About a week ago my wife (who is a TBM) and I were discussing the Mormonism 101 FAQ
that the church put out. To my surprise we both agreed that a couple of the answers were misleading at best, outright lies at worst. I also put forward my opinion that what is going on here may be a change in doctrine. At the end of the conversation my wife stated that she wondered what her bishop thought of the matter. I asked her if she wanted me to email him to get an opinion on the matter, she told me she did, and I emailed him the next day.
I don't have permission to share his email reply, so I'm not going to. However, there's no real need, it's the response you would expect from a TBM. In his opinion it was neither misleading, nor a change in doctrine. It was just written so that everyone could understand it at their level, milk before meat and all that stuff. Like most Mormons, he doesn't realize that he just described a textbook case of misleading people. Mormons have an uncanny ability to apply one set of rules to themselves and another set of rules to everyone else.
At the end he bore his testimony. The testimony was pretty awkward, it's almost like he said it out loud and then transcribed the entire thing verbatim, complete with "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."
The more I thought about that testimony, the more offended I got. As a Christian, I consider it downright blasphemous to finish up a defense of misleading people by talking about how much you know that Jesus set the LDS church in motion, thus justifying misleading people in the name of Jesus and his church. If this is not a violation of the "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain," I don't know what is. But even if you are not a Christian, I would think it's still offensive to justify misleading people on the basis of whatever higher principles you happen to hold dear (excepting extreme cases like lying to the Nazis about the Jews in your attic).
But the part that offended me most was I left the LDS church because I couldn't lie or deceive people. I realized I could no longer answer the temple recommend questions honestly, and I wasn't going to lie to preserve my participation in the LDS church. But here the person who would have interviewed me, was feeling quite justified in misleading people for the cause. I was really pissed and offended that I get crapped on for trying to do the right thing, while the "judge in Israel" justifies misleading people, all for the good of the LDS church and in the name of Jesus.
While I was still pissed and offended over the whole thing, I remembered something an LDS church leader told me. I don't remember who, it was probably someone at the MTC. They said that you should always bear your testimony because it can't offend anyone and is always a positive thing to do. Wrong! Sharing your testimony can be really offensive.
Edited: Changed "share the email" to "share his email reply" in the second paragraph.