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A Message to all Latter-day Saints about Grace
A video message from former LDS apologist, Michael Flournoy.
Alien Righteousness for Mormons
A message from former LDS Apologist, Michael Flournoy.
The Errors of Dr. Lynn Ridenhour
This article is about Dr. Lynn Ridenhour (a supposed Baptist minister) who has embraced the Book of Mormon. This article from "Beggar's Bread," and one on which Donna Morley contributed to, will allow you to understand fully the issues surrounding Ridenhour's embrace.
Joseph Smith Did Not Have Sex With His Polygamous Wives
Donna Morley's response to a a Mormon who said Joseph Smith did not have sex with his polygamous wives.
Three Meetings With An LDS General Authority
A Letter by Former Mormon historian, Grant Palmer

In mid-October 2012, a returned LDS Mission President contacted me to arrange a meeting. Several days later, he called again and said that a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy also wished to attend. He said the General Authority would attend on condition that I not name him or repeat any stories that would identify him. He explained that neither of them, including the GA's wife, believed....
Wife Number 19 by Ann Eliza Young
This book is now available, for free download...
What Do I Say to Mormon Friends and Missionaries?
Author: Donna Morley
Resignation Letter of A Former Mormon
The author of this letter wishes to resign from membership of the LDS church. He explains, in detail, his reasons for it.
CUMORAH REVISITED
or The Book of Mormon and the Claims of the Mormons Re-examined from the Viewpoint of American Archaeology and Ethnology
by Charles A. Shook
Having been taught in childhood to believe that the antiquities of America are the work of those accomplished races described in the Book of Mormon, I early acquired an interest in the study of American archaeology that has not abated, but has increased as the years gone by.

It was while living at Jefferson, Indiana, in the year 1900, that I conceived the idea of making a special study of the Book of Mormon from this viewpoint....
Special Report on the Mountain Meadows Massacre
(The first published federal report on the events of September 1857 in Utah)
By Brevet Major J. H. Carleton, U.S.A., May 25, 1859
Major: When I left Los Angeles, the 23rd ultimo, General Clarke, commanding the Department of California, directed me to bury the bones of the victims of that terrible massacre which took place on this ground in September, 1857. The fact of this massacre....
Joseph Smith's King Follett Funeral Sermon
King Follet was a Mormon man who was crushed, to death, in a well by the falling of a tub of rock--thus, the reason for Joseph's Smith's Funeral Sermon.

This sermon initiated the Mormon's Godhood doctrine--- the plurality of gods; that God was once a mortal man; that mankind can also become a god, just like God the Father).

Smith, in this sermon, also reiterated the Redeeming the Dead doctrine (initiated by Smith after his brother Alvin's death).
Acts 7:55-56 and Mormonism
Mormons believe that God has a body like ours: ďThe Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as manís; the Son also . . .Ē (D&C 130:22). It is not uncommon for the typical Mormon to....
Mormonism and the Pre-existence of Spirits
I. Statement of the Problem. The origin of the soul (i.e., the metaphysical or immaterial aspect) of the descendants of Adam has three different explanations. Did the spiritual aspect...
An Exegetical Look At Ezekiel 37:15ff
Is the popular Mormon view acceptable, that the two sticks refer to the Book of Mormon (Stick of Joseph) and the Bible (Stick of Judah)? The view is that....
Mormonism and John 4:24
Mormon doctrine teaches that God is corporeal: ďGod has a body that looks like yours....Ē (lds.org basic beliefs; also cf. D&C 130:22). Evangelicals say that John 4:24 contradicts this teaching. If this were true it would prove...
Was Polygamy Started by the FLDS Church or the LDS Church?
During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions....
Was Polygamy Started by the FLDS Church or the LDS Church?
During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions....
Was Polygamy, in the 19th Century, Started by the FLDS Church or the LDS Church?
During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions....
Did Joseph Smith Keep the Word of Wisdom?
What is the Word of Wisdom? The Mormon scripture, Doctrine & Covenants (D&C 89) tells us that the Word of Wisdom is a revelation that Joseph Smith received from the Lord on....
Did Joseph Smith Keep the Word of Wisdom?
What is the Word of Wisdom? The Mormon scripture, Doctrine & Covenants (D&C 89) tells us that the Word of Wisdom is a revelation that Joseph Smith received from the Lord on....
Did Joseph Smith Keep the Word of Wisdom?
What is the Word of Wisdom? The Mormon scripture, Doctrine & Covenants (D&C 89) tells us that the Word of Wisdom is a revelation that Joseph Smith received from the Lord on....
