Off all the gravestones and markers of prominent Mormons I "paid respects to" on October 16, 2007 the Orrin Porter Rockwell site appeared to be the most frequented. The grass was worn down to dirt on various spots around the monument as opposed to long grass and gopher digging mounds around the other markers.
Recent visitors/fans had left small stones (seer stones or peep stones?) of various colors around the base. I was surprised to find a live round/cartridge 45 caliber size on the front of the marker. No, I did not see Charlton Heston or any other representatives of the National Rifle Association on the spot.
Maybe the same person also left the large stone at the base that states, "Here lies O. P. Rockwell Man of God Man of Thunder."
My goodness Chad, you speak of us as lambs blindly being led to the slaughter. Our religion is based on personal revelation on a personal testimony and personal relationship with the Savior.
I am an educated, intelligent, questioning, woman who believes in the restoration of Christ's church on this Earth. I believe that church to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I believe Thomas S. Monson to be a prophet of God. Why do I believe this? Because I have tested it, search for truth and continue to search and it is here...here in the gospel of Jesus Christ taught in it's fullness by the LDS faith.
I am sorry for the pain you harbor, for the obvious hurt that you must have endured. I know that God loves you. That our Savior knows your pain and all the experiences that have brought you to this point and I pray for your healing and an oppurtunity for you to see the truth. And if not at least that you will not have to carry that anger for all the alledged hurt you calim these men have caused, even if it were true--WHICH IT IS NOT--there is so much wonderful goodness they have given in this world and it is amazing to me you can so vehementlly "disdain" them and not even consider the myraid of beautiful contributions that the church and its members make. Even though this is refuting a post made over a decade ago I could not pass this by without adding my voice. - 01/20/2013 - Ash
After reading the comments there is quite a contrast between the faithful saints and the angry deceived. I seek to be the faithful and know the truth about the latter-day saint religion. It is true and that truth is bigger than all of us. We can join with Satan to mock it at our own demise or open our hearts and mind to the Lord. The time will surely come where all the truth about Joseph Smith and all those who follow him will be made known. Then will those dissenters mock Christ in His face too? Some will, but few in totality. The truth will always prevail throughout the the eons of eternity. - 01/09/2013 - duped in dunceville
Your words moved me greatly. If only someone would find the key to wake the sleeping giant within the LDS church. It is such a dreadful cult. - 04/27/2010 - Interested
Man, somebody has his panies in a wad.......... Lighten up. - 04/13/2010 - mww
Pray, Repent, and drop this grudge against whoever it was that you feel has done you wrong, Do this and over time, you will wonder why you ever felt this way in the first place. President Hinckleys concerns were that of the family and of the temples. For the well being of the youth, and for every saint, young and old. He lived a life of Love. Lived and loved the gospel, untill the day he died.
I dont agree with your words, but you are entitled to them. I do appreciat the pictures, I live 20 minutes from SLC and Ive never been to the SLC Cemetary. So I appreciate you taking the time to take these pictues, and compile them in one place. The Church is true, and christ loves you. remember that. - 04/13/2010 - Nimrod152@hotmail.com - Andy Rupert
Mighty high-falutin memorials to the false prophets of a sham-religion.
If there is to be an afterlife, the prideful con-men memorialized in the photos above will be as lepers: unclean, pestilential, and shunned.
mormons: step away from the sham and feel the delight of a true life ... - 04/10/2010 - FreshAir
I, being a genealogist enjoyed very much seeing the tombstones that are pictured here. It is not a mark of ego, but a mark of reverence and love by those left behind.
In my own genealogy I am thrilled to find a big headstone because that usually means more genealogical information, maybe a date or family member buried there that I didn't know existed before, usually a child who died shortly after death and didn't make it to the census record. However, I am saddened by your feelings, and I don't quite understand where you are coming from.
The pictures you have taken all represent honest, hardworking men who weren't perfect, but did their very best to lead the church in the capacity they were able. We as members are often given jobs to do that we do not feel worthy of, but it is through prayer and inward growth that we are able to acheive them.
In my life so far, I have been able to glean the wisdom of many prophets and presidents of the church in my lifetime so far. From my early years I remember David O. McKay and on down to our prophet now, Thomas S. Monson. I have never known more spiritual and humble men then these, the Lord's servants on earth,and I feel peace when I think of where they are now with Heavenly Father and Jesus and someday, I will be able to talk to them and thank them in person.
