There are certain passages from “The Miracle of Forgiveness” that I think most Mormons would be embarrassed by or at the very least conceded that they should be skipped over. I don’t think they are the main focus of the book and I don’t think the message of the book should be evaluated based on these missteps. But I do think that the LDS church should cease selling the book through its Distribution Centers because of these statements. They reflect poorly on the church and expose some shoddy thinking on Kimball’s part. As the church has ceased selling “Mormon Doctrine” I imagine the day is approaching when “The Miracle of Forgiveness” is no longer offered.
Some of these statements include:
Masturbation, Homosexuality and Bestiality
For done in private, it [masturbation] evolves often into mutual masturbation — practiced with another person of the same sex — and thence into total homosexuality .
. . . .Thus it is that through the ages, perhaps as an extension of homosexual practices, men and women have sunk even to seeking sexual satisfactions with animals.
Kimball includes an excerpt from a book about David W. Patten that quotes a letter by Abraham O. Smoot who recollected a story told to him by Patten about an encounter with a person named Cain who we would generally recognize as Bigfoot.
In addition to a reprinted resignation letter that strained credibility in it’s acknowledgement that the former believer could not uphold the standards of the church, Kimball had this to say about excommunication:
A true Latter-day Saint would far prefer to see a loved one in his bier than excommunicated from the Church.
There were long sections of the book devoted to how teenagers should go about dating (a clear indication that the book was not solely intended for those in serious sin). One of the more humorous was his strong direction that you should dance with as many partners as possible and never reserve yourself for just one partner. The dictate was humorous for me to read from a leader of a religion with a polygamous past it wishes to downplay.
This section wasn’t embarrassing as much as it seemed to violate conventional Mormon wisdom that baptism is available to all in the afterlife.
One cannot delay repentance until the next life, the spirit world, and there prepare properly for the day of judgment while the ordinance work is done for him vicariously on earth. It must be remembered that vicarious work for the dead is for those who could not do the work for themselves.