Reason #116: Testimony Sleight of Hand?

At the most recent LDS conference, LDS leader Jeffry R. Holland held up a copy of what he claimed was the actual Book of Mormon that was read by Joseph and Hyrum Smith the day they died in a jail cell in Carthage, MO (related in D&C 135:4- 5.) Mormons would like to depict the death of Joseph Smith as a martyrdom of an innocent man, when in fact both Mormons and non-Mormons who knew Joseph Smith were angered by his aspirations to the presidency of the United States, his Bernie-Madoff-like bank failure, and his sexual escapades with young girls and other women already married to his friends. But Holland’s impassioned waving of a copy of the Book of Mormon has problems, according to “Danna” on the Recovery From Mormonism web site 10-06-09....

Reason #115: Those Moonmen just won’t go away

Eyewitnesses say that Joseph Smith and other LDS leaders not only described inhabitants on the moon, but also prophesied that 18th and 19th century Mormons would do missionary work there. Here are some sources for that information: (courtesy of Steve Benson) 1. Will Schmidt, “Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Extraterrestrial Quakers!,” in “The Watchman Expositor,” vol. 6, no. 9, 1989 2. Jerald and Sandra Tanner, “The Changing World of Mormonism,” Chapter 1, “A Marvelous Work?” (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1981), pp. 23-25 3. James B. Allen, “But Dick Tracy Landed On The Moon,” in “Sunstone,” vol. 7, no. 5, issue #35, September/October 1982, pp. 19-20 4. Van Hale, “Mormons and...

Reason#114: “It’s the Economy, Stupid”

On a regular basis I read message boards where ex-Mormons and wavering Mormons express concerns about the LDS Church. Many want to discuss doctrinal changes.  Others report on practices of local LDS leaders that they consider to be unfair or even predatory. But one very active trending topic I am seeing — from exMos, neverMos and even some practicing Mormons — is great concern over the LDS Church’s multi-BILLION-dollar shopping mall in downtown Salt Lake City. Why would a mall become a spiritual issue?  In an economy where foreclosures and bankruptcies are commonplace, in a church where members are given a “calling” to become church janitors working without pay, the investment of this kind of money causes alarm. LDS Inc. would say...

Reason #113: More Proxy Baptism and Marriage Shenanigans in LDS Temples

The Catholic Church’s most recently-canonized saint , Father Damian, who was famous for his work among the lepers of Hawaii, just got married. That’s a surprise to all who knew him in life as celibate, but according to researcher Helen Radkey, LDS proxies not only performed a baptism after his death so that he can be considered a Mormon; but also performed a wedding ceremony in his behalf so that he can be married in eternity. “It’s blatantly wrong to seal a person who took a vow of celibacy as a Catholic priest and is so revered in his Catholic religion,” said Radkey, a former Catholic. “It’s insulting to perform such an action posthumously. It’s very disrespectful.” For more information, see The Mormon...

Reason #112: Because the Aftereffects of Enormous Battles Don’t Disappear

One of the LDS apologist’s explanations for why there is no evidence of the catastrophic battles described in the Book of Mormon is that weapons, bones, and other items have disintegrated with time. Really?  Contrast that thinking with this report that he remains of a mighty Persian army said to have drowned in the sands of the western Egyptian desert 2,500 years ago might have been finally located, solving one of archaeology’s biggest outstanding mysteries. Here’s a video of the discovery. But that’s in a dry desert, a Mormon might say.  That’s true, but even in the most humid areas of Central America, metal has survived. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church...