Date: May 30, 2013 02:15PM
> There's probably been more discussion about this
> than almost any other subject (except for
> masturbation, of course). Each General Conference,
> Mormons swear allegiance to the Big Fifteen and
> "sustain" them as "prophets, seers, and
> revelators." I think it is abundantly clear to the
> Big Fifteen that they are not any of the three.
> They are not having visions, prognosticating, or
> giving anyone indications of what they should be
> doing to prepare themselves, other than paying,
> praying, and obeying. This fact is one of the
> things that actually makes me bitter about them,
> and feeling embarrassed for the members.
> There is also the information provided by Grant
> Palmer, which someone has already pointed out.
> While none of us have anyway of knowing that it is
> actually true what he says, I could well believe
> it. We do know that they are shackled by chains of
> their own making, so that if they were ever to
> break with the church, they would not only lose
> their cushy incomes, but everything else,
> including retirement. There would be confiscations
> and probably lawsuits that would be ruinous to any
> leader who were to pursue "apostasy". We're
> talking about a group of old men here, many of
> whom are frail and most of whom are pompous asses
> and bloviating pricks who love the adoration of
> their fan base. So while they probably all know of
> a surety that they are not what their fans think
> they are, the situation is quite moot. They will
> remain who they say they are because, nice and
> respectful men or not, or bloviating pricks or
> not, they have no other recourse but to take part
> in the facade. They are, in short, screwed.
I think they believe they are receiving revelation for the LDS Church even if they aren't having face to face visits with Jesus.