Does Loyalty Trump Honesty and Integrity?
Scene 1 –Imagine hearing the following from the 1st counselor in the Bishopric during Sacrament!
EVIDENCE” FOR THE AUTHENTICITY OF SGT. SCHAUB’S STORY
These images accompanied the email account of the Sergeant’s miraculous protection from bullets and the book’s own preservation during a vehicle fire that occurred days later.
“I thought you might appreciate this story. In this instance, I actually know Michael and his wife. The story is titled, LDS Military Miracle: Thought you’d find this timely . . . . it came from a friend of ours. . . Tonight my visiting teachers, the Lovelands, came by. They brought some photos that their grandson, Sgt. Schaub, sent them. I asked their permission to share it with my friends. Sgt. Schaub, who is in Iraq, had a set of scriptures taped together to make a quad. He had been reading his patriarchal blessing the night before and tucked it into the pages of his scriptures and the next morning, picked them up and tucked them into his shirt and his bulletproof vest. Sgt. Schaub led a troop out that morning and was rounding a corner when an Iraqi with a rifle met him. The Iraqi fired four bullets into his chest then ran out of bullets.
Sgt. Schaub stood there waiting to fall to the ground dying, but instead, grabbed his pistol and shot the Iraqi dead. It was discovered that the Iraqi’s bullets penetrated the bulletproof vest and went through the scriptures and stopped at the pages just before the patriarchal blessing. Days later, their military vehicle was hit by artillery and literally melted to the ground. The next day, Sgt. Schaub found the scriptures that were laying on the dashboard and only the outside of the pages had been burned. Amazing! I have attached the files which are virus free . . .. I made them myself. Attached to the email were photos of a Book of Mormon with bullet holes in it and some burned pages.
THE COST OF CREDULITY MORMON URBAN LEGENDS AND THE WAR ON TERROR
By Robert A. Rees
First of all I would like to say that I am a big fan of Mormon Legends and this is an exceptionally good one. But for argument sakes, imagine you heard this over the pulpit from the first councilor on the bishopric and it almost brought the congregation to tears. How would you handle it, assuming you knew it was a legend?
- Would honesty and integrity trump loyalty to the bishops 1st councilor?
- Is it worth setting the record straight?
- Is your friendship with this councilor more important than correcting him?
- Should we have the courage to help others stop perpetuating legends like the two above by any means?
- What do you think Richard Bushman would do after he heard this in a sacrament talk?