you wondered why Gordon Hinckley, in his wishy-washy conference talk on the Iraq war did not once reference the many places in our scriptures that clearly prohibit God's people from participating in pre-emptive warfare; well now you have your answer. In the LDS Church of today, the revealed word of God is disallowed where it contradicts government practices and policies.

The Church Of Public Policy Of Latter-day Saints
Our leaders have not forgotten the beating the Church took in 1887 when their predecessors were on the losing side of a battle with the feds.  As Denver Snuffer documented at the 2014 Sunstone Conference, every major policy change in the Church since then has been the result of the Church bowing to political and social pressure from outside the Church.  Not one of these changes has come by way of revelation from God.  Don't believe me? Look around. When was the last time you saw any president of the Church issue even one bona fide revelation the way Joseph Smith did on a regular basis?

No one really knows where the courts will draw the line on "fundamental public policy" so preaching the gospel with boldness can be risky. The primary reason why incorporated Churches will do anything to avoid a confrontation with civil authorities, even to the point of giving up religious principles, has been neatly summarized by author Jerry Finney:

"The IRS determines, subject to costly and time-consuming challenge, whether a restriction has been breached by a 501(c)3 organization. These restrictions subject a religious organization to suit in the courts for violating a federal government law. Fundamental public law is above biblical principle if the two conflict."  (Jerald Finney, Separation of Church and State: God's Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? pg 37.)  

Because the LDS Church today is a legal entity and no longer a spiritual one, it's safer to avoid making waves.  The bottom line is that our leaders have sold us out. The Lord said we cannot serve both God and mammon. They chose mammon.

"When a church incorporates, it becomes a 'creature' of the state. Having created the incorporated church, the State governs them via corporate law and public policy, grants and revokes privileges, burdens them, restricts them, penalizes them, and can dissolve them." (Peter Kershaw, "Does the Government Control Our Churches?")
Remember how, until very recently, Church leaders vigorously resisted any hint of accommodation toward homosexuality?  And did you notice how quickly the Church began to palliate its position as soon as it became apparent the Supreme Court would be ruling in favor of same-sex marriage?  What you're seeing is the Church that used to be directed by Jesus Christ frantically trying not to displease its new master.

Fellow blogger Anonymous Bishop tells of a priesthood meeting he conducted where he, as the bishop, had made an innocuous statement on the importance of standing up for traditional values.  After they dismissed, a general authority who happened to be a member of his ward asked to see the bishop in his office. He gave the bishop a very stern look.
"He then proceeded to warn me to 'not get ahead of the Brethren on these issues.' He said, 'Things are changing in the church and it’s important we await further direction from the prophets.' ”
One has to ask: further direction from the prophets, or further direction from the State?

The bishop tells how, back in 2008, this same general authority had actively encouraged members in that very ward to do all they could to work for passage of California's Proposition 8, stressing how important it was for the Church and its members to "continue fighting on these eternally important issues."
"But now, only a few years later, the same church leader was warning me, as his bishop, to 'not get ahead of the brethren' as the church 'upgrades' its position."
This is why the Church in recent years has spent so much time and energy instructing local leaders on the importance of following the Church Handbook of Instruction. When government lawyers are investigating an incorporated church for infractions, they aren't interested in that Church's religious beliefs. What they want to see is the Church's policies, practices, and procedures. I've been on the phone with three former bishops who all informed me they had been instructed by their higher-ups that the CHI is the only source they are to consult in the performance of their duties, barring even the scriptures. This would also explain why the Church released a training video back when Monson was President featuring Monson actually testifying of the Church Handbook, and did so in the name of Jesus Christ!

If that doesn't qualify as taking the name of the Lord in vain, I don't know what does.

The thing that made Monson's odd testimony all the more disconcerting to me is that at least one blogger has noted and documented that in the past ten years, Thomas Monson "has not borne testimony of any of his own Church’s unique foundational doctrines, including the truth of the Book of Mormon or the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith in any of the church’s General Conference meetings"

But he enthusiastically bears his testimony of the corporate handbook.

Painting Themselves Into A Corner
As I pointed out in my blog post of August 29th, when the First Presidency issued its egregious policy recommendation, they made no pretense that they were relaying a message from God.  Yet I've heard numerous otherwise good members insist that "the Lord will never let the president of the church lead us astray."  Why do they believe such nonsense?  God never made that promise.

So now the Brethren find themselves in the unenviable position of having to try to justify a teaching that the Lord has not backed them up on, while at the same time trying not to appear to be backbedaling too frantically. Perhaps they weren't expecting such an overshelming amount of disappointment on the part of their most dedicated followers.  So now they've sent out Rasband the new guy to offer an awkward reassurance: Hey really, don't worry about it; this was all just a show we put on for the gentiles.  

If the leaders really want this headache to go away, they could easily solve all their problems by dis-incorporating the Church. That would place them once again under the protection of the first amendment to the constitution, removing the church from any and all interference from government harrasment.

But this they will not do. As Moroni observed when looking into the Church in our day, "ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches..." The risk involved in dis-incorporating the Church is the very real certainty that all those perks the Brethren enjoy would evaporate, and they would be forced to get regular jobs between conference gigs just like the Book of Mormon says they should.

