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Mormon Epistemology & Agenda Explained - Review by Kay Burningham
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The Apostasy of a High Priest - The Sociology of an American Cult by Park B. Romney - A Book Review by Kay Burningham This is a short, but well-written book by a distant cousin of Mitt Romney who ... [1]


DNA Evidence vs The Book of Mormon
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Excelent Video presentation in which Mormon scientists acknowledge the falsehood of the Book of Mormon as evidenced by conclusive DNA and a perponderence of other evidence. [2]


Mormon Fraud: A Reflection of American Naivete' | Observations and Rebuttals
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Park Romney, a former Mormon High Priest, discusses what he refers to as the blasphemy of Mormon Fraud.... [3]


Russia's anti-Mormon campaign
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
An influential young pro-Kremlin politician is trying to get the Latter-day Saints banned from the country. ... [4]


New Mormon scriptures tweak race, polygamy references
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mormon historians are cheering the newly released English edition of LDS scriptures, pointing to new wording about race and polygamy that provides a more accurate and complexview of the Utah-based church and its sometimes-controversial past. It marks the first time in more than 30 years that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has updated its four books of scripture — the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price — and the changes are generating lots of buzz among members, scholars and bloggers. [5]


Jailed Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Issues Hundreds of Orders From Prison
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Six years after Warren Jeffs was first arrested and later sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children, it's almost as though the fundamentalist leader, whom the faithful call their "prophet," never left Colorado City. Jeffs' followers, who live in the desert town nestled on the border between Arizona and Utah, are a radical splinter group of the mainstream Mormon church who call themselves the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [6]


Does the LDS Church really have 14 million members?
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
A critical look at the statistics [7]


Mitt Romney's Polygamy Tree - by Helen Radkey
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The double standard for Mormon marriage The present-day Mormon mindset, including 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Willard Mitt Romney—a lifelong Mormon who boasts of only having one wife—define Mormon marriage as between “one-man and one-woman.” Along with the monogamous unions that occur in Mormon temples, a far more unconventional view of marriage is also promoted. Polygamy is given an official thumbs up. Polygamous ceremonies by proxy for deceased men and women—but mainly for men—are performed regularly in Mormon temples, including ongoing polygamous rites for direct male ancestors of Mitt Romney. [8]


Park Romney interviewed for Danish News by Mikkel Selin - on Mitt Romney and Mormonism
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Live recorded interview of Park Romney for Danish news by Mikkel Selin. Topics include Mormonism and Mitt Romney's campaign. Powerful expose'! [9]


Mitt Romney speaking about Mormon faith - Video
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mitt Romney ranting about Mormonism. The REAL Mitt Romney! (Interview done by Jan Mikelson WHO-Iowa) [10]


Danites - Wiki Results
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The Danites were a fraternal organization founded by Latter Day Saint (LDS) members in June 1838, in the town of Far West in Caldwell County, Missouri. During their period of organization in Missouri, the Danites operated as a vigilante group and took a central role in the events of the 1838 Mormon War. Whether or not the Danites existed after the 1847 arrival of the LDS in Utah is still debated. However, they remained an important part of Mormon and non-Mormon folklore, polemics, and propaganda for the remainder of the 19th century, waning in ideological prominence after Utah gained statehood. Notwithstanding public excommunications of Danite leaders by the Church and both public and private statements from Joseph Smith referring to the band as being both evil in nature and a "secret combination" (i.e., a derogatory term used in the Book of Mormon) to which he attributed no part of, the nature and scope of the organization, and the degree to which it was officially connected to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are a matter of some dispute among a limited few historians. [11]


Porter Rockwell - Wiki Results
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Orrin Porter Rockwell (June 28, 1813 or June 25, 1815 – June 9, 1878) was a figure of the Wild West period of American History and a law man in the Utah Territory. Nicknamed Old Port and labeled "the Destroying Angel of Mormondom", during his lifetime he was as famous and controversial as Wyatt Earp or Pat Garrett. Rockwell was reportedly a leader together with Ephe Hanks and Bill Hickman of the Danites, a Mormon vigilante group sworn to exact blood vengeance. Stewart Durham writes, "The most notorious Danite was Ephe Hanks, who went against Joseph Smith's wishes and started the Danites, on his own." [12]


D. Michael Quinn and Mormon excommunication: The complicated life of a Mormon intellectual
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
One Sunday in February of 1993, Michael Quinn was home sick with a fever when his doorbell rang. Wearing a bathrobe, he answered after several rings and found three men in suits and ties on his doorstep. The Mormon church is organized into congregations called wards; a group of these... ... [13]


