“Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt”
by Laurie Goodstein
The New York Times
July 21, 2013
pages A1 & A4
If you’re not a Mormon, it’s tempting to think that all Latter Day Saints march in lockstep. But in Sunday’s New York Times Laurie Goodstein reports that an increasing number of Mormons have begun to doubt the LDS Church’s version of Mormon history. Goodstein states that for years Mormon teaching have ignored the “warts” in their history such as –
- founder Joseph Smith’s allegedly finding the Book of Mormon while looking into a hat,
- Smith’s plural marriages, and
- the fact that the LDS’ Book of Abraham did not come from Abraham.
The Internet – and Mormons’ ability to research their faith on their own – is driving much of the discontent. Interestingly, Goodstein reports that many disaffected Mormons are those who formerly held leadership positions in the Church.