As I related in an earlier post, Congressman George Hansen confided in me some years ago that he personally knew several general authorities who would prefer the Church rescind its corporate status. He did not name those particular apostles, but he did say they differed from the newcomers in that the old school apostles were firmly rooted in the doctrines of the faith. Those general authorities are all dead now, replaced by corporate yes-men who can't imagine the Church operating in any other form than the business model they have become accustomed to.

I grew up in a different era. I can't imagine such theological giants as LeGrand Richards, Mark Petersen, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard Hunter, Harold B. Lee, Joseph Fielding Smith, or even Bruce McConkie sitting still while their lesser informed Brethren gutted the church of its core teachings and turned it into the obvious counterfeit it is today.

The good news is this: leaders can only lead as long as they can hold on to a cadre of followers. So maybe the upside of this is that devout believers will finally stop trusting in the arm of flesh and re-learn the importance of having an eye single to the glory of God.  It is possible -indeed preferable- for members of the Lord's church to affirm the divine role of the prophet Joseph Smith, embrace the Book of Mormon, celebrate the Restored gospel, and love the Savior while still concluding that the current leaders are seriously lacking inspiration. "Hold fast to that which is true," the apostle Paul taught. That also requires letting go of that which is not true. Tens of thousands of devout believers worldwide have been learning to simply let go of the hollow dross for the past several years now. You can, too. 

I highly doubt the Church will ever be reformed from within, because that would require the current administrators to give up all that wealth, prestige, power, and adoration.  I get the sense they don't have the moral capacity for that.

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Notes & Asides:
Much of the information in this post was previously covered in a couple of posts I wrote back in 2015. Rather than recreate that information from scratch, I lifted whole sections for inclusion in this one. There was necessarily a lot left behind and not included in here, so if you would like to see the originals, here they are:

The Real Threat to Traditional Marriage Part Three

The Hidden Reason for the Policy Change on Baptisms

From way back in 2010, here's the granddaddy of Momon hidden history, courtesy of information provided mostly by Damon Smith who worked deep in the bowels of the Magisterium.  He's the guy who revealed the actual name of the modern LDS church, and pointed out that one subdivision of the corporation, Intellectual Reserve, Inc, retains ownership of the name "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" as a trademark utilized by the corporation as needed, which is why most Mormons are not aware that isn't the actual name of the entity that runs things:

How Corporatism Has Undermined and Subverted The Church of Jesus Christ


Finally (for now), a reminder that there have been several updates to my last blog post, consisting mostly of important information you'll need to know if you intend to challenge the vaccine mandates (if and when those mandates ever go into effect).  Go to that site and scroll down to the bottom (just before the comments begin):

Religious Exemptions: You Don't Need the Approval of Your Bishop

UPDATE, October 14, 2021:
For those who may have clicked on the second link in the piece above and didn't find the story to that link ("the covid shot kills five times more people than it saves") I have corrected the link. Dr. Mercola only leaves his articles on his website for 48 hours, after which other mirror sites pick it up so it can always be found. I've linked to the piece at LewRockwell.com, one of my favorite news and commentary sites, where it goes by the title "More Than 200,000 Have Already Died From the Covid Jab in the US." 

The video that leads into the piece is a must-watch, and though it's two hours long, if you can't spare the time you can get the gist of the data by watching just the first few minutes.  Steve Kirby's research is impeccable and no one has challenged or refuted the data.

 




 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Religious Exemption: You Don't Need Your Bishop's Approval

 I thought I was done with this topic after the last two entries, (see here and here), but we're now hearing from faithful members of the Church who are simply baffled by the attitude of their leaders. These members know the Covid "vaccine" is dangerous and deadly, yet the First Presidency declared them "safe and effective." And now the president of the United States has doubled down with a threat to force vaccine mandates on the bulk of the population.

Many informed members were hoping (rightly) that they could protect themselves from a forced vaccine by claiming a religious exemption, but the Church immediately dashed their hopes by issuing  this statement to bishops and stake presidents:

“No church official can sign any kind of document supporting the notion that church doctrine/teaching is opposed to vaccination or that the church is opposed to vaccination mandates.”

This has left many devout believers in a quandary because they think they will have to have some sort of pass from an ecclesiatical authority in order to avoid the mandate.  I've heard from a friend who thinks her son will have no choice but to take the jab just to keep his job. So I thought I'd better get back on here and talk a little bit about what I know. 

The most important thing I can tell you is that if I were working at a company with 100 or more employees (that's the threshold Biden has announced will be pressured to get the vaccine) the very LAST thing I would be worried about is the possibility I might lose my job over not taking the vax.  As long as I don't quit ahead of time, and as long as I know the right questions to ask, the only entity that will have a problem here would be my employer, not me.  And if my employer knows how to ask the right questions of the government when they come a-knockin' he won't have anything to worry about, either. Because this is all a bluff. The government is bluffing your employer, and your employer in turn will try to bluff you.


