Wednesday, July 13, 2011

COME, FOLLOW ME - LDS Hymn Parody #30

Here is another LDS hymn parody - this one to the tune of Come, Follow Me, #116.  In doing research about this hymn, I discovered that the author of the lyrics (as shown in the LDS hymn book) was a Mormon man named John Nicholson (1839-1909), and the composer of the music itself was Samuel McBurney (1847-1909), who was NOT a Mormon.  Naturally that puzzled me, so I looked for more history of the hymn, especially because I was intrigued by the idea of a non-Mormon writing music for a Mormon hymn.  I thought perhaps that this hymn was originally a Protestant hymn and was then revised to be a Mormon hymn, but I haven't been able to find any sources regarding its background or history so far.

I find the second verse of this hymn to be particularly interesting, especially since discovering THE REAL TRUTH about Mormonism.

"Come Follow Me," a simple phrase,
Yet truth's sublime, effulgent rays,
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

THE TRUTH.  An interesting concept.  Since discovering THE REAL TRUTH about Mormonism, I find it ironic that the Mormon Church holds its gospel and doctrine out as THE TRUTH when in actuality they play very fast and loose with the concept of TRUTH.  From lies and cover-ups about its history to deception and contradictions about its doctrines, the concept of TRUTH takes a beating in the Mormon Church.  Of course, if you buy into Mormonism, then you believe that the Mormon Church is the "one and only true church on the face of the earth," and that no other religion can provide you with salvation in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom.  Of course, in my opinion, when a person digs deeper than what they are told to believe ala Mormonism, they discover THE REAL TRUTH, which is that Mormonism is an enormous pile of lies, deception, cover-ups, and contradictions - and that it was a hoax from the get-go.

Of course, the most important part of "following" in the Mormon Church is the admonition to Follow the Prophet.  And always remember - When the Prophet speaks, the thinking is done.

So here is my version of this hymn...


“Come, follow me,” the Mormon said,
And just believe what you are fed.
Though it may seem a bit absurd,
It is the truth, just take our word.

Though you may find opposing views,
And you may want to look at clues,
Just follow us and you will find
That you won’t need to use your mind.

And just avoid the internet,
Why get yourself at all upset?
When you can now accept it all,
Don’t bang your head against a wall.

All that you need is in your heart,
Feelings you’ve had right from the start.
Your bosom burns, that’s all you need,
That is your test, your proof indeed.

So when you’re told it is a hoax,
And when you hear the endless jokes,
Do not give in, and just stand firm,
And do not let them see you squirm.

© Diane Tingen, 7/13/2011

Obviously what Mormons should be saying is...


Ahab said...

I love it! Sadly, this poem could describe plenty of other belief systems, including Catholicism. As an ex-Catholic, I can vouch for this.

Jean said...

I love the song and the little sheepie who doesn't have a clue.

I also agree with the former Catholic poster; this could relate to many religions; after all they are all the one and only true church on the face of the earth; just ask them.

J. Call Gordon said...

You have a rare talent, Diane. This is very well written...and it pretty much hits the nail on the head for any individual who refuses to question what other human beings tell them they must believe in regards to God, the nature of God and God's will for humanity.

Don Fallick said...

Brigham Young said (as near as I can remember it), "My greatest fear for the people of this (Mormon) church is that they will follow their leaders blindly, without thinking for themselves." This was from a speech he gave near the end of his life. Not all Mormons (or Catholics, or Jews, or atheists) are sheep. Some (many?) religious people are religious because they have found something they believe to be true. If someone has found or made up a belief system they are happy with, and it harms no innocent bystanders, why do you feel it necessary or even permisible, to mock them? One of the Mormon apostles said, speaking of those who have left the church, "They can leave the church, but they can't leave it alone." I have found this to be largely true. --An ex-Atheist

Diane Tingen said...

How, exactly, do lies not harm people? If a person does actual research away from the "approved parameters," then they will see that there are lies and deceptions laced throughout Mormonism. There are no innocent bystanders when you're dealing with an elaborate web of lies.

Anonymous said...

Wow. You must have really suffered at the hands of those infernal Mormons to be so bitter. What was it? Did you kill someone? Did you work as a prostitute? And get caught? Did you sell drugs? What terrible sin were you unable to overcome so you could be a member? How sad.