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Hypocrisy Never Ceases to Amuse Me

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cautioned against becoming disheartened or jaded toward the Church over the bad behavior, hypocrisy, or outright judgmentalism of other members.  Even non-members are urged not to form opinions about Mormonism as a whole by basing them on the poor examples of the few.

Take Wendy Grant, for instance, who claims to be the “great X5 grand-daughter of the 7th President of the LDS Church, Heber J. Grant” and who wrote to tell me, among other things, exactly that.

-Wendy Grant - LDS postcard-


Indeed, Wendy was grafted onto the Grant family tree via adoption.  In the words she chose in her card to me (In case you can’t read her scrawl, she writes, “Get ready to die, you lying, evil, murderous slut.”), the amusing irony lies not only in her identifying with the LDS Church then summarily passing harsh judgment, but in the spirit of self-righteousness and condemnation that she assumes while citing her pseudo-lineage to a man who himself professed, “I have given much advice to the Latter-day Saints in my time, and one of the principal items was never to criticize anyone but ourselves (my emphasis).  President Grant also noted that “there is nothing that will bring more condemnation to us than to harden our hearts and to be bitter and vindictive in our feelings. . . .”  He also humbly proclaimed at the wise age of 81, “I have no animosity against any living soul.”  And his biological daughter Lucy once noted of her dad, “He never seems to bear malice.  He is bitter in his denouncement of sin, but to the sinner he is most merciful” (my emphasis).

            So it shouldn’t matter then to President Grant that his great, great, great, great, great granddaughter has taken the opposite tack.  Based on the legacy he left his progeny, Wendy can rest assured that he would love her just the same.

Wendy, great-grandpa X5 would be proud.

Clearly, Wendy holds herself in a position far holier than I.  I don’t blame her.  But I will close with a verse from what President Heber J. Grant described as “a very splendid and wonderful song,” titled—appropriately—“Should You Feel Inclined to Censure”:

And in self-judgment if you find

                        Your deeds to others’ are superior

                        To you has Providence been kind

                        And you should be to those inferior.

– Jodi Arias

43 Responses to Hypocrisy Never Ceases to Amuse Me

  1. Eric Jackson /

    May 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Ignore the haters, Jodi. It’s easy for them to pass judgment when they have no idea what Travis put you through. They are saying what HLN brainwashed then to say. TA abused to you, mentally and physically.
    He toyed with your emotions. Sooner or later, you were going to tire of that and defend yourself. Anyone would have. God Bless you. #TeamJodi

  2. Paul Abbott /

    May 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    The actions and thoughts of my fellow Born Again Christians amazes me.
    Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us his fallen Creation to forgive us completly of every sin we’ll ever commit both past present and future.
    We were forgiven much, we are to forgive others too.
    Ok sometimes it might not be easy but the Bible clearly states that we are to forgive others just as we were forgiven.
    None of us are perfect (not even Wendy Grant). There was only one who was without sin. So to all those Wendy’s out there, stop being so self righteous like youre better than the next person, and you mean something to God.
    God loves us all, he has no favourites, and it doesn’t matter what we do for him, it’s all wrapped up in what Jesus has done for us.
    With love in Christ Jodi

    • Mike D /

      May 5, 2015 at 6:53 am


      I will keep Jodi in my prayers that she infact will be paroled sooner than later and until then I pray for her safety and good health Amen

  3. Herbie Reardon /

    May 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    People can be so ugly, Jodi. Just know that people like Wendy are irrelevant in the long run. She undoubtedly has her own demons to deal with and is projecting them onto you.

    You need to block out people who are so negative, Jodi…they’re just not worth your time.

    Blessed Be,


  4. Ben /

    May 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    You consistently take the high road, Jodi. Sooner or later it will pay off.

    • ivy /

      June 13, 2014 at 3:57 am

      what u said to jodi is so true and nice of u to recognize what so few do, shes so hated but she really has taken the high road in spite of her mistakes and actions. she has done all she can do and cant undo it and still remains faithful and with integrity in the face of enormous hatred. the bible says hatred of this kind is murder so theyre all guilty of murder too. shes an extraordinary women who has taken an unfortunate road that lead to her demise which is so tragic since she is so gifted and smart and has so much to contribute to the world but so sad ppl wont take her seriously due to her crime….making that an excuse why they should shut her out and pounce on her….ppl so much less worthy and inferior to her in many ways.she is so wise and intelligent. if not for this murder, shed be in a better position to influence the world…..she really has taken the high road but its been an uphill climb for her….those that criticize her would never be able to do what she does,,,,

      • Jodi Arias /

        December 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

        I wish I could say I always take the high road, but I can’t because I don’t. I try, but I often fail. Thank you, though, for continuing to support me in spite of my shortcomings.

