Reason #88– From “I Love Mormons” Blog

This is a marvelous hypothetical situation on an excellent blog called “I Love Mormons.”  It provoked a stimulating discussion there, with this scenario:

What would happen if a 14-yr-old LDS kid from Mississippi suddenly showed up on the scene claiming he had received personal revelation from God that the LDS church became apostate after the death of Joseph Smith?  This young boy (we’ll call him Joe) claims God revealed to him that the King Follett Discourse never happened the way the history books have it.  Rather, after the death of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and others changed many historical documents to try to make it appear like Joseph Smith taught polygamy and polytheism.  Joe says Joseph Smith never believed in a plurality of gods; rather, he believed in and taught the Trinity as evidenced by the Book of Mormon.  Joe claims Brigham Young edited the D&C and PofGP to add the teachings on polygamy and plurality of gods. Joe starts admonishing LDS that God views the current teachings of the modern-day LDS church as an abomination.

Question:  How would you decide whether the 14-yr-old was trustworthy and believable?

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.


  1. Ricko
    Oct 19, 2015

    Robin PriceI have a question about titihng I understand (as told to me by a neighbor who is LDS) that if you do not pay your tithes to the church that you will be deemed unworthy and unable to attend until you pay them current. This seems harsh to me. If you are so poor you can barely afford to live or just don’t have that 10% to give to the church it doesn’t seem right that you will be cast out. I don’t believe that God/Jesus cares about money in that way and certainly would not turn his back on you. What is the church’s reasoning for this one please?

  2. admin
    Nov 14, 2015

    Thank you for your question. I think there is some confusion here– if you don’t pay your tithing you can still attend LDS meetings in their chapels or stake centers, where you cannot attend is in the temple. You must undergo a rigorous personal interview before you are granted a “Temple Recommend” or pass to a temple, and if you’re not a full tithe payer (and don’t have extraordinary extenuating circumstances), then you can’t go.

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