Some Mormon Resources.

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Some Mormon Resources.

Postby SoCalExile » Sat May 09, 2015 10:40 am

Ran into these while discussing Mormonism on another board with Mormons. As soon as I put these up, the thread went silent.

There has been some mention that, in the last few years, the LDS Church has been hemorrhaging members over the research being posted on the 'net about the origins of the Book of Mormon, Church History, and the response of the LDS Church, which has been desperately trying to shove it under the rug, telling it's members who approach them with this stuff, to shut-up and be faithful, and generally showing a lack of leadership and direction.

Here's a .pdf letter to a CES Director, which is a pretty damning look at the history and origins of the LDS and the Book of Mormon (.pdf format): http://cesletter.com/Letter-to-a-CES-Director.pdf
Here is the site to the creator of the CES Letter, scroll down for the video interview: http://cesletter.com/
A collection of LDS essays and their critical review: http://cesletter.com/essays/

Another ex-Mormon, who conducted the interview with the author of the CES Letter, runs this website: http://mormonstories.org/
Another site: http://askreality.com/
Ex-Mormon subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/ <-- some sad stuff there. Please be respectful, many have undergone a crisis of faith in God and are pretty jaded. Use as a resource.

A site hosting infographics, many of whom are in the CES Letter: http://www.mormoninfographics.com/
Some:
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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

Postby SoCalExile » Sat May 09, 2015 11:40 am

An interesting look at the role of the LDS Church in Utah politics: http://www.anamericandreamrevealed.com/ ... itics.html

A post from the same blog on he re-branding of the LDS church: http://www.anamericandreamrevealed.com/ ... igion.html
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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

Postby IceMobster » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:36 pm

I didn't think it is required to open a new topic, but, a few months ago I talked to some Mormons on their site under the live chat option.
"H" and "S" are the Mormons and I am "P"
I know it is not really easy to read, but I am too lazy to edit it all. :mrgreen:
Note how some of the things mentioned here (at least from my side) are incorrect, mainly concerning personal things/believes/etc.
I did another session where I claimed to be a Muslim, etc. etc.
The ending is pretty weird, though.

So, here is the chat:
[spoiler] (well, spoilers don't work or I do not know how to insert them...)

Thank you for your interest in chatting with a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What would you like to talk about?

P

Hello.
12:39 AM

Now chatting with Hilary
H

Hello! Welcome to mormon.org
12:48 AM

Now chatting with Hilary & Stacy
S

Hi Peter! How are you today?
12:48 AM

H

Are you still there?
12:52 AM

P

Yeah I am here
12:57 AM

I've got a question.


Why did it take Joseph Smith and I guess all of his followers ~1500 years to figure out that the Church is wrong and that there should be a new one made?


H

I think it was definitely in the Lords timing and in His will. It is interesting to note when and where the restoration of the church occurred-in the US in a time when religious freedom was available to all. It would not have been possible in other places or times for someone to claim what Joseph Smith claimed and to restore the gospel and bring followers along with him
12:59 AM

does that make sense?


P

No it does not. He could have done it along with protestants?
1:00 AM

H

What do you mean? Like during the protestant reformation?
1:01 AM

P

yes
1:01 AM

H

Im honestly not sure why. But I know that God has his reasons for everything
1:01 AM

P

Wel
1:02 AM

that makes no sense lo


how can you know that is God's will?


H

Well I have prayed to know if JOseph Smith truly was a prophet of God and have received an answer through the HOly Ghost.
1:02 AM

P

How can you know that God's will is not in Islam or in Catholic Church or in some Protestant one?
1:02 AM

Elaborate.


H

What is your religious background?
1:02 AM

P

Why does it matter?
1:03 AM

H

Helps me to know how to teach you better! Were not here to argue, by the way. We are here to talk to people that have sincere desire to learn the basic doctrines of our church and to come closer to Jesus Christ. Do you believe that God answers prayers?
1:03 AM

P

I believe that could be possible.
1:04 AM

But how can you know that Joseph is a prophet of God?


Why would God choose him? Why divide Christianity further by making new Churches?


H

Because I have prayed to God and asked Him if he was a prophet o GOd
1:05 AM

Thats not the purpose of the restoration of the gospel. God restored the gospel in order to provide all of the His children the opportunity to accept the fullness of the gospel of JEsus Christ. That doesnt mean He takes away our agency and forces everyone to do that, but the opportunity is provide.d


P

What are you even on about?
1:07 AM

H

Im not sure what that means
1:07 AM

P

Why did he restore the Gospel?
1:07 AM

Why in 1830?


Why did God wait so long to bring another prophet ?


