Another Mormon Connection To A Heinous Crime Studies Doctrine Mormon
That is the most shocking crime of which I've heard in the past few years. I have had some thoughts recently about LDS people related to horrific crimes, and I'll post them here.
I couldn't find the quote right away, but Joseph Smith taught about leaving neutral ground once you hear and understand the gospel. You may work for it, you may work against it, but you will never again be neutral.
Being raised in the Church, or being thoroughly immersed in the Church and its culture later in life, there is a tendency for some to think they are hopeless. No matter how much we preach repentance and salvation through the mercy of Christ, some people will think, "That doesn't apply to me. I can't make it."
This conclusion often comes a long time before inactivity comes. The sins that bring them to this despair are often secret and habitual, and for a time it's easier to continue looking active in the Church, even while being completely inactive in the gospel. This is the point at which we see many crimes from "active" members. They have given up and given in to their habitual sins (especially sex-related crimes, as we have seen), but put on a facade to avoid the inconvenience of being a "project" or being labeled "inactive."
Then, some give up the act and leave the Church. Because they have been taught the seriousness of their sins, some decide to go for broke - to commit the most vile sins possible. They have left the neutral ground where they could have pled ignorance. They know. That's what makes these crimes true tragedies in the literary sense. They violate others, but they almost always destroy themselves in the process.