Sometimes God’s commandments actually get in the way of our eternal progress, and we will need to make a decision between obeying God and developing into the person He wants us to become. No amount of commandment-keeping will keep out all of mortality’s troubles, but that doesn’t stop most people from trying. This doesn’t mean that we seek out trouble, and it certainly shouldn’t give us a license to sin whenever we find commandments inconvenient.Progressive disobedience is the exception that makes the rule rather than a way of life.BOOK REVIEW – “Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany” Author: David Conley Nelson Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press Genre: History Year Published: 2015 Number of Pages: 416 Binding: Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8061-4668-3 Price: 29.95 (All page notations in this review reflect my using an Advance Reader’s Copy of the book) David Conley Nelson’s journey to produce “Moroni and the Swastika” started over twenty years ago.
When queer Mormons form families, illicit though they may be, will our descendants shout for joy as well?He accepted the temptation, with the result that children came into this world. If she hadn’t had that influence over Adam, and if Adam had done according to the commandment first given to him, they would still be in the Garden of Eden and we would not be here at all. So the commentators made a great mistake when they put in the Bible …“man’s shameful fall.” What are we to take away from our first parents’ example?She realized that knowledge could only be obtained through life experience, that real human progress couldn’t happen in a peaceful paradise.Obeying God was getting in the way of eternal happiness.In fact, had they remained in the garden, they wouldn’t have progressed much at all in life: If Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden.And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.The Garden of Eden was never meant to be humanity’s home, but was merely a rest stop between creation and mortality.It would be the site of a critical decision that would begin Adam and Eve’s learning process on Earth; therefore the net gain from eating the forbidden fruit far outweighed any drawbacks.The young man tried putting two and two together and asked his father, “what color triangles did the Mormons wear in the concentration camps?” This question sent Nelson on a quest to find out just what the Mormon experience was in Nazi Germany.