Excerpts from Joseph Smith's Diary
Very few Mormons know that their prophet, Joseph Smith, wrote a diary. Inside are some unedited excerpts you could show your Mormon friends. They just might begin to question the validity of Joseph Smith being an American prophet.
Excerpts from Joseph Smith's Diary
Very few Mormons know that their prophet, Joseph Smith, wrote a diary. Inside are some unedited excerpts you could show your Mormon friends. They just might begin to question the validity of Joseph Smith being an American prophet.
Excerpts from Joseph Smith's Diary
Very few Mormons know that their prophet, Joseph Smith, wrote a diary. Inside are some unedited excerpts you could show your Mormon friends. They just might begin to question the validity of Joseph Smith being an American prophet.
A Parallel Between the Book of Mormon
and the View of the Hebrews
Mormon scholar Hugh Nibley said, ďThere is no point at all to the question: Who wrote the Book of Mormon? It would have been quite as impossible for the most learned man alive in 1830 to have written the book as it was for Joseph Smith.Ē
A Parallel Between the Book of Mormon
and the View of the Hebrews
Mormon scholar Hugh Nibley said, ďThere is no point at all to the question: Who wrote the Book of Mormon? It would have been quite as impossible for the most learned man alive in 1830 to have written the book as it was for Joseph Smith.Ē
Mormonism and the Question of Truth
The Mormon concept of, and approach to, the subject of truth is radically different from that of the Bible in at least nine ways.
Mormonism and the Question of Truth
The Mormon concept of, and approach to, the subject of truth is radically different from that of the Bible in at least nine ways.
Mormonism and the Question of Truth
The Mormon concept of, and approach to, the subject of truth is radically different from that of the Bible in at least nine ways.
Philosophical Problems with the Mormon Concept of God
This article (1) compares and contrasts the Christian and Mormon concepts of God and (2) presents three philosophical problems with the Mormon view.
Philosophical Problems with the Mormon Concept of God
This article (1) compares and contrasts the Christian and Mormon concepts of God and (2) presents three philosophical problems with the Mormon view.
Philosophical Problems with the Mormon Concept of God
This article (1) compares and contrasts the Christian and Mormon concepts of God and (2) presents three philosophical problems with the Mormon view.
Salvation by Works?
In John 5:28-29 Jesus is in a debate with the Judean Jews, talking about...
Salvation by Works?
In John 5:28-29 Jesus is in a debate with the Judean Jews, talking about...
Salvation by Works?
In John 5:28-29 Jesus is in a debate with the Judean Jews, talking about...
Why Do You Trust in Joseph Smith for Your Salvation?
This is a sample chapter from Donna Morley's book, What Do I Say to Mormon Friends and Missionaries?.
Why Do You Trust in Joseph Smith for Your Salvation?
This is a sample chapter from Donna Morley's book, A Christian Womanís Guide to Understanding Mormonism.
Why Do You Trust in Joseph Smith for Your Salvation?
This is a sample chapter from Donna Morley's book, A Christian Womanís Guide to Understanding Mormonism.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 1
I intend to give a truthful picture of Mormon life; to veil nothing which should be revealed, even though the recital should be painful to me at times, coming so close, as it necessarily must, to my inmost life, awakening memories which I would fain permit to remain slumbering, and opening old wounds which I had fondly hoped were healed. Neither shall I intentionally tinge any occurrence with the slightest coloring of romance; the real is so vivid and so strange that I need have no recourse to the imaginary.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 1
I intend to give a truthful picture of Mormon life; to veil nothing which should be revealed, even though the recital should be painful to me at times, coming so close, as it necessarily must, to my inmost life, awakening memories which I would fain permit to remain slumbering, and opening old wounds which I had fondly hoped were healed. Neither shall I intentionally tinge any occurrence with the slightest coloring of romance; the real is so vivid and so strange that I need have no recourse to the imaginary.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 2
My father's disgust at a religion which submitted to such chicanery, and his distrust of Brigham Young, were so great, that he was very near apostatizing; but my mother again held him to the church. She argued and explained; she wept and she entreated, until he said no more about it. But though, for her sake, he took no steps towards leaving the church and renouncing the faith, he felt daily his disgust and distrust increasing, and he never again believed so strongly in the Mormon religion, and ever after regarded Brigham with much less awe and respect than formerly.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 2
My father's disgust at a religion which submitted to such chicanery, and his distrust of Brigham Young, were so great, that he was very near apostatizing; but my mother again held him to the church. She argued and explained; she wept and she entreated, until he said no more about it. But though, for her sake, he took no steps towards leaving the church and renouncing the faith, he felt daily his disgust and distrust increasing, and he never again believed so strongly in the Mormon religion, and ever after regarded Brigham with much less awe and respect than formerly.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 3
No Physic among the Saints. - I am taken Sick. - Heber C. Kimball recommends "Endowments." - How Brigham Murdered his little Granddaughter. - The Prophet wants a Doctor. - Being "administered" To. - I am Re-baptized. - Receive my Endowments. - How Saintly Sins are Washed Away. - Undignified Conduct of Elders. - The Order of Melchisedec. - How I was " Confirmed." - To become a Celestial Queen. - I go down to the Endowment-House. - The Mysterious Ceremonies Described. - The Veil at last Lifted. - The Secrets of the Endowment-House Exposed. - I enter the Bath. - Miss Snow Washes Me. - She Anoints Me All Over. - I dress in a Bed-gown. -The "Peculiar Garment" of the Saints. - What the Mormon Girls do about It. - "Going through" without a Husband. - "A Great Shouting for Sarah!"