An Open Letter to the Leadership of the Mormon Church
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The following letter appeared on Craigslist in March of 2009. It captures the reasons why leaving the Church is so painful. Dear Elder (Name): As one who suffers from within, I write this letter to inform you of the magnitude of a growing problem. I am fully active, fully worthy, and fully apostate. I remain active solely for the sake of immediate and extended family unity, and to preserve my marriage. The fact that I cannot act upon my knowledge about fraudulent church history and doctrine has created a considerable dilemma for both the church and myself. The church is filled with people like me, and if you do not address this dilemma, the church will collapse from within. This letter, therefore, is an appeal for your consideration of my personal dilemma, and to serve as a witness against you if you fail to act. [14]


How Many Ex-Mormons are there? - Richard Packham
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
HOW MANY EXMORMONS ARE THERE? or HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH?...Adding these two figures (640,000 who officially left, and 2,524,000 who don't call themselves Mormons but are still on the records), gives us an estimate of about 3,164,000 ex-Mormons in the US in 2001, compared to the 2,787,000 who consider themselves Mormon. And notice that this estimate disregards those who may have had their names removed before 1990, but who are still alive, which would make the number of ex-Mormons even higher. [15]


Three Faces of the Romney Con – Illumnati's Manchurian Mormon Robot - Chris London
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mitt Romney’s Aqua-Fresh inspired Presidential Campaign logo features THREE FACES for the ‘R’, the first initial in his last name. Perhaps the three colored Acqua-Fresh strips are indicative of something else entirely, like the three (3) faces Romney wears in public to fool people into believing he has the critical attributes we look for in a President. Under critical examination of his (i) Faith (ii) Experience and (iii) Values & Character Romney fails the test of what our country needs at this time in terms of leadership. Below I break down the reasons for that conclusion... [16]


Why I Don't Think A Mormon Should Be President - Nathan Nebeker
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Nathan Nebeker is a technology executive and entrepreneur. He was born in Salt Lake City, and his family descends from some of the early Mormon pioneers. The opinions expressed below are his own. [17]


Blind Obedience and Mitt Romney - by Helen Radkey
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Blind obedience and Mitt Romney In what may be one of the most controversial exposés written about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Helen Radkey's report unmasks blind obedience within the LDS Church, and how this Mormon requirement could affect Mitt Romney. She addresses abusive Mormon behavior, with emphasis on Church disciplinary councils, used to control and discipline members..... [18]


Handbook 2: Administering the Church - LDS Church Handbook
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Handbook 2: Administering the Church. This handbook is a guide for members of ward and stake councils. The first two chapters present the doctrinal foundation of the work of the Church: the salvation of individuals and the sealing and exaltation of families through the power of the priesthood. The other chapters provide instructions for administering priesthood quorums and auxiliaries. They also present principles and guidelines that apply to multiple organizations in the ward. [19]


How the L.D.S. Church Has Influenced Mormon Politicians, and What It Can Teach Us About a Mitt Romney Presidency
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
An expert in Mormon history examines just how close relationships can be between the Mormon Church and politicians who count themselves members. ... [20]


Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (Excerpt): Janis Hutchinson's Story - Video
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (Excerpt): Janis Hutchinson's Story - YouTube [21]


Mormon Church is not excommunicating Romney Critics
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
But a baseless story that went viral this week highlights a daunting challenge for Mormonism. Can the faith escape being defined by its most famous member? [22]


The political agenda of the Mormon Church
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Janis Hutchinson is recognized as an expert on cult recovery and the serious problems of former cult members when converting to traditional churches. Her knowledge of Mormonism comes from having been an active Mormon for thirty-four years during which time she served two local missions, married a former Mormon missionary, and sent a daughter on a full-time mission. [23]


Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor's office. The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah's NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah. The LDS connection drew little notice when Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading financier of the gun control movement, published the report in December, but an official involved with Bloomberg's investigation is calling out the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for putting "profits over principle." [24]


LDS Church lowers missionary age
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
An announcement made by top leaders of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may impact college campuses across the state. At LDS General Conference Saturday morning, Church President Thomas Monson announced missionary ages would be lowered from 19 to 18 for males. Monson emphasized the change was not a requirement, but a choice. [25]


Mormon Church Lowers Age Limit for Missionaries
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The Mormon church will lower its minimum age requirements for missionaries from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women, the faith's president announced Saturday. Thomas S. Monson said at the church's 182nd semiannual General Conference that the historic change is expected to significantly increase the missionary force of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — currently more than 55,000 worldwide. The new age requirements will take effect immediately and replace limits that had been in effect for decades. Mormon men serve full-time, two-year missions, while women serve 18-month missions. [26]


