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Grant Palmer Interview on reddit - 12/10/13
Race and the Priesthood - 12/8/13
First Vision Updates: - 11/26/13
Youtube video & CES Lecture:
Church essay on the First Vision:
Church historian acknowledges LDS Church has been keeping information from its members - 11/15/13
Current Church historian Elder Steven E. Snow, who recently replaced Elder Marlin K. Jensen as the Church Historian and Recorder, did an interview with BYU’s Religious Educator on the topic of Church history. In the interview, Elder Snow essentially admits that the church leaders have suppressed information about Church history. He also tacitly states that they would still be doing so were it not for the internet. Read Truth in Church History: Excerpts from the Religious Educator’s Q&A with Elder Steven Snow
MormonThink gets its first billboard - 11/5/13
Swedish Rescue commentary by Sandra Tanner - 10/21/13
New video on Joseph bringing the Gold Plates Home - 9/23/14
The following very informative video by noted Mormon historian Dan Vogel describes the circumstances surrounding how Joseph first brought the plates to his family's house in 1827. This video is now in several sections of MT, including this one:
School of the Prophets - 8/21/13
The original School of the Prophets was instituted by Joseph Smith starting in 1833 to instruct select Latter-day Saints on both sacred and secular topics. In 2013, the LDS Church has initiated a program they also call School of the Prophets designed for select members in Sweden. Sweden's School of the Prophets
Compilation of professors - 8/13/13
A current, young LDS member sought further knowledge about what the scientific community thought about whether the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham could be historically plausible. Here's his feedback from 14 professors that have responded so far and allowed their comments to be printed: professors
Joseph Smith, Captain Kidd, Cumorah And Moroni - by Grant Palmer 8/9/13
Folktales of the treasure feats of Captain William Kidd (1645-1701), and their likely influence upon Joseph Smith Jr., have previously been argued and written during the last several decades. While the topic is not new, circumstantial evidence linking the two men is accumulating. This article is not the last word on the subject, but rather an effort to clarify where things presently stand. READ: article by Grant Palmer
Note: This article has been accepted for publication and will appear in the Spring issue of 2014, in The John Whitmer Historical Journal.
More Mormon Personal Stories - 8/8/13
By reader request, MormonThink has added another personal stories section for those LDS members or former members that wish to share their stories of faith crisis or other interesting thoughts or essays. The first essay is especially interesting by a family that left the LDS Church after visiting the apologetic site FAIR. Please see More Mormon Personal Stories
Temple Changes - 8/8/13
The LDS temple ceremony has recently undergone some changes. Reports are sketchy as to what exactly was changed. Apparently the movie was updated to have a more modern look and 12 minutes added to allow for language conversions.
New book - Mormon Crisis : Anatomy of a Failing Religion by James A. Beverley - 8/7/13
The book offers a serious indictment of the LDS belief system but also presents a way out of the current crisis facing one of America’s most famous and controversial religions. Book information: Mormon Crisis
Swedish Rescue Part 2 - 7/23/13
This section contains a link to the audio made from the 2010 fireside in Sweden mentioned by former Seventy Hans Mattsson as well as the transcript and various commentary (new critic's commentary added 7/29). Swedish Rescue Part 2
Hans Mattsson, former Seventy discusses his disbelief in the New York Times - 7/20/13
Page devoted to Hans Mattsson, a former member of the 3rd Quorum of the Seventy, who made headlines when his story appeared on the front page of the July 21, 2013 New York Times. Includes links to the NYT article, 5-part podcast Hans did on mormonstories, information on the fireside in Sweden discussed by Hans and the Swedish Rescue which was a program instituted by the Church to appease questioning members in Sweden. Page devoted to Hans Mattsson
LDS apologist defends the Book of Mormon translation - 7/11/13
LDS apologist Michael Ash defends the Book of Mormon translation process in Meridian Magazine. An editor responds to Ash's article. Translating the Book of Mormon by Michael Ash
LDS author and MT contributor Avery Wright latest writing: Finding Normal - 7/2/13
New Book of Abraham video - 6/30/13
This 23 minute video, made by a Latter-day Saint is one of the best, most concise and neutral overviews of the Joseph Smith papyri. He gives an excellent summary of the history of the Book of Abraham, the problems and the apologetic explanations. Added to the front page of the Book of Abraham section.
Dan Vogel video on the 1823 discovery of the gold plates - 6/19/13
The latest Dan Vogel video was added to both the Moroni visitation section and the Translation of the Book of Mormon section. It is a well-done video that touches on both the Moroni visit and Joseph's treasure seeking before he translated the Book of Mormon.
Professor Givens' "Crucible of Doubt" UK Tour on the “new” Church History – 6/11/13
During May 2013, under the apparent direction of the Church, LDS apologist Terryl Givens and his wife Fiona toured the UK and Ireland giving firesides on the ‘Crucible of Doubt’. MormonThink received many emails after these firesides, including a link to an audio tape made by a member in attendance. The firesides appeared to be apologetic in nature mentioning that there are some historical issues coming to light in the LDS Church which is causing members to doubt the Church. An e-mail was sent to all leadership that no missionaries, investigators or youth should attend. Click here for more information
UPDATE: Another similar fireside was given by Richard Bushman in Provo, UT July 6. A write-up by an attendee
Letter to a CES Director - 4/23/13
A current lifelong Latter-day Saint, Jeremy Runnells was asked by a CES Director in April 2013 to share with him Jeremy’s questions and concerns regarding the LDS Church and its truth claims. The following letter is Jeremy’s response: A Letter to a CES Director
Note: The most up-to-date version of this file will be permanently available on the personal stories webpage under Jeremy Runnells.
BYU professor's Book of Abraham videos - 2/27/13
John Dehlin's updated video - 2/11/13
John Dehlin has updated his popular 'Why people leave the LDS Church and what can we do about it' video. He has now included results of a survey.
Future Missionary - site made by Returned Missionaries to help new missionaries prepare to go on a mission. Informative and useful information. - 1/21/13
Mission Presidents and taxes - 1/9/13
MormonThink joins FaceBook - 1/5/13
MormonThink Blogger Avery Wright - 1/5/13
Book of Mormon Tories - Part 2 youtube video by Tom Donofrio - 12/20/12
Mission Presidents and paying taxes -- 12/9/12
Former Stake President takes over as MormonThink's Managing Editor - 11/29/12
Tom Phillips has agreed to act as the managing editor of MormonThink. The last two managing editors resigned from the church after the LDS leadership called them to church courts for writing about church history and doctrine, as well as working on the MormonThink website.
Tom is a former stake president well qualified to speak to the issues. You can learn more about him at Tom Phillip's Home Page.
Tom will use his knowledge and background to carry on MT's goal to generate discussion about little-known topics of church history to those interested in increasing their knowledge about these fascinating doctrinal and historical issues. Tom vows to continue representing truth and provide the critic and faithful LDS with evidence to make informed decisions.
First Vision Essay - 11/29/12
R. L. Pratt's essay on the First Vision discusses issues such as throughout the Nineteenth Century, Elohim was thought to be a name synonymous with Jehovah. But in 1916, Church authorities issued out a Doctrinal Exposition saying in effect that Elohim was actually an altogether different person; a higher-yet god.....a god above Jehovah. Read Joseph Smith Sabellianism and Mormon Belief
Grant Palmer Presentation - 11/26/12
Will Bagley Home Page - Romney article and several others - 11/2/12