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Recent new articles of interest discussing Mormonism
Church to release answers to troubling issues - 6/3/13 - updated 6/4/13
MormonThink has learned from multiple reliable sources that the LDS Church will soon begin publishing on the official Church website a series of at least 13 essays addressing controversial historical Church topics. The rising tide of accurate, first-hand historical source documents available for faithful members to research on the internet has forced the LDS General Authorities to move beyond giving shallow answers to the issues these documents raise.
The essays addressing historical concerns will provide more extensive details and will attempt to re-contextualize the first-hand source documents regarding topics that the Church deems most problematic for its members. Among the first essays approved by the First Presidency and slated for release at this time will be the multiple, differing accounts of Joseph Smith's First Vision -- a subject that will undoubtedly catch many lifelong members by surprise as most will learn about these alternate, conflicting First Vision accounts for the first time.
We are encouraged to hear that the Church leadership is finally acknowledging the reality of the varying historical accounts, and is making what appears to be a good-faith effort to share this factual information with the general Church membership. It is our hope that the growing availability of information that contradicts the Church's depictions of historical events will encourage the Church to break its pattern of marginalizing and trivializing accounts that challenge official Church versions (e.g., Book of Abraham translation issues, Book of Mormon historicity, polygamy). We hope that Church leaders will be forthright regarding all aspects of the historical record and do not merely summarize the issues and quickly dismiss them. As always, we encourage faithful members to explore the information and source documents objectively to determine if the interpretations the Church provides are the most probable or likely interpretations.
We at MormonThink will be certain to examine these essays for historical and contextual accuracy and provide the most relevant and accurate information to our readers for a balanced review of the topics addressed. We are hopeful that the Church, with its vast resources, will provide full and complete detail on each topic. If it falls short on this, you can be assured that MormonThink, with its small team of volunteer contributors, will correct any misrepresentations and fill in any identified gaps.
More on this story: Mormon Disclosures Blog
Ensign Article "Balancing Church History" - 6/3/13
The June 2013 Ensign has an interesting article about Church History. Some quotes are encouraging such as:
We totally support that members should look much more closely at Church history and from a variety of credible sources. We do, however, object to the constant use of the term 'anti-Mormon' used in the article which implies that anything that is critical of the Church is 'anti-Mormon' and therefore something evil from Satan and full of lies. Many things written by credible critics of the Church are completely factual even if they are not faith-promoting for the Church.
Exit Narratives Sought - 5/27/13
A volunteer research group is looking for exit stories from those who lost faith, or are losing faith, in the LDS church. This is your chance to let church leaders know about the emotional pain and difficulties experienced by those who no longer believe. Exit narratives are to be 700 words or less and remain anonymous. A short survey and the submission form is found here: https://faithcrisis.wufoo.com/forms/faith-crisis-stories/
A Mormon mystery returns: Who is Heavenly Mother? - 5/10/13
The Salt Lake Tribune article:
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Mormon church pleased with Boy Scouts proposal - 4/28/13
The Mormon church has given its blessing to the Boy Scouts of America on its latest proposal to lift the gay ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. Read complete article.
Huffington Post article on religion - 3/14/13
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation. Read article
Book of Mormon Musical coming to the UK - 2/20/13
A modern-day Martin Luther for the LDS Church - 1/25/13
Read about one man's vision to reform the LDS Church through honest portrayal of its history:
Mentioned in the Huffington Post
KSL - LDS Church to lay off employees from 2 departments - 1/24/13
Salon - Religion may not survive the Internet - 1/17/13
Huffinton Post article - Mormon Women Wear Pants To Church, Get Threatened - 12/23/12
Proclamation to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve - 12/21/12
Several prominent members of the LDS Church in the UK have sent a proclamation to the Church in an effort to get the church to respond to the concerns of its members. Read Proclamation
NY Times article - Mormon Women Set Out to Take a Stand, in Pants - 12/20/12
The Pew Forum - 12/17/12 - Americans Learned Little About the Mormon Faith, But Some Attitudes Have Softened
Salt Lake Tribune article - Kirby: Mormon dress code restricts men, too. - 12/17/12
Mormons in the UK send pleading letter to UK Area Presidency - 12/15/12
Twelve concerned Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the UK recently wrote to the Europe Area Presidency of the Church asking for Full, Open and Honest answers to some deeply troubling questions which threaten to undermine the authority of the Church itself.
The Plea for Honesty comes a few months after two Open Letters detailing the questions were sent to the Europe Area Presidency by Chris Ralph, which to this date remain unanswered.
The complete story, as well as the two letters can be read here: Steve Bloor's Blog
Mission Presidents and paying taxes -- 12/9/12
Huffington Post - Mormon Church Calls For Compassion Toward Gays, Says Homosexuality Is Not A Choice - 12/7/12
Huffington Post - Romney As Angel Moroni Receives Backlash From Mormon Church - 11/20/12 OC Weekly Photo
The Mormon Missionary Revolution - 11/19/12
Youtube Mormon videos getting attention in the last week - 11/8/12:
BeliefNet article - Why Are Mormons the Third-Most-Hated Religious Group in America? -11/12/12
When Christianity Bites Back - 10/29/12