By the 4 verse, the BoM is proven to be a fraud. Posted by: judyblue ( )Date: February 14, 2014 03:30PM 1 Nephi 1:4 - 4 - For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed. In 605 BCE (five years before the BoM begins), Nebuchadnezzar II invaded Judah. This prompted King Jehoiakim of Jerusalem to switch his allegiances from Egypt to Babylon, to avoid the destruction of Jerusalem. Four years later (just before the time the BoM begins), Nebuchadnezzar's army was defeated when attempting to invade Egypt.
Top Current Stories Truth Is Restored Again - website - 4/16/14 "When the truth regarding our church is discovered, many people experience a degree of shock, internal turmoil, or pain." The purpose of the website is to help lessen these emotions by providing what it says is "a gentle awakening for the sincere seeker of truth." Besides the section labelled "Gentle Awakening" that covers many aspects which trouble members, the section "How to Validate Sources" is something every truth seeker should read. MormonThink.com: An objective look at Mormons / Mormonism / the LDS Church
My Second Anointing Experience on January 21, 2008 - color version - tom-phillips-second-anointing.pdf
debunking myths about heavenly mother - the latest "we didn't teach that" moment for TSCC
"Cult" is a pretty sinister word. It's laden with baggage and implied meaning. In one sense every organization is a cult. Assessing Cult Control
Convert priorities--social connection first, critical thinking about doctrine (and history) second . . . Posted by: robertb ( )Date: June 09, 2012 01:00PM if at all. It's the social support people experience from members of an organization rather than doctrine that is primarily responsible for conversion. Most converts join a group because of association with family or friends who are part of the religion. Acceptance of doctrine is part of becoming a member of the group and part of maintaining allegiance afterward rather than the primary reason for joining. In this kind of scenario critical thinking about the group is secondary; relationships are primary.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A religious studies class late last year at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, was unusual for two reasons. The small group of students, faculty and faithful there to hear Mormon Elder Marlin Jensen were openly troubled about the future of their church, asking hard questions. And Jensen was uncharacteristically frank in acknowledging their concerns. Did the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that members are "leaving in droves?" a woman asked. "We are aware," said Jensen, according to a tape recording of his unscripted remarks. Special Report: Mormonism besieged by the modern age
Gender Roles and Sexism in the LDS Church Look at the list below and ask yourself, would any rational man join a church that.. ...women held all priesthood leadership positions, including Prophet, Apostles, Stake Presidents and Bishops etc... ...God was a woman and any mention of Father in Heaven was forbidden
I was a member of the LDS church for almost 30 years. I served a mission in Melbourne (1981-83), was married in the New Zealand Temple in 1983 and served in numerous church positions including four terms as Young Men President, as a counselor in several bishoprics and branch presidencies and finally as a bishop. I resigned from the LDS Church in 1998, while serving as a bishop, after encountering molecular genetics research that convinced me that American Indians are not related to Israelites. This seriously challenged my LDS belief that the Lamanites are among the ancestors of the American Indians. Ex-Mormon Scholars Testify - Simon Southerton
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Chamber says $5 billion have gone into the revitalization of downtown Salt Lake City, and a major part of that is soon to open in the new City Creek Center. The project is nearly finished, and H. David Burton — presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the man who has overseen City Creek from the beginning — anticipates the center's Mar. 22 grand opening will be just that: grand. A look inside as City Creek Center's completion nears
Finally, my wife listens and opens up. Thank you leaders and members!
Letter from Delbert Stapley to George Romney
Are we the most outspoken because we believed it the most, and it hurt us the most? Posted by: mre ( )Date: February 21, 2012 01:51AM I am going to say yes. As a long time lurker and infrequent poster, I am probably one of the less outspoken members here, and having looked at people who I know have left the church personally and on this board I truly think the OP is on to something and that the OP is correct. First, a bit about myself: I always sort of believed in the church.
A short list of the issues that lead me to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (in no particular order) Problems with the content of the book of mormon - a few examples of things off the top of my head: 1) Nephi hearing voices to chop off Laban's head (murder). Getting no blood on himself and fooling Zoram to steal the plates. The impossibility of the brass plates even existing at all (the old testament was compiled yet, scholars agree that much of Isiah quoted in 2nd Nephi wasn't written until after 600, bc), no such thing as brass back then, no other copy of those compiled writings in existence anywhere. 2) Jacob would have needed to be approximately 80 years old when Enos was born for the timelines to work.
Article Did Emanuel Swedenborg Influence LDS Doctrine? by Craig Miller Born in Sweden in 1688, Emanuel Swedenborg claims that at the age of 57 he was visited by the Savior and commanded to write the inner meaning of the scriptures and to explain life awaiting man after the death of the physical body. He claims to have been a citizen of both the physical and the spiritual world for approximately 27 years, conversing with angels on a daily basis.
To my ex-Bishop, I appreciate your letter. You say that you’ve been exiled for six years and that you have struggled with a lack of significant service and friendship. I have to wonder based on what you have said, that it seems you only search for social acceptance in a very small arena. Church. Letter to my ex-bishop
Re: Why I use the term: Tribe as the best way to understand Mormonism. What that means, and why it's hard to leave. Not everyone takes the same view. This is mine, and why I think it works well. About the Cult word.All religions are cults. But the word is not a pejorative like it is used here very often. I'm a purist when it comes to words.
Stevebloor's Blog | The Barefoot Bearded Cornish Pisky The Church has changed through being challenged In essence, the Church has been changed in several ways by the process of Tom Phillips challenging the Truth Claims of the Church. 1. Beliefs should no longer be considered facts 2. Priesthood Leaders not needed to represent the Lord’s Church, instead lawyers who make pronouncements on behalf of the Church. 3.
Posted by: SusieQ#1 ( )Date: December 18, 2011 02:36PM You need a receptive audience if you are going to share info about Mormonism that is not the party line as a believer. At first, I too wanted to share what I knew. But it was disaster. Now, I have taken a different tactic: I don't think we have any obligation or responsibility to share info with others unless they ask for it. Re: am i the only one?
Joseph Smith's Handwritten 1832 First Vision
Race Problems--As They Affect The Church by Mark E. Petersen 1954
Is cult too strong a word to describe Mormonism?
LDS Church: Name Removal Instructions from the Mormon Church
Information about how Mormonism affects people psychologically.
Draft of my letter to the Bishop, haven't sent it yet. Feedback please.
MormonThink.com: An objective look at Mormons / Mormonism / the LDS Church
Why I Left
Stages of Cult Recovery Applied to Mormonism
The Lost Book of Abraham (full video, low quality)
Church Finance – Part IV « Truth Hurts