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 3
No Physic among the Saints. - I am taken Sick. - Heber C. Kimball recommends "Endowments." - How Brigham Murdered his little Granddaughter. - The Prophet wants a Doctor. - Being "administered" To. - I am Re-baptized. - Receive my Endowments. - How Saintly Sins are Washed Away. - Undignified Conduct of Elders. - The Order of Melchisedec. - How I was " Confirmed." - To become a Celestial Queen. - I go down to the Endowment-House. - The Mysterious Ceremonies Described. - The Veil at last Lifted. - The Secrets of the Endowment-House Exposed. - I enter the Bath. - Miss Snow Washes Me. - She Anoints Me All Over. - I dress in a Bed-gown. -The "Peculiar Garment" of the Saints. - What the Mormon Girls do about It. - "Going through" without a Husband. - "A Great Shouting for Sarah!"
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 4
How Brigham Travels through the Territory. - Triumphant Receptions Everywhere. - Trying to Establish the "Order of Enoch." - How the Prophet Insulted his Faithful Followers. - " Rheumatism in the Temper - Grand Doings in the Settlements. - We go to meet the Prophet. - How the Saints were Lectured in the Bowery. - How Brigham gave Howard a Piece of Land. - Howard Insulted by the Prophet. - Overlooking the Prophet's Lies. - Van Etten becomes Brigham's "Friend." - He Helps Him to Steal a Hundred Sheep. - He makes a Big Haul, and Escapes to Canada. - The Prophet Ogles Me during Service-Time. - We Take a Walk Home Together. - He Compliments My Good Looks. - Makes Love to Me. - Matrimonial Advice. - Brigham Wishes Me to Become His Wife.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 4
How Brigham Travels through the Territory. - Triumphant Receptions Everywhere. - Trying to Establish the "Order of Enoch." - How the Prophet Insulted his Faithful Followers. - " Rheumatism in the Temper - Grand Doings in the Settlements. - We go to meet the Prophet. - How the Saints were Lectured in the Bowery. - How Brigham gave Howard a Piece of Land. - Howard Insulted by the Prophet. - Overlooking the Prophet's Lies. - Van Etten becomes Brigham's "Friend." - He Helps Him to Steal a Hundred Sheep. - He makes a Big Haul, and Escapes to Canada. - The Prophet Ogles Me during Service-Time. - We Take a Walk Home Together. - He Compliments My Good Looks. - Makes Love to Me. - Matrimonial Advice. - Brigham Wishes Me to Become His Wife.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 5
The Prophet's Favorite Wife. Amelia. - How Brigham made Love in the Name of the Lord. - How he won an Unwilling Bride. - A Lady with a Sweet Temper. - How she Kicked a Sewing-Machine down the Prophet's Stairs. - She has a new House built for Her. - Rather Expensive Habits. - Her Pleasant Chances for the Future. - Mary Van Cott Cobb - A Former Love of the Prophet's. - Miss Eliza-Roxy Snow. - The Mormon Poetess. -Joseph Smith's Poetic Widow. - Versification of the Saints. - Mrs. Augusta Cobb. - Emily Partridge.
Ann Eliza Young: Wife Number 19
Part 5
The Prophet's Favorite Wife. Amelia. - How Brigham made Love in the Name of the Lord. - How he won an Unwilling Bride. - A Lady with a Sweet Temper. - How she Kicked a Sewing-