Because of him – Joseph Smith & The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Mormonism | 22 comments

Because of him – Joseph Smith & The Impossible Gospel of Mormonism

[Note: if you read nothing else, be sure to click through the slides in the presentation on the impossible gospel below. That is the most important part of this post.] The LDS church has hired a slick PR firm which is making great strides towards polishing the Mormon Church image and making it palatable to the wider Christian world. This year for Easter, the church has rolled out a social media campaign designed for members to be able to share a slick modern video about Christ and pre-fabricated memes under the hashtag #BecauseOfHim. It has...

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Bubble-Modesty: The Journal of Discourses and the Ecclesiastical Ministry of Truth

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Mormonism | 5 comments

Bubble-Modesty: The Journal of Discourses and the Ecclesiastical Ministry of Truth

[UPDATE: Additional testing of the LDS.org search engine reveals that there is a bug in the search engine which provides a more likely explanation than intentional search filtering.  I take the reliability of information presented on this blog very seriously and have immediately made the appropriate retractions and updates below. See the section "checking the disavowal"  and beyond. While it is established that the Church Reference Librarian misinformed the member about the Journal of Discourses being cited in official publications, the...

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Mormon Theological Bubble-Modesty

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Mormonism | 2 comments

Mormon Theological Bubble-Modesty

On February 9th, 2010 (a day that will live in infamy) an internet user by the name of FancyLad uploaded a set of instructions on how to take an image that is not technically explicit and cover up just the right parts in a way that tricks your brain into thinking that the image is something that it is not. He called this technique a way to make “Mormon P0rn.” (knowyourmeme.com) The technique was posted to other area on the internet with the story of a lonely Mormon boy who could not look at pictures of nekkid ladies because of his...

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Talk on Things and Stuff Interview: Fridge Profet

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Mormonism, Talk on Things and Stuff | 0 comments

Talk on Things and Stuff Interview: Fridge Profet

Talk on Things and Stuff is a new series on this blog in which the puppet persona of Thinker of Thoughts (a.k.a. Bomonomo) sits down and talks with various personalities in the former Mormon community. Why puppets? Well – the reasons are 3 fold. First, many people coming out of Mormonism are uncomfortable being too open and public about their views because of strong negative social consequences of shunning and ostracism in Mormon culture. In places where one’s professional and employment standing may be adversely affected by...

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Defending the Expositor: Joseph a Land Speculator?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Mormonism | 1 comment

Defending the Expositor: Joseph a Land Speculator?

Last week I issued a challenge for people to find something in the Nauvoo Expositor which was a blatant lie about Joseph Smith. Doing so would support the claims made in a LDS primary manual that the Expositor told “many vicious lies” about Joseph. There have been several submissions of potential lies, several of which have been defended as actually being true. I will refer you to that post to read all about it. There are still a few left for me to research, but one post in particular took a great deal of research to investigate...

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The “Vicious Lies” of the Nauvoo Expositor: A $50 Challenge!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Mormonism | 5 comments

The “Vicious Lies” of the Nauvoo Expositor: A $50 Challenge!

Former Mormons frequently accuse the church of distorting or whitewashing its history. Does this charge have any credibility? Perhaps we can recruit the readers of this blog to answer this question regarding a key event in LDS History – the publication and contents of the Nauvoo Expositor. Allow me to explain: The Faithful Assertion The LDS Primary manual 5, Lesson 37 describes the account of the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. The lesson includes a summary of the events that led up to the imprisonment of the...

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LDS Fraud Case: Charge #4 – Voices from the past

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in LDS Fraud Case, Mormonism | 3 comments

LDS Fraud Case: Charge #4 – Voices from the past

In the recent charges brought against LDS President and Prophet Thomas S. Monson there are 7 claims made which are purported to be false representations by the church. Claim #4 is as follows: “Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed as martyrs in 1844 because they would not deny their testimony of the Book of Mormon.” (Summons of Thomas S Monson, archive.org) One question that may arise is whether or not that is in fact what the church has represented to it’s members. One of the most convincing evidences that could be produced...

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Tale of the Twice Translated Scripture

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Mormonism | 0 comments

Tale of the Twice Translated Scripture

Anyone familiar with the history of the translation of the Book of Mormon will recall that the first 116 pages of the translation, the contents of the “Book of Lehi,” were lost. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism summarizes the story here: “In June 1828 Martin Harris asked Joseph Smith repeatedly to allow him to show the 116 pages to family members to allay their skepticism and criticism of the translation. After prayerful inquiry of the Lord, Joseph Smith twice emphatically denied these requests. As Joseph’s 1832 and 1839...

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Race and the Priorities of Revelation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Mormonism | 1 comment

Race and the Priorities of Revelation

I have previously written several articles on racism in LDS church history including how it started with Joseph Smith, was vigorously defended as true doctrine, and how it’s root principle has still not been eliminated. A close friend has asked me why I feel it necessary to bring up challenging information from church history about racism. “What’s the point of criticizing flawed humans from the past? The Prophets and people of the Mormon church today are not racist – anymore than other people of the world are.”...

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Joseph Smith – The HoneyBadger of Religious Leaders

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Mormonism | 4 comments

Joseph Smith – The HoneyBadger of Religious Leaders

As a member, I occasionally pondered why Joseph Smith was so prolific in his prophecies, yet the prophets since then have been very reticent to make such bold prophecies. All sorts of historical miscellany came forth from the mouth of Joseph Smith – things that have nothing to do with the Gospel, but which bolster the respect that his followers gave him as a Prophet of God. The name of the Brother of Jared (see footnote here). Zelph the white lamanite,  the location where Cain slew abel, and babies ruling on thrones are just a few of...

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