  5. Becky Atkinson /

    May 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Jodi, Keep your head held high, and know you have supporters that love you, and will never give up.. Folks in this world are so mean and ugly with their words. Just ignore those that have issues in their lives. Stay strong. With love.. Becky.

  6. Mary Williams /

    May 21, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Jodi, I don’t know how you do it, but then again I do! I know that it is only by the grace of God that you are able to endure the absolutely vile words from so many people, who are, themselves, hurting! They, blindly, think by projecting their vile words onto you that this will take their own pain away! It won’t! God says that when you are weak, then He is strong! He has made you truly strong, Jodi! Just remember that you also have many, many people supporting you and loving you and who know the beautiful person that you are! inside and out! We are ALL sinners, that’s why God sent His Son, Jesus, to, willingly, take our sins upon Himself by dying on the cross and shedding His blood so that we can be saved! God says not to grow weary in doing good and in due time you will reap a harvest! You are truly an example of that, Jodi! God bless you and sustain you!

  7. Maria /

    May 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

    ”Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

    Too bad people professing holiness or thinking they lead exemplary lives are the ones doing the exact opposite. It’s disgusting, unnerving and utterly hypocritical.
    We are in your corner, Jodi. Do not be discouraged by those whose misplaced anger and darkness get the best of them. Your supporters will NEVER leave your side.

  8. Droops Jupiter /

    May 21, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Jodi, I am very sorry that you had to receive that disgusting postcard. Sadly, I am not surprised because there are many others out there like Wendy Grant who probably should have spent more time on their penmanship than they do staring at their computer monitors writing their manifestos against you.

  9. Alexey /

    May 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

    This woman is a hypocrite. She doesn’t follow the tenets of the LDS church.
    Just ignore her postcard. It’s not worth your attention.

  10. Pandora /

    May 21, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Hypocrisy is one of the reasons I alienated myself from all religions.

    I watched people praising the ‘words’ of their priests, ministers, pastors, clergymen, fathers, makers… while attending liturgy (service) in the house of their Lords and once they were out the door they did the opposite of what they had been preached only minutes before: gossiping, hating, seeking for revenge… So, even though I am not a follower of any religion, the following do represent me as they should all those who DO believe in their religion, whichever that may be:

    “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
    “Practice what you preach”
    “Love thy neighbour as thyself”

    – Jodi, don’t allow these ignorant and foolish people ‘cloud up’ your heart and soul. Focus on the beauty and kindness of people that are loving, hopeful, virtuous and pure-hearted.

    • Jo /

      April 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Jodi, you have my prayers and thoughts. Ignore the haters. They did not suffer at the hands and words of that man.

  11. Debra /

    May 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Jesus said “Go, & sin no more”, & we prayerfully hope that you follow His words. LDS is the HEIGHT of hypocrisy, be a Jesus follower, for you will not be judged by ANYONE IMPORTANT on THIS earth or in THIS life. You are paying your debt to society. All you can do now is to make good of a very tragic situation…be an example of Light & leave the potty mouthed stone throwers to their judgement by the ONE who matters, Our Father in Heaven

  12. George /

    May 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Isin’t it a pity now isin’t it a shame how we break each others hearts and cause each other pain, how we take each others love without thinking anymore, forgetting to give back isin’t it a pity. Some things take so long but how do I explain, not too many people can see we’re all the same and because of all the tears their eyes can’t hope to see the beauty that surrounds them, isin’t it a pity.

  13. J.T. /

    May 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Jodi, I can’t say it any better than Debra already did above. This Wendy Grant person needs our prayer. Forgiving someone who did you wrong is the toughest thing to do, but it’s also the most rewarding and one of the most important to God. Jodi, know that many love, support, and forgive you. Focus on helping others and be the best you can be every minute every day. You are in a unique position to do great things with your life and we believe you can and will. God Bless you!

  14. André silva /

    May 23, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Jodi, i watched your case on ID. I live in brazil. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you did that. Why you left the emotion to be more important than a life. I ll pray for you tonight. God bless you. Don t give up of yourself, Never.

    • Jodi Arias /

      December 23, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Thank you for your prayers. I think the real dilemma behind the questions you are struggling with is that these questions are based upon a program that fed you lies–or at best, distorted and sensationalized half-truths.

