Will Schryver wrote:
why me wrote:
to assume that Saint Francis never got angry or showed aggressive emotion would be false. He was very much a human being and if he did need to always suppress such human emotions which are inherently apart of our human nature I feel sorry for him.
Thanks for your attempts to defend me, why me. They have not gone unnoticed. I will only remark, in reference to your statement above, that you simply cannot assume that the things you are told by the people here are true.
The apostate evangelist, from the very beginning, has excelled in no other endeavor quite as well as the propaganda campaign. Given a relatively isolated environment, they can turn black white, up down, right wrong, and wrong right.
You will be deceived if you accept "at face value" the words they appear
to place in my mouth. Very little, if anything, I have ever said here was said "in the heat of the moment" so much as it has been a calculated reflection/deflection of things they themselves were saying
. Therefore nothing can be viewed divorced from its original context. It has no meaning outside that context, and is therefore subject to misrepresentation--which is precisely the skill the apostate evangelist has mastered best.
Make no mistake, these are wolves we are dealing with here. The overwhelming majority of the DAMU* that posts here is not simply garden variety disaffected Latter-day Saints who are struggling with a faith issue, or wrestling with a troubling aspect of church history, but who otherwise have sincere desires to seek and follow the light of truth. Rather, this is an assemblage of some of the most vicious and determined enemies of the restored gospel; calculating individuals who have committed themselves to undermining, in any and every way they can, the faith of the Saints. They are committed to draining the dregs of the cup of apostate wrath: kicking against the pricks, persecuting the Saints, and fighting against God.
They gnash their teeth at me for the simple fact that I have always seen through their act, from the very beginning. I expose them for who they really
are, and consequently they are filled with hate and rage towards me. On the other hand, there are people like David Bokovoy and Blair Hodges (among many others), who naïvely pat them on the head and simper, "Nice sheep, nice sheep." Such people are, for lack of a better term, fools
--who, if they linger here long, will ultimately be taken down and devoured by the very pack of predators they have mistaken for friends.
So, please, why me, don't labor to apologize for me or to explain my motivations. With very few exceptions, what I have said and done here I have said and done consciously, deliberately, and with considerable forethought. I have only rarely attempted to correct their misrepresentations, and I have vowed to never do so again. I am content to permit them to "do their worst" in respect to me.
I know my friends; they know me; I know myself; I know the enemy--therefore in the end they cannot triumph in the battle thus joined. They will merely destroy themselves and all those who make the mistake of aligning with them.
* = "DAMU," for the uninitiated, is an acronym for "Disaffected Mormon Underground"
Will, your claims are, in a word, ridiculous. Your denials and claims that your quotes are untrue, or "taken out of context" says to me that you are, at the very least, embarrassed by them, and rightfully so. Those quotes were not taken out of context, Will. Everyone who posted quotes from you in this thread provided links to the threads they came from. The reader is able to view, whole cloth, what your context was with your comments. And David, an upstanding LDS Priesthood holder, future BYU professor and scholar, who you label now as a fool, apologized on your behalf.
I understand that you view some of the posters here as anti-Mormons, and, in a few cases, I would agree with you. Polygamy Porter has made no bones about the fact that he would like to see everyone here out of Mormonism. Thews has also made claims of this nature.
However, I will say, that even these posters, who you claim are "the enemy", I would hardly classify in that realm. Polygamy Porter is a devoted father to six children, a brilliant photographer and computer programmer. He suffered horrific child abuse by his LDS parents, and has overcome these trials. The abuse, in my opinion, has a lot to do with why he feels the way he does about the Church. He is, when you are able to really communicate with him, a very good man.
Thews had a daughter who died of cancer. He has actually defended you on the board, and was one of your most avid supporters when your daughter was hospitalized for cancer because he understood what you were going through. Someone who has that type of compassion can hardly be termed as evil simply because they have issues with the LDS Church.
I suppose that you would also categorize DCP as a fool? Dan has friendships with myself, Jason, Harmony, Runtu, Simon, Nehor, and Shades, and is posting fairly regularly in the Celestial Forum.
I wish you could take your blinders off and see us all as people rather than painting us all with such a broad stroke.
However, it is your loss.