Biden Unveils Innovative 'Make Black People Lose Their Jobs' Plan

Passes? Passes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Passes!
As it happens, In my former life I was a trained legal researcher, so I happen to know something about various aspects of the law, especially where the law touches on civil rights and constitutional law. So I know that a person does not need any kind of pass or "permission slip" from an ecclesiastical authority in order to assert a religious objection to an unjust mandate.  Your religion is your religion, and it stands apart from whatever denomination -or no denomination at all- that you might belong to. But before we go any further, a disclaimer:

Disclaimer. I am not a licensed attorney. I am not an unlicensed attorney, either. I'm not any kind of an attorney. What I am is a complete lunatic, so you should avoid acting on anything I happen to say on this forum.  DO NOT believe anything I am about to tell you. Look it up yourself if you want to determine whether I'm full of hooey or not. If I have any talent at all, it is a talent for finding things out and pointing the reader toward actual attorneys and legal authorities who know and understand the law better than I do. So if you, like me, are interested in prevailing against the forces of tyranny currently gathering against us, you might want to ignore me and instead pay attention to what they have to say. 

The first thing I'm going to recommend is you watch this discussion between David Freiheit and Robert Barnes. "Frei" is a litigator practicing in Canada, so when discussing American law he frequently has  American attorney Robert Barnes on as a guest. Barnes is a high-powered attorney who is preparing lawsuits right now on this very topic. (We can tell Barnes is a high-powered attorney because he often holds a cigar in one hand and a glass of bourbon in the other). Robert Barnes is one of the top civil rights attorneys in the nation.  This legal counsel will cost you 27 minutes of your time; Take a listen:



Okay, Let's Hit The High Points:                                                                  
  •  Your religious objections are watever your religious beliefs are. You don't have to get approval from anybody; this is not protection against organized religion. It doesn't matter whether the church you belong to shares your position or if no other person in the congregation feels the same. I was virtually alone in every ward I ever attended whose personal religion requires me to abstain from eating pork, so the fact they served bacon at the annual ward breakfasts was irrelevant to my religion. Others in the congregation are not required to abide by my deeply held beliefs just as I am not required to abide by theirs. Likewise, if injecting substances you deem harmful into your body is against your religious beliefs, that is your religious belief. Period.   
     
  • No one is allowed to decide if your beliefs pass their test or meet their requirements. Normally when somebody asserts a religious exemption that's it. End of discussionAttempts to go beyond that invariably and inevitably will constitute discrimination against the employee based on their religious beliefs. They cannot determine whether your beliefs are sincere. Your beliefs are personal and they are private. You don't even have to voice them or say anything other than "my sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit me from taking this vaccine."

  • Some employers are already jumping the gun (Biden's "mandates" have not even taken effect yet;
    more on that below) but there have been federal court decisions already invalidating attempts to deny people their religious exemptions. So by now employers should start to figure out the courts won't be going along with this scam. 

  • You don't want to jump the gun by quitting or by being confrontational. The mandate that Biden is proposing is a violation of your rights and not based on any legitimate law. That's why he can't make you obey him. He hopes to get your employer to be the bad guy. So let your employer make the first move.  If you are approached by your employer about taking the vaccine, first ask for a copy of the comapny's policy on this.  There probably isn't one. There certainly wasn't such a policy at the time you hired on. Barnes surmises that most company's legal departments have advised your bosses not to put anything in writing, so that they can come up with a flexible argument after the fact. 

  • Ask for the full policy. Make sure you get a physical, written copy. Don't leave the premises until you have it. Find out if the policy allows for religious objections. Are there medical objections? Are there conscientious objections? Are there reasonable accomodations being made for employees whose health or principles don't allow them to submit? 

  • Keep in mind this is about asymptomatic risk; none of it is about symptomatic risk. If someone is symptomatic the employer is within his rights to have them stay at home. If someone is exposed  they can also have them stay at home. This mandate is only dealing with people who have asymptomatic Covid for which there is no evidence of significant danger.

  • The good news is that a massive number of suits are already being filed. Hundreds, if not thousands more will likely be filed before this phoney mandate even takes seffect. The big problem the Biden administration is now facing is this: it was not expecting this kind of pushback.  Some branches of the military, which had threatened soldiers with dishonorable discharge if they did not immediately comply, are now backing off and "postponing" those deadlines. 40% of marines are reported as absolutely refusing to take the jab no matter what, and many more civilians like you and I simply will not comply. The ruling class has a problem; it was not expecting such an overwhelming wave of resistance. 

What Do You Mean The Mandate Has Not Yet Taken Effect?    

What you get to realize is that this is all a bluff.  Joe Biden has admitted the government has no authority to force any American to take the vaccine. So Biden (or more accurately, those in control of Biden) have come up with a plan to get the labor department, via OSHA, to convince employers they have to make you do it. 

OSHA, in the event you didn't know, is the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency charged with overseeing safety in the workplace. As far as I can tell, OSHA is still working on the rules they want employers to abide by for this fake mandate. This will require what is called an Emergency Temporary Standard, and must first be developed and then published in the Federal Register before the rules can even go into effect.  This could take several months. But here's OSHA's problem: they have to adhere to the laws already in place that regulate that agency. They can't just go out and bully your employer for no rhyme or reason.

First, according to OSHA's own regulations, there has to be a finding that "workers are in grave danger due to exposure to toxic substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful" and then they have to determine "that an emergency standard is needed to protect them."

