CHURCH ESSAYS: “Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married.” • “Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.” • “Mormon and non-Mormon Egyptologists agree that the characters on the fragments do not match the translation given in the book of Abraham.” • “The evidence assembled to date suggests that the majority of Native Americans carry largely Asian DNA.” • “Joseph’s First Vision accounts describe the heavenly beings with greater detail over time.” • “Intemperate preaching about outsiders by Brigham Young, George A. Smith, and other leaders contributed to a climate of hostility.” –excerpts from a series of essays available in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org [source]
COMMENTARY: Those gosh darn Mormons are up to their wacky antics again. This time, though, the Internet is making it impossible for them to keep denying historical facts, so now they’ve prepared a series of articles where they actually acknowledge many uncomfortable contradictions with their doctrine and history, but, Mormons being Mormons, they still insist that despite these contradictions, their church is still super duper true. The interesting thing about these essays is that those who want to remain faithful members can read them, ignore all the uncomfortable facts, and latch on to the numerous affirmations, while those who are beginning to have serious questions are able to see through the bullshit almost immediately. But I think the important point is that while local leaders were previously able to dismiss the concerns of many members by stating that they were simply being misled by anti-Mormon lies, now those members can point to the essays as validation of their questions. That’s at least a step in the right direction. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.