Mountain Meadows Massacre - Worst Mass Murder in the History of the United States
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Brigham Young, is undeniably the worst mass murder in the history of the United States of America, just from the fruits of his preachings. [27]


Cults 101: Checklist of Cult Characteristics
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Cults 101: Checklist of Cult Characteristics ... Concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships. Many members, former members, and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may have been manipulated, exploited, even abused. The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group or relationship. [28]


Cult Characteristics
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Many people have studied cults. Because all cults have different beliefs, cult experts have identified common characteristics of cults, which they use to identify new cults. Thus, an organization can be identified as a cult no matter what their beliefs are. We have used the following lists of cult characteristics to help us analyze whether or not the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is a religious cult. We make the following lists available to others as a public service. If you have any reason to believe that you or anyone close to you is involved with a group that you suspect is a cult (religious or not) then you can use the following lists to help you decide whether the group is a cult. (Please note that a group doesn't need to have all the characteristics in any one list to really be a destructive cult. If a group has more than half of the cult characteristics in any of the lists below, then you should be concerned. If so, we advise you to contact any one of the sources of information listed below). [29]


Dangerous Cult Similarities in the Mormon Church, Branch Davidians and Jonestown
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
These cults have some very clear similarities that classify them, by definition, as a cult. One of these is: the group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity). Joseph Smith, in starting his Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints, proclaimed he was a direct descendant of Jesus and his followers can become gods themselves, replete with their own worlds to rule with a plethora of wives. He urged followers to take up arms against the U.S. militia and died as a “martyr”. Branch Davidian leader David Koresh proclaimed messiah status in 1990 when he changed his name from Timothy Howell and strongly favored polygamy for himself and also dealt in illegal firearms. People’s Temple cult leader James Jones proclaimed exalted status where members even signed over custody of their children to Jones. All three men proclaimed a sense of divinity and demanded allegiance through intimidation and threats towards their followers. All three led their followers to an untimely, violent death in defense of the cult and its leaders. [30]


The Mormon Masterpiece
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
On a spring day in 1820, Joseph Smith walked into the woods near his home in Palmyra, N.Y., and knelt down to pray. While on his knees within this grove of trees, he claims to have not only seen, but spoken with, God and Jesus Christ, thus beginning his controversial and remarkably ambitious creation—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This creation, like any work of art, was intended to evoke emotions, steer thinking in a specific direction and, most importantly, convince believers that what they are seeing, hearing and feeling is true and real. Nibley’s description of Smith’s work adds to his role as an artistic visionary: “The most singular contributions in every field of human endeavor have been made by persons who outraged the establishment by transcending the current rules; the productions of genius, to say nothing of divine revelation, are necessarily unconventional in method and offensive to the scholar.” [31]


Under the Mormon Tree
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Doug Wallace has had a life long commitment to justice and equality, As a Mormon before the Church accepted Black men as priests Doug received some promptings to challenge church leadership on that issue. This book discusses the life experiences which brought him to that challenge and how it forced the church to accept Black priests. Doug survived attempts on his life and reputation as reported in this autobiography. He thought for a while it was right out of a James Bond movie! As new evidence challenges past church historical statements. Apologists for the church, mainly at Brigham Young University, confuse the truth seeker with references to non applicable evidence or citations of so called scholars to deflect the honest inquiries of members or investigators. Where it has been known for a over century and half [ 1830’s to 2010] that church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. was a polygamist and his successor Brigham Young had over 37 polygamist wives, the current effort of the church in it’s internal teaching manuals is to portray to the church members, particularly young children that Young was a monogamist and talk of having polygamist wives is untrue. [32]


Teenage Boy Scout Denied Organization's Top Rank Because He's Gay
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
After 12 years as a Boy Scout, Ryan Andresen was denied the Eagle Scout award for not meeting the "Duty to God" requirement. ... "This scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout counselor that he does not agree to scouting's principle of 'Duty to God' and does not meet scouting's membership standard on sexual orientation," Deron Smith, a spokesman for the organization said in a statement. "Agreeing to do one's 'Duty to God' is a part of the scout Oath and Law and a requirement of achieving the Eagle Scout rank." [33]


The Other Romney on Mitt & the LDS Threat
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
This is from Park Romney, Mitt's ex-Mormon cousin. Now, being a cousin to Mitt isn't as impressive as you would think, considering that they are not that greatly removed from their polygamists forefathers. That said, he knows more about Mormonism and what shaped the mind of Mitt Romney than anyone else.... [34]


