Reason #42 from Susan Storm Smith

Here are a couple of reasons why I would not return to being a Mormon. 1) The whole Temple and Endowment process and the truth behind it is one of the factors why I would not return to being a Mormon. My maternal side of the family were Masons and Eastern Star Royalty for years. Then when one became a Mormon, several others joined. One of my aunts went with my brother to do the work for the dead of “dad”. It was what my aunt said afterward that hit the nail. “Yes, the whole system is based on Masonry.” I had already begun the study of Masonry and Mormonism, having found the ordinances and rituals, clothes, etc to be just too much of a coincidence. Joseph Smith took what he knew, changed a few things so it would be more socially acceptable,...

Reason #41: Because of the Sheer Number of Joseph Smith’s False Prophecies

  Because of the Sheer Number of Joseph Smith”‘s False Prophecies: False prophecy became a habit for Joseph Smith. Most estimates of the number of recorded false prophecies that Smith made range from 50 to 60. Edmond C. Gruss and Lane A. Thuet in What Every Mormon (and Non-Mormon) Should Know have documented the fact that Smith made at least one false prophecy per year from 1829 until the year of his death. Wow. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #40: Joseph Smith’s Prophecies and Failed “Miracles”

  False Prophecies and Failed Abilities of Joseph Smith: While at Kirtland Ohio, Joseph made a prophecy that is unfamiliar to most Mormons. Just before the first general church conference, he predicted that “not three days should pass away before some should see the Savior face to face.” At this conference a man seemed to have been suddenly stricken deaf and dumb, so Joseph exorcised the devil from him. Then Joseph tried unsuccessfully to heal a crippled man”‘s hand, and another”‘s lame leg, and finally to raise a lifeless child from the dead.   For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an...

Reason #39: Because dissent or questions were stifled in Mormonism from the very beginning

In the formative years of the LDS Church, any revelation received by church members was only considered valid if it was approved by Joseph Smith, because any revelation that contradicted Joseph”‘s just couldn”‘t be true. It pains me to think how the Spirit of God was stifled in the hearts of those who thought they had found truth in Mormonism, and were taught to reject all feelings of doubt and disbelief because those feelings must be from the devil.  For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #38: The Situation of Those Who First Heard the Mormon “Gospel”

I have often wondered how I would have responded, had I been an adult in New England in the early 1830″‘s. Part of me wants to believe that Bible knowledge would have kept me from believing the story of the gold plates. The New Testament warned against people who claimed visits from angels with a different gospel (Gal. 1: 6-9; Col. 2:18-19). Both the Old and New Testaments told of a God who was spirit, and said that the next time Jesus returned to earth to establish His end-time kingdom it would be a very public event that everyone would see. I would have understood, if I had studied the Bible, that it claimed its words would never pass away, and that the church Jesus founded was likewise a type of spiritual protectorate under the wing of a divine...