There are some people I guess who find a need to be negative about everything
that comes across their paths. It must be terrible to be so miserable. If someone's ancestors, like Joseph Smith, were polygamists, that person
ought to take pride in his or her heritage, rather than be ashamed of it. Those
early Saints fought for religious freedom against an oppressive, tyrannical, and
hypocritical government that betrayed them and violated their rights at every
opportunity. But instead, like the people who partook of the tree of life, some
choose to be ashamed of them instead. How sad. The true doctrines of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can be found in the five
standard works, including the Bible itself, and in all of the words of living
prophets over the last two centuries. Anyone who looks elsewhere for them will
find nothing but deception. Some people I guess just thrive on hate,
and need to find things to feed it at any opportunity. It shows that Christ is
not the focus of their lives. Instead, it is someone else entirely.
This book is just another in a long procession of slick propaganda efforts at
whitewashing and sanitizing the LDS church's real doctrines and history.
A pictorial introduction is by definition not a comprehensive history. It is an
introduction. When we introduce ourselves (meaning us personally, not the LDS
church) to new people we do not feel a responsibility to include our oddities
and past failings out of a obligation to be honest. Let's relax a little
and enjoy a good pictorial introduction to the LDS church.
I will check it out first and if it is a thorough exposé, I will happily
purchase it. If it is yet another whitewashed, sanitized (sans MMM and the
controversies), it will be relegated to the vast quantity of selective rewrites
that adorn our paternities' shelves already.Hope springs
eternal, but not realistically. Will we ever see a polygamous Joseph or an
angry Brigham at the cairn in Mountain Meadows, or any of my great-grandpas in
their striped prison uniforms doing "time" rather than abandoning their
plural wives and children?....
At first I winced at the price and yet was still going to buy it, but when you
said all proceeds were going to charity, I was happy to pay the price. Thx for
"I'll bet it will be completely thorough and objective."This is rather a funny comment. Objective religious book? What would need to
be included, the national narrataive of the rest of the USA at every point in
the story? A equal time commnet section by Sandra Turner. That
ought to make a really great book for selling. Could be that thinking folks can
get their own fair and balanced arguments if they don't like the picture
titles. Pictures may be neutral or objective or should dark clouds and gloom be
added to the pictures of a happy people?Ah, youth?
This will hopefully be a compliment to the pictorial book 'The
Mission'. published in 1995. This edition featured beautiful and
professional photographs concerning the life and beliefs of members of the
church - with an introduction by President Gordon B. Hinckley 'Why I am a
Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints', and a epilogue
by Roger Rosenblatt, 'Images of Faith'.
I'll bet it will be completely thorough and objective.