Suicide Prevention & Awareness Sin & Death in Mormon Country: A Latter-day Tragedy April, 1986 By Mark A. Taylor* On March 2, 1982, Kip Eliason, age 16, distraught and filled with self-hate over his inability to stop masturbating, committed suicide.
Additional resources on the topic of Mormonism and sexuality: Pornography, Masturbation, Sex and Marriage in Mormonism (This is a Mormon Stories Podcast featuring a non-Mormon sex therapist) Part 1 and Part 2 Female Sexuality in the LDS Culture (This is a Mormon Expression Podcast) Short articles on Mormon Sexuality 50 page Research Paper (PDF) Historical Development of New Masturbation Attitudes in Mormon Culture Please let us know if you come across any other links you would like to see added here on this page!
Joseph Smith lied about this. This is from the official church newspaper Elders' Journal in 1838. You can read it in the official History of the Church, volume 3, page 28. I keep using the word official because you need to know that I mm not making this stuff up. This is not the twisted iumagination of some bitter ant-Mormon.
I was pondering once about how everything on earth seems to have a purpose and how it seems to be perfectly designed for our benefit, a good example being the banana, a natural food that is healthy and fits perfectly in my perfectly designed hand on my perfectly designed body. Bananas being a perfect food should be eaten frequently, so I eat a lot of them! But one day, I noticed something seemed to be off. I wasn't feeling the spiritually upbeat feelings that I have always felt. And I soon found myself on the toilet trying to poop but I couldn't.
I'm reposting this here on the main board from another thread for those of you who might be interested. This question comes up often here and there's a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to the parameters of membership resignation and/or excommunication and the cancellation of temple sealings. My ex-wife and I were married in the temple in 1980 and separated and divorced in 1990. We had a daughter together and have remained committed over the years to being civil with each other for her sake.
If you are a Mormon, once you realize that Mormonism is not what it claims to be, you are faced with the problem of what to do about this realization. What you do will depend on your own situation and your own needs, which may be very different from those of others in a similar situation. There are several possibilities: 1) Simply say nothing about your change of belief.
Before hypocritical Mormon Church leaders such as Dallin H(olier-Than-Thou) Oaks attempt a likening of rising resistance in the face of the Mormon Church's ugly anti-gay political activism and doctrine to Southern bigotry against African-Americans during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, they would do well to review the bigoted historical record of the Mormon Church itself for evidence of virulent anti-Black denunciations of that very civil rights movement--denunciations that were allowed by the Mormon Church to be vociferously voiced by one of its leading and most outspoken apostles in contemporary times of racial animosity, my grandfather Ezra Taft Benson.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC IT'S BECOME RED SQUARE ON TEMPLE SQUARE May 22, 1994 By Mary Ann and Steve Benson, Special for The Arizona Republic 11/28/96 article from the Salt Lake Tribune and the letter to the editor from a 'shocked' and 'disgusted' individual that did Steve Benson in (and also shows what some members think of former members) It was November 1993. Over a month had passed since we told the Mormon Church to remove our names from its membership rolls. Church leaders had been imploring us to reconsider, warning of their 'great concern' should we leave 'the Lord's Church.'
"Van Wagoner has made an important contribution to the study of Mormon polygamy. . . . This topic continues to be of historical as well as current interest, and this volume helps to put the doctrine and the practice into focus." -- Utah Historical Quarterly This book discusses the issue in a frank and honest manner without taking sides in the difficult matter of LDS polygamy. He describes the complete history of Mormon polygamy from its origins in the 1830s to the current day fundamentalists.
This book (which is already available in normal print through the above link) is now out on a CD-ROM . You can also read it online for free here . A review of this book and the rebuttal by FARMS is provided by Todd Compton in the September 1996 issue of Sunstone .