SCRIPTURE: “Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high.” -D&C 38:32. [source]
COMMENTARY: Even when I was a believing Mormon I never understood how exactly we were supposed to be endowed with power from on high by going to a really expensive building, watching a creation myth movie, learning secret handshakes, making promises to be good, and wearing silly clothes. But that didn’t stop me from repeating what I was told and doing my best to convince myself and others that I really believed it. If nothing else, Mormonism has some pretty strong powers of indoctrination to fight against the high levels of cognitive dissonance some of its more ludicrous claims present. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.