QUOTE: “I offer, as a friend and as an Apostle, my witness. He lives! Some may ask, how can I know this for myself? We know He lives because we believe the testimonies of His ancient and living prophets, and we have felt God’s Spirit confirm that the testimonies of these prophets are true.” –Robert D. Hales, in General Conference, October 2009. [source]
COMMENTARY: So let me be sure I’ve got this straight. Other people say words. Then we get all happy when we hear those words. So we know the words are true. Then we say the words, too. And other people feel happy. So they know the words are true. And so it goes from generation to generation. But all anybody ever has are words and happy feelings? Nobody has actually found out for themselves that the words are objectively true? Jesus hasn’t appeared to any of the currently living prophets. It kinda makes me wonder why. Maybe Jesus is so busy up in heaven that he can’t spare a moment to go say hi to the only people qualified to speak for him on the earth during its final days when the forces of evil are mounting their fiercest attack. Or maybe it takes a lot of energy out of him to put on the whole spectacle these days and he’s just tired of it. Or perhaps he’s just so super pleased that the prophets have kept up their discrimination against women and gays that he’s all, “Nah, you’ve got this.” Because certainly it couldn’t be that he simply doesn’t exist. I mean, that would be so silly. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.