Wednesday, January 30, 2019

50 Reasons Why - I'm OUT (of Mormonism)

50 Reasons Why
I’m OUT (of Mormonism)

  1. LDS meetings are boring.
  2. Brigham Young owned slaves.
  3. The City Creek Shopping Mall.
  4. The 1890 Manifesto was a lie.
  5. Where are all the steel swords?
  6. There was never a “Global Flood”.
  7. Joseph Smith was a sexual predator
  8. God’s word for the sun is “shinehah”.
  9. There is NO Book of Mormon Archeology
  10. The Primary manual has ghost stories.
  11. Lack of sex education ruins marriages.
  12. In 500 BC, American Indians knew French.
  13. Missionary medical treatment is abusive.
  14. Changing meeting times is not a revelation
  15. People who leave the church are shunned.
  16. Smith was sealed to 22 women before Emma.
  17. Utah cancer survival rates are about average.
  18. “Ministry” is a joke that everyone ignores.
  19. 148 years of super-racism. 40 years of less.
  20. Thomas S. Monson lied about his “85 widows”.
  21. Gay men were counseled to marry women.
  22. Forcible rape is a lesser sin than gay marriage.
  23. Nephi beheaded a man because he had a feeling.
  24. The Church is run by an unchecked 93-year-old.
  25. The Book of Abraham is a translation of nothing.
  26. The papyrus written by Abraham was lost.
  27. A man raped women in the MTC and nobody cares.
  28. Bearing testimony is a brainwashing technique.
  29. Allowing girls to pass out towels is not progress.
  30. Joseph Smith plagiarized his Bible “Translation”.
  31. Almost every “ faith promoting “ story is a myth.
  32. Polygamy had few rules, and those weren’t followed.
  33. Every song in the hymn book is like a funeral dirge.
  34. Masonic handshakes are just like Mormon temple ones.
  35. Today’s Endowment is nothing like it was 40 years ago.
  36. Mormons believe that the Tower of Babel story is real.
  37. It’s doctrine that God ignored humanity for 1500 years.
  38. It takes a lawyer to undo something I did when I was 8.
  39. Mormons build $50 million temples while ignoring poverty.
  40. Joseph Smith forced Heber C. Kimball to give him his wife.
  41. The last time an angel came to Earth was to talk about sex.
  42. Girls are taught that if they survive rape they’re tainted.
  43. Mormons killed 120 Arkansas migrants and stole their babies.
  44. 78-year-old John Taylor slept with his 26-year-old secretary.
  45. Brigham Young had a “favorite wife” who was 37 years younger.
  46. Joseph didn’t use the Gold Plates to write the Book of Mormon.
  47. Mormon bishops are alone with 7-year-old children all the time.
  48. Parents can't attend their kid's weddings over money and coffee.
  49. Except for tobacco use, the Word of Wisdom is incorrect or ignored.
  50. Smith didn’t tell anyone about the first vision for more than 10 years.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"I go like a lamb to the slaughter"

Joseph goes like a lamb to the slaughter
Another error in the LDS "Church History Primary Manual". 

From the Primary Manual Lesson 37.
Joseph knew that if they went back they would be killed, but he told other Church leaders: “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter, but I am calm as a summer’s morning. I have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward all men. If they take my life I shall die an innocent man, and my blood shall cry from the ground for vengeance, and it shall be said of me ‘He was murdered in cold blood!’”

The lesson gives the false impression that Joseph was a quiet simple man that was quick to turn himself in.

Another Church History Book paints a different picture:
The Saints Chapter 44 - written in 2018
“It is thought by some that our enemies would be satisfied with my destruction,” he said, “but I tell you that as soon as they have shed my blood, they will thirst for the blood of every man in whose heart dwells a single spark of the spirit of the fullness of the gospel.”
Drawing his sword and raising it to the sky, Joseph urged the men to defend the liberties that had been denied them in the past. “Will you all stand by me to the death,” Joseph asked, “and sustain, at the peril of your lives, the laws of our country?
The truth is that he went to his death swinging.  We do know that he had a gun smuggled into his jail cell and that he shot at six times.  Some sources say that two men died from the gunshots, but it isn't certain.
It is also questionable if Joseph really thought he would die.  He had been remarkably resourceful in the past at getting out of tough situations and he did have the assurance that Governor Ford would protect him.   

Other Resources:
Mormon Mosters Blog
Bernhisel Letter

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Criticizing the Prophet will get your horse killed by God.

Sylvester Smith’s Horse Dies because he criticizes the Prophet

Lesson # 28 Link

Lesson Story Summary:

The Zion’s Camp expedition was struggling. Food and water were short or contaminated. The weather was extreme. The men were fighting each other and many were blaming Joseph Smith for their suffering. A man named Sylvester Smith was very angry with The Prophet. Joseph rebuked Sylvester and the other men. Almost every horse got sick. The men repented of their complaining. Every horse got better, except Sylvester Smith’s horse, which died.

Why it is wrong:

The purpose of the lesson appears to be:

                      Argue against authority at your own peril.

If you disagree with the Prophet or other church leadership, your horse might die or something terrible might happen. What a terrible message to give children. Church leaders make mistakes all the time. Don’t give the message that if you disagree you will be cursed.

The fact is that the expedition was horribly planned. Even though Joseph Smith had months to prepare. They didn’t take nearly enough provisions or money and their equipment was poor. The horses were suffering more than the men and often went days without adequate or clean water. It isn’t surprising that the men complained and that a horse died.

The lesson oversimplifies that if you disagree, your horse will died. When there are so many other factors to consider. This also creates a modern church culture that even if the criticism of a leader is justified, you should still not complain.

Further Reading
Signature Books - Journal Entry

BYU - Studies Article

Wikipedia Arti

More Primary Manual Craziness !!