If the “restoration” was true…

AndersEssays on Doctrine

I’ve often pondered the question from the time I was a young man, “If Mormonism is true, then why aren’t the Mormons better people?” To which I’ve heard many persons reply, “You can’t judge the church by its members!” But why not? Shouldn’t the people be a measure of their religious system? Shouldn’t Mormonism take average people and change them into phenomenal human beings if the claims of the church are true? Shouldn’t membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints actually produce “saints” who walk a sacred and holy walk by the side of their Savior Jesus Christ and live their lives according to his teachings? Why then does the Mormon church … Read More

The Strong Delusion Part 2

AndersStrong Delusion

Any student reasonably familiar with early Mormon history has recognized by now a pattern of Joseph Smith beginning some endeavor, and then failing at that endeavor which seems completely contradictory if God was indeed at the helm of this ship. Excuses are made and revelations received to justify the failure and place blame elsewhere. It’s a theme that can’t be overlooked by honest researchers, but the church has made a business out of downplaying this obvious flaw of its founder. If Smith was talking to God after the Book of Mormon (BOM) translation was complete, and after he tossed the seer stone aside, there is no evidence to indicate such, because his revelations in the … Read More

The Strong Delusion Part 1

AndersStrong Delusion

Whereas our searching began by looking into scripture seeking the mysteries of godliness which turned out to be an integral part of the mysteries of The Great and Marvelous work (GMW), we never expected at the outset to discover we had been living a lie all of our lives which was a portion of Paul’s “strong delusion” prophecy. 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no … Read More