You can see the problem. It's gonna be a real trick for OSHA to determine employees are in "grave danger" at work if they haven't had the vaccine, seeing as how almost everyone who is dying is actually dying after taking the vaccine. For most people, Covid-19 doesn't pose a "grave danger."  The gigantic hurdle OSHA is going to have to overcome, according to the law, is proving that people who don't have Covid (or who are showing no symptoms) pose a "grave danger" to their fellow employees. And there's an even bigger challenge: Given that OSHA only has 800 inspectors employed to check up on the many actual safety violations in workplaces nationwide, how in the world could they possibly conduct surprise inspections in millions more?  The whole idea is untenable on its face. It would require an army of stormtroopers going virtually door-to-door. 

OSHA knows this. Biden knows this. (Okay, maybe not Biden; he's somewhere off in Cloud Koo-Koo-Land.  But pretty much everyone else who holds political power knows it).  They are also well aware that these "Temporary Emergency Standards" will be struck down as unconstitutional within days of going into effect.  But Biden's handlers had him go ahead and announce it anyway.  Why do you think that was? I'll tell you why: The White House hopes the mere announcement will scare people into getting the vaccine long before they realize they didn't have to. 

Unfortunately for Biden and his team, the narrative is already blowing up.

Two weeks ago following a massive pushback, the disappointed mayor of Portland reluctantly admitted that he will not be mandating vaccines for members of that city's police force. Five days ago Los Angeles Police officers filed suit against the mandate while cops across California threatened to resign if the mandates were implemented.

On Thursday, hundreds of  Los Angeles Firefighters announced they were also filing suit. Last week a federal Judge issued an emergency injunction blocking the state of New York from enforcing a new vaccine mandate against healthcare workers. Yesterday thousands gathered at a rally in New York City to oppose vaccine passports. (England has already scrapped it's plans to require passports after a massive revolt of the people.)  Twenty-Seven states are right now gearing up for a legal fight over the federal vaccine mandate. And they will win, because an individual state has more authority than the federal government.  The states gave the federal government its power and they can take it back

This issue might be dead in the water before you ever find yourself having to choose between your job and a suicidal injection. The main thing to be concerned about is you might have an employer who thinks the mandate is already in place and believes he has to give you an ultimatum now. That's when you should have your questions ready.  Here is a sample list of questions provided by the legal arm of Ameica's Frontline Doctors.  Since this list was created before Biden made his ridiculous announcement, you may want to adapt this list to include Robert Barnes' questions, especially about getting a copy of your company's policy.

Here is a sample letter.

And Here is another sample letter. 

Here is the link to Covid Legal

And this is essential:
If I Don't Want the Jab, What Are My Options?


Some Points To Remember
I make no promises that the sample letters and counsel above will be effective for you. At best, your employer may think twice about giving you an ultimatum and instead have the company's legal department fight it out with OSHA.  The only reason they're picking on you is because it's easier to get you to leave willingly than it would be for them to challenge the feds.  So let them know, kindly but firmly, that your religious beliefs are not negotiable.  No company wants the hassle of a civil rights challenge, which is why you should be prepared if they try to dodge the questions.  They will probably avoid giving you a direct ultimatum or telling you that you have been fired.  Always record your encounters, and if they try to fire you, make certain it is in writing or that at least you have an audio recording. Even more fun than having an audio recording of your boss telling you that you are fired is having a recording of him refusing to say the words.   

If they try to get you to leave, ask, "am I fired?" If they will not answer that question, do not leave work before your shift is up because in that scenario they may claim that you left voluntarily. If they are forced to have you escorted out by security, record that.  Return to work the next day as usual and continue to do so until you have it in writing that you have been fired.  That's when you have standing to sue under Title VII of the civil rights act. 

But I doubt it will come to that.  Employers are already seeing that this mandate is a win-win for the employee who handles him or herself properly. They probably won't continue to push once they see you have a backbone.

Remember: pay no attention to what I say here.  If it looks like you will be needing legal counsel, get yourself a lawyer. Provide him with the sample letters above so he has a handle on what to do. (Believe it or not, not all lawyers are equipped to handle civil rights cases, so you may need to steer him to some of these resources.)  More than likely the only thing this will set you back is the cost of having your lawyer write a letter to the employee and that will be the end of it. If worse comes to worst, you're out of a job, but so what? There's an online resource of businesses that do not require you to have a vaccine in order to work there. They will hire you.

So What Do We Do About Those Rogue Church Leaders?  
Some people have assumed that because the leaders are now promoting clearly false teachings, the only recourse they have is to leave the church and turn their backs on the religion they love.

Heck no, don't do that! That's not necessary at all. If you believe in Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the core fundamentals of the Restoration, there's no reason you should stop being a Mormon.  There's just one thing you get to do: recognize the reality that Jesus Christ no longer guides the leaders of this Church. you need no longer look to them for direction because you'll realize they are faking it. You and your religion can get along quite well without them. Everything else should remain pretty much the same. 

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Next: What In The World Is Going On With The Church Leaders Lately?

Extra Bonus Resources:
If you want solid proof that the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles today are not led by God, you need only look at this shocking report on the multiple millions of dollars from your tithes that have been re-directed as investments toward all four Covid vaccines. Is it any wonder they are lying about the vaccines being "safe and effective" and discouraging members from resisting?