Mitt Romney Summons All Mormons With Debate Code Words
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Willard walked away from the October 3rd debate feeling victorious with his "performance." He was quite the thespian and made so many antithetical claims to actual reality, one must infer he was convinced he believed his convoluted logic wholeheartedly. However, he was using secret Mormon code to round up the LDS army to get involved now. Park Romney explains... [35]


Mormons’ Concept of Self — and of Others
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mormons’ Concept of Self — and of Others: “Thou wast chosen before thou wast born” Because I strongly believe, like Richard Dawkins, that citizens should know what makes a candidate “tick” before casting their vote, I posted an earlier commentary on Why Candidates’ Religious Beliefs ARE Important. There was one particular belief among Mormons like Mitt Romney that I did not include in that list, because it is so crucial, so influential, so pervasive to all those other examples, that it merits much more detailed elaboration. I am talking about Mormons’ concept of self —and of others. In a nutshell: Mormons believe they are “God’s Chosen People.” [36]


Richard Dawkins: Romney a ‘massively gullible fool’ for practicing Mormonism
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on Sunday asked how anyone could vote for a “massively gullible fool” like Mitt Romney who could not see that Mormonism’s founder was a “fraud.” “Romney’s prophet Joseph Smith a fraud,” Dawkins said in an hours-long Twitter rant, quoting from the Book of Mormon and adding, “Romney falls for it.” “No matter how much you agree with Romney’s economic policy, can you really vote for such a massively gullible fool?” the atheist asked. “He is a Mormon BISHOP!” [37]


Is a Pretty Young Mormon Woman Evidence of GOP Voter Fraud?
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
A disturbing video is making the rounds: a pretty, young, fresh-faced Mormon woman outside a Safeway store in Colorado Springs registering voters. It may sound as innocent as she looks, but what lies beneath the surface seems a little uglier, especially given Adalia Woodbury’s coverage of Romney/GOP voter fraud yesterday. A patron, using her cell phone to record the exchange, confronts the girl and questions her: [38]


The Apostasy is a Mormon Fallacy
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Disproves the LDS story of a complete apostasy of the early church. [39]


The First Vision's Slow Entrance Into the LDS Story
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
When addressing the subject of Joseph Smith’s personal encounter with God the Father and Jesus Christ, Gordon B. Hinckley, the fifteenth president of the LDS Church, stated, “There's no other event in all recorded history that compares with it, not even at the baptism of the Savior” (“Testimony of the First Vision,” Church News, July 1, 2006, p.2). This event, known to Mormons as the “First Vision,” is one of the most extraordinary tales told by Mormonism’s founder. However, if this event plays such a major role in Mormonism’s history, why do we find no mention of it among the writings of early LDS leaders or members, including Joseph Smith? [40]


Fortune 500 LDS Inc. Explains Romney’s Greed
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Aren’t you just a tad bit suspicious of a “church” whose headquarters rival that of any profit-driven multinational corporation? There’s pretty damned good reason for this: If the LDS Church were a U.S. corporation, by revenues it would rank number 243 on the Fortune 500 list. Mormons, Inc., lands somewhere between Paine Webber ($5.7 billion) and Union Carbide ($6.1 billion), a tad smaller than Continental Airlines ($6.4 billion), and about twice the size of Reader’s Digest ($3.1 billion).” Remember the 2008 campaign? We were bombarded with Jeremiah Wright quotes that allegedly shaped Barack Obama’s faith. How come Willard Mitt Romney is not subjected to the same religious scrutiny? I believe it is a double standard that must be addressed, and before the first Presidential debate tomorrow night, I feel it is my duty as an informed voter to elucidate the issue of Romney’s very relevant religion, the Mormon faith. Most Americans know little about this religion that boasts a worldwide membership of 14 million and growing quickly, largely due to an aggressive recruitment strategy. [41]


Mormonism Research Ministry
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mormonism Research Ministry is a missionary/apologetics organization that was organized in 1979 to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to critically evaluate the differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity. [42]


Mormon America: Power and Promise
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has received plenty of publicity during the 1990s, most of which was positive. From the affable President Gordon B. Hinckley to the many positive media reports generated by the media, there has probably never been a time in history where Mormonism has looked so good from the perspective of the non-LDS public. So what might be the initial reaction of an evangelical Christian who first hears about a book entitled Mormon America? Probably, "Oh great, another favorable look at the LDS Church!" The Latter-day Saint, meanwhile, has been forewarned by his church's public relations' office that this book brings "a secular approach to a spiritual subject," resulting in what church leaders apparently feel is an unfair analysis of their sacred faith. While some from both camps might never pick up this book for these reasons, both Christian and Mormon readers ought to think again. [43]


