Thursday, March 12, 2020

D&C 15: The Secret Life of Whitmer

Here we have a less redundant, more specific revelation for John Whitmer.  The section header is in awe of the way God addresses an issue that John has kept secret.  And that issue is revealed in verse 4:
For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
...wait, really?  That's the "intimately and impressively personal" message teased in the intro?  That's not much better than a horoscope.

First of all, God is a shitty writer.  Like twenty percent of those words are propositions.  It's pretty easy to get tangled up halfway through that sentence, but when you parse it carefully it's not very meaningful.  The big reveal is that John Whitmer has secretly been asking God for some kind of guidance in his life.  That's hardly an unusual thing to pray for.  Guessing that secret correctly is not impressive.  

This revelation is basically at the level of a medium's hot-reading skills.  All it's missing is the table-knocking and the flickering lamps.  And the answer this medium gave to his subject's burning question of what he should do with his life is predictably self-serving:  recruit for the church founded by the guy who's giving you this revelation.

That's not suspicious at all.

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