Then there's this:
Over 250 Million Reasons Why The Brethren Lack Discernment

And below is a sampling of my my many previous blog posts that prove how thoroughly we've been bamboozled about their authority:

Did The Lord Choose Not To Anoint "The Lord's Anointed"?

Why Heed Prophetic Counsel?

Who died And Made HIM Prophet?

And remember, there are massive mountains of resources available on my previous two blog posts.
I also tend to post new vaccine information on my Facebook page. That's on Facebook (natch!) under my name,  Alan Rock Waterman.

UPDATE September 19th:
The very first comment under this blogpost this morning, from Aurelius, containts a link that is a bombshell.  Is it possible this entire mandate hoax is already dead in the water? That the Biden administration never had any intention of moving forward with this fraud?  Was the whole thing just a trick to see if they could scare enough people to take the vaccine voluntarily, or was it all just a diversion? Check this out and decide for yourself:
"Something Else Missing"

UPDATE September 21:
Even if the Biden Administration fails to go through with the bluff, there are plenty of other companies and government agencies that are threatening to fire those who don't comply with their own imaginary "rules," so you'll want to keep up with what's going on.  In the next month or two Robert Barnes is either litigating or will be enjoined with ongoing suits in the states of California and Washington, suits against a wide range of companies such as Tyson Foods, suits against the Cities  of Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, suits against the Department of Justice by Department of Justice employees, Department of Labor by Department of Labor employees, Department of Defense by Department of Defense employees, Department of Energy by Department of Energy employees, and more.

So there are a lot of suits coming up on the dockets against a wide range of entities, which means you'll want to stay on top of the arguments.  Chances are, your own employer will back off once they see they can't fire you for not complying. A lot of employers are uneducated on their legal risks by doing these mandates. Says Frei, "It's funny how the thought of a lawsuit makes people say 'maybe the risk of an unvaccinated dude is not all that much to warrant what we're doing.'"

But some on the other side are trying some sneaky gambits, such as bringing up the bogus argument contained in the 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Jacobsen v. Massechusetts. That objection could blindside you if you fail to understand how completely off-point it is when applied to the current mandates.  So know your enemy, whether you are contemplating acting pro se or with the assistance of a lawyer. 

Here's the latest from Robert Barnes as of yesterday. Frei and Barnes discuss a variety of legal issues beginning at around minute 16:58.  Then they turn to other issues before returning to the topic of mandates at 1:26:18.   I recommend you keep tuning into that Youtube channel for continuing updates.

UPDATE October 3, 2021:

Here's a List of Lawyers By State Who Fight Vaccine Mandates. 

UPDATE, October 9, 2021
The current issue of The New American Magazine (October 4, 2021) is chock full of important information on  vaccine mandates, especially instructions on filing and responding timely.  Procedural law can be very strict, so although claiming an exemption is a relatively simple process, if your claim is initially denied you could lose your opportunity to appeal if you don't cross all your T's and dot all your i's. The other side counts on you flubbing up. I recommend you purchase a physical copy of this issue because it has articles by an experienced trial lawyer not only on claiming an exemption at work, but exemptions for the military as well as medical exemptions.  There's also a piece on the progress being made by state legislatures banning employers from retaliating against employees who don't wish to take the jab.  Phone 920-749-3784 and ask for the October 4 issue or click HERE. Prices are $1.95 for the download pdf, or $3.95 for the physical copy.


Again, don't forget to keep up with the weekly dose of law with Viva & Barnes.  Here is where you'll get the real skinny on the legal actions taking place all over the country. Don't be fooled when you hear on the news about people being fired for refusing to take the jab.  There's always more to the story you are not being told.  This is how to stay informed on the facts:

Weekly Dose of Law With Viva & Barnes Episode 81

UPDATE October 15th, 2021
My brother just sent me a link to "The Healthy American" which includes a very informative 90 minute video  "Everything you Need to Know about your RELIGIOUS RIGHTS protected by TITLE VII of the U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT” 


Sunday, August 29, 2021

When LDS Church Leaders Teach Contrary To God


 Previously: What If 'Follow The Prophet' Could Get You Killed?

Well, it's finally happened. The top leadership of the Church doesn't even pretend to receive revelations from the Lord anymore. They're now just making it up as they go. 

Remember when Joseph Smith would take his concerns before the Lord and receive answers through revelation? And remember how he would publish those revelations in God's own voice so the members could read, ponder, and pray over them to get a witness from the Holy Ghost as to whether those revelations had, in fact, come from the Lord?  Well, not anymore. That is so 19th century.  Why should Russell Nelson consult the Almighty when he's already completely in charge?  The general authorities today are done waiting on the Lord; they'll just go ahead and invent their own doctrines, thank you very much. That way they don't have to vet them.

Make no mistake: the recent Statement of the First Presidency on August 12th is now an official doctrine of the Church.  Yet what are we to make of it? That declaration is so far out of left field, so overflowing with falsehood,  so utterly ridiculous, that one would be forgiven for thinking it was a satirical piece planted by the Babylon Bee.

