Not many people WANT to die. Death is scary, unknown. No one knows what happens once you’ve crossed that threshold (not even publicity hungry parents). But nearly everyone speculates about what will happen.
Joseph Smith had an older brother named Alvin with whom he was very close. Alvin died before the Book of Mormon was published and Joseph organized.the LDS church. Joseph’s wife, Emma, also had many miscarriages, stillbirths, and children die in infancy. Heartbreaking, right? So what does Smith do? Creates a belief to mitigate grief.
The Mormon doctrine of life after death gives a free pass to children straight into the presence of God. Additionally, if the parents (read: mothers) are righteous they’ll get to raise those children as they would have on earth missing,basically, nothing. Heaven being heaven and parents wanting the best for their children, most parents who’ve lost a child find comfort in this.
Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Not until you hear how asshole Mormons have fucked it up.
Scenario 1: Grandma has lived a long happy life and died. But it was her time to go. Sadness level 3.
Scenario 2: father of 4 dies unexpectedly of a heart attack leaving teenagers. Kids will still have memories of him, right? And wife got 20 years with him. Sad, not as sad as it could be. Level 5.
Scenario 3: child dies. Sadness level 10-infinity.
You know what stays the same throughout all these scenarios? The feel-good bullshit. “you’ll see them again. They’re free from pain. Don’t be sad.”
Yeah: “DON’T BE SAD” don’t mourn, don’t miss them, don’t grieve. Even if you learned about psychology from cartoons you know how unhealthy that is.
These things are said to give comfort and peace to people you love who are hurting but they have detrimental consequences.
Expecting an afterlife devalues life NOW. It’s ok to accept that church assignment that’s like a second job and never see your kids or wife because you’ll have eternity, right? It’s ok not to visit your dying grandfather because you guys can hang out when you’re both dead. Why are you still depressed about your stillborn baby? They made it straight to the celestial kingdom! Be happy!
Mormons can take their doctrines of salvation and eternal life and shove it.