The Shunning Key

The Shunning Key: Whom Mormons shun and why Introduction The leaders and manuals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints frequently emphasize brotherly love and charity to all. Consider this statement by Elder M. Russell Ballard: Let us reach out in friendship and love to our neighbors, including those of other faiths, thus…

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Problem Summaries: resources discussing LDS-truth claims

Problems with LDS truth-claims Very short summaries Five Key Facts (~ 1 page) 50 Problems with the Mormon Church (~10 minute youtube video) More significant summaries For My Wife and Children (almost all LDS approved sources) Letter From a Doubter (well-sourced narrative style explanation) The Mormon Challenge (almost all LDS approved sources) A Compilation of…

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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Denials

Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Denials Introduction Joseph Smith denied the practice of polygamy1 on several occasions. He was also responsible for the publication or distribution of several additional denials. A complete listing of early Church leader polygamy denials up to 1850 is available here. A few notes: Hyperlinks to original source material may be found by…

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Eyes vs Heart

There may be those that attack a 14yr old boy prophet, the Book of Mormon prophets, living prophets, and a living Christ.  There were those that accused, and today accuse, Jesus Christ of not being Christian, of having, and being the devil.  There are those that deny the existence of Heavenly Father, angels, and miracles….

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Five Key Facts

This is a very short summary of what I view as the 5 most important facts in understanding alternative models for LDS truth claims. To the best of my knowledge, every point made in this document is accepted as factual by both LDS and non-LDS scholars (please correct me if I am mistaken and I…

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The 1832 First Vision account was suppressed for at least 11 years.

Summary: The 1832 account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision was suppressed by Church leaders for at least 11 years. The evidence LaMar Petersen, an amateur Mormon historian, met with Levi Young (senior President of the First Council of the Seventy) on February 3, 1953, and took these notes: His curiosity was excited when reading in…

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The three-fold nature of the LDS Church: corporate, totalistic, and individual-growth

The three-fold nature of the church: corporate, totalistic, and individual-growth bwv549 last updated 2016-06-06 Teachings and actions of the Church, its leaders, and its members may be categorized into three prominent mindsets: corporate, totalistic, and individual-growth (aka “growth-mindset”): There is certainly overlap and interplay between these mindsets, but many of the Church’s teachings and actions…

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I Desire to Understand

Years ago when my son left the church, I chose to dig deep and find the answers to the difficult questions about church history and its doctrine. I went into this venture with full confidence that I would find the faith affirming answers that would help save my son’s eternal salvation. Because of this effort…

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