Thursday, April 10, 2008

I can never wear my denim skirt again!

In light of the recent controversy with the FLDS, (whom I think we should sue because they are stealing our name...and I know my husband loves me because I won't let it die, and he just gently coaxes me into "not sueing, because you don't really have the authority to do that...") I thought I would clarify a few things:

Polygamy--THEM, NOT US
Beds in Temples--THEM, NOT US
Ponytails, pioneer dresses, and denim skirts--THEM, NOT US
Breaking the law & abusing women and children--THEM, NOT US

Elder Ballard yesterday said, "You would think that after over 100 years, media organizations would understand the difference,” he said. “You can’t blame the public for being confused when some of those reporting on these stories keep getting them wrong.”

Still, lest there be any confusion about what me and my family believe on the matter...

President Gordon B. Hinckley stated the following about polygamy in the Church's October 1998 general conference:
“I wish to state categorically that this Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church. Most of them have never been members. They are in violation of the civil law. They know they are in violation of the law. They are subject to its penalties. The Church, of course, has no jurisdiction whatever in this matter.
"If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church. An article of our faith is binding upon us. It states, 'We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law' (Articles of Faith 1:12).”


Lauren said...

It is maddening how we many many people, groups, other religions think that we are "they".

We should have a denim skirt burning. With my long hair, and nondescript potato sack dresses, I can see why people would confuse me as one of "them". I think a makeover is in order for the good of the church...and because I am an eyesore...

Seriously, thank you for this post. I agree.

Lauren said...

May I link this post on my blog? You said it brilliantly and I would like to share it...I won't link without your permission, though. If you don't want me to I completely understand. I linked another blog already but I want to link yours, too.

Jaime said...

L- Go fo it--it's nothing brilliant, but have at it!

Bridget said...

Great post. Yes, that picture is so depressing. I feel so badly for those children.

Ever see the movie The Incredibles? remember Incredi-boy? Mr. Incredible yells at him "You're not affiliated with me!" Yeah, that's how we all feel I think.

hotmamabeads said...

Heehee, I saw a family with about 4 teenage girls in long baggy dresses like that the other day that reminded me of that pic. (But I though, JW :)

Great post! (I came over from Lauren's)

hotmamabeads said...

Well, I didn't "though", I actually "thoughT".