The best way to explain mormonism is to read the Book of Mormon. It's that
I feel that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not need nearly
as much defending as certain other churches might need. The Book of Mormon is
the most powerful conversion tool - a person needs only to read it while humbly
and sincerely seeking the truth.
I find few ex-Mormons ever tell the unvarnished truth about why they leave the
Church. In most cases that I have known of, the circumstances were much
different than what they say about leaving it. I would therefore, be hesitant
accept such stories at face value. I would be even more apt to discredit any so
called scholarly critic about it. Going to the west as they did; they developed
a unique community that though somewhat changed, has evolved in a very marvelous
manner. It is very often easy for a Latter-Day Saint to recognize a brother or
sister at first glance. Among other things, our language, our carriage, and our
dress will give us a clue. I have sometimes been fooled, but those times are
Hutterite for as many comments you make on church articles then you must not be
counted in those that don't want to know about the LDS faith
Bob Bennett's book 'Leap of Faith' should also be acknowledged.
Also, I can't help but consider the terms 'future former Mormons'
among readers, and 'former future Mormons' for converts, and
'future Saints' or 'future Mormons' for every knee will bow
and every tongue confess Jesus is the Christ, and 'former former
Mormons' who repent from being a 'past past Mormon', and
'former Mormons' who are quoted in the books or write books.
"...others, like Cragun and Phillips, are 'former Mormons' who
feel they are uniquely qualified to explain the church and its doctrine,
policies and practices." I am sure whoever writes a book feels
they "are...qualified" in some way, but the opinion one has of himself
might not be shared by others. Quite frequently what "former Mormons"
have written about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to me
to be more uniquely distorted from the view had by those of us who have remained
members in good standing for many years. I can't say whether or not Cragun
and Phillips have a viewpoint that is distorted or not, but generally speaking,
I question why anyone would leave this church if their viewpoint were similar to
As an out in the weeds religious non-believer, I've found the Mormon story
fascinating. There is little doubt that many new books will be written about
the Mormon faith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What intrigues me, is why the LDS Church does not publish the complete
journals of Wilford Woodruff on its website. They contain one of the most
continuous and complete histories of the Church, written by its fourth president
and prophet who lived this religion daily for over six decades. Wilford Woodruff wrote in his journals almost daily from late 1833 until a few
days before his death in 1898. This was an incredible feat probably rarely
duplicated in other religions. It seems like many in the LDS Church community
would be very interested in the writings and history of this amazing man and the
faith which drove him nearly his entire life.
Iron and Clay, Isn't it a huge generalization to say that "Earning
money as opportunists is THEIR theology." Do you know these people
personally? Do you know where the money will go? You sound so sure of yourself.
Where did you get the inside knowledge? Or do you just enjoy unjustly branding
Senator, if you are a missionary at heart, you wouldn't want 42 years in
the Senate and you wouldn't vote for war and you wouldn't rack up
trillions in debt. Retire and serve a mission.
Get over yourselves. Not many people actually want to know about it. We may not
matter one whit, but the church is only as important as it thinks it is, and the
rest of us just want it to leave us, and politics, alone.
Mormons don't broadcast themselves? Um...how long were these men in the
Am I the only one who sees the irony in the hand-wringing over the anti-Islam
film that has sparked so much violent and deadly protest and the non protest by
the LDS over a musical and many other things that portray our prophet and
beliefs in a demeaning and often insulting way?
All the authors listed including Hatch and Maher are mere opportunists, they see
a need for a defining book and they presumptuously are now authorities on the
subject. Earning money as opportunists is THEIR theology.
If I am a former member of another congregation, then converted to the LDS
faith, would I also not be "uniquely qualified" to explain Mormonism
All the Bill Maher's or anyone else will not impede the progress and growth
of the church and its people. It is simply not in the program to do so. Those
who demean, mock, or fight against members of the church or the church itself,
will some day realize, they have not mattered one whit.