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Unfortunately this book is true,
This review is from: The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes (Paperback)
It took a very long time for me to read this book. And I mean years. I spent all my youth turning a blind eye to anything anyone said about the Mormon church that made me uncomfortable. It is very true when they say "ignorance is bliss." Also anyone who is raised in any religion is brain-washed to believe what they are taught. But I found myself always not knowing what I was talking about. Would you believe that though I was raised a Mormon I never knew that Joseph Smith was a polygamist and his wife Emma was unaware of some of his marriages and that he married women who already had husbands? (So much for the teaching that Brigham Young only taught polygamy because there was a shortage of husbands.) I also didn't know that Brigham Young strongly taught that Adam was God, and that God lived on a planet called Kolab, and that God came down in the form of a man and had physical relations with Mary to conceive Jesus. I didn't know a thing about blacks being denied the priesthood until 1978, and I could go on and on and on and on. I only started to research these things (against the strong advice of my bishop) because I wanted to be able to "debate" about the truthfulness of my religion to non-members.
Discovery the truth of my religion was a horrible experience for me. I can not express enough how hard it is for a Mormon to leave the religion. Mormonism isn't just a religion. It's your identity and your whole life. It is very important to be understanding to Mormons because leaving Mormonism is no different than leaving your whole life and everyone that loves you. It's a horrible awakening to see the truths of the Mormon church.
Also anyone who goes through the secret rituals of the temple can tell you it's a very shocking experience, whether you believe in it or not. In the temple among many things, I had to promise secrecy with a bloody oath. I drew my thumb across my throat as if my throat was being slit, and I drew my thumb over my abdomen indicating that my bowels would be cut out. I also was angry to learn that someday when I married, my husband would be my way to the Celestial kingdom. In the 80's at BYU we were taught that a woman could only go as high as her husband. (I don't know whether this is still taught or not because many doctrines are changing.)
The final breaking point came for me when I was on my mission in Argentina and I watched at least a few hundred ignorant people who knew nothing about the religion getting baptized. It was honestly like a joke. And I can't count how many children were baptized without their parents even knowing. We missionaries only had permission to take them to church! But the pressure to baptize people is so strong. It's all about numbers. (I myself never baptized because I'm a woman.)
As a former mormon I can tell you first hand how very imbedded the Mormon beliefs are in Mormons. There is no doubt in their mind that their religion is the "one and only true religion." I believe though that someday the Mormon church will be widely known for what it is and that Joseph Smith will be exposed for being a con man. In the meantime, all books and websites written should be done so kindly. Most Mormons are innocent and mormonism is not their fault.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2007 11:58:11 AM PDT
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Margaret C. Jacob says:
We appreciate your comments as my husband is a former member, and I joined briefly years ago, until I realized I just did not fit in there at all. Thanks for your honest insight, as it is sometimes agony to be treated as a non-person by some after leaving, but it is good for our souls, I think, to learn to stick up for our own principles no matter what. Thanks for your strength also.
Posted on Feb 13, 2008 8:09:57 AM PST
Keith Francis says:
Thank you for writing a very sensitive and thoughtful review. It is a good reminder of the difficulty anyone will encounter when confronting the fallacy of a deeply held belief, and the responsibility of anyone confronting another about their beliefs to do so in a manner that clearly values the individual.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2009 1:07:21 PM PST
One of the most beautiful aspects of the Mormon faith is the belief that we can all pray to God and receive answers to our prayers. Unfortunately, the imperfection with which one so easily interprets feelings or answers from God is a natural bi-product of such a belief. I was very lucky to be raised by Mormon parents who did not hide truth from me. I was never tought that Joseph Smith was perfect. I know through prayer, study, and meditation that I am a child of God, that Jesus Christ bore all the sins and pain of this world in order to redeem us from sin. I also know that Joseph Smith played a very important though sometimes flawed part in restoring the true order and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I'm so sorry that you were treated badly after you decided not to attend church. I'm certain our Lord loves you as much as he loves any one of any religion. If it helps, I think it gets easier as time goes by. I think people often forget none of us is entitled to "throw the first stone." I'm sure you, Margaret's husband and Keith are lovely people. Keep looking for the beauty in the world. The ugly has a way of making itself quite known. May God bless you with peace and joy. Your Mormon friend.
