Friday, March 21, 2008

Nauvoo The New Independent

“View from the Christian Visitors Center” from the March 19, 2008 issue of The Nauvoo New Independent.

The Associated Press reported last week about three Mormon Missionaries in Southern Colorado that desecrated a Catholic Church and shrine and then posted the pictures of their actions on the internet site: Photobucket. A member of the Catholic Church that had been desecrated recognized the photos for what they were and news shot around the internet like wildfire. The following is a quote from the Deseret Morning News: “The LDS Church issued a strongly worded statement Monday apologizing to the Roman Catholic Church for the actions of some of its missionaries in Colorado. ‘Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were dismayed this weekend to learn of the insensitivity and disrespect shown to religious artifacts of the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in San Luis, Colorado, and that Latter-day Saint missionaries were evidently responsible during their missionary service in 2006,’ said Bruce Olsen, managing director of the church’s public affairs department….The photos show young men holding the broken head of a statue, preaching from the Book of Mormon at an altar and pretending to sacrifice one another.” (Deseret Morning News, “LDS Church Apologizes to Catholics,” March 11, 2008)

The Mormon Church has identified the three missionaries involved and states that they will be disciplined by the Mormon Church; also, criminal charges may be brought against the three men by the local authorities in Colorado.

Last year a similar incident of desecration happened here in Nauvoo. A Mormon walked into Sts. Peter and Paul Church, went up to the front of the sanctuary to the votive stand, took the prayer intension book and wrote a full page diatribe against the Catholic Church.

Father Tony brought this event to the attention of the local Mormon authorities who issued an apology to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

My question is: Was the man who desecrated the Catholic Church here in Nauvoo ever disciplined? If not, why not? Was it because this event in Nauvoo was never broadcast around the internet or made the nationwide nightly news, therefore, the Mormon Church just dropped the ball hoping the memory would just go away. These kinds of incidents of desecration, vandalizing and such won’t go away unless they are dealt with openly and severely.

Unfortunately, Nauvoo has a history that goes back to the 1840’s of condemning those outside the Mormon faith. The following is a quote from the third Mormon Prophet, John Taylor, when he was the Editor of the Nauvoo newspaper, Times and Seasons, June 15, 1845: “Babylon, literally understood, is the gay world; spiritual wickedness, the golden city, and the glory of the world, The priests of Egypt, who received a portion gratis from Pharaoh; the priests of Baal, and the Pharisees, and Sadducees, with their "long robes," among the Jews, are equally included in their mother's family, with the Roman Catholics, Protestants, and all that have not had the keys of the kingdom and power thereof, according to the ordinances of God.” (Times and Seasons, Vol.6, No.1, p.939)

I believe the Mormon Church owes Nauvoo an explanation of what was done to discipline this Mormon man who desecrated the Catholic Church here and a formal apology needs to be issued from Mormon Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City to the Catholic Church and the membership of Sts. Peter and Paul. Doing nothing will only insure further incidents of this nature will happen again!

Mormon Missionaries Vandalize & Desecrate A Catholic Shrine! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNuXTkqiak
Catholics Vote To Press Charges Against Mormon Missionaries! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyRLgt_BoFE

Both of these YouTube links above have been removed; they were nothing more than television news reports. Guess the Mormons are doing what they are told: sign up on YouTube and flag anything that reflects negatively on the Mormon Church!

5 comments:

  1. On May 25 1861 Brigham Young DESECRATED the burial site at Mountain Meadows. According to the journal of Apostle Wilford Woodruff, Brigham said "Vengeance is mine and I have taken a little"

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  2. Friends of NCVCMay 6, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    I, too, would like to know if the missionary faced punishment for desecration of the catholic church. I noted there was quite some uprise about the vandalism on the flats last year.

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  3. I'm sure the Church has disciplined him but there's not much that can be done. It doesn't warrant excommunication but I'm sure he'll be denied a temple recommend and the privilege of leading an office for a long while. Same goes for the missionaries. It's a sad thing to hear that these Mormons have done these things but the Church makes every effort to prevent members from retaliating or instigating fights and problems. The Church website even has sections that advice members on how to act in situations such as that. Members should refrain from speaking negatively about other religions and take an open stance to every article published, such as this one. On another note, I've never heard any kind of proclamation from Salt Lake instructing us to bombard YouTube and remove anti-Mormon videos. The last time I checked there were still plenty of them posted! We have consciences and free will. Salt Lake is simply the home of Church leadership.

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  4. David - if "Members should refrain from speaking negatively about other religions and take an open stance to every article published, such as this one," then, why don't you take a stand against Joseph Smith's testimony of the "First Vision." The "First Vision," which is the beginning of Mormonism, is a direct attack against all of Christianity: "I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt…” You condemn those who speak negatively about other religions, yet your very beginning is just exactly that - how hypocritical, and oblivious to the obvious, can you possibly be?!!!!!

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  5. As a believer in the First Vision and the appearance of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith then it would make sense to say that Joseph is not the one speaking that way about other churches. It's the words spoken by Heavenly Father to the Prophet who then informed the world of what was said. Now obviously this would seem stupid to those who don't believe but, to us, it is the condemning words of the Lord, not the words of the Prophet. The Lord has said many nasty things in the Bible about certain people but He's obviously allowed to say whatever He wants. On the other hand, we are not. Heavenly Father even gave us Article 11 in the Articles of Faith which informs us of the rights of everyone to believe what they want to believe. It is our duty to respect that. No, not everyone follows the Article but that doesn't excuse what they say or do. I have been taught that there's beauty in all religions and that we all have the same chances of entering Heaven or Hell. We will all have to stand before Judgment and hopefully most of us will pass on to heaven. Not just the good Mormons, or good Catholics, or good Baptists, or whatever your particular religious persuasion may be.

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