I'm sorry you are so angry over them, I hope someday you will get over yourself. And as for me? I will answer with this simple poem or song:
I belong to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,
I know who I am, I know God's plan, I'll follow him in faith,
I believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, I'll honor his name,
I'll do what is right, I'll follow his light,
His truth I will proclaim! - 03/20/2010 - Sandy the Sappy Saint
Mormon or not, death isn't something to be mocked. - 03/11/2010 - Michael
Nice Pictures. After reading your comments at the end, I was really saddened for you. I wonder what experiences in life contributed to this. - 02/10/2010 - GEM
Lets be real!!! Markers don't indicate ego!!! Stop starting something that dosen't make since. I believe headstones don't matter compared to the fact they are still dead. It seems to me, you are barking up a whole new realm of craziness.. Get your head examine.. Leave the sacret men who really serve christ body's alone. It shows how unchristian you really are. - 01/03/2010 - mormon defender
I don't agree with your words but nice pics. Thanks for posting them! - 12/24/2009 - Kelsongs
I am sorry for you and how you feel. What has transpired in your life to make you into such an angry person? To take it out on the LDS leaders and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? And in such a public way... I am sorry for you. - 06/01/2009 - Dyed in the wool, true blue through and through
Standing on Hickley’s Head - 09/07/2008 - by Chad (Swedeboy) Spjut
A few weeks ago, I drove to the Salt Lake City Cemetery to view some of the graves and stones of Mormonism’s past. Such Mormon luminaries as James Talmage, Joseph F. Smith and a myriad of other long dead Mormon leaders, lie scattered throughout the cemetery in forgotten silence.
As I drove around to various locations, I decided to locate Gordon Hinckley’s grave in order to compare it with the other stones and sites, some of which betray an immense ego of their occupants supposed station in life. Large polished granite shafts, obelisks and thick granite blocks mark the resting places of many of these former seers and revelators of Mormon thought and doctrine, so what would Hinckley have to mark and memorialize his life’s end?
After driving around for about twenty minutes, I headed up to the northern end of the cemetery and climbed further up the hillside in the process. As I turned my car, I could see a large granite marker with the name HINCKLEY carved upon it, and with its new stone look, I figured it had to be his. I parked my car, and walked toward the site.
The stone is a rather simple stone, large yes, imposing yes, but simple and understated nonetheless. There, in front of the stone were the markers for Majorie Pay and Hinckley himself. My first thought was for Mrs. Hinckley and what a good person I had always thought her to be. I never knew the woman personally, but as a Mormon she always struck me as a good soul, with a good sense of humor and a kind smile. It also made me think of her having to raise her family alone, as Hinckley was gone a great deal throughout their childhood and adolescence, and that must have been a very heavy burden on Majorie’s shoulders. But like so many Mormon women, she did it, believing that to be her place as her husband’s help meet and humble servant.
As I stood there on Hinckley’s grave, I made a point to stand on the spot where I imagined his head to be located under the earth. It felt strange standing on the location of his head, as I imagined his body deep beneath the soil, clothed in his temple garb, awaiting the Mormon resurrection. Standing on his head, looking down at the ground and thinking about who this man was, why he did the things he did, and how his choices directly affected my life and the lives of countless others.
I was angry. Angry at this man who knew the secrets, the lies and deceptions, going as far as being a participant in the lies and cover-ups himself. Why? He knew; there was no escaping that. He knew that he was lying, stealing and misleading millions who followed him, and for what? Power? Position? Fame? Did the thought ever cross his mind that he was doing more harm through his deceptions than he was in bolstering the good aspects of Mormonism? Did he notice the blood on his hands of those who took their own lives in desperation in not being able to live up to the lies and impossible standards of his fraudulent organization? Did he recognize the epidemic of depression which burdens and tears at the lives of many within his organization due to the overwhelming burden of work and guilt so easily heaped upon them? Did he care to think about the tens of thousands of families torn apart as member after member discovers the truth and then parted ways from his organization? The divorce, the pain, the bitter tears, suffering and anguish caused by his continual support of the deception he furthered?
No, I don’t think he really did. I don’t think these concerns were ever on the mind of Gordon Hinckley.
As I continued to stare down at this spot of grass and earth, a sense of sadness and pity was followed by disdain which filled my heart toward this man. Here was someone who could have righted the wrongs of Mormonism’s past and its despicable founder Smith. He could have told the truth, he could have counseled and directed a new path for Mormonism, free of the fraud and deceptions of its past. He could have put his religion on a new footing of truth and integrity, something which they so openly tout in public, yet so blatantly ignore in practice. He had his chance to change it all, yet he did nothing.
Perhaps Monson will have the courage to do what needs to be done, but if the behavior of previous Mormon leaders such as Hinckley is to be followed and observed, then I’m afraid his grave too will be filled with the bones of a fraud, sleeping in silence as the deception is continued.
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