Reason #101: The LDS Church itself doesn’t sponsor research into Masonic-LDS Connections
Recently Sunstone, an independent Mormon studies magazine, announced its Mapping Mormon Issues Project, which aims to make available in multiple formats (including online) scholarship on controversial subjects. It lists topics such as polygamy, blacks and the priesthood, folk magic, the translation of the Pearl of Great Price, Mormonism and Freemasonry, among others. It aims to provide “fair, reliable, and comprehensive windows into these issues,” charting a course between LDS apologist sites and those critical of Mormonism.
I am glad that such research is emerging, if only from “non-official” LDS sources.
 “Sunstone Announces the Mapping Mormon Issues Project.” Online at Sunstone.
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 devices.