How much anti-Mormon material is out there?

Does anyone know how much anti-Mormon material is out there?

When I was a missionary back in 1995, I taught a man in a remote city in Brazil. He had been looking for “the right religion” to join for years. He had gone to every church he could find, even the one that drank something hallucinogenic and had “visions”. Then he started talking to us Mormons. What convinced him to join the LDS Church? Well, primarily it was a lot of study and prayer, but he mentioned something else that has stuck in my mind. He said that when he was doing his church tour, he was always supported by his family, friends, and even by the clergy of the various churches. They would praise him for studying, researching, and searching, even when it wasn’t their own church he was going to, or even after he had rejected their religion. But as soon as he started talking to the Mormons, everyone turned against him. He received visits from the ministers, clergy, and leaders of every church in town. His family and friends discouraged him. His wife turned against him. He said “I had never encountered any resistance from anyone while going to other churches, even the one that had their members doing drugs. Then all hell breaks loose when I start talking to you guys. I figured I must be on to something.”

And when it comes to anti-Mormon material, be it printed or online, I’ve seen a ton of it. I’m constantly impressed at how much effort is put into “proving” the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS Church, etc. to be false. But of course my perspective is limited. Could it be that there is more anti-Mormon activity per Mormon than there is of any other religion? Are there as many websites dedicated to proving the Catholic Church to be false? Do people go to such lengths to point out the perceived faults of Islam or Judaism? There has got to be some research on this somewhere.

Comments

  1. There are a few websites that proclaim the Catholic church as being false, and a few others. However, fewer people do seem to have it in for other churches than they do for Mormons. Part of the reason for this is that the Mormon faith is seen as exclusionary in many cases. There was a long time that African Americans were excluded from the priesthood, and many explanations that were not complimentary in the least. Now we are seen as excluding gays, because we don't believe that being gay is a good thing. This results in people not even looking further into it and believing all the anti-mormon literature that they read, because they don't want to believe that a religion that ever excluded anyone and is not "politically correct" can be right.

  2. Answer: Not enough.

  3. I Think that the people is very right for thereselves. For their kind I never wanted to intergrate because, I want to have the right to go where I wanted to go. But be treated equal.

  4. I Think that the people is very right for thereselves. For their kind I never wanted to intergrate because, I want to have the right to go where I wanted to go. But be treated equal. And the churches are very shamless to me because all they want is your money. I heard that the sabbath day is on Saturday not sunday. The first day of the week is Sunday. So what you think about that.

  5. Mormonism does require a 10% tithe to be able to enter the temple. They also require you to do temple rituals in able to live in the celestial kingdom with God. So in order for you to live with God, you MUST give the Mormon church money. It's a requirement. Joshua if you are honest, you have to acknowledge this fact.

    First clue a church is just out for money: they require you to pay them for you to go to heaven. Big red flag! You don't need a church, you need Jesus. He will save you. For free!!

    • No, you sad mislead little girl. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not demand anything of itself, nor is it the Church or any of its leaders that invented its doctrine. It was and is Jesus Christ that leads His Church, and assuming you've read at least the NT, He demands a lot, as in everything. We don't pay the Church 10% of our income, we give to God what is already His. We as "Mormons" obey all of God's commandments, not just the easy ones. And just to mimic your petty logic, The LDS Churches tithes don't go towards people as opposed to every other christian church whose clergy live on the filthy lucre of their people.

      So that isn't edifying to either one of us, so I really shouldn't be wasting my time or speaking so contentiously, but your ignorance finally got to me.

      • I think you need to research a little more. The local leaders are non-paid clergy, but the GA's get a "modest stipend". What that means, who knows? The financial books are closed. We may never find out how deep the money hole is. You can do that math and find out that in 25 years the church gave 750k in charitable help, but their new shiny and spacious building (mall) cost them double. I think the church places more than enough emphasis on $$$ or filthy lucre. Just google beneficial life, ensign peak advisers, the 1.5 billion city creek mall. It isn't all roses, there have been some questionable things in the church such as Joseph Smith and Kirtland Banking scandal. I think that when you find out that Boyd Packer lives in house valued in the millions something smells fishy.

  6. Joshua,

    Your belief that just because the mormon church gets 'picked on' is not because it's true. No, Satan is not provoking people to do so. No, the 'martyr syndrome' doesn't get to carry over to the church since Joseph Smith because it's true. Surely, time and time again on your web-site, you have heard that people do not like to be told their way of Christianity is wrong, and yours is. Therein lies the matter. How good did you feel when the mormon church was falsely accused of being the major proponent to Proposition 8, when it was several people and religions? And how fair was it to you to be thought of as a religion that hates gays? Not very fair. That's where people are coming from.

    But it is not because the mormon church is true that it gets picked on. It's because people are trying to be good Christians in this crazy world and the last thing they need is someone telling them they're not doing it right because they're not doing it your way.

  7. That's one theory. It would be hard to put to a scientific test, but if we wanted to really answer this question of whether the LDS faith is disproportionately attacked I suppose the closest we could get would be to find a religion that is similar in the ways you described, similar to the LDS religion in other ways, and then see how much material has been produced attacking that religion vs. the LDS religion. It seems the Jehovah's Witnesses would be the closest. They have a similar outreach program, they're fairly particular about their doctrine and the idea that theirs is the only true religion, and they're large enough to represent a sample size somewhat comparable to the LDS faith (about half the size with 7+ million members, but that seems large enough for our purposes). The only problem is I have no idea how to get data on how much anti-Mormon material is out there, nor how much anti-JW material there is.

  8. When I was a young missionary in Southampton, Hampshire, I was told by a man that I couldn't tell him anything about Mormonism because when he was in the Merchant Marine his ships tied up at Salt Lake City. This is one of the saner things I have been told by Mormon critics.

    The Mormon Church, and every other Church or faith that gets picked on, is picked on because some folks cannot lie still and see other people enjoying themselves if they disagree with them. They are modern-day Pharisaical nosy-parkers that make life interesting by providing humorous examples of small minds at work.

    Of course, when they take up cudgels, swords, and guns, they stop being humorous and become devilishly dangerous.

  9. I think it takes a small mind to say the only reason Mormons get picked on is because others "can't lie still and see them enjoying themselves."

    How about because they have hijacked the name of another religion? How about their founders threw the first stone and "picked on" Christians and attacked their beliefs FIRST and now others want to defend themselves against those attacks? How about some may care for the Mormons' souls and want to help them find Jesus? How about some hate the lies and control of the Mormon leadership and want truth exposed to it's members? You fool yourself and judge others motives incorrectly if you think the only reason Mormonism gets picked on is because people are "nosy-parkers".

    I find it extremely frustrating how I can post lists and lists of quotes from LDS founders and leaders attacking and being downright vitriolic towards Christians and the Christian beliefs, but you guys completely ignore it! You won't comment on it or acknowledge the fact that your prophets have attacked another religion first! You just sit back and cry about how persecuted you are and pretend you don't deserve to be "picked on". Your missionaries bring it on you when they knock on doors and tell unsuspecting people that Christianity is an false and an abomination to God. "You hypocrites!" -Jesus

    "Of course, when they take up cudgels, swords, and guns, they stop being humorous and become devilishly dangerous."

    I agree…like in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Not funny at all.

  10. How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter‑day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me ‑ namely that Adam is our father and God ‑ I do not know, I do not inquire, I care nothing about it. Our Father Adam helped to make this earth, it was created expressly for him, and after it was made he and his companions came here. He brought one of his wives with him, and she was called Eve, because she was the first woman upon the earth. Our Father Adam is the man who stands at the gate and holds the keys of everlasting life and salvation to all his children who have or who ever will come upon the earth. I have been found fault with by the ministers of religion because I have said that they were ignorant. But I could not find any man on the earth who cold tell me this, although it is one of the simplest things in the world, until I met and talked with Joseph Smith.
    Brigham Young, Deseret News, v. 22, no. 308, June 8, 1873

    • Yeah a very Chistian Church [NOT]

      • You might have a point if the LDS Church accepted the Adam-God doctrine as preached by Brigham Young, but the Church never has, so to call out the Church on this matter makes little sense.

        In October 1976 general conference, Spencer W. Kimball declared the Church’s official position on Adam-God:

        “We warn you against the dissemination of doctrines which are not according to the Scriptures and which are alleged to have been taught by some of the General Authorities of past generations. Such, for instance, is the Adam-God theory. We denounce that theory and hope that everyone will be cautioned against this and other kinds of false doctrine.”

        • False Doctrine I totally agree. But when it was given every Mormon believed it there was even an Apostle ex-communicated because he wouldn’t go along with it. How many doctrines that were given by these so called Prophets that was supposely given by God has the Church now rejected [blood atonement is that why Utah still has the Firing Squad, God being man, Polygamy, temple masonic rites}.

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