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October 5, 2011

Obviously, the majority of my church knowledge has originated from my 30+ years of scripture study, prayer, church attendance, mission labor, seminary, and religion classes at BYU.

Since that stuff is well documented and taught frequently in the church, I’m confining most of the posts here to matters that the church ignores, hides, or lies about.  Five main sites were used, though hundreds of others were perused as well.

FAIR is an LDS site (unofficial).  It’s very pro-Mormon.  It was essentially formed to handle all the questions and criticism that the church doesn’t address in an official capacity.

The Journal of Discourses is a compendium of sermons taught by early church leaders.  It is available directly from BYU’s website.

History of the Church is fairly self-explanatory.  It is available directly from BYU’s website.

MormonThink is a very well written and researched site that is compiled by current LDS members.  Their stated purpose is to objectively present common criticisms of the church and its history.

Richard Packham is an ex-Mormon who has done mountains of research on the church.  His insight and logical approach to problems is inspiring to me.

Wikipedia is about as neutral a source as you could find, being collaborative from all three sides (anti, pro, and neutral).  It is also well documented.

The majority of the sources quoted here are directly from scriptures and leaders of the church.  They are generally not quoted frequently by modern church leaders or included in official church publications.

Regarding the Journal of Discourses, Apostle George Q. Cannon wrote in the preface:

“The Journal of Discourses deservedly ranks as one of the standard works of the Church, and every rightminded Saint will certainly welcome with joy every Number as it comes forth from the press as an additional reflector of ‘the light that shines from Zion’s hill.'”

Next step: Did I Visit “Anti-Mormon” Sites?

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