Rebecca [from the-exponent blog] once asked me:
In your ideal world, I’d assume there is no church outside of the family unit. Is this the primary appeal of anarchy within the LDS context for you?
It is evidence of the “Catholic-ization” of the LDS church that members refer to the leadership in Salt Lake as “the Church” – as opposed to the group of believers that meet together. Like the Catholics – I often hear LDS refer to “What the Church has said” about such-and-such or what “Our leaders haven’t taken a position” on such-and-such. LDS will speak of “the Church” as if it is some entity completely removed and separate from the members. Where was there ever a body without parts? The church is the people who make it up.
The church is a tribe; your tribe is the church:
As LDSA outlined in the Wives, follow your husbands! – Patriarchy, androcracy and the egalitarian tribe post:
Because of the gospel’s tribal nature, the organization of the priesthood mimics that of the egalitarian tribe. Bishops, bishoprics, counselors, common judges, higher judges, lower judges, high councils, presidencies, apostles, seventies, quorums, etc., all have their counterpart in egalitarian tribal organization.
The principle described here is entirely correct. What most LDS understand as the church structure is actually a tribal structure. Currently, the Gentile Mormon church uses the structure of wards and stakes with presiding bishops and presidents over congregations and quorums – however this is a mere copy [an incomplete/improper copy] of the tribal structure in which the gospel is designed to be lived — a structure of clans and tribes with presiding husbands and tribal elders.
This is seen as LDS refer to their local congregation as the “ward family”, their fellow-members as “brother” and “sister” so-and-so, etc. This is also why even official Church™ policy is to acknowledge [in word at least – though not in deed], that the family is the central unit in the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the Church being only an appendage.
Therefore, the priesthood holder in the home is the central priesthood leader – and the church priesthood holders are appendage leaders – in other words they are secondary as compared to a woman’s husband.
Much of what is wrong in the LDS church originates with wives not considering their husbands to be their priesthood/church leader – which itself originates with the Church™.
In the eyes of the Church™, the husband is not a priesthood leader with keys – only a quorum member without keys. Leaders have keys, and members do not. Because, in the eyes of the Church™, husbands do not have keys – they could not leaders. Quorum members report directly to quorum leaders, and as a quorum member, the husband is an agent of his quorum president.
This view is then passed on to the wife, so that when a wife thinks of a priesthood leader, she will think of someone who holds keys, such as a bishop or stake president. Thus, it becomes that in the eyes of a wife, her husband is subordinate to the priesthood leaders found in the Church™.
This is why we find wives by-passing their husbands and going behind his back to a bishop or stake president [see comment #87 and #102 here]. Any LDS wife who does view her husband as her priesthood leader typically does so insofar as the husband is following the direction of the Church™ leaders. An easy way to discern this is to have the husband do something different than what the church leaders council him to do [like baptize children or administer the sacrament without a bishop’s approval]. Then the wife’s true loyalties will manifest and she will likely side with the Church™ authority. Only when there is conflict between a Church™ leader with “keys” and a husband without them can it be seen who a wife really believes her church leader to be.
The Church™ is actually a religion:
What most LDS refer to as “the Church” is, therefore, not actually a church at all [it not being bound by covenant bonds between members]. It is a religion. When seen from the tribal point-of-view [where church = tribe], the church is an entirely new people-group, nation, or tribe separate from any of the nations or tribes of the earth – the church of Jesus Christ being the tribes of Israel. A tribe is merely a form a human organization that is based on two features: kinship and shared belief. Where these two things exist, there exits a tribe. Where one or both of these things lack, there is no tribe.
Currently, in the LDS church, we have shared beliefs, but not kinship. We may call others in our “ward family” by the names “brother” or “sister” so-and-so, and we may tend to all be of the same tribe [that of Ephraim] – but most members will view their blood family [kinship] as distinct from other LDS.
The purpose of the restoration of the gospel in the latter-days was to convert a diverse assortment of people [from every nation, tribe, and people-group] into a new kind of people. The vision is a tribe, united under the bonds of a new and everlasting covenant, and restored to the ancient Hebrew notion of a holy nation/separate people-group. No matter what the former culture was, any converts are adopted into a new family – formed on the basis tribal covenant bonds and shared beliefs. Status in this group is not determined be virtue of what you believe or how many people you could tell what to do – but instead by the covenants a person has assumed and how many people you serve.
Without both kinship bonds and shared beliefs, we are not fully organized as the Lord’s tribes of Israel. Groups that are bound by only shared belief are referred to as “religions”. When Adam was praying, after having been removed from the Garden of Eden, there entered the god of this world in answer to his prayer:
So, you want religion, do you?
Religion is what Satan has been offering as a substitute for tribal relationships with our Heavenly Parents, Jesus Christ, and our fellowman since the beginning. It is religion and the associated creeds that have prevented humans from coming to Jesus and the Father individually – instead forcing people to jump thru hoops, observances, rituals, classes, advancements, programs, etc. Satan will always give a people religion, and it will be largely based in the left-brain-mind, professing God with the mouth [the left-brain-mind words] but having [right-brain-] hearts is far from Him.