If you haven't seen that recent press release, it represents a veritable doubling down on the same false teachings the Church hierarchy has been promulgating for months now.  (You can find my analyses of their former freewheelin' inventions HERE and HERE).

But this latest one takes the cake.  Want to see how laughable that statement is? Here are a couple of highlights, but try not to laugh out loud if you're reading this on your phone in church:

"To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective."

How old are these guys, anyway? Do any of them even own a dictionary?  You would think that before they issued this silly decree they would have looked up the meaning of the words "safe" and "effective." 

And also the meaning of the word "proven."

Here's another howler: 

"We can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders."

Now, I'm not much of a scriptorian, but I seem to recall pretty much every biblical prophet spending an inordinate amount of their time denouncing government leaders. And when they weren't doing that, they were calling the people to repentance because the people were too dumb to resist falling under the spell of those who would control them if given half a chance. 

 You remember, don't you? Remember this one? "Cursed is he who puts his trust in the arm of flesh"? It's practically the prime directive throughout all of scripture.  It seems that every Old Testament prophet -from Samuel, to Nathan, to John the Baptist- spent half his time denouncing government leaders to their faces, and the other half calling the people to repentance for repeatedly putting their faith in those frauds.  Show me a prophet in the Book of Mormon who wasn't ragging against those in power pretty much full time; you won't find one. Whatever it is you think the role of a prophet is, it is most certainly not to encourage God's people to "follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of government leaders."

And yet here are the three top goombas in the Church hierarchy trying to convince you that you should do just that.  Notice anything missing from that pronouncement?  How about any hint that they are conveying a message from God? Maybe just a tiny mention?  Anything at all?

But wait a minute...isn't that the very role of a prophet-To convey a message from God to His people?  So if Russell Nelson's mouth is moving and he is not delivering a message from God verbatim, why are you even listening to him? Why are you giving any of these useless usurpers the time of day?

As for the "medical experts" Russell Nelson is advising you to follow,  I'll address them in a moment.  But first, please take a look at the two short videos below.  I chose these two above the the thousands of well-credentialed medical professionals whose counsel stands in stark opposition to the dangerous counsel of the First Presidency, and I did so for two reasons: 1, their pronouncements are short and to the point and 2, these cats don't don't pull any punches. In other words, they act and sound like we would expect prophets to act and sound.  Neither of these men are LDS (one is a Catholic Friar), but their warnings contain more solid prophecies than you'll get from those dissimulators in the boardroom at 50 East North Temple.

The first is titled "Nothing Can Stop What Is Coming."


This second video features anthropologist Alexis Bugnolo, and you'll note that, unlike Russell Ballard, Friar Bugnolo doesn't paint a rosy picture of the future for those who toe the line and follow government leaders.  



If what you just saw and heard is completely new to you, allow me to introduce you to the world outside the matrix.  Literally thousands of highly credentialed and respected medical professionals have been working tirelessly to expose the fraud currently being foisted on the world, and if you watched the presentation given by Dr Christiane Northrup on my previous blog post, you have seen only a basic introduction to the information that exists out there.  We have so many real experts blowing the whistle on the fraud that it's becoming difficult to keep up with the latest findings. Most Americans are not even aware of the countless number of virologists, immunologists, biochemists, pathologists and others tirelessly working to break through the propaganda mill and expose them to reality. When you look at the real science behind all this, it comes down to four realities:

1.  Those masks you see everyone wearing are almost completely ineffective in blocking the coronavirus.

2.  That doesn't really matter anyway because the coronavirus is, in essence, no more serious than the flu. Unless you are seriously sick with something else, or really fat, you're likely to recover quckly, just as you regularly recover from the common cold. Which, by the way, is a coronavirus.

3. The substance currently being touted as a "vaccine" is not a vaccine at all, but instead a deadly pathogen designed to alter your DNA and mess with your body's ability to defend itself.

4. The so-called Delta Variant that has suddenly appeared is the "Fool Me Twice" of the 21st century. If you're falling for this con a second time...well, that one's on you.


 Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News
 "But hey, Rock," I hear some of you say, "President Nelson is an actual doctor.  If there was anything wrong with the Covid vaccine he would know about it."

That's the kind of empty logic we often hear from people who think doctors are enchanted beings who, once they receive their PhD, are magically imbued with an awareness of every advance in science and medicine ever discovered.  Russell Nelson was a heart surgeon who earned his doctorate 67 years ago. During those years when he was cutting people open, it isn't likely he read many papers outside his narrow field of study.  He never was a virologist, so between then and the day he left medicine for a career in religion, it's unlikely he has been keeping up with the mountains of research published on viral pathology. If he had, or better yet, had he bothered to consult with God before telling the Saints what they should be doing with their bodies, he might never have issued that stupid pronouncement.

Or maybe he still would have. We know there are some doctors out there who think they are gods.  This one is:
1. a doctor who doesn't follow the science, and
2. a prophet who doesn't talk to God.

Let me know why you think that makes him a reliable source in either category.

