Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mormons Are Leaving Mormonism

This week, there have been numerous stories of interest, and I could not pass up the opportunity to make sure  you are aware of these. It appears that Mormons are leaving, despite claims to the contrary. So why the "exodus"?  Well, to quote one of the stories from the Salt Lake Tribune, “Never before have we had this information age, with social networking and bloggers publishing unvetted points of view,” Jensen said in an interview Monday. “The church is concerned about misinformation and distorted information, but we are doing better and trying harder to get our story told in an accurate way.”

Now, I do realize that there are a lot of people out there who have no problem publishing stories that are simply not true, however, the organizations that I read and see speak about Mormonism are not publishing some "unvetted points of view", but are instead using Mormon doctrine and resources to show what the Mormon church does it's best to hide.

The positive side about what Jensen said? Mormons are investigating their faith. This is awesome news. Also, Mormons are finding websites, such as this, which examines Mormon doctrine, and compares it directly to Biblical Christianity, and in some cases, against itself. So I encourage you to pray for your Mormon friends, to refer sites like this one out, and to most importantly, understand why you believe what you believe.

What I believe is happening is, there has been such tremendous information made available to disprove the claims of Mormonism, that despite the Mormon church's desire to act as if this isn't happening, people are reading, watching, and studying this material, and are finding out that they have been led astray. An example of these resources would be "The Bible vs The Book of Mormon", and "DNA vs The Book of Mormon". Both of these videos can be watched for free on this blog under the "Free Resources" tab.

So on to the stories.

First, this story from Reuters entitled: Special report -Mormonism besieged by the modern age
Second, this from the Salt Lake Tribune: Mormons tackling tough questions in their history

Please note, the SL Trib story puts the problem in a much less serious light, as the article speaks of those against the church as "anti-mormons" instead of "anti mormonism".