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Mormonism: A Latter Day Deception Paperback – June 24, 2003
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About the Author
Martin Wishnatsky, a Jewish man, was born in 1944 in Newark, New Jersey. In 1977, during a time of distress in his life, and after receiving prayer from a believer, he began to read the Bible and was drawn from darkness to light, from the power to Satan to Jesus Christ. Mr. Wishnatsky is a graduate of Harvard College (1966), and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University (1975). He is the author (Martin Weil) of A Pretty Good Club: The Founding Fathers of the U.S. Foreign Service (W.W. Norton and Co., 1978).
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FROM THE CONCLUSION.
It has not been easy to tell the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to conduct a controlled extraction of the teeth of this cunning dragon. The Ku Klux Klan, by comparison, is a model of sincerity. Surely Mormon missionaries should be required by the municipalities in which they proselytize to wear a button reading: "Warning: Mormonism may be dangerous to your health." Under the pretense of "bearing a message from Jesus Christ," the missionaries are really seeking to lure the unwary into an oath-bound organization from which there is no escape except on terror of death. At least an initiate into the Ku Klux Klan understands the nature of the institution he is joining. A Mormon convert, however, as he prepares for his momentous and soul-stirring first trip to the Temple, is told that he will enter an atmosphere of "simplicity, dignity and quiet . . . there to ponder quietly the eternal things of God." "There is a feeling of timelessness and peace found there that exists nowhere else," writes BYU Stake President and Professor of Physics J. Duane Dudley. "The only way to prepare for the temple," he continues, "is to prepare your spiritual self. You should go to the temple in a spiritual frame of mind and be ready to learn spiritually." There is little in such language to prepare the novice for irrevocable membership in a secret society sealed by blood oaths. The fact that it is over seventy years since anyone has published the truth about Mormonism is an indication of the effectiveness of the terror instilled in the Endowment rooms. So sinuous and seductive is the preparation for this experience that the initiate is baffled, embarrassed and terrified to admit that he has been taken in and played for a sucker. (He also may be too busy adjusting to the discomfort of wearing his Mormon underwear continuously to think about much else.) If he wavers or quavers, his priesthood leaders will hover over him. "He is having trouble with his testimony," they will say and spend time "prayerfully" re-educating the weakling and carefully exclude him from any position of responsibility in the apparatus.
An indication that other first-time endowees have been surprised and stunned by the experience may be seen in the carefully chosen remarks of Elder W. Grant Bangerter at the April, 1982 General Conference. "Having the privilege of working each day in the administration of the temples," said Elder Bangerter, swinging easily into temple-ese, "I am constantly impressed with the richness, the holiness, and the glory of the blessings administered there." And now the point: "Questions come to us about the ordinances performed in the temple." (What a world of anguish lies behind his affected innocence!) "We, of course, are not permitted," explains the faithful servant of God, "to discuss them outside the temple, because of their sacred nature." Apparently some members had complained at the sharp contradiction between what happens in the Endowment rooms and what they are led to expect. "Others press for a preparatory orientation so that those who enter the temple will not be confused." No chance, says Elder Bangerter that we will give the dupes a break. "I want to emphasize that the preparation to enter the temple lies in the gospel. Nothing is said or done in the temple which does not have its foundation in the scriptures."
The truth is that not until one is in the Endowment Room of the temple, the doors closed and guarded, the spotters vigilantly watching every gesture, does the truth of total "consecration" on penalty of death come out. There is no aisle in the Endowment Room should one decide to run out; he would have to clamber over the bodies of the other experienced ritual throat-slitters, dodge past the spotters, and then race out of the building before anyone could react fast enough to stop him. Whether or not it would be more or less difficult to hitch a ride on the Capitol Beltway dressed in Temple robes is difficult to say. One would be considered either a lunatic and studiously ignored or a herald of the Second Coming and graciously assisted. NOTE: My experience in the Mormon Temple in Washington, D.C. took place in 1980-81. A lot of the terror was airbrushed out in the 1990 rewrite.
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I've read other accounts of the bizarre Mormon temple rituals, and this account matches those. The author clearly states what his experience was like when he became a temple Mormon. Because it was such an unsettling experience, he researched the origins of the practice in-depth and discovered the roots were in Masonic rituals.
I really like the combination of personal experience and heavy research that resulted in exposing the false nature of Mormonism. I strongly recommend this book to Mormons who want to know the whole truth behind their religion. It is also a good resource for understanding the Mormon religion.