On Friday, July 12, 2020, the Utah Area Presidency asked "all Latter-day Saints in the Utah Area to be good citizens by wearing face coverings when in public."
The antithesis of this -- in other words, those who choose not to wear face coverings when in public -- are therefore not good citizens.
According to the CDC, anyone who has trouble breathing (including asthmatics) should not wear face coverings. Yet according to the church, they -- and anyone chooses not to wear a mask or who has trouble breathing -- are automatically bad citizens.
I can guarantee that this will lead more members to judge non-mask wearing members as bad.
And they aren't good members, either, because their choosing not to wear a mask means they aren't sustaining their local church leaders. Therefore, they are ineligible for a temple recommend and all that goes along with it.
Based on the aforementioned facts, I have the following questions:
- Is it good to pre-position members to pre-judge others?
- Is shame and fear a heavenly-endorsed strategy to catalyze change in another?
- Is that what Christ would do?
- Why wasn't this masking invitation announced in February/March, before things got really bad?
- Whatever happened to the healing power of the priesthood?
- Why hasn't the church endorsed online or outdoor meetings, where COVID-19 has minimal or no effect and members can still participate?
- Why isn't the Utah Area Presidency asking members to act on other public health initiatives with a higher death rate?
- By the way, how are those worldwide fasts coming, and how do the results of those fasts square with "by their fruits ye shall know them"? Are the Brethren planning a third one anytime soon?