|Were there spies in our midst?|
On our return trip following our viewing The Book of Mormon, my friend and on-again/off-again semi-significant other, Jared (the guy who had my name tattoed on his arm to make himself ineligible to serve a mission because he couldn't find any other way to stand up to his father), casually wondered aloud as to whether or not, especially in a location so remote as Fresno, the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints might have posted spies to see if any of the local congregants were in attendance at the play. I don't know if the COJCOLDS at the general level has issued a decree of any sort against its members attending the musical, but I do know that leaders at the local level have cautioned (more strongly in some cases than in others) its members against seeing the play.
Would the COJCOLDS leaders care enough to strategically posistion covert operatives to catch local members in the act of going against counsel? It wouldn't be the first time COJCOLDS leaders have appeared, either covertly or openly, at events promoting stances contrary to those supported by the church. In the late-seventies/early eighties Equal Rights Amendments controversy, Mormon leaders were known to have shown up both in open persona and in disguise, clipboard in hand, taking note of members in attendance. The same was the case during California's Proposition 8 (In Defense of Marriage Act) debacle.
So what about The Book of Mormon? Would the church care enough to send out spies to document the dissidents among the wards and stakes of Zion? If so, just how might these covert operatives look?
|Perhaps avoid any pretense and send the stake president himself. (R. I. P., beloved President Paternoster.)|
|Or maybe deploy a bishop or one of his counselors from each local ward?|