I have been surprised by the level of excitement which some of my posts have caused. My views are an extension of the faith I hold. It is not possible to take one issue and isolate it from the whole of what I know to be true. Therefore, if you want to understand the view, you need to take the time to read what I have written, which explains fully what I know, and why I know it.
To understand it will be necessary for you to study the faith as restored through Joseph Smith. I have explained what I believe and why I believe it in six books now. Rather than attempting to argue me into another position, it might be helpful to first understand what I have written.
However, I realize some people will not do that and therefore I attempt to respond piecemeal here to questions asked. But there are really two dialogues going on here. One is between those who have read what I have written and know why I am responding as I do. The other is between those who have no background from which to understand my answers and who make presumptions about them.
I appreciate the convictions of others, including those who disagree with me. I am thankful to the people who raise questions about what I have written. The level of excited rhetoric is something I do not find personally offensive, but I worry that those who use it will later regret doing so. I put up a quote from my father a little bit ago about never speaking a word in anger that he did not later regret. I would extend that to words spoken in haste, or in overwrought judgmentalism. Oftentimes at a later point a person regrets saying them. So I was extending to the authors of the comments a few days to reflect on whether they wanted them to be put up before them appearing here, as a courtesy to those who wrote them.
I am a trial lawyer. Everything I do for a living is opposed by someone who is paid to oppose my positions, my arguments, my reasoning. Therefore I do not get upset when someone holds a contrary view and expresses it. I live with that daily. My concern lies with those who express forcefully and judgmentally things which they may, upon second thought, realize reflects more about them than they would like.
In any event, I do want to note that there are at least two different dialogues going on here at any given time.