On August 12th 2021 the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement on the COVID vaccine/gene therapy stating that the therapy was “safe and effective” and that government leaders’ destruction of the Constitution in response to the fake pandemic was “wise and thoughtful”. Defending Utah members got together to discuss the change in doctrine and its possible implications.
Defending Utah’s official response to the First Presidency’s proclamation follows:
Though Defending Utah is both nonpartisan as well as non-denominational, many of our members, viewers, and readers are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church is also the predominant church in the state of Utah, the state that our organization focuses its attention the most on.
Today, August 12, 2021, The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement that, among other things, stated that the COVID vaccine was both “safe AND effective” and that government leaders’ response to the fake pandemic has been “wise and thoughtful.” https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/first-presidency-message-covid-19-august-2021
This is significant if for no other reason than the Church has now made the position that the vaccine/gene therapy is safe and effective, the official doctrine of the Church. This can no longer be dismissed as the personal feelings of a few leaders. At the Church’s official newsroom, we find an article entitled “Approaching Mormon Doctrine” which states,
“With divine inspiration, the First Presidency (the prophet and his two counselors) and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the second-highest governing body of the Church) counsel together to establish doctrine that is consistently proclaimed in official Church publications. This doctrine resides in the four “standard works” of scripture (the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price), official declarations and proclamations, and the Articles of Faith.” https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/approaching-mormon-doctrine
We have never been shy about the fact that our world view is shaped by our belief in the restored Gospel and the teachings found in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. We have also never shied in our difference with the Church when they condemned the Bundy’s defending the Hammonds in Idaho, when the Church supported violating property rights by supporting legislation violating business and property owners right of freedom of association, or the Church’s sponsorship of the United Nations anti-family conference in August of 2019. We also have not been shy in opposing their support of the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation and GAVI, and we are not shy in our disagreement with today’s announcement.
As we’ve covered ad nauseum, the actions of government leaders regarding the fake pandemic have not only been unwise, but indisputably illegal, and the idea that the vaccines are “proven safe and effective” is simply laughable by any reasonable definition of the words “proven,” “safe,” or “effective.”
To now put members of the Church who sustain these men as prophets, seers, and revelators in a position of either violating their conscience or being accused of apostasy is extremely disheartening. Setting church members in this position to be compliant against their personal revelation or personal beliefs will cause many to lose faith in the calling of these men as leaders and possibly in the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. We believe this is far more dangerous than any perceived threats caused by the fake pandemic or any other disease.
It is our sincere prayer that individuals who face this dilemma will stay true to their faith in our Savior and consistent principles found in his revelations. It is also our sincere prayer that the local ecclesiastical leaders, especially those who find today’s statement of the First Presidency to be in contradiction of the revelations, will refrain from gaslighting or shaming these faithful members into submission. Please, instead, give honest consideration to these individuals.
In the 1990s, a purge occurred where faithful, believing members were excommunicated or disfellowshipped for “sins” like homeschooling, preparedness, and remaining faithful to the teachings of the then current President of the Church Ezra Taft Benson regarding liberty. In the 1930s, German Latter-day Saint, Helmuth Hübener, was excommunicated for speaking out against the National Socialists. If any of our viewers see friends or family members similarly disciplined for disagreeing with the new doctrine established today, we hope you will remember the above examples. Please understand that not all church discipline is deserved or appropriate. We, at Defending Utah, have compassion and will refrain from judgement against anyone treated in a similar way today.
We pray for God’s wisdom to rest upon leaders of all churches and upon all of us that we may repent of our sins and align our will with His.