Maybe There's A Reason They Don't Get Revelations Anymore  
There hasn't been a true prophet in the Church since the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, but we still boast that we are a Church that operates on continuous revelation.  That may be true of the members of Christ's church, because the Lord can and does bestow revelations on us as individuals. But can you name one revelation received by any president of the Church other than Joseph Smith? There have been none.  I can give you several reasons why that is, but this one's the most obvious:

Among the many false traditions in the modern LDS Church, one of the most glaring is this odd idea that the Twelve Apostles are all "prophets, seers, and revelators" with authority to govern and manage the affairs of the church.  Yet nowhere do we see God having given them these gifts or this responsibility. Indeed, the reality is the Twelve are specifically prohibited from governing the church.  According to the charge the early apostles were given, they were not to have anything to do with managing, governing, or running the church. Except for brief periods, they weren't even supposed to be anywhere near church headquarters. These apostles had been given tremendous power, privilege, and authority, but that authority was limited to areas outside the Church's central headquarters:

"They are the Twelve Apostles, who are called to the office of Traveling high council, who are to preside over all the churches over the Saints among the Gentiles, where there is no presidency established, and they are to travel and preach among the Gentiles, until the Lord shall command them to go to the Jews." (Kirtland Council Minute Book, pg 86)

If you fancy yourself a church leader and you can't even restrain yourself from sticking your nose where it doesn't belong, is it any wonder the Lord isn't trusting you with his oracles?

So what are we supposed to do if we can't rely on Church leaders to receive revelations on our behalf?  How are we supposed to know the will of God?  Well, one of the smartest things I ever heard a Church president say was this wise counsel from Harold B. Lee.  Of course, that was before the leaders began to see themselves as qualified to give orders to the Saints rather than acting as their servants. It was a time when leaders of the Church could occasionally say something that was genuinely inspired:

"I say we need to teach our people to find their answers in the scriptures. If only each of us would be wise enough to say that we aren't able to answer any question unless we can find a doctrinal answer in the scriptures! And if we hear someone teaching something that is contrary to what is in the scriptures, each of us may know whether the things spoken are false -it is as simple as that. But the unfortunate thing is that so many of us are not reading the scriptures. We do not know what is in them, and therefore we speculate about the things that we ought to have found in the scriptures themselves. I think therein is one of our biggest dangers of today."
"The Lord has given us in the standard works the means by which we should measure truth and untruth. May we all heed His word: 'Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church.' " D&C 42:59 (First Presidency Message, Ensign, December 1972.)

Prescient words, indeed. Can you find anything in scripture that would support the First Presidency's decree of August 12th?  Of course not. That entire statement is contrary to scripture. As LDS doctor Scott Bradley indicates in the video below, every sentence, every phrase, every word of that decree could be easily refuted by the scriptures.


If you think Dr Brooks and Friar Bognolo's stark warnings were over the top, consider that Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center for Disease Control, inadvertently confirmed their assertions at a White House briefing on Covid-19:

"Additionally, reports from our international colleagues, including Israel, suggest increased risk of severe disease amongst those vaccinated early. Given this body of evidence, we are concerned that the current strong protection against severe infection, hospitalization, and death could decrease in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or who were vaccinated earlier during the phases of our vaccination rollout.

"In the context of these concerns, we are planning for Americans to receive booster shots, starting next month, to maximize vaccine-induced protection."

In case you can't easily wade through that word salad, what Wallensky is saying is that the vaccines are not working.  Worse yet, they are having the opposite result from what was expected.  Those who got the vaccines early have been coming down with the coronavirus at a much higher rate than those who have not been vaccinated.  You'll recall that the reason people were persuaded to take the needle in the first place was because they were promised it would prevent them from getting the virus. Now Wallensky is saying those very people represent the fastest growing group currently catching the virus.  So, she says, they're going to try giving all those people booster shots to see if that helps.  

(Spoiler Alert: it won't. The booster shots are further weakening the bodies of those who take them and eroding the body's natural ability to fight off disease.)

You'll notice that Wallensky mentioned reports coming in from Israel. Israel is one of the most highly vaccinated countries in the world, with the highest percentage of vaccinated per population.  But look at what is suddenly happening there. The Israelis are coming down with Covid at the rate of 9,200 infections per day, while their neighbors the Palestinians are getting far, far fewer. The Palestinians are not vaccinating, and when you look at the chart, you'll see cases in Palestine are flat and heading downward: 


Someone should tell the First Presidency about this, because the data shows -and this is being proven with multiple studies across the board- that they were dead wrong three weeks ago when they promised "we can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders."

Allow me to state the obvious: The only time a member of the Church hierarchy should open his mouth is if he has received a direct revelation from the Lord. Due to these men's long record of consistent disobedience, that isn't likely to happen. So my advice to them is to just shut their traps and focus on what they are good at: taking the tithing they collect from the members and continuing to invest it in vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

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                                                         The Narrative Is Crumbling 



                                                                       

Additional Sources:

Agreement With Hell: Covenanting While Under The Influence Of Intoxicants

A fascinating exegisis of biblical and Book of Mormon prophecy tying together the failure of LDS Church leaders and a last days plague that looks a lot more like it resulted from Covid vaccinations than from any virus. 


Now You Can Get Your Covid Shot At Church!

