There are times when I go out of my way to try and give Smith the benefit of the doubt; this is not one of those times! Every time I see the above verse I am reminded of an eye-opening experience I had with my mother in Ogden, Utah while ordering an Egg-McMuffin of all things at a McDonald’s.
We pulled up to the drive through window and I placed our order, with the direction that I wanted only the egg with no meat on my sandwich. When we got to the pick-up window I checked my order and sure enough my sandwich had a slice of ham on it, so I gave it back for them to rectify the situation.
While they were exchanging my order, I made an off-hand comment out loud. I said; “What if I were Jewish and I couldn’t eat it”? I had never seen such a blank look on my mother’s face before. After a few moments of silence she told me that I was being very rude to the Jews.
I then asked her what she meant by that and she told me she couldn’t explain it, but wondered what the Jews had to do with my order.
This is when the absurdity of the Church irritates me to no end. Here I have my own mother not knowing enough about Jewish culture to know that they don’t eat pork, good grief. Thanks a lot Joe.
Shouldn’t a man of God who is supposedly translating a holy work for the people know that Jews don’t eat pork? And why wouldn’t you be teaching your congregants about Jewish culture if you’re proclaiming that you’re the true Jews? (See Mormon Doctrine, pg. 311.)
It is well documented historical fact that the swine came to America from Europe through the Spanish explorers. (18) From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources it says this about the domestic pig in America;
“Domestic pigs were introduced from Europe to the Americas by Spanish explorers. Over time, some pigs escaped or were intentionally released into the wild. Subsequently, free-ranging, feral populations established themselves on American soil.”
I also found further information on the domestic pig on a Google timeline website and it said;
“1493 – North American pigs originated from wild stocks still found inEuropean, Asian and North African forests. Wild pigs are not truly native to North America but are believed to have been introduced after Columbus’ second journey in 1493. Domestic pigs are …North American pigs originated from wild stocks still found in European, Asian and North African forests. Wild pigs are not truly native toNorth America but are believed to have been introduced after Columbus’ second journey in 1493. Domestic pigs are categorized according to three basic types: large-framed lard types with a thick layer of fat; bacon types that weigh about 150 pounds; and pigs prized for their meat.” (19)