I'm interested in hearing the number one reason why everyone left the mormon church. What was the final straw that broke the camels back for you? Please be specific. I realize for most it's for various reasons, but if you could narrow it down to one or two reasons I'd really be interested in hearing about it. Was it a certain doctrine taught? Was it something from the history? Was it the way it made you feel? Did you have some kind of spiritual experience or vision telling you to leave? etc. etc. Please share. Thanks
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Hi...I left after reading and research about historical facts. I'm historian and after my research I was sure the Church was totally FAKE. There wasn´t any doubt in my mind.
No question! So much plagiarism and deceit. Definitely a different gospel. I am curious, did you become a Christian?
There are just too many contradictions in the doctrine and between the leaders for me to believe that a god is running the church.
I was innocently browsing church-type websites, when a popup ad asked, "Questioning Mormonism?" And promised to reveal things about the church. In my arrogance I clicked on it thinking I knew everything possible about Mormonism in my 40 yr active membership. WRONG!!
It led me to the YouTube video about the Book of Abraham, which shocked me badly so I kept following links. That day I also read every wive's profile from the website, wivesofjosephsmith. Tears were falling down my cheeks at what these poor women suffered through. At that moment, I had an epiphany, "There is no way Joseph Smith could be the prophet." and it was like a felt a shield cracking and falling away from my brain, thin like eggshells. Suddenly I could see things I never had before and it drove me on a study frenzy to learn everything possible. As painful as it was to learn the truth, I am grateful to be reborn with true vision.
Wow! I love hearing stories like this of people with open minds who follow their questions. It takes courage and integrity to do this.
I agree but Mormons forgive their prophet just other believers forgave Abraham for giving his wife to the Pharaoh, Mosses for killing a man, Joshua for killing every man, women, child and the livestock as he conquered the land, Elisha for calling a bear to eat the children , the harlot adulteress and pregnant teen that are in the lineage of Jesus and many more. So if you truly want to believe you ignore the truth and rely on fables
Talking about the different prophets and who they killed, puts Joseph Smith in good company.He killed several men at Carthage in a gun fight resulting in his death. I totally agree that Mormons forgive their prophet, ignore the truth and rely on fables, but probably more times than not, they never heard the true stories in the first place. I was never taught:
Joseph Smith killed several men (as he went like a lamb to the slaughter)
Joseph Smith translated the phony Kinderhook plates
Joseph Smith claimed an angle would kill him unless a 14 year old girl was given to him
The DNA of the Native American Indians does not match that of Lehi's ancestry, making the BoM bogus
The papyrus does not translate to the Book of Abraham as Joseph Smith claimed
This is just the tip of the iceberg!
I agree with you about Joseph Smith shooting into the mob. What I don't agree with is the church saying "He went like a lamb to the slaughter" and not tell the whole story. The church has always portrayed their history extremely slanted and leaving out HUGE details to investigators. Full disclosure is certainly not a word associated with the LDS church. I also agree that we will be judged, assuming there is a God, on our actions and that does not bode well for the church and their deceptions.
PS I find it humorous the comparing of Joseph Smith to Jesus. Jesus went to his crucifiction healing the ear back on the soldier after an apostle cut it off. Joseph goes to his killing several men.
You mentioned David O. McKay and Spencer W. Kimball were noble men. I would disagree. To lead a church that decieves people is not noble. At one time I wondered if the Prophets realized the church was bogus. After seeing, I believe it was Hinkley, denying that the church teached or believes, "As man is God once was. As God is man may become." He danced aroun that and denied it. An out and out lie.
Hello Dr Dahesh--
Just browsing the thread. In reading the interesting discussion above, some questions come to my mind.
In your Religion, where is the soul and how does negative action collect "heavy" matter? (And more importantly, Why? In other words, is there an ultimate purpose in your religion or is this simply the way it is without a purpose?) Also, what about animals? Do they have souls ?