The Governing Principles project has become nothing less than Peace Polling. Traditions of unbelief are diehard traditions. The only way to negotiate through it all is by using the words of Christ as a compass.
To sum up the Governing Principles project from our experience, …it is a total disaster! The Lord has offered a covenant, but requires from us a statement of principles, representing our unity. You’d think that with all of us who have been cast-out of church, excommunicated, and cut-off, because we have studied the doctrine extremely close, to dedicate ourselves to living by it, …that we could write a document representing our unity. We have so much in common, that it should be a light thing, given our commonality of experience. However, among those in this movement, despite what he has repeatedly stated, people have substituted “following the prophet,” to become followers of Denver Snuffer. A certain man now claims divine authorization to write the document of our unity on our behalf. As his justification, he claims being assigned by “Denver the Divine,” supported by a small committee of men, and justified by the vote of a people. Three attempts were made to write it, two failed, and the third was nothing less than “Peace Polling.”
By Peace Polling, I mean, a threat loomed overhead, as the Lord has reproved us for our failure to do a light thing twice. So the last meeting produced a 100% unanimity by those attending the meeting (I wasn’t there). People who voted to agree with the final document varied from:
- …those who genuinely “agreed,”
- …to those who “somewhat” agreed but not quite,
- …to those who “totally disagreed,” but feared the possible loss of a covenant (knowing that the guy with the “assignment” wouldn’t budge unless his document won) so they voted to accept it any way.
Since the Lord expressed expectation of a vote of “mutual agreement,” they think that by voting for a “common document,” it now represents “mutual agreement,” ..checking-off that box. Those who didn’t quite agree were tricked into agreeing under the flag of “PEACE.” Thus, the vote wasn’t a depiction of the people, …but a Peace Polling. LDS sustaining of men into office, without the ability to voice a legitimate objection, is something carried over, making Peace Polling a diehard tradition of unbelief. Peace Polling discourages the unique value of individuality, supporting group-think only, …like a herd of cows.
Among this movement, and among your congregations of the LDS church, our only tool of discernment to help us negotiate through all the false traditions, is our knowledge of the words of Christ, …in word, …in deed, and by His …direct voice to you. Without a personal relationship, your confidence will never wax strong in His presence, and those without confidence will be unable to stand on a foundation of truth in the storm. Instead they will sway back and forth with the wind, having no strength to endure it. Alma calls it our Liahona, and he instructs us to use it as Nephi did to cross the ocean to the promised land. Alma promises it will lead you beyond this veil of sorrow, into a far better land of promise. Alma would know, he was born and raised in the Americas, and he ascended to a far better land of promise, …beyond the veil.
“45. And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director [Liahona] did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ [word/deed/voice], if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise [Ascension through the veil].”
The Lord desires that we be hot or cold. The lukewarm are spit out. While I respect those who have totally supported the document, and those who have stood against it (myself included), ..I consider them either hot or cold. Those who have voted to accept it, when they weren’t in total agreement, have done all a disservice, being lukewarm. They haven’t acted according to what they claim to believe, justifying their actions as an act of “keeping the peace.” My Ohana, I would prefer you be hot or cold, rather than Peace Polling, and negotiating without certainty, without a Liahona, unable to cross the veil of sadness into a better land of promise.
Conclusion: Consider your knowledge of the Book of Mormon, and repent by studying it more seriously. Accumulation of worldly wealth comes at a sacrifice of relationships, even the relationship with God. Since knowing God, now and in this life, is defined as eternal life, …your time investment in studying to know God will pay-off in grandest dividends, and offers a better land of promise. When you come to know God personally, you will find it easy to stand against the storm generated by the opinions of men, because your knowledge will no longer be a matter of opinion.
Peace Polling depends upon the opinions of men. Vote campaigns depend on Peace Polling to track their success of controlling men’s opinions. The endowment penalties were removed by Peace Polling. Church public relationship and general conference speeches are done as a result of Peace Polling. Peace Polling is evidence of a weak relationship with Christ. We all should know that “exercising faith in the words of Christ” now, would be no easier for us than it was for all others in previous dispensations.
Know God and stand strong!