If there’s a chance the church isn’t true, would you want to know? — 2 Comments

  1. Greetings, Steve:

    I am a 66 year old ex-Mormon elder, possibly much older than you are. I spent from 1970 until 2000 doing the devil’s work in the LDS Church, mostly as a stake/district/branch missionary, and a ward mission leader. I like what you have to say about the BOA. I’m in Northern Virginia presently living near the Mormon apologist Michael Griffith, who has as much a seared conscience and mormonized mind as anyone I’ve ever known in the Mormon Church. The man has no real ability of separating fact from fiction, and has written a couple of books lying about the authoritative translation of Dr. Klaus Baer, from the Oriental Institute, and Dr. John Wilson, from Brown University, in the late 1960s. I personally chatted with Dr. Baer in late 1979 by telephone, before his death, and he told me in detail about his translation of the Joseph Smith papyri, and stated that Smith had definitely used the 12 fragments to create his fictional account of Abraham.

    You may not know this, but California lawyer, and once-vigilant Mormon, Thomas S. Ferguson detailed in numerous letters that he wrote to people during the 1960s that he had learned from Egyptologists at U.C. Berkeley that the Joseph Smith papyri were only Egyptian funerary texts from the Egyptian Book of Breathings. You see, Ferguson had attained some prominence in the LDS Church for persuading Mormon Prophet David O. McKay to provide him with about $300,000 of church funds to establish the New World Archeological Foundation and go to Mesoamerica and South America to dig for artifacts proving the existence of Nephite and Lamanite civilizations. Ferguson spent five years searching for, at least, one Nephite coin, but found nothing, and returned to the USA an ex-Mormon who had lost all faith in the BOM. When he had heard about Dr. Klaus Baer’s translation of the JSP, he swore that he contacted Mormon Apostle Hugh B. Brown and expressed his feelings to Brown. Ferguson documented his contact with Brown in a letter that he wrote. Ferguson stated that Brown had also stated his doubts about the BOA, and told Ferguson that it shouldn’t be regarded as Mormon scripture. Later, Brown lied publicly when he was asked about what he had told Ferguson about the BOA. Dr. Stan Larson, former curator of rare collections at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, published a collection of Ferguson’s letters in a book, and Stan, at my request, sent me copies of those letters in 2003.

    The Mormon Church is the source of more lies about its theology, doctrines, and history, than any other church, besides the Catholic Church, in the world. Those essays that they published on are purely for liability purposes. Tom Phillips (of MormonThink) had already filed a lawsuit against the LDS Church in the United Kingdom, and had it dismissed by a British Mormon judge. I’ve been endeavoring to get a USDOJ investigation going against the Mormon Church for its fraudulent missionary program intended to defraud Christian convert Mormons out of their tithing money. The Mormon Church is much like a large illegal multi-state insurance company that sells fraudulent policies to swindle unwitting Christians out of their money.

    I have a Christian ministry going to acquaint unwitting Christians who know nothing about Mormonism about Mormon polytheism, through “Lesson 21-Man May Become Like God,” from the 1984 LDS Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, “Search These Commandments,” created by, then, Mormon Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley. I succeeded in getting it placed on the website at the following address –

    I believe that Mormon Church growth through fraudulent recruitment by missionaries can be diminished by use of “Lesson 21.” Read it and you will see. Any Christian investigator who reads “Lesson 21” will know immediately that real Mormon theology is unbiblical, un-Christian, and even contradicts the Book of Mormon, Mormon 9:9-10. Getting it out to Christians who haven’t been accosted by the Mormon missionaries is very important. Mormon apologists, like Griffith, can lie and misrepresent the facts about the BOA, but there’s no sophistry that can refute the truth of “Lesson 21.”

  2. Great post. I once was one who couldn’t possibly see anything other than the church being true and have since gone down the rabbit hole. My husband and I are both from families that are still so devoted that the mere suggestion of another idea makes them livid. I can’t blame them though, it’s their own cognitive protection and they mean well. But man it can be so very hard navigating those relationships after you’ve had the “awakening.”

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