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MormonThink has been produced primarily by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints interested in the transparent and accurate portrayal of the Church's history and doctrine and how they are being taught to its members and portrayed in the media.

There is a lot of misinformation about the LDS Church presented by both critics and defenders of the faith—particularly on the Internet. We present a range of perspectives and viewpoints, privileging those we believe are the most accurate, consistent and empirically valid, then let the reader decide.

Please start by reading the Introduction.

“Well, we have nothing to hide. Our history is an open book. They may find what they are looking for, but the fact is the history of the church is clear and open and leads to faith and strength and virtues.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley
(Prophet, Seer & Revelator)

~ Dec. 25, 2005 interview with The Associated Press



Top Current Stories


Truth Is Restored Again - website - 4/16/14

"When the truth regarding our church is discovered, many people experience a degree of shock, internal turmoil, or pain." The purpose of the website is to help lessen these emotions by providing what it says is "a gentle awakening for the sincere seeker of truth." Besides the section labelled "Gentle Awakening" that covers many aspects which trouble members, the section "How to Validate Sources" is something every truth seeker should read. Link to Truth Is Restored Again.


New Managing Editor - 3/27/14

MormonThink is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Managing Editor, Scott Carles. Tom Phillips, who served as M.E. for the last 15 months has decided to pass the baton as he enjoys retirement in Algarve, Portugal. We thank Tom for his help, especially with sharing the truly, fascinating story of his Second Anointing which few members are aware still exists.

You can read about Scott and his plans for MormonThink.com here.


Survey Request - 3/27/14

Dixie State University asked us to post a survey as they are studying responses to the “Race and the Priesthood” document that the Church recently published on its website. Individuals have very different reactions to this document and they want to know what you think. They are looking for a broad range of Mormons to participate. Preliminary findings will be presented to the Utah Academy's annual conference at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah on April 11. They invite you to take this survey.


Dan Vogel video on Joseph Smith - 3/26/14

Award-winning author Dan Vogel updated his original video "The Prophet Puzzle". This video is based on a paper delivered at the Mormon History Association in Snowbird, Utah, 18 May 1996.

Watch “Joseph Smith’s Motives – The Prophet Puzzle”


Response to the Church essay on plural marriage - 3/21/14

MormonThink has posted its response to the Church essay on LDS.org called 'Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah'. Our response is here: Plural Marriage - Response to LDS.org


In Defense of the Prophet Noah and the Great Flood - 3/13/14

The LDS Meridian Magazine defends the story of Noah and the Great Flood as a true, historic event as the LDS Church has always taught. Please read their enlightening explanations for why this story appears to contradict science. http://www.ldsmag.com/article/1/14059


Dan Vogel videos on the Anthon Manuscript - 2/28/14

Award-winning author Dan Vogel made a 3-part set of youtube videos on the Anthon manuscript. The Anthon Manuscript is said to contain actual characters from the book of Mormon. If they could be verified as ancient writings as Professor Charles Anthon reportedly did in 1828, then this could give enormous scientific evidence for the historical claims of the Book of Mormon. Watching the videos really helps the viewer understand what the issues are and what likely happened. It is by far the most comprehensive video set on the subject.

Link to: Dan Vogel videos on the Anthon Manuscript



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