QUESTIONS OUR STAKE PRESIDENT COULD NOT ANSWER:
One of the most fundamental elements of sustaining a fulfilling religious experience is that ability to ask questions.
“The process of identifying truth sometimes necessitates enormous effort coupled with profound faith in our Father and His glorified Son.”— Elder Richard G. Scott, Truth: The Foundation of Correct Decisions, General Conference, October 2007. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/truth-the-foundation-of-correct-decisions?lang=eng)
So when we discovered troubling beliefs and practices in Mormon history, we asked our Stake President these questions:
1.) Did Joseph Smith, Jr. follow the “laws of the gospel” governing the “plurality of wives” as recorded in the Mormon Scriptures specifically the 1876 edition of Doctrine and Covenants Section 132:61-64? (View PDF Documentation)
2.) Why did the 1835 to 1876 publication of the Doctrine and Covenants teach extremely harsh opposition to the practice of polygamy during the very height of the practice by Joseph Smith, Jr and so many others? (View PDF Documentation)
3.) Were the actions of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. specifically to practice polyandry (the taking of another man’s wife) really under the direction of Jesus Christ Himself or were they simply the acts of a self-centered man? (View more information on these wives)
4.) How is the general membership of the Church or the public at large to decide what officially recorded and published teachings of the Prophets and General Authorities is or is not to be considered Scripture? How is it that the Book of Mormon teachings of Alma, Lehi, Nephi, Mormon, and King Benjamin are unquestionably Scripture, but the official teachings of the Modern-day Prophets, such as Joseph Smith Jr, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Spencer W. Kimball, or Thomas S. Monson, are at times “not Scripture”?
5.) Did Brigham Young alone initiate the restrictions against the Blacks holding the Mormon Priesthood based on his personal prejudice or was it a legitimate commandment of the Lord which the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. preferred neither to follow or to record? (View more information on Brigham Young’s teachings)
6.) If past teachings were not true as Scripture, then why within the official general conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would Mormon Prophets teach that Jesus Christ had many wives here on earth and that by them He had several children, and that some of the sins of Men are not covered by the atonement of Christ, and as such, brothers and sisters in the Church could have their throat slit from ear to ear to atone for their sins?
When the Stake President and other leaders refused to answer our questions, we knew the truth was about to drive us out of the Mormon Church. Thus, when Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in a TV Intereview: “Not everything that’s true is useful.”- http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-oaks-interview-transcript-from-pbs-documentary, coupled with our experience with LDS leadership warning us not to ask questions about Church history, we knew we had to follow the truth.
WHY DOES THE PAST MATTER?
Doctrine and Covenants 121:37: “…when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.”
IF THIS SCRIPTURE IS TRUE, THEN WHAT MORMON LEADERS HAVE DONE IN THE PAST NEGATES THE POWER OF THEIR PRIESTHOOD TODAY.