  15. Dale H. /

    May 23, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Jodi you are such a bright light, where the haters even in the name of religion try to discourage you with disparaging comments. Be positive and strong and know that you have a lot of supporters that love you.

  16. Raja Rains /

    May 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

    We love you and no matter what kind of obstacles the haters throw in our faces, we’re going to destroy and overcome them. God pays attention and, trust me, He knows the truth and who the real sinners are.

    We are honored to fight for you and we will never stop fighting until justice and freedom for you is received. God bless you.

  17. john m. /

    May 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Jodi, incredible penetrating insight. Great research and beautiful truth you uncovered.

  18. Billy /

    May 24, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Hey Jodi 🙂 I love how you just rise above the hate simply by being yourself. It’s no wonder why so many people love and support you! Be true to yourself and know we are out here with our arms open wide for you.

  19. George Barwood /

    May 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Jodi, ignore the hate, these people don’t know better, they have been manipulated. What’s worse is that the LDS church seem to support capital punishment. They quote only the old testament and ignore the teachings of Jesus.

    See https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/capital-punishment

    They don’t mention this:

  20. Angi Benet /

    June 7, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Jodi, that woman obviously lives with hate in her heart. She is only using you as an outlet for her own sad hateful life. IF Travis was as kind of soul that we are led to believe, he would not want the ask for the murder of another human being. He is at peace, he would not want others committing murder on his behalf…the ones “crying for justice” are only feeding off of their own narcisstic need for personal justification. They see a bandwagon and jump on it! Not caring about the real truth…they turn a blind eye to reality. Only you know what happened that day and only you will suffer for your actions…whatever else happens…it is between you and God,,, and where your soul will end up in your lifetime here, and beyond. God Bless You Jodi, I will pray for you.

  21. Billie jo /

    June 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Were only human…Iam Human.
    .I’m Never Perfect…But I Knw Ur Heart Is Always In The Rite Place

  22. Ricky /

    June 13, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Hey, Jodi. This is Ricky. I just want to let you know that even though that I think you are guilty for killing Travis, my prayers are with you and your family. It shames me that Travis was not the “LDS golden boy” that he claimed to be. He should have realized that if he played with fire, he was bound to get burned. I mean, who says, “you sound like a twelve year old girl having her first orgasm,” and gets away with it?? If somebody said something like that about someone that I love, well, let’s just that I would kick him from here to next Thursday. My prayers are not only with you and your family, but they are with the Alexander family as well. God wants us to forgive, so that way we can have a healthy way of living.

  23. Ronald Jones /

    July 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Jodi is someone to study, to intuit and to understand. I believe the first poem I dedicated to her and recorded attempts, in a small way, to do just that.

    • Jodi Arias /

      December 23, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Wish I could hear it . . . . Maybe you could mail it to me (hint).

  24. Paige /

    September 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Wendy, when you die and stand before God at the judgement, He will judge you based on YOUR sins. He will judge me based on mine and Jodi based on hers.

    Don’t worry about either one of us – focus on making your life as Christ-like as possible and instead of spewing hate, give witness of God’s love to others by following Matthew 5:16:

    Let your light so shine among men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    I can see by those words that you are hurting, Wendy. May God comfort you and heal your hurt and anger so you will be able to share His love with others – including Jodi.

    • Jodi Arias /

      December 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

      And from the Book of Mormon, Alma 41:15 says in part (which also happens to be, in part, the Wiccan creed):

      “For that which ye do send out shall return unto you again….”

      Maybe I should mail Wendy back her postcard.

  25. Kathy /

    September 30, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I think someone is playing a terrible and twisted game with this post card. I don’t believe for 1 moment that the grandaughter of a man in that position would sign her real name to a card like that. I wonder if who ever did this is getting a big bang out of seeing the handywork online this way? Its too easy to take a card and write a family name on an ugly message! Afterall, someone could do that with my last name or the Arias name…but it wouldn’t make it true necessarily. See my point?

    • Jodi Arias /

      December 23, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Kathy–you make a valid point, and I admire that you want to believe the best about someone from whom everyone would expect better, rather than that she would use a good man’s name because she erroneously believes that it might somehow bolster the authority she completely lacks to pass judgment. But I fully believe in the card’s authenticity. Consider the following:

      1) Wendy has never corrected the record. (There is nothing to
      correct–she knows she is the author and sender.
      2) Few, if any, Mormons have spoken out against Wendy’s
      behavior. (Their silence is a tacit approval of her actions.)
      3) My case alone is rife with Mormons behaving badly. (I can
      think of 10 right off the top of my head–including myself, of
      4) You’ve witnessed the putrid vile spewed by the holier-than-thou
      crowd. (Sadly, her behavior is not the exception; it’s the norm.)

