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An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism Paperback – July 27, 2011
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"An American Fraud," is an historically significant work that calls out the most insidious fraud of American culture for what it is. It is a timeless masterpiece, and will be associated with the beginning of the end of Mormonism in years to come. It is an essential work for any library on the subject matter of Mormonism to be considered complete.
Park B. Romney, Author of The Apostasy of a High Priest-The Sociology of An American Cult
From the Author
Additionally, in 2015 the church published photographs of the seerstone used by Smith to translate the Book of Mormon, and admitted that the stone was used for that purpose. According to former LDS Institute Director and author Grant Palmer, the stone had been kept in the LDS vault for decades prior to the hierarchy's release and photograph. (The photograph was published in the Salt Lake Tribune and in a variety of media, worldwide).
In 2016 noted LDS historian Richard Bushman was forced to comment "...that for the Church to remain strong it has to reconstruct its narrative. The dominant narrative is not true; it can't be sustained." Shortly after the book's publication, Park Romney observed: "An American Fraud," is an historically significant work that calls out the most insidious fraud of American culture for what it is. It is a timeless masterpiece, and will be associated with the beginning of the end of Mormonism in years to come..."
Though a successful lawsuit was never brought against the church for the misrepresentation of these purely secular facts (e.g., that the Book of Mormon was inspired by looking at a stone in a hat, as opposed to translated from ancient plates) mostly because statute of limitations issues are problematic and because the risk and cost of such an endeavor to any one firm would be great, I am personally pleased that the church has taken significant steps toward transparency in the narrative of its origins.
Hopefully those considering joining or remaining a part of the religion will study the new narrative and its implications prior to committing to the religion.
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The mormons have infiltrated Arizona so much, with a ton of lawyers and putting judges in spots to make sure the mormons get their outcome is devastating to the non mormons that must stand before the corruption of the mormons.
A must read to those who think they know what mormons are like, a real eye opener, highly recommended. !
middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing.”—LDS President
Gordon B. Hinckley, April Conference, 2003.
OK then...it's a fraud….
Jesus said by their fruits you would be able to judge people. Obviously Joseph Smith had plenty of rotten fruit to go around. His actions are trurly typical of past cult leaders who got a bit to big and thought to much of themselves using God as the tool to fool everyone he met. His life of lies, schemes, bank failures, womanizing aparently got a bit to much for his neighboors and God himself. Joseph Smith got what was comming to him. Imagine a man of God going out shooting like he was in the OK Coral. I have studued cults for over thirty years. Reading about this fraudster just infruiated me especially he seduced women saying it was Gods will. God only knows how many women he seduced and not only single women but MARRIED women. Apparently he didn’t read about the Bibles account of David and Bathsheba. Immoral acts get a payback. For Mormons to defend this fraud and sexual predator is beyond me but after being in a similar cult and now studying other cults I know why it happens. Just add another person to the many cult leaders such as John of Leydon, Jim Jones and to that Joseph Smith…..
I have since rejoined the Episcopal church, with out regret.