David Twede, Mormon Blogger And Romney Critic Threatened With Excommunication, Will Wait To Hear Fate
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
David Twede, the Mormon blogger who made international headlines after he said he was threatened with excommunication because he criticized church practices and Mormon Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is off the hook -- but only temporarily. Twede, who lives in Orlando, Fla., and is the managing editor of the independent website MormonThink.com, was scheduled to meet with his church disciplinary council Sunday.... [44]


Life After Mormonism - An Exmormon Social Network
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
We are an online social community of former Mormons and those still transitioning out of Mormonism. Investigators of Mormonism also welcome! (free registration required to see all areas of the site and "member only" posts) [45]


Can I sue the Mormon Church?
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Once the eyes open, and the once-faithful Mormon realizes that the church is a fraud, it's natural to think back about how stupid you were, and what you have lost in time and money. Every new ex-Mormon is going to ask, "Can I sue them?" After all, they cheated me, they took ten percent of my income, they duped me, they ruined my life and caused me untold anguish, and that's WRONG! I am frequently asked, "Can I sue the church? Can I get a refund of my tithing? Didn't the church commit fraud, extortion? Can we file a class action suit?" The answer to the question "Can I sue?" is, of course, "Yes, you can sue." But the more important question is, "If I sue, will I win?" DISCLAIMER ---- The following should not be relied upon as a definitive statement of the law. Your situation may differ, and you should obtain legal counsel only from your own attorney. The writer, although a retired attorney, is not presently authorized or licensed to give legal advice. The writer is speaking as a lay person only, and only in reference to the laws in the United States. ---- There are several possible legal theories under which one could sue the Mormon church for a refund of tithing. In my opinion, none of them would be successful. There are perhaps very limited situations for which one could successfully sue for other damages. [46]


Disciplinary hearing for Mormon blogger David Twede delayed
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
A Mormon blogger accused of apostasy for writing critical web essays about Mormon history, temple worship and contemporary issues has been given a reprieve, for now. ... [47]


Curse of Cain - Racism in the Mormon Church - part 2
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Brigham Youngs decision to deny blacks the priesthood was undoubtedly prompted by several factors. Among the most important may well have been the controversy generated in 1846-47 by the flamboyant activities of William McCary, a half-breed Indian-black man referred to variously as the Indian, Lamanite, or Nigger Prophet. The s of McCary are vague and often conflicting, making it difficult to determine his exact activities and relationship to the Latter-day Saint movement. McCarys origin and occupation are not known. The earliest known account, written in October 1846, claims that Apostle Orson Hyde while at a camp near Council Bluffs, Iowa, baptised and ordained . . . a Lamanite Prophet to use as a tool to destroy the churches he cannot rule....p [48]


Curse of Cain - Racism in the Mormon Church - part I
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Twenty-six years ago, in June of 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the end of its priesthood restrictions regarding African blacks. Since the LDS Church has a lay priesthood, the ban had kept blacks from any leadership positions. One of the foundations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the claim that priesthood is essential to act in God's behalf. In the LDS manual Gospel Principles we read: We must have [LDS] priesthood authority to act in the name of God when performing the sacred ordinances of the gospel, such as baptism, confirmation, administration of the sacrament, and temple marriage. If a man does not have the priesthood, even though he may be sincere, the Lord will not recognize ordinances he performs (Gospel Principles, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995 edition, p. 81). [49]


Bob Beckel Makes Cult Joke About Mitt Romney
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Fox News’ Bob Beckel is known for making verbal blunders. There was, of course, this incident. And then this one. Oh and there was that time that he delivered an on-air apology after calling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a “punk.” The list goes on. But after last night’s episode of “The Five,” Beckel may find himself in need, once again, of delivering an “I’m sorry” to Romney after he suggested that the 2012 contender is part of — or “has” — a cult. [50]


Gay Mormon students risk excommunication with video
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Gay students at a strict Mormon college have kicked open the closet doors with a new video that could get them booted from their church. The YouTube video is called "It Gets Better at Brigham... ... [51]


LDS - Mormon Honesty - Lying for the Lord
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
The following was written by Ken Clark for MormonThink. Ken worked full time for the LDS Church Education System (CES) for 27 years. He also served as a bishop; a calling he enjoyed as much as full time instructor and Coordinator for the Church Education System. He loved (and still loves) the students and the ward members. [52]


