Questions to Ask

Introduction These questions are designed to probe various aspects of the LDS Church’s history and truth-claims.1 The list was made for 1) investigators to ask the missionaries, 2) active members to ask themselves, or 3) those experiencing a faith transition to ask their parents or ecclesiastical leaders. The majority of links provided are to LDS…

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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 Mormon Primer (multiple perspectives: mainstream, critical, apologetic, and progressive) Letter For My Wife (almost all LDS approved sources) Letter From a Doubter (well-sourced narrative style explanation) The Mormon Challenge…

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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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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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Leaving the Church, Part 8 – Polygamy and Polyandry

1. Background: The LDS Church published an essay, Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo, on October 22, 2014, discussing its polygamist past. The essay admitted the following, which will be discussed in further depth during the remainder of this section: (1) Joseph married girls as young as 14; (2) Joseph married women who were married…

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Leaving

Written in January, 2012: In December of 2011, my husband, Justin, and I respectfully resigned from our callings and stopped going to church. It’s been a long, tiring, enlightening process. I’ll start with the day that really got us going down this path. It was a Sunday in May or June of 2011. I got…

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Examining the Fruits of the Church in Practice

I first need to make a crucial distinction here, between the Corporate and Institutional Church, and the Church that exists in the lives of the individuals and families that comprise the various Wards and Branches of the Church. Even though I was a convert to the Church, I raised my family in it, and was…

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