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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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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An Evening with Zhenya

For the LDS Ventura California stake Relief Society on 17 March 1992 In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Relief Society Written and performed by Eugene Kovalenko – Listen to the recording of the event using the play button below – https://mormonbandwagon.com/wp-content/uploads/mp3/AnEveningwithZhenya.mp3 Program notes for: A journey home to Liahonagrad In song, verse, and story [2015…

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Meeting with Maxwell, the Special Witness

In 1993 I personally asked Neal Maxwell a question: “As an apostle of the lord Jesus Christ, have you seen the savior?” He was embarrassed and could not answer that question, he finally told me to read an article about someone else’s dream. Many in high positions feign authority from a self proclaimed importance. Neal…

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Four Alternatives to Church Policy in Handbook 1, Section 16.13 with “Clarifications”

Over the last two weeks, the LDS church has had their new policy on LGBT and LGBT children leaked, provided an explanation by Christofferson, then finally “clarified” through a statement from the first presidency and commentary from Church Public Affairs. The church stated that the “questions” regarding the policy change was caused by “incomplete news reports, tweets…

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Bogus Justifications Behind Church’s New Policies

The LDS Church released changes to its Handbook on November 5, 2015 in relation to same-sex couples and children raised by same-sex couples. Specifically, the Church now prohibits children of same-sex couples from being baptized until they are 18 – and only if they move out of their parents’ homes, disavow all same-sex relationships, and…

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Leaving the Church, Part 10 – Prophets

1. Overview: Church members are taught that the prophet speaks for the Lord and will never lead the church astray (even when they are wrong). President Heber J. Grant said: “Always keep your eye on the President of the church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, even if it is wrong, and…

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Leaving the Church, Part 9 – Book of Mormon Witnesses

1. Overview: The testimony of the three and eight witnesses to the gold plates is often considered a key component of the Book of Mormon’s credibility. However, the witnesses, by their own admission, seemed to have only seen the angel and plates in a visionary state in their minds (as Joseph Smith suggested to them)…

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