LDS Church denies member may be facing discipline for criticizing Romney
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
SALT LAKE CITY - A man being called a Mormon critic of Mitt Romney now faces possible excommunication. David Twede, the managing editor of the MormonThink.com website, will soon appear before an LDS disciplinary council to answer questions about his controversial writings. But, in very strong language, the LDS Church is making clear there is another side to this story. [53]


Investigating Mormonism - by Richard Packham
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
TO THOSE WHO ARE INVESTIGATING "MORMONISM" By RICHARD PACKHAM If you are investigating Mormonism (the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" or "LDS Church"), you are probably studying it in private meetings in your home with missionaries from that church. Here are some of the key things that they are probably telling you... [54]


Recovery from Mormonism - the Mormon Church
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
A site for those who are Questioning their faith in the Mormon Church and for those who need support as they transition their lives to a normal life. We are not affiliated with any religion... and we do not advocate any religion [55]


Harry Reid attacks Mitt Romney's Mormonism
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Mitt Romney “is not the face of Mormonism,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, adding the former Massachusetts governor has “sullied” his faith. “He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church,” Reid said in advance of Romney’s visit later this week to Nevada, according... ... [56]


Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of MormonThink.com says he faces excommunication. Is the Church on a witch hunt? Jamie Reno reports.... [57]


Is the Apparent Selfishness of Mitt Romney Evidence of a Larger Problem?
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
Could it be Epistemology? Mitt Romney is shaped primarily by his upbringing in the Mormon Church. It is relevant in this case because it is the vehicle by which he justifies his reluctance to release his tax returns. Those returns would demonstrate the pittance he has paid to the American Government due to his creative accountants finding every single loophole domestically and offshore. It also has justified his acquisition of wealth at all costs, especially by the devastation of so many lives and jobs which Bain Capital has decimated. My questions grow as I consider these two aspects of the faith: (1) The LDS church is one of the wealthiest religions in America while, (2) Mormon-dominated Utah is consistently first in personal bankruptcies. The Church gets rich–as members get poor. I looked to Park Romney for guidance.... [58]


Mormon Philosophy & Theology
(Mormonism and LDS issues )
A curious example of a Mormon approach to epistemology: "The first obvious question in an LDS context with applied epistemology is the nature of the Book of Mormon. Now I personally think that many of the arguments against the historicity of the Book of Mormon by critics are pretty weak. So I'll skip the Spaulding theories and so forth. But there are some arguments that are reasonably strong. Those are mainly problems such as claims of horses and swords in the Book of Mormon whereas most of the evidence in archaeology suggests that there are no pre-Columbian horses during the period claimed for the Book of Mormon and no swords matching the description of the Book of Mormon. Apologists have counter-claims to this. For instance Sorenson speaking on horses notes that the word horse was applied by the early Spaniards to animals that weren't horses. Thus he argues that this is an artifact of translation. Others simply suggest that evidence for horses hasn't been found but that doesn't entail there weren't horses, often appealing to a similar lack of elephants for Hannibal or other historic claims without archaeological evidence. These are primarily apologetic moves though. Demonstrating why one can rationally believe in Book of Mormon historicity without really demonstrating that there are persuasive counter-arguments." [59]


Mormonism's Secret History
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In 1851 Mormon apostle Erastus Snow completed overseeing the production of a Danish translation of the Book of Mormon. It was the first non-English edition of the book ever published. When Deseret News provided an overview of the history of this translation work earlier this week, it reminded me of an old book about Mormonism that was written in Danish, precisely because of the Danish/English language barrier. Secret History was written in 1876 by John (Johan) Ahmanson. Translated into English in 1984, Secret History provides an early “eyewitness account of the rise of Mormonism” from the perspective of a Scandinavian convert (every quote that follows is from John Ahmanson’s Secret History). [60]


Romney's faith on display at RNC
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Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, something the campaign has avoided talking about for most of the last year, took center stage on the closing night of last week’s Republican National Convention. [61]


Mitt’s Soul isn’t Muffled – it’s Missing
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A New York Times Op-Ed by Frank Bruni on Feb. 24, 2012, was entitled: “Mitt’s Muffled Soul”. A great article by Frank Rich, entitled “Who in God’s Name is Mitt Romney?” was published on January 29, 2012 in the New ... [62]


