Books on Mormons: LDS, non-LDS authors try to explain the faith

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  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    The best way to explain mormonism is to read the Book of Mormon. It's that simple.

  • faith in deed Mesa, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    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.

  • rexwhitmer ELFRIDA, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    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 rare.

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    Sept. 18, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    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

  • granddaddy stamford / usa, CT
    Sept. 18, 2012 3:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    "...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 mine.

  • fkratz Portland, OR
    Sept. 17, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    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.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 17, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    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 others?

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    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.

  • GQ Monkee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    Mormons don't broadcast themselves? long were these men in the religion?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    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?

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 17, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    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.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Sept. 16, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    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 too?

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Sept. 16, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    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.