QUOTE: “Don’t you dare bail. I am so furious with people who leave this church. I don’t know whether ‘furious’ is a good apostolic word. But I am. What on earth kind of conviction is that? What kind of patty-cake, taffy-pull experience is that? As if none of this ever mattered, as if nothing in our contemporary life mattered, as if this is all just supposed to be ‘just exactly the way I want it and answer every one of my questions and pursue this and occupy that and defy this – and then maybe I’ll be a Latter-Day Saint’! Well, there’s too much Irish in me for that! This church means everything to me! Everything! I don’t care what happens. I don’t care what price is to be paid. As painful as that can be and as much as I don’t want to invite the test, as much as I don’t want to sound arrogant or self-confident or filled with any kind of pride other than the love of the Lord, this church means everything to me, and I’m not going to leave it, and I’m not going to let you leave it.” –Jeffrey R. Holland, 26 April 2016, Tempe Arizona. [source]
COMMENTARY: Jeffrey R. Holland, I believe truth is important. I’m furious with religious leaders who lie for the Lord. You didn’t “let” me leave the church. You, along with other leaders like you, forced me out when I learned that you distort the truth, hide the facts, and misdirect attention from relevant information. I didn’t leave because I was a patty-cake taffy-puller who lacked conviction. I left because I have too much conviction in the truth to tolerate your deceit any longer. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.