Why Christians (and Thinking Americans) Should Fear a Mormon President
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I truly had no idea what [Mormonism] was all about, but there was an apprehension about their legitimacy as a true “religion” I sensed even before organized religion became utterly preposterous to me. Something is certainly awry with Mormonism Inc. and I’m starting to understand why it is so. Hopefully, America will learn in time of the insidious truths buried deep in this religion/cult to which our GOP nominee is a lifelong devotee. It’s far more relevant than the conservative-owned media would care to admit, and here’s why... [63]


Mormon church earns $7 billion a year from tithing, analysis indicates
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SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Mormon church were a business, wealthy adherents like Mitt Romney would count as its dominant revenue stream.á [64]


Park Romney's book illustrates parallels between Mormonism and the 2012 GOP
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Blogger Las Vegas Jessie writes - "The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies". In this poignant quote, Thomas Jefferson manifests how the premise of any belief system based on fraud and fabrication can create a dangerously blind allegiance to fallacy. The Apostasy of a High Priest, the Sociology of an American Cult is a look into the Mormon religion and itÆs powerful control of all socioeconomic ramifications. The author, Park Romney, is Willard RomneyÆs second cousin. He was a High Priest in the Mormon Church who, through critical thinking and inquisitiveness, concluded the faith was based on a house of lies. The book is a testimony of his journey into apostate status and how, despite immense consequences, it was all worth it to be true to himself. [65]


Brigham Young's Great-Great-Granddaughter on Mormonism and Mitt Romney
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A direct descendant of Brigham Young, Sue Emmett left the church because of the very values she says would make Romney a frightening president. She speaks exclusively with Jamie Reno. [66]


Dawkins and Krauss on Romney's Mormonism - barking mad?
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Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss discuss religious beliefs of political candidates. [67]


The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn - Part 3 of 3 - Video
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Part 3 of 3 On August 19th, 2007, Lyndon Lamborn, lifelong member of the Mormon Church, was summoned to a "Disciplinary Council". He had been asking question... [68]


The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn - Part 2 of 3 - Video
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Part 2 of 3 On August 19th, 2007, Lyndon Lamborn, lifelong member of the Mormon Church, was summoned to a "Disciplinary Council". He had been asking question... [69]


The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn - Part 1 of 3 - Video
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Part 1 of 3 On August 19th, 2007, Lyndon Lamborn, lifelong member of the Mormon Church, was summoned to a "Disciplinary Council". He had been asking question... [70]


Mormon Epistemology | Park Romney Research Center
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Selected topics relating to Mormon Epistemology, The Book of Mormon, Mormon Beliefs, Mormon Faith, LDS Beliefs. [71]


Businessweek Mormon Cover Stirs Controversy
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Bloomberg Businessweek has become known for its provocative magazine covers, and its latest is already drawing controversy for its depiction of Mormons. Here's a look at the cover. [72]


How the Mormons Make Money
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The Church of Latter-day Saints has amassed financial holdings worth billions. Here's an inside look at its business empire [73]


Mormon Expression
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An ongoing dialogue of all things Mormon. [74]


How to Leave The Mormon Church: Apostasy, Disgrace or Suicide
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It was quite a rare spectacle. On Saturday, June 30th in Salt Lake City, Utah 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony. It seems to be happening more and people are becoming qui... [75]


Mormonism besieged by the modern age
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A religious studies class late last year at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, was unusual for two reasons. The small group of students, faculty and faithful there to hear Mormon [76]


Resignation from Mormonism - One Family's Letter to the Church
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Here's is a touching letter of resignation from the Mormon Church. It is a classic with its the heartfelt sincerity combined with its poignant effectiveness in dealing with the anticipated practical, social, and emotional wave of response from the Church and others. Shared anonimously, it deserves to be framed and shared. [77]


In Support of Resignation
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In Support of Resignation û One manÆs point of view. (as posted on postmormon.org on 6/24/2012) Park Romney discusses formal resignation from the Mormon Church. Many former Mormons consider formal resignation as an essential step in the recovery from Mormonism. [78]


Why Our Family Left The Mormon Church - Video
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Why our whole family left the Mormon Church all at the same time after holding leadership positions for many years... form more info see http://PerfectTheSaints.org [79]


Top 10 Mormon Problems Explained - Video
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10 Problems with Mormonism masterfully explained by the folks at MoreTruthFoundation.com [80]


Pure Mormonism: How Corporatism Has Undermined and Subverted The Church of Jesus Christ
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When I was released from my mission in Independence, Missouri, my family was on hand to pick me up in their new RV. After tooling around the country for a bit, we stayed a few weeks in Salt Lake City before returning home to Anaheim. [81]


