Of apricot trees and prophets

SONG LYRICS: “I looked out the window, and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot tree! Spring had brought me such a nice surprise, blossoms popping right before my eyes. I could take an armful and make a treat, a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet. It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be popcorn popping on the apricot tree.” –lyrics to Popcorn Popping, from the LDS Children’s Songbook. [source]

TESTIMONY: “I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet.” –the “testimony” of many Mormon children and adults.

SCRIPTURE: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” –Matthew 7:15-16. [source]

COMMENTARY: If Jesus warned his followers that not all prophets were true prophets, and gave them a way to test a prophet, why do Mormons ignore that advice and follow a man who has not produced a single fruit of prophecy while still claiming that Jesus is the head of their church? The only answer I can think of is that they must have been indoctrinated to call this man a prophet regardless of his fruits, but I am open to other suggestions, because I claim no divine insight here. I am, after all, just another apostate.

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