How do you know he is the real one?
1:09 AM

S

These are really great questions! Like Hilary mentioned earlier, we don't know all of the reasons behind the timing that the Lord chooses, however, we do believe that He acts in the best interest of His children. It could be that His children were the most prepared to receive the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness in 1830 and not beforehand.
1:09 AM

P

I am not satisfied with just "praying"... Or at least elaborate how did you ask God if Joseph is prophet and how did you know the answer is affirmative.
1:10 AM

S

Oh interesting. How come prayer isn't enough in your eyes?
1:10 AM

P

Well, I could write a book and say that Lord provided me with Holy Ghost and that every other Christian denomination is wrong and my is correct...
1:11 AM

Because it can be abused. You could kill 10 people and say I prayed to God and he said I should kill them.


Using rational thoughts one could think that the person who says that is schizoprenic


S

Well, there is a test to know if the answers we receive are coming from God. Would you like to know what that is?
1:12 AM

P

Sure.
1:12 AM

S

Great! Are you familiar with the Book of Mormon?
1:13 AM

P

Not really...
1:13 AM

S

Okay, lets read some of it together in order to understand this concept you're asking about a little better. Would you like us to give you a brief history of the Book of Mormon so you're not confused?
1:14 AM

P

I am more interested in how Hilary knows that God claims Joseph is a prophet...
1:14 AM

H

I have read the Book of Mormon, and prayed to God to know if it is the word of God. The Holy Ghost has touched my heart, and also my mind in confirming the truth of it. There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that fi we read with real intent and a sincere desire to know if it is true, the Holy Ghost will manifest the truthfullness to you. IF that is true, then Joseph Smith truly wasa prophet of GOd.
1:15 AM

P

You know what a rational mind would say to this?
1:16 AM

You are delusional and crazy...


H

I ahve heard that many times before
1:16 AM

P

Yeah ok but still, you cant know that he is a prophet
1:17 AM

H

The world continues to tell us that, and I dont think they will stop any time soon. I CHOOSE to have faith in God
1:17 AM

P

So does whole of Christianity
1:17 AM

From catholic to orthodox to protestants


Why are they wrong and you are not?


H

Yes, so you calling me delusional is not going to affect that choice. Is your purpose in coming to mormon.org to prove us wrong?
1:17 AM

P

That is wrong. I did not call you delusional. I am stating that some do and would call you delusional.
1:18 AM

H

Ok, sorry I must have read that wrong
1:18 AM

P

And no, my purpose is not to prove you wrong. I'd like to see why do you think this is the correct way.
1:18 AM

H

I believe it is the correct way because I ahve read in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and the words of modern day prophets who have testified of God and of Jesus Christ and have taught us that this is the way to receive spiritual truth
1:18 AM

P

May I know how old are you?
1:19 AM

H

23
1:19 AM

P

Okay, let us do what Stacy proposed. That is, read some of it together to understand the concept better
1:20 AM

H

ok great!
1:20 AM

Do you have a copy? If not you can read it online


P

No I do not but wait, I've got a question.
1:21 AM

S

Okay, we're waiting... :)
1:21 AM

P

Why do mormons claim that the Holy Trinity is three separate beings?
1:22 AM

S

It goes back to knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We believe that he really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ and that They did speak to him. They were two separate and distinct beings.
1:22 AM

We believe They always have been and always will be.


P

What is mormon's view on homosexuality?
1:23 AM

H

Homosexual feelings are not a sin, but it is a sin to act on those feelings
1:24 AM

S

How old are you Peter?
1:24 AM

P

20
1:24 AM

S

Nice! How did you hear about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Is it something that you've just recently looked in to or have you been studying our beliefs for a while?
1:25 AM

P

I'm interested to see religious views in the world, like in general and since I've seen that your sight even has a live chat I was really eager to learn more.
1:26 AM

S

It is really fascinating, right?!
1:27 AM

Out of all your research, how do you think you'll be able to find truth?


P

I am not sure... Through Christianity, I guess. Not sure which denomination, though. I am really interested in Evangelical point of view since it makes the most sense to me.
1:28 AM

S

Oh that's awesome! I have some Evangelical friends and they are sooo nice! :) We believe that the ultimate source of truth is God and God alone. Have you experienced receiving answers to your prayers Peter?
1:29 AM

P

Nope.
1:29 AM

H

Have you ever prayed before?
1:29 AM

P

I did.
1:29 AM

H

Once?
1:29 AM

P

Nah, multiple times. Well, depends what you define as a prayer?
1:30 AM

S

How do you define prayer?
1:30 AM

P

I don't see much sense in endless repetition of words which many claim as a prayer.
1:30 AM

S

Neither do I
1:31 AM

P

Therefore I pray differently. Something like talking, having an intimate relationship with a deity.
1:31 AM

H

We believe and practice the same thing
1:31 AM

S

We believe that because God is our Father, we can communicate with Him just as we communicate with our earthly fathers. We can counsel with Him. We believe that's what He wants for us. He wants to guide and direct our lives just like many fathers do, but we have to seek that guidance in prayer.
1:32 AM

I like this verse about prayer - Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good;
yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may
watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.