      Wendy wrote it.

  26. norma /

    October 7, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Jodi, I have seen the movie, and watched you in court tv and first of all I want to say I am sorry for Travis, and Sorry that that happened to you I wonder sometimes could I have done something like that. God forgives everything and If I was a juror in your panel I would vote for you to have life. You are a talented artist and have much to offer in your life. Yes the crime was heinous in nature but god forgives everything and you already are paying with the remainder of your life you can contribute to so much just where you are I will pray for you to receive life when you go to trial that god may spare your life there is no reason your life should be taken you are in my prayers. Your art is remarkable.

    • Jodi Arias /

      December 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

      Thank you. Please remember that the movie is fictional, not factual.

  27. Tomas /

    October 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Morning everybody …
    Well I am not a Christian nor do I believe in God but I would never vote for any DP punishment for Jodi.
    What happened was and still is a tremendous Tragedy for both Families and I think we all wish none of this took place.
    I wish I could convince these Jurors that DP should not be an option here. Not even Life in Prison and if 25 was to be mandatory so be it but I would give this Girl a chance to live again as a free Person.
    If we become full of Hate And only looking for revenge Race, we will never make it on this planet.

  28. Terri /

    October 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Jodi, people will continue to say what they want, because they don’t want to acknowledge the real truth. I do not believe in the death penalty because a life for a life is never right, nor is it justifiable. The acknowledgement of guilt has been stated, so all you haters need to understand that you are no better and what gives you the right to condemn another human being of their wrong doing. Her fate does not lie in anyone’s hands and when the lord is ready for any of us, he will call. Until then she should be left alone and does not need another judge, jury to keep prosecuting her over and over.
    God Bless,

  29. Trula /

    December 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Dear Jodi,
    In the journey of life some people are destined to travel the difficult path~ suffering humiliation, betrayal, and pain, so that those who follow after them reap the lessons learned. In spite of all the public scorn and condemnation several people have chosen to help and support you, while you in turn have maintained dignity and a sense of gracious fortitude. In the conclusion, I hope people who do not recognize it now will eventually understand, we are all part of your and Travis Alexander’s story and struggle~and ideally taking from this experience compassion, insight, and forgiveness.

  30. Maria Joana /

    December 26, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Hi there.
    Just want to say that you are a human being. Can’t believe the way american press and tv people treated you during the trial. They were obscene. No matter what, they were so wrong…
    The only judge in the universe is God.
    Have a hug.

  31. Thill /

    March 3, 2015 at 5:18 am

    This card is tacky. She should pray for peace within herself. As for what you are going through, my prayers are with you. I keep up with what is going on, but I look at the two people involved would have been very successful and a wonderful addition to society. This is a very sad situation and I wish you all the best.

  32. Yuna /

    April 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I know how it feels to be so consumed with love and passion for another, and only to find they don’t feel the same. I have had 4 boyfriends whom I gave my heart to, trusted, and believed they were the one. The only one.
    Whilst I cannot condone the awful crime, the vileness of it, the taking of such precious life. I do think that you can be rehabilitated and still find that person that will complete you.
    One day I hope to.
    It’s so sad that all we really want is someone who can love us as we love them. Life without love is meaningless.
    I hope you can find your way back. It can’t end here.

  33. Joanna /

    April 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Jodi I pray for you and your safety. I support you 100%, I also understand how cruel Travis was to you and no woman should ever have to live through that. I wish I could write you, however this site nor any other site does not give that option. Please keep your head up and if there is anything that you need let me know I will do my best to help you to make your sentence smoother. Love yah girl. Your new friend -Jojo

  34. Sandy Lee /

    April 14, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I’ve watched you in tv since the beginning. I listen to all who talk about what happened and how they feel. I feel sad for you as a young beautiful young women. No one understands how relationships can completely make us act in ways we would never imagine. It takes 2 to make or break a relationdhip. It is horrible what happened but for me you will live with that pain for the rest of your life. I have a daughter your age and I’ve seen her go threw pain. I am truly sorry for everyone this has effected but I to am sad for a young beautiful talented young women you are. I honestly would have loved to meet you and have you do a drawing of my daughters. I pray for you and your safety. Your art is amazing. Please take care.

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