Reason #160: Because of LDS attitudes toward non-supportive books

When I was a Mormon at BYU, someone left a pamphlet printed by Jerald and Sandra Tanner on the doorstep of my off-campus apartment. I wanted to read it, but a roommate told me that it was just hateful lies, printed by a couple who had been excommunicated and wanted to strike back at the LDS church. I didn’t want my mind filled with lies, so I let her tear up the pamphlet. Indeed, like most faithful Mormons, I saw all writing about Mormonism as either black or white: pro-Mormon and thus true and kind; or anti-Mormon and filled with hate and lies. Most LDS won’t read anything that doesn’t fall into the first category, “faith-promoting.”  All other writing that analyzes Mormonism without supporting its divine claims is called...

Reason #159:Continuing Revelation– or Corporate Revelation?

This week I had the privilege of visiting at length with members of the Christian musical group, Adam’s Road, and their road crew. If you do not know about this group, you must visit their website — a unique thing about them is that all of the musicians served full-time missions for the Mormon Church, and now minister about why they left the church. I am continually impressed by the purity of their message:  Only Jesus, only grace. Our fellowship took place the day after this year’s fall Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the band members, whose family is still LDS, spoke on the phone to his parents about the conference and asked them a question. “What new revelations were shared...