Strengthening Church Members Committee - Wiki Results
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The Strengthening Church Members Committee (SCMC) is a committee of general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) who monitor the publications of church members for possible criticism of local and general leaders of the church. If criticism is found, the committee may forward information to local church authorities, who may bring charges of apostasy, which can result in excommunication. [82]


Black people and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Wiki Results
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...An early statement by Young about a priesthood ban in the LDS Church was made on February 13, 1849. The statement ù which refers to the Curse of Cain as the reason for the policy ù was given in response to the question, "What chance is there for the redemption of the Negro?" Young responded, "The Lord had cursed Cain's seed with blackness and prohibited them the Priesthood."[4] [83]


Brigham Young's Estate
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Operating on limited funds, he led the majority of the Latter-day Saints west in 1847. Brigham Young went on to become extremely wealthy. Stanley P. Hirshson reported that "in the 1870 census he [Brigham Young] declared personal property worth $102,000 and real estate valued at $1,010,600." ( The Lion of the Lord, by Stanley Hirshson, Knopf Pub., 1969, p.247) Evidently Young did not have a problem with using or borrowing funds from the LDS Church for his personal use. This practice created considerable problems after his death in determining what was actually his and what was in fact the property of the church. [84]


Open Letter to the Leadership of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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This page is an open letter to the leadership of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [85]


Joseph Smith & Money Digging
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From Utah Lighthouse Ministry.... [86]


State of New York vs. Joseph Smith
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From Utah Lighthouse Ministry - Issue 68 - Salt Lake City Messenger - Brings us the a record of the trial of Joseph Smith for disorderly conduct, Bainbridge, New York, March 20, 1826 with commentary and analysis. Very thoughtfully prepared. [87]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 6 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [88]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 5 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [89]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 4 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [90]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 3 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [91]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 2 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [92]


Chased Out of Mormonism - Lyndon Lamborn - Part 1 - Video
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Lyndon Lamborn describes his process and eventual excommunication from the Mormon Church surrounding his discoveries of the realities of the Mormon Church an... [93]


Part III - Park Romney on same sex marraige - Video
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Park Romney discusses legal issues associated with same sex marriage, supreme court rulings, and ends with a heartfelt observation about the human issues. [94]


Part II - Park Romney on same sex marriage - Video
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Park Romney continues a dialogue on same sex marriage. Primary focus is the doctrinal inconsistency of the Mormon position which he refers to as "hypocritical"... [95]


Arrest Records of Joseph Smith - damning evidence
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The Arrest Records of Joseph Smith from 1826 to 1830 are Rediscovered and Given to the Mormon Church. [96]


A Mormon Explaining How Blacks are Cursed - Video
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This teaches LDS Mormons that the king of Egypt (a Black African) is of the seed of CAIN and HAM by birth 21 Now this king of Egypt was a descendant from the... [97]


My name is Emily Pearson and I'm an Ex Mormon - Video
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I was born in Provo, Utah to Gerald and Carol Lynn Pearson. At the age of eight years old I was baptized an official, 5th generation, member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was twelve years old when I learned my dad, whom I adored, was gay; sixteen years old when he died of AIDS in our home; eighteen years old when my mother's book "Goodbye, I Love You" was published by Random House; twenty five years old when I knowingly married a gay man myself in the Salt Lake City temple; thirty two years old when we divorced; thirty four when I walked away from the Mormon Church; and forty when I officially had my name removed from the church records. [98]


Mormonism Disproved in less than 3 minutes! - Video
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Proves that Joseph Smith was a false prophet and therefore disproves Mormonism. The video demonstrates that Facsimile 1 from Joseph Smith's Book of Abraham c... [99]


The Untold Story of the Death of Joseph Smith - Video
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Bill McKeever speaks on the untold story of the death of Joseph Smith. You can download and discuss the video more here: http://mrm.tv/death-of-joseph-smith [100]


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Mormon Epistemology Explained

This is well-written book by a cousin of Mitt Romney who shares his thoughts on why he chose to leave the LDS Church after a lifetime of service. Park Romney's book speaks to truth and will make those who want an easy, "feel good" answer to life's questions uncomfortable--as it should! Of the great books by former LDS who address the fraudulent underpinnings and corporate greed of Mormonism this one explains the epistemology (doctrinal theory of truth and knowldege) of Mormonism. Here, the reader will get valuable insight into the mental processing and psychology of would-be President of the United States, Mitt Romney. For a good understanding of why Mitt finds no problem with his flip-flops, and how the Mormon Church influences the decisions of its members, it is mandatory reading!

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