LDS Church History website fortified with new content

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Aug. 19, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    The only "mass exodus" occurring in the Church is of cultural Mormons in Utah who always took the Gospel for granted and never really had testimonies to begin with. They were looking for reasons to leave the Church, usually because of unwillingness to maintain Church standards or repent of various transgressions, and so Satan was more than happy to provide them with such reasons by means of anti-Mormon sites on the Internet that distort Church history to serve a nefarious agenda.

    I knew about Mountain Meadows, polygamy, etc. all long before I joined the Church, and yet I still made the choice to be baptized. Why? Because the Church is true. Because the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and Joseph Smith was a prophet. And that's all that matters. Either you can take the time to understand Church history within the proper context and enjoy the blessings of the Fullness of the Gospel, or you can go join the Great and Spacious Building and crumble to the ground along with it when the Savior returns. Either way is fine with me. The fewer hypocrites that are present in my ward's Sacrament meetings, the better.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 30, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    You have to admit. With all that the Church claims, you have to do quite a bit of digging to find a problem with it.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 30, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    I know both LDS and non-LDS historians are very impressed with the Joseph Smith Papers website. It is very well done. I think it is a model of using the web to present primary source materials.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    July 30, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    From the beginning of church history before there was time to have a church history, there has always been controversy. I doubt that will ever change. I think people overestimate how issues in church history (as opposed to other reasons) are the reason for the so-called "mass exodus" theory. The church is still growing and the leadership has always had open arms in welcoming those back who have gone astray.

  • Lew Scannon Provo, UT
    July 30, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    "We'd like to be very proactive about being a consistent, faithful voice in the conversation about church history on the web."

    Please define "faithful." If this means publishing only content that avoids anything uncomfortable or imperfect, this website will only add to the problem the Church is facing with what is apparently a mass exodus of members.

    If "faithful" includes the notion of being open and truthful and balanced in portraying the Church's history, then maybe this website will help members actually understand their own institutional history, warts and all, which would prepare them for potential challenges to their faith.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 29, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    With all due respect, this website is leaving out information on a large number of topics people have questions about that are not addressed in the article, such as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, temples, and so forth.

    The LDS Church can SAY they put up information that wasn't there before, but actually making it RELEVANT to people's concerns seems to be something it continues to sidestep for now.

    I ask the Church to please address these topics and focus on other information later.