In my investigations as to what "my religion at the time" was really about, I think Joseph Smith using the hat with a peepstone must surely rate at the top of the list in being a shock to my system causing me to investigate further.
For me it was mind blowing to say the least, because all pictures and testimonies had depicted something so totally different up till then. This is what sent me on a quest to find out more and to find out things for myself and not just believe what others were telling me as 'the truth'.
I started with 'approved" church history and from there realized why there was the wording "anti mormon literature" - a very clever ploy to keep me ignorant.
I was just wondering what your "Big Shocker" was...?.
I think that this Website is my biggest Shocker lol. I was one of those typical do nothing kind of LDS Church Youth. I didn't read the scriptures outside of required reading for seminary, to this day I've never read the D&C.
I didn't study anything when I left the church, I just asked my mom if she minded that I left the church and she said "sure." So finding out all of this stuff that I've never known or even heard of about the Church and Joseph Smith have all been learning moments for me.
Thanks for the knowledge.
At least read section 132 of the D and C. I don't think too many people in the church have. From your new perspective, I believe you will see through the threats and the lies. Crazy amazing!
Initially, polygamy... but stuffed it away. Then the temple ceremony - receiving my own endowments (it felt very cult-like to me).... but again, stuffed it away. Church's stance on gays (after discovering my favorite brother-in-law was gay).... didn't quite stuff that one away - I never bought into the church's position on that....
But what really launched it was learning of Joseph Smith's 33 wives... and very quickly all the information that followed (masonry, blood atonement, first vision variations, peepstone, etc.). It was literally an avalanche of verifiable data that confirmed all the doubts I'd stuffed away for 25 years previously.
This may sound stupid but my biggest shocker was what happened after I stopped paying tithing. I truly expected bad things to happen to me. I am a single mother and I was scraping by. I left the church slowly and I stopped paying tithing because I no longer wanted to financially support such a mysoginistic system. I really thought financial disaster would happen (because I had been told that for years). Instead I had 10% more money. WOW. What a concept. My other big shocker was years later when I learned about the killing of other pioneers and the way they tried to blame the indians.
Absolutely stunning reply TheLyoness! You put it so eloquently - you probably wrote what many would have liked to have said but could not verbalise. Thank You!
I participated in this and it BLEW my MIND... all the SECRETS and the BODY CUTTING PENALTIES
and the WEIRDNESS !!
And THEN the church leaders CHANGED it... (uh huh, right) and said the changes were "preparatory
for the second coming of the Savior"... then I thought, "Wait a minute, I already received my endowment
(weird as it was!) and now they are CHANGING it? How is it that ANY change is necessary it is perfect
and directly from the Lord and at His direction?
It was an "AH HA" moment for me for sure that God had NOTHING to do with this church and
it was all a bunch of crazy "HOO HA!"
That led to more and more reading, REAL investigation and research and when I discovered the origin
and meaning of the Egyptian Papyrus that Joseph Smith used to "translate" the Pearl of Great Price
and that it was merely piece of the Book of Breathings funeral scroll and had NOTHING to do with
Prophet Abraham or Israel or the Judeo-Christian God or anything... I was DONE! That PISSED me off!
Sharing my husband with a plethora of other women in the hereafter. But you are right about the peepstone, and it amazes me how little this is delved into in classroom situations in church. Really, if you are raising children to think in intellectual terms, a hat, weird glasses, sticking his head in for instruction, I mean, this should have been such a tip off for me. Why on earth would God, for those who believe, resort to such silliness, and even more ridiculous, why would he resort to polygamy to promote the gospel, when all he has to do is gently persuade mentally and spiritually people's motives.
I would have to say that it was Josephs 14 year old wife. All the lies up to that point I just ignored. But the thing that sent me over the edge was when I realized that they let me grow up believing that Blacks were inferior. They knew that the doctrine was based on Joseph trying to get in good with the slave holders. From there to the book of Abraham suddenly proving the stupid idea. Lying to children and letting them grow with that crap in their heads is just plain evil.