Reason #183: Because LDS Dollars Can (and Do) Control the Web

Ever notice when you try to do a Web search on a Bible verse or subject, one of the first sites that comes up is LDS.org, the official Mormon website?  You weren’t looking for anything Mormon, and if you didn’t know better, you’d think you’re on a “regular” Christian information portal. The Washington Post has a very interesting article about why LDS sites are so high on search engines. It’s money, of course. . . as you can read here. (Yipes! One million dollars for a Times Square billboard???) And of course, there’s an entire chapter on the LDS church’s finances in The Mormon Mirage (e-book.)    

Reason #182: This Chart Says it All about LDS Religious Division

Normally I don’t use Wikipedia as a primary source. However, someone has done an excellent job here listing the scores of groups that are offshoots of Joseph Smith’s teachings. The chart is particularly helpful. Of course the LDS church looks to the denominations of Christianity as proof that our Bible is unreliable and incomplete and thus causes the divisions among us. However, the number of sects that have arisen since Smith’s day show that LDS “continuing revelation” led to “continuing division.” Of particular interest on this page is the group that built a pyramid-shaped temple (The Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) In fact, SEVEN of the offshoot groups have their own temples! For...

Reason #181: Sanitized Documents

Recently a reader of The Mormon Mirage was engaged in an online discussion with Mormons. Under discussion was a “cleaned-up” version of some of the last hours of Joseph Smith. In the present edition, it reads: Dr. Richards was taken sick, when Joseph said, ‘Brother Markham,… go and get the doctor something he needs to settle his stomach,’ and Markham went out for medicine. When he had got the remedies desired, and was returning to jail,…” (History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 614). (Bold added for emphasis by LCS.) Critics of the LDS church, such as I, maintain that this account has been sanitized to remove a reference to tobacco. The online discussion’s Mormon representatives say that no, the earliest editions of...

Reason #180: Mormons finally admit there’s no such thing as Book of Mormon geography

As if millions of formerly-faithful Mormons didn’t already know this:  There is no such thing as Book of Mormon geography. You can go to the Near East and find Jerusalem and Bethlehem and Jericho.  But you can’t find a single Book of Mormon city on a map.  And Mormons are finally admitting that in print. If I hadn’t already left Mormonism I’d do it now. 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 # 179– The Testimony of Olavo dos Santos Martins

Recently I sent out a request for guest bloggers to supply new “Reasons” for this blog, and Olavo dos Santos Martins sent the following. I am happy to share this testimony with you. I got to have my first contact with the church through his missionaries in ´77. I had been a student of English and I´d been needing people to talk to, out of my regular classes. Well, my father was the one who knew them and introduced them to me. We started our chats on saturday mornings and that was where I got to have my contacts with them, the Ensign mag and the BoM. My mom and I got the 1st. discussion. But, we didn´t want to go on. In 1980, I got to know the principal of the Language School I had just started to work in was an LDS. My interest in the BoM revived...