One of the reasons I don't blog as often as I used to is because this guy always does it better and more thoroughly than I can. Concise information and devastating videos here. He has tackled this topic several times in previous months, including the explanation on why the worldwide Covid fast didn't work.  Consistently good take-downs of hypocrisy among Church leaders.


Health

This post from the blog "Seeking YHWH" is an exhaustive collection of Mormon teachings on health, containing pretty much everything Joseph Smith ever said on the subject along with every scripture imaginable.  There are also comparisons to the heretical teachings of modern general authorities like David Bednar who constantly teaches contrary to what God would have us do. An excellent source of scriptural teachings on health and a great resource.

Anonymous Bishop

When it comes to calling out hypocrisy in the Magisterium, nobody hits 'em harder and right between the eyes like the Anonymous Bishop.  In a piece titled "Insurrecction of the Just" he challenges them with all the right questions in a way that will want to make you stand up and cheer.

Jab Update: The Internet's No. 1 Comprehensive Compilation of True Covid-19 Facts

This has been called "The Covid-19 Motherload of Truth."  Here you'll find links to all the data, lots of studies, tons of videos, and more REAL SCIENCE than you're likely to uncover in a year on your own.  An impressive database that clearly required a lot of work to compile.


Brighteon.Com

This is another great source of videos and interviews that promote science over politics. Mike Adams "the Health Ranger" started this site because he was tired of Facebook banning his videos.  Facebook will not allow you share anything on his site and that's unfortunate because this site is overflowing with great information.  I try to check this daily for the latest bombshells.


Lew Rockwell

Lew Rockwell is the libertarian host of this site featuring 8 or 10 articles per day by authors who represent the best in independent thinking. This is where I go when I want information on any topic of the day because I know it will not be slanted toward either political party.  An indispensable source for critical thinkers who eschew the ruling class of either party.   I preloaded this link above so it will take you directly to a large number of articles about Covid Vaccines with an emphasis on science, data, and evidence. But the site itself features pieces on a wide variety of topics. 

No, The FDA Did Not Approve The Covid Vaccine  [Video]

Last week President Biden announced that the Pfizer Covid vaccine had received FDA approval, removing it from the Emergency Use Authorization Act to status of fully approved.  Well, not so fast there, Grampa. Anyone with half a brain knows that no medication is ever approved in six months, and sure enough, the Pfizer product that was supposedly "authorized" (conditionally, by the way) is not the jab you're thinking of.  You can't even get the new vaccine because for one thing, it doesn't exist. It's not on the market.  In fact, it hasn't even been manufactured yet.  Dr Robert Malone, the same guy who created the mRNA technology and is warning everyone not to take it, explains how the president and the media are either deceived themselves, or they're trying to pull a fast one on us:


So This Is What Passes For "Science" Nowadays  [Video]

I'm sure this will reassure those thinking about taking the jab. The CDC admits they don't have any data to show that a third vaccination will do any good, but by golly, they sure hope it does!  Dr Malone returns to explain how the more booster shots you inject into a person, the less that person's body will be able to fight off disease and the better the chance they'll expire before their time.




Elder Rasband Rebukes The Saints For Thinking They Don't Have To Obey Him.
Here's an interesting example of authority out of control. You'll notice there is no mention of following Christ or obeying a specific commandment of the Lord.  It's just some narcisstic old coprolite going on about how you have to do what we say because we're in authority over you.



Smarmy Stake President  

I'm throwing this one up here just for fun.  A friend sent me this video of some stake president with a video message about Covid for the members of his stake.  I don't know who this guy is, but he clearly studied at the Thomas S. Monson School of Public Speaking.  He must have spent hours in front of the mirror in order to capture just that right degree of condescending smarminess in his delivery Monson was famous for.

Get this guy a gig at the Dry Bar Comedy Club in Provo!


UPDATE: October 3rd, 2021

This story was just passed on to me this morning. I do not know the source. Take of it what you will:
"Elder Rasband was speaking at a meeting in Boise last week.  Our nephew was in attendance.  Someone asked about the vaccine and Elder Rasband responded that each person should understand that the church is being threatened and sued on a continual basis.  The CDC has the church in their crosshairs.  This request for the members to participate in the vaccine was simply to reduce liability for the church from the government.  He said that members are to go to the Lord with this...and do what feels right for them.  This has never been, nor ever will be a commandment."

If you're wondering how the federal government could possibly claim the right  to dictate policy to a church, you can thank Heber J. Grant. When he incorporated the Church under the laws of the United States, he did not merely change its name (what was formerly "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" was now "The Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.") He also changed the very nature of the organization.  What had been organized in 1830 as a "religious society" governed by God's law, was transformed in 1925 into an entity that owes its right to exist to the laws governing corporations.  The final surrender of the church's autonomy was when the leaders were tricked into applying for 501(c)3 status.  That makes the Church subject to what is called  "Fundamental Public Policy" of the United States.  Whether a given "policy" has been enacted into law or not is irrelevant. Like most "woke" corporations these days, the Corporation of the President would prefer not to get on the wrong side of the political/cultural zeitgeist.  So what you're seeing is Church leadership deciding to go along to get along.

What this all means is explained in the following essays:

The Hidden Reason For The Policy Change On Baptisms

How Corporatism Has Undermined And Subverted The Church Of Jesus Christ