"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever."


P

Yeah but how do you know if the answer to your prayer is really God? How do you know it is not a product of your imagination? How do you know it is not some other deity? Why trust that feeling when it is so mysterious and unknown to us?
1:34 AM

Not to say, God never answered any of my prayer. What does it feel like to have it answered? Is it like a voice or what?


S

We believe the answers come differently for everyone because we are all differently, but the scriptures do teach us how we can identify answers to our prayers. Do you study the scriptures?
1:36 AM

different*


P

Not intensivly...
1:36 AM

Who are these earthly fathers you talk about?


S

I was referring to our biological fathers. We believe that We communicate with God in prayer and often He communicates back to us through the words of His prophets as recorded in the scriptures. That is why it is so important to study the scriptures.
1:38 AM

P

Agreed.
1:39 AM

S

That's great! What do these words from James in the Bible mean to you? "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
1:39 AM

P

Just a second.
1:41 AM

What verse is that? I'd like to see it on my language :)


H

James 1:5
1:41 AM

What is your first language?


P

Swedish. I am from Sweden.
1:42 AM

I have nothing to add to the verse. I agree with it.


S

Wow! that's awesome! You speak English really well!
1:42 AM

What does it mean though?


P

That if you ask for wisdom you should have a connection to God to obtain it more easily and to maintain it. Basically, if you ask from God, it will be given.
1:43 AM

Yeah, I've been learning English since kindergarten.


S

Well, you speak better than I do! Haha!
1:44 AM

P

:)
1:44 AM

S

Yes, that's definitely what it means. Lets read what Paul teaches about receiving answers through the Holy Spirit.
1:45 AM

Do you still have your Bible nearby?


P

Yes.
1:45 AM

S

Perfect! Paul teaches in Galatians 5:22-23 about the feelings associated with the Holy Spirit. We believe these same feelings can accompany answer to our prayers.
1:47 AM

H

Do you feel like you have ever felt those things before?
1:47 AM

P

Hmmm
1:48 AM

S

Enlighten us :)
1:48 AM

P

Of course I did, but so did certain people who claim for themselves to be atheists.
1:49 AM

So, I did feel them and I can understand the correlation with the Holy Ghost and in the end God


S

While they are praying?
1:49 AM

P

The verse states nothing about receiving those feelings while praying.
1:50 AM

S

Oh, I see what you are saying. We believe that as we feel these same feeling in prayer, we can know that the truths about which we are praying are true and of God.
1:51 AM

P

So, if you are praying and asking God if Joseph is the true prophet if you experience happiness or joy you can truthfully say that the answer is affirmative?
1:52 AM

and if you experience...*


S

Good question! We believe that answers come to our mind and our heart as the verse that Hilary is going to share with you states. We also believe that as we study the Book of Mormon, we can come to know of the truthfulness of his calling as a prophet as well. An honest evaluation of the fruits of his labors as prophets is also telling.
1:55 AM

H

2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
1:55 AM

We have to get going, but we can transfer you to some other representatives if you would like. :)


P

Yeah, that would be good.
1:55 AM

S

Okay great! It has been wonderful chatting with you today. We will transfer you to our friends Chris and Matt. We wish you the best! We truly know that God will answer your prayers as you are sincerely looking for truth! We're so excited for you. :)
1:56 AM

P

Good. Thanks. See you around :)
1:56 AM

Now chatting with Taylor
P

Hello. Can you see the chat before this one?
1:57 AM

T

Hello, how are you today?
1:57 AM

And yes, we can see the chat.


Now chatting with Taylor & Christian
P

Ok, that is good. Anyway, was Joseph polygamist? Does the Bible not state that marriage is a unity between man and a wife not many wives?
1:58 AM

I mean, I've read that he was a polygamist, so, I am wondering.


Oh, btw, feel free to read the chat above if you wish. To get a more detailed situation. I can wait.


T

Hey Peter, so we have a time limit with each chat. We do this so we can meet the demand and give everyone a chance to chat with us. So we are very sorry, but we are going to need to get going. But we can answer your last question before we get going.
2:00 AM

Thanks for talking with us. God bless Peter :)


The chat session has ended. [/spoiler]
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.

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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

Postby Kurieuo » Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:15 am

So, did you pray in your heart Ice? :P
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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

Postby IceMobster » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:59 am

Kurieuo wrote:So, did you pray in your heart Ice? :P

Yeah, I got a vision seeing God and Jesus both telling me I should start a new branch of Church since the current one(s) are being misled. I am questioning my career as a prophet. :comeon:
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Re: Some Mormon Resources.

Postby SoCalExile » Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:58 pm

BTW, since the OP, I've discovered the best site so far on training Christians to witness to Mormons: http://tilm.org/

Check out the dictionary under "Basic Witnessing Tools". The LDS church redefines many common Christian terms in order to sound like Christians.
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