Posted on Feb 11, 2010 11:49:04 AM PST
Lew Craig says:
I am glad Anna likes to read. Unfortunately, she is sadly mistaken about the doctrines she mentions here as they do not represent the truth about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If anyone is in doubt, please notice the review quoting the National Conference of Christians and Jews. I have been a member of the Church for many years. As I have carefully examined much of the anti-Mormon literature, including the God Makers, I find it universally full of lies, half-truths and deceptions. I certainly do not expect everyone to agree with my religious views, but the God Makers, putting it mildly does not accurately reflect the beliefs of the Church. So one must ask why such a deception would appear in print. There are reasons for this which any honest truth seeker should examine. I wish Anna, and others who have posted only the best. God bless. Keep searching with an open mind.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2010 2:24:01 PM PST
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Mary Young says:
You said "Our Lord".Did you know you must have the real Lord to be saved? Gorden B.Hinckley said the Christ of which we speak (Christians) was not the one in which he speaks.And that's true.Your Jesus is a made up version,of the Real.Do a study of the two,and you will see,they're not the same,at all.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2010 2:35:50 PM PST
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Mary Young says:
What lies,half-truths,and deceptions did you find in the book? Be specific please,and give your references.
Posted on Jul 9, 2010 1:44:56 AM PDT
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a Christian family says:
I would like to quote what I found reading LDS literature.
As a matter of fact the Mormon Jesus had a least 3 wives"I discover that some of the Easter papers represent me as a great blasphemer, because I said, in my lecture on Marriage that Jesus Christ was married at Cana of Galilee, that Mary, Martha and others were his wives, and that he begat children."(LDS literature Journal of Discourses vol.2p.210 by Orson Hide 1855).
Joseph Smith,who married at least 20 women and wrote Section 132 about polygamy(the holy principle),denied to be a polygamist one month before his death, while Jesus never lied when He was under accusation:
THE HOLY BIBLE JOHN 18.19,20 "The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue,and in the temple,wither the jews always resort;and in secret have I said nothing"
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH V.6p.411 Sunday 26 May 1844:"What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having 7 wives, when I can only find one"
If polygamy were(and it is still) a so holy doctrine, why did he deny it?
Furthermore, LDS missionaries I spoke to, told me that they would take additional wives if the secular law allowed it.
Why in LDS current literature, the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus, in pages 2 and 22 there are happy monogamous families if polygamy has always been the purpose of God and will soon start again after the resurrection(LDS Literature Mormon Doctrine p.578)?
Last but not least, Mormon literature, the way of perfection by Fielding Smith, clarifies in p.101 how Mormons consider the negro race:
"Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness he become the father of an inferior race.
Millions of souls have come into this world cursed with a black skin and have been denied the privilege of the priesthood and the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel."
I would like to conclude saying that if you have the right Jesus, you are right for your eternity, but if you have the wrong One, you are wrong for your eternity......
If I were a Mormon, I would not be so proud of their past.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 9:03:02 AM PDT
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S. Sinclair says:
In response to Lew Craig:
Do Mormons pray to Jesus? He is the way, the truth, and the life. This belief defines a Christian. The pagan symbols of your temple are plain for all to see. Jesus does not dwell in that place.
Did you actually join the LDS faith of your own accord and research? Or was it just convenient because everyone else was doing it?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2010 9:11:54 AM PDT
Mormon boys are brainwashed from infancy to prepare to go on a mission. I know from experience, that if your sons don't go on a mission they are told by church leaders they "are not normal". I went to the Washington, D.C. in 1979 and kept wondering why no one else questioned these Satanic-like rituals. My daughter, who was only 4 years old at the time, went running terrified from the temple. She later described the black, evil cloud she saw there! An innocent 4 year old is not out slamming the church. Who is the gullible here? Wouldn't it be the followers of a false prophet who flew from a mob because of those sexual sins only to bury their babies in the desert? And the L.D.S. Mormon church now is actually following Bringham Young, NOT Joseph Smith. Smith's family took over for him and is now the fundamentalist church. How can anything with all that lust, lies, murder and secrets (like the secret marriages of Smith to teens in his store before there even was a temple) be called religion?. And since when has a temple been used to take women in to marry them, especially when you're ALREADY married? That's God? And by the way, I've been lied to by 3 bishops (one of whom sold beer in his restaurant). Were they "called of God", too? As a second generation member of 50 years, I speak from experience. I know the strong hold they have on members and the emotional blackmail "consequences" of straying from the faith. No other culture I know of on earth, tells a family they can't attend a family members wedding without a "recommend" by one of those so-called bishops. No scripture tells us to be "sealed" in any temple. Even Jesus never mentioned it , even at the wedding where he turned water into wine. If it was that important, why did even He leave it out? And the reason it is so hard to get one of those sealings canceled, is because Satan has sealed you his own, and doesn't like to let go. Members can't have an open mind, because they are under total control and brainwashed from infancy to say, "I know Smith was a true prophet". Attend any testimony meeting during Sacrament on the first Sunday of each month and I guarantee you will hear it repeated...
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