I was at the temple recently, and was surprised to be there when Utah Senator Mike Lee entered the temple. LDS temples are open only to members that meet certain worthiness criteria. Senator Lee has joined forces with Senator Ted Cruz (of Texas) in shutting down the government, and trying to cause the government to go into default. Since Senator Lee is obviously a devout Mormon, I thought it might be interesting to see how his recent actions stack up against D&C 121.
Verse 41 states that “power and influence can or ought to be maintained…by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned.” Did Lee utilize any of those characteristics? Verse 42 continues “By kindness, and pure knowledge which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile.” How well do you think Senator Lee’s recent actions on the shutdown follow these scriptures?
Some people might say that Senator Lee’s “principled” stand is following verse 43 where he is “reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost.” Do you think Lee was moved by the Holy Ghost to offer this stand?
Verse 43 continues, “and then showing forth an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.” Lee is unapologetic in his stand. He said “there are some battles that need to be fought whether you’re certain you could win at the outset.” I think many people consider Lee to be not only their enemy, but an enemy to the American people for voting to default on the national debt.
Do people think that Lee’s “faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death (verse 44).” No, I think he is trying to kill the American form of government by his irresponsible positions.
I think Senator Lee is unfortunately described in verse 37. With his “principled” stand, he is trying to “exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men.” What happens to men who do this “in any degree of unrighteousness[?] behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.”
Senators Lee and Cruz are brand-new senators, and they seem to both be described in verse 39: “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” Verse 40 continues, “Hence many are called, but few are chosen.”
Senator Lee, I am one of your constituents and a fellow Latter-day Saint. Please stop acting irresponsibly. Please follow D&C 121.