Reason #111: LDS Church’s Lack of Financial Reporting

Recently I read accounts by two LDS ward (local congregation) finance clerks.  These are local priesthood holders who process tithing checks from their fellow ward members and then send the money on to the Church headquarters in Salt Lake City. One, who is presently active as a Mormon, says he will soon leave the LDS Church after seeing that his ward sends about $500,000 every year to Salt Lake, but is only given about $5,000 for its own budget for operational expenses.  (Apparently some of the headquarters’ frugality is also seen in the “calling” of local members to do janitorial work instead of hiring it done.) Another former ward finance clerk reported that he left the LDS church after realizing that his tithing alone equalled the entire...

On writing

Recently I the ExMormon Foundation honored me by requesting that I address them at their annual conference on how to write well. Here’s a link to the 8-part (about an hour) presentation, Out of the Mormon Mirage. And in the course of the address I referred to a short, handy resource list for writers or those who would like to get started in writing.  It’s here. Blessings to all!

Reason #110: Oahspe

While Mormons may claim that the Book of Mormon is unique, consider the case of a book called Oahspe: A New Bible. This very long book (twice as long as the Book of Mormon) was written by a single individual in a year’s time. According to ex-Mormon Richard Packham, this book was: . . .written miraculously by an angel using the hands and typewriter of a devout dentist named John Newbrough (1828-1891). He claimed that an angel had appeared to him and told him that he had been chosen to bring forth a new scripture. He was to spend the next few years as a period of testing and probation. At the end of the probationary period, the angel told him to buy a typewriter (at that time a fairly new invention) and a quantity of paper. Newbrough objected that he did not...

Reason #109: Polygamy for Polygamists in Mormon Temples

Mormons continue polygamous temple rites for Mormon fundamentalists By Helen Radkey                                                                            September 29, 2009 More than a hundred years ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) outlawed the practice of polygamy. LDS records, however, indicate that early Mormon leaders, Joseph Smith, Jr. and Brigham Young, have both been “sealed” (married) for eternity to hundreds of wives. Despite its current temporal ban on polygamy, the LDS Church promotes polygamy on a perpetual basis. Polygamous unions, mainly on behalf of the dead, using living Mormons as proxies, are routinely performed in LDS temples. Mormon...

The Power of Prayer and Silent Opposition

Many readers know that I have a personal stake, so to speak, in opposition to abortion.  Here is a very interesting article about some like-minded people: Planned Parenthood Director Quits Abortion Business, Experiences Conversion at Starting Place of 40 Days for Life BRYAN, Texas, Nov. 2 /Christian Newswire/ — The director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas has resigned her job. Abby Johnson had worked at the clinic for eight years, but departed from the facility following a profound change of heart about abortion. The Planned Parenthood clinic was the location of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2004, and the prayer and fasting initiative has been held outside the doors of Johnson’s...