Reason #136: Current LDS leaders teach God was once a man, man can become a god

Quotes from Current LDS Manuals on Nature of God Christians have long opposed the LDS teaching about the nature of God and man. The Bible consistently affirms that there is only one God, who has always existed as God. Yet Joseph Smith instituted the doctrine that God progressed from a mortal state to the position of a god. For further references to these teachings, see: http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/ldsviewcontradictsbible.htm The following quotes from official LDS teaching manuals demonstrate that the LDS Church is still teaching that God was once a mortal on another earth, he and his wife progressed to godhood, and that mortals on this earth are their literal spirit children, with the same ability to progress to godhood. Even though the LDS Church has...

Review of When Mermaids Sing

The central plot of When Mermaids Sing by Mark Zvonkovic (IUniverse, 2008) focuses on the narrator, Larry, a man still finding himself. His own endeavors are side-stepped though, when his close friend and cousin, searching for many of the same things becomes affiliated with a powerful cult in the Cape Cod area. As Larry tries to remove him cousin from the cult he not only learns of the destructive of cults, but is startled to find many parallel constructions in the arguably commonplace society that he resides within. Expertly written, the novel pans back and forth between Larry’s past and present. Larry not only begins to understand the inner workings of cults, but makes some startling discoveries about the world he lives in. –Reviewed by Jason...

Reason #135: Two questions for Temple-Endowed Mormons

In the LDS temple endowment ceremony, there are two issues that a faithful Mormon must deal with. First, why is the order of creation unlike that depicted in LDS Standard Works?  In the temple, the creation of plants comes BEFORE light and darkness.* Secondly, how could Peter have given a handshake to Adam, since Peter did not yet have a body at the time of Adam, and spirits cannot shake hands? (Thanks to a discussion on Recovery From Mormonism for these two points.) UPDATE TO THIS POST: Fred Anson has pointed out that to his understanding the LDS temple ceremony has the order of creation in harmony with that of the Bible; but other LDS scripture does not: OK, I found where the confusion comes from.  This discrepancy isn’t in the Temple Endowment Creation...

Reason #134: Because of the Logic Required to Affirm LDS history

This article claims to have pinned down the date of Joseph Smith’s supposed First Vision. It hinges on the account of an axe stuck in a stump. Read it and ask the same question I did: Is there any other reason for chopping wood in 1820 in March in upper New York state?  Like– for a fireplace? For cooking food? Fence repair? 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...

Author as Proxy

Author as Proxy I was about thirteen years old when a bus took a dozen of my Mormon friends and me from our hometown in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Manti, Utah. There inside the Manti LDS temple, one by one we entered the water of the enormous bowl-like baptismal font that sat atop the golden statues of twelve oxen that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. All of us were looking around for the spirits that other people told us they’d seen materialized in a temple, for Mormon doctrine teaches that the spirits of the dead continue to inhabit the earth long after their bodies die. But as a man baptized me rhythmically 30 times in a row for deceased women whom I’d never heard of, I saw only the swirling of the water above my head and held my breath again and...