A religion is just a branded belief. Two people can be of different religions – and still be of the same nationality, work for the same companies, belong to the same social groups, etc. There is nothing really distinct between the two, other than what they are doing for a few hours on Sunday.
The LDS church has taken direct action to remove any of the original elements of being a separate tribe/people-group, which are an impediment to popular acceptance. Distinctions are minimized to remove any conflict between LDS and the state they reside in. Any commitment to public relations will cause any movement, idea, or product to become less distinct – to boil down further and further, trying to find a least common-denominator and mass appeal/acceptance. This is the story of Correlation™ and it has been handled in detail elsewhere.
Joseph Smith said that he:
cannot believe in any of the creeds of the different denominations [religions], because they all have some things in them I cannot subscribe to, though all of them have some truth. I want to come up into the presence of God, and learn all things; but the creeds set up stakes, and say, ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further’; which I cannot subscribe to.
Establishing an institution with orthodoxy and checklists – and then requiring uniformity of belief/thought in order to belong to the orthodox religion is the way of the Christians. They are bound together not by tribal family bonds but instead by their confessions of faith and their creeds.
If we really want to come up “into the presence of God, and learn all things,” then we’d be wise to seek out and avoid the creeds of religions that “set up stakes” and demand that we “come no further.”
Within such an institution, one will find that if he/she:
wants to have the manifestations of the spirit in the place where I go to church, then I had better go to a church where we share all things in common… When you attend a church which spends $3 billion on building a shopping/commercial center right close to the temple and exactly $[zero] on implementing the law of consecration, I would hazard a guess that the odds are pretty close to 3 billion-to-zero that an abundance of the gifts of the spirit are [not] going to [be] in that church.
So now you may say well there isn’t any church or group that lives with all things in common. How about forming your tribal organization and getting on with living that way? That is what I am going to do.
I want to live the full gospel of Jesus Christ. I am going to start by having all things in common in my tribe so I can claim the blessings God has offered to those who obey the law given for that blessing.
Truly, one can not do this within the LDS church. Such blessings are found only in communal worship that adheres to the word of God, the spirit of expediency, and the law of common consent. Currently, this can only be achieved within tribal organizations.
Two ways to grow your tribe:
However, a tribe is merely a form a human organization based on two features: kinship and shared belief. This is the earliest form of human community – predating cities, states, churches, and even recorded history. Tribal affiliations exist naturally among humans – when states don’t exist to break them up. God does not look upon an individual as an isolated creation, all alone. He sees people as they are connected to everyone else. He sees all the tribal bonds and recognizes the tribal affiliations – even if we ourselves are not even aware of them or allow their functions to remain dormant.
God and the gospel are tribal in nature – always working to connect humans together into His tribe [which is composed of the tribes of Israel]. Our lineage is plainly manifest to Him and so when we begin to act tribally, He recognizes the tribal authority because it has been there all along, among the other conventional things we place upon it [e.g. political affiliations culture, religion]. All that is necessary for us to obtain tribal authority is to exercise it. If we just need to assert it, God will recognize/validate it because it really is there and has been there all along. We just haven’t been aware of it or acknowledged it.
The steward of a tribe is free to grow/enlarge his tribe or allow it to stay dormant. While I intertwine multihusband-multiwife marriage systems together with my tribal understanding of the gospel, there are functions of tribalism that can be activated currently with a one-husband:one-wife tribe. Tribal plural marriage is simply the means whereby a tribe grows or is enlarged horizontally. In like manner, having children is the means whereby a tribe grows or is enlarged vertically.
Tribes are grown horizontally as new adult members are converted and desire to join. As tribes must be bound by both kinship and shared belief, once conversion to the gospel takes place [shared belief], he/she must then be married into the tribe [kinship] as a part of the other entrance ordinances, e.g. baptism.
Growing horizontally is a function of tribal missionary work. This has been discussed in the comments of dyc4557’s CHI #5 post. Currently, LDS missionary work is comprised of sending never married, non-father elders into the mission field – following the pattern of the celibate, Catholic priesthood. These celibate elders are sent by an “across the board” calling of all 19 year-old young men – instead of having any elder with the desire to travel, and calling of the Spirit to preach the gospel, approach their bishops to obtain license to do so by church vote.
In the comments on that post, LDSA touches on some principles for initiating the preaching of the gospel from a tribal point-of-view. Briefly, they include:
- A married man with children having an advantage over a never-married, non-father young man with regards to relating to families [husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers].
- Distraction not being an issue when a person goes on a preaching mission only when he has a desire to go and feels called to do so by the Spirit.
- Leaving the length of a traveling mission open, instead of a fixed two-years, so that the Spirit can have flexibility in keeping a man in the mission field for short or long time periods.
- Utilizing all married men within a tribe [the priests, bishops, elders, seventy, apostles, high priests, and patriarchs], who are under the same commandment to travel and preach when their circumstances allow, to open up a larger pool from which to fill a mission field.
- Multihusband-multiwife tribes having less of a burden with traveling missionary work because when husbands leave to preach, wives and children will be taken care of by the tribe or other husbands.
- Not leaving converts [harvest] in the care of others who, hopefully, will take care of them – instead, either sending these people back to the tribe or, after the mission is complete, returning with them to the tribe, so that tribal integration can be complete.
- Marrying converts while still in the mission field so that, while there, a tribal missionary will have new tribal members to support him, giving him food, drink, clothing, shelter, and a family love and environment – fulfilling the commandment to travel with purse or scrip. Also – retaining and building on the connection that a missionary makes with the converts he or she has taught.
Growing a tribe horizontally is essentially founded on multihusband-multiwife plural marriages. It is this aspect that would likely make converting non-LDS into a tribe easier than converting LDS. Many LDS come with cultural indoctrination [as both Americans and Mormons] that state-sanctioned monogamy is superior to any other form of marriage. Polygyny is either valid insofar as it is state-sanctioned and First Presidency™-approved or was valid in the mid/late 19th century but is now just a relic of a less-enlightened time gone by. Polyandry is completely unheard of or considered and makes a mockery of God’s ordered system of paternity [which is why most LDS will always use “polygamy” when they really mean “polygyny” – polyandry not even being a consideration for them].
Monogamy is not sin. If one spouse [or both] has emotional needs that necessitate him/her requiring a spouse to commit to not loving any other people, then [if the other spouse is willing to submit to that] they may take vows of exclusivity upon themselves. These vows are ordained of God, as long as both persons consent, and are in accordance with the new and everlasting covenant revealed in D&C 132. As I stated previously, there are functions of tribalism that can be activated currently with a one-husband:one-wife tribe – however such a tribe will be limited horizontally.
Polygyny is not sin given that a woman gives her consent to the husband to take additional wives [releasing him from any vows of exclusivity he may have been under] – he is justified in taking on additional wives, for it is marriage with consent and thus a marriage ordained of God.
Polyandry is not sin. In the new and everlasting covenant, there are two ways in which a woman get take an additional husband:
- One way is that she is simply sealed to a second [or third, etc.] husband.
- The other is that her husband breaks his marriage vows [commits adultery], whereby she is married to another man. She remains married to the first husband because there is always the possibility of repentance and reconciliation.
Outside of the new and everlasting covenant, a woman [in the same manner as stated in the polygyny section] may obtain a second marriage thru the consent of her current husband or husbands. This [like polygyny] is ordained of God insofar as all parties involved give consent.
Not giving consent to marry is the sin. When a man wishes to take an additional wife and his current wife or wives do not give their consent [which are the keys of this power], then they become sinners because they are forbidding him from marrying, making them not ordained of God. Likewise, were a woman to desire an additional husband and her current husband or husbands do not give consent, then the husbands become sinners by virtue of forbidding her to marry.
This is the law of Sarah [in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage] and it is applicable to both men and women. “Wrongness” consists in forbidding marriage, which makes the person doing the forbidding not ordained of God – whether the forbidder is the state, the Church™, parents, or a spouse.
Tribes can also grow vertically. This is done as married couples come together via sexual intercourse and provide physical life to children. The two methods [horizontal and vertical] are related. Just as parents are capable of loving more than one child with all of their heart – spouses are capable of loving more than one spouse with all of their heart. Just as parents are commanded to have as many children as possible, not forbidding any spirits from entering their family – spouses ought to seek as many additionally spouses as possible, never forbidding one another from loving other people.
The Lord has commanded parents to be fruitful and multiply:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
The secret combinations of central planners all establish two children per woman as their goal. They have achieved this goal in the countries referred to as “developed”, and they are approaching success on a global scale. The reason being that two children [replacement reproduction] breaks the commandment to multiply and “fill” the earth with humans – only replacing the two parents with two children. The scriptural minimum for the number of children per family would therefore be three, with there being no associated maximum.
They have used various tools to achieve their satanic goal. One need only search [population control eugenics] in a search engine to find plenty of resources on the subject. To be brief, they would include: barrier and hormonal methods of birth control, drugged hospital birthing experiences, circumcision, bottle-feeding, abortion, vasectomies and elective hysterectomies, focusing on “equal” employment for women, reducing sperm counts thru administered chemicals and diet, and sterilants in food/vaccines/water/etc.
A tribe based on the gospel of Jesus Christ will never restrict themselves to a set number of children – utilizing hormonal, barrier, or surgical forms of birth control thereafter. They will not plan their number of children around their desired lifestyle, but will plan a lifestyle around the number of children they have. They shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord. They will teach their children to read and write, having a language which is pure and undefiled. They will teach their children diligently and freely to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands – before the age of eight [lest the sin be upon their heads and it be the cause of their affliction]. Then shall their children be baptized for the remission of sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands. They will engage in continual tribal rituals to strengthen the common morphic field that exists among disciples of Jesus Christ.
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