The Mormon Mistakes Throughout history, religion has negatively affected its own members. This is especially true with the Mormon Church, a denomination of Christianity founded in the 1820s. This church like any other has helped better people 's lives in spiritual ways. However, there are people that are denied this betterment, people that are discriminated against, and people that are being lied to. This is a problem the church must take ownership of, and solve. Thus, the Mormon Church negatively affects its own members because of its unfair treatment of women, discrimination of homosexuals, and re-writing of church history; ultimately the Mormon church needs to accept it’s faults and create a more accepting and inclusive religion.
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First of all, the church tried to cover up Joseph Smith’s polygamy. The truth is, the first prophet of the church, Joseph Smith, had more than forty wives. For years the church had told it’s members that this was not the truth, and anyone who said differently was wrong. The church also went further and lied about Joseph Smith’s use of alcohol and tobacco. What the church didn 't want known was that Joseph Smith was a user of alcohol and tobacco, but the church left out this fact so that members would look more favorably on him. Finally, the church used a false account called The Testament of the Three Witnesses to legitimize the creation of The Book of Mormon. At the beginning of almost every copy of the Book of Mormon there is a testimony from three people, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer. The testimony quotes these people as having seen the golden plates, used to translate the original Book of Mormon. Later these men were excommunicated and revealed that they had lied in the testimony. Because of these facts, it is safe to say the Golden Plates may have never existed. These are just a few examples of how the church had lied about or changed church
What hardships did the Mormons face during their journey? The Mormons were poorly prepared, in spring 1846. Mobs looted Mormons’ workshops forcing them to leave Nauvoo before they were ready for their long trek to Salt Lake. Mormon leader, Brigham Young sent advanced ‘pioneers’ to plant crops, built houses, and set up staging posts for the
The Book of Mormon Girl, is a memoir about the life of the protagonist, Joanna Brooks. Brooks gives us an insight into one of America's most captivating yet misunderstood religious traditions. From early on in her life, Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made her different form others. She knew that she was different but not in a bad way but rather in a special. Joanna brook’s memoir traces her faith journey beginning with her childhood in a secure and idealistically orthodox LDS family in Southern California to an adult woman.
Joseph Smith, the leader of the Mormons, arrived in neighboring Jackson County in 1831 with a group of his followers. They believed that they would inherit the land that was already owned by earlier settlers through righteousness. This created tension between the Mormons and the earlier arrivals, and in 1833, the Mormons were forcibly driven from Jackson County. Many relocated to Clay County and later to Caldwell County, but lasting peace was not to be achieved. In 1838, Joseph Smith and several other Mormon leaders were arrested and jailed in Liberty over the winter.
Thus, Faye progressively starts to refrain from “moderating” her husband’s outrageous religion-based statements and “no longer quietly gave her own opinion” on certain conflicts (232). Ultimately, Faye fears deviating from the norms she has been raised to abide by as a Mormon woman, being that a wife should obey her
Old fashioned, hand made clothing, reserved lives, playgrounds that only consist of a cement slab, and a school system that only teaches through the eighth grade are peculiar to the outside world. These oddities are just the surface of the unusual practices that take place in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. The FLDS church is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations and one of the largest organizations in the United States whose members practice polygamy. Polygamy is illegal, in 1890 the Mormon church ended its practice of polygamy, which created a split in the church. Fundamentalists moved to secluded areas where they could continue their practice of plural marriage.
When they first arrived, he decided that the land should be shared equally to all the Mormons, to prevent conflict. By doing this, he prevented arguemnets within the community, and created a successful settlement The
It provides a foundation for worship, prayer, and theological reflection. The Mormon conception, which departs from this framework, may lead to practical difficulties in how believers engage with God and understand their faith. The Mormon stance on the Trinity is seen by some as lacking comprehensive coherence with widely accepted theological frameworks. Mainstream Christian traditions have developed over centuries, forming a theological consensus on the doctrine of the Trinity as a central tenet of faith. The Mormon interpretation, with its distinct personages and physical bodies, diverges significantly from this established understanding.
The persecutors would hurt and kill people that believed in the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. The travel West was dangerous. There were many blizzards that could take lives. In the winter animals would hide from the cold. The pioneers would not be able to find the animals.
Mormons believe that we can live a perfect life. Matthew 5:48 states, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as our Father in heaven is perfect.” Some believe Jesus didn’t really mean perfect, because that would require that we be flawless. Instead, we believe He was telling us to be mature. Section 4: Witnessing to Mormons: Mormons as we have read believe in multiple gods, if each one of us has the potential in becoming a god then we must presume that there are hundreds if not thousands of gods.
This rhetorical device paints a grotesque picture illustrating the consequences of the deception, yet its nature remains undefined. The notion that members are deceived, in this case by Satan, carries with it a grave warning of the potential Satanic influence associated with a reasoned and informed study and analysis of the Book of Mormon
As Brigham Young became the president of the Church he had more and more responsibilities. The Mormon people were being attacked by mobs and driven out of their homelands. As they kept moving from land to land Brigham consulted with his closest advisers, concluding that the only way to prevent Mormon/ Non-Mormon violence would be to abandon Nauvoo and migrate to a new frontier. He had tried to find a place where the Mormons could live without being attacked and killed. They moved west to seek out a location and a home where the saints could dwell in peace and health.
Beginning in the mind of a troubled and delusional science fiction author, Scientology has grown to become one of the most controversial body of beliefs since the dawn of its creation in 1960. The Church of Scientology uses marketing technics to lure men and women into its cult-like sector and, while doing so, ruins the lives of everyone in its wake. Although the Church of Scientology claims to help the human condition by ridding the minds of its followers of terrible past life experiences so that they may reach their untapped potential, the Church of Scientology is a profit-making cult driven by greed, power, and gaining a worldwide following and ultimately ruins the lives of its followers. Science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard created Scientology
In Fundamentalist Mormonism, there is no set limit to the number of wives in one marriage. Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet who first delivered God 's directive that Mormons practice plural marriage, ultimately took dozens of wives. In the United States, Fundamentalist Mormons are the most common groups to practice polygamy. For Mormons, polygamy is the Divine Principle, reflecting God 's wish that his people are "fruitful and multiply."