"To those who have been offended, I say, 'Come back.'" -President Gordon B. Hinckley
This page has been visited times since the Michael Jackson was dropped off by the Mothership.
This page stems from a conversation I had with an LDS friend of mine. I reminded her that, according to the tenants of her religion, she wasn't allowed to talk to me. Of course, she vehemently denied this, saying that I was "paranoid," and that the LDS Church preached only patience and longsuffering towards those who leave the fold.
I'll let the quotes speak for themselves.
Journal of Discourses
Those who had the Gospel in the former dispensations, and were made partakers of its spirit, its knowledge, and its powers, and then turned away, and became the enemies of God, and of his saints, the malicious and wilful opposers of that which they knew to be true, have no forgiveness in this world, neither in the spirit world, which is the world next to come.
JOD 1:82-83 (Brigham Young)
When I went from meeting last Sabbath, my ears were saluted with an apostate crying in the streets.
JOD 12:94 (Brigham Young)
If there is a despicable character on the face of the earth, it is an apostate from this Church. He is a traitor who has deceived his best friends, betrayed his trust, and forfeited every principle of honor that God placed within him. They are disgraced in their own eyes. There is not much honesty [within] them. They have forfeited their heaven, sold their birthright, and betrayed their friends. [Even Satan despises apostates] That is all I wish to say on that point. Let apostates go.
JOD 12:58 (Brigham Young)
I would say, let [apostates] alone severely. The man who will apostatize from the truth, forsake his God and his religion, is a traitor to everything there is in heaven, earth, and hell. There is no soundness, goodness, truth, or virtue in him; nothing but darkness and corruption, and down to hell he will go. This may grate on the delicate ears of some, and they may think it is a pretty hard sentence, still it is true.
JOD 12:63 (Brigham Young)
Now, if you will please to hearken and hear, you Latter Day Saints, do not spend another dollar with an apostate, neither in this city, nor in any other. [trade with righteous outsiders is okay] Let [apostates] alone. Will you sell them your wheat? No sir!
JOD 12:59 (Brigham Young again)
I will promise those who feel in their hearts that they would sooner trade with an apostate or with a corrupt outsider, than with a brother, if the former would sell them a shawl a dollar cheaper, and persist in such a course of things, that they will never enter in at the strait gate, nor be numbered with those who are sanctified and prepared to enjoy the celestial presence of God our Father and of Jesus the Redeemer. I promise you this in the name of the Lord God of Israel. [BY goes on to restate his right to counsel the Saints in temporal affairs, and that Joseph Smith Jr. preached the same message, both in Kirtland and in a vision to BY]
JOD 1:72-73 (Orson Hyde)
Now sanctification means, not only the purifying of the heart by prayer, and by acts of obedience to God, but it means also to purify a people, and purge from their midst that which is evil. [begins using a sheep herding metaphor] Suppose the shepherd should discover a wolf approaching the flock, what would he be likely to do? Why, we should suppose, if the wolf was within proper distance, that he would kill him at once with the weapons of defence which he carries; in short, that he would shoot him down, kill him on the spot. If the wolf was not within shot, we would naturally suppose he would set the dogs on him; and you are aware, I have no doubt, that these shepherd dogs have very pointed teeth, to know when the flock is in danger. It is sometimes the case, perhaps, that the shepherd has not with him the necessary arms to destroy the wolf, but in such a case he would set his faithful dogs on him, and by that means accomplish his destruction.
JOD 1:83 (Brigham Young)
I will tell you of a dream that I had last night. [Brigham recounts meeting two apostates in the dream. Two mobbers sneak into his house, threatening his children. Brigham asks the apostates about this, and the first says:] "O, they are good men, they are gentlemen." With that, I took my large bowie knife, that I used to wear as a bosom pin in Nauvoo, and cut one of their throats from ear to ear, saying, "Go to hell across lots." The other one said, "You dare not serve me so." [Brigham (in the dream) kills this man as well, and somewhat graphically] then told them both, if they would behave themselves, they should yet live, but if they did not, I would unjoin their necks. At this I awoke.
History of the Church
There is a superior intelligence bestowed upon such as obeyed the Gospel with full purpose of heart, which, if sinned against, the apostate is left naked and destitute of the Spirit of God, and he is, in truth, nigh unto cursing, and his end is to be burned. When once that light which was in them is taken from them they become as much darkened as they were previously enlightened. . .
Vol. VI, 252-253 (Joseph Smith)
. . .if men have received the good word of God, and tasted of the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, it is impossible to renew them again, seeing they have crucified the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. . .
Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie
Blessings have always attended conformity to true principles, while cursings have been the fruit of apostasy. The scattering of Israel, for example, took place because the people forsook their God.
And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God, and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.
Now when the high priest and the chief judge saw the hardness of [Korihorís] heart, yea, when they saw that he would revile even against God, they would not make any reply to his words; but they caused that he should be bound.
But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.
And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off from the church, as well as the lesser priesthood, or the members, in that day shall not find an inheritance among the saints of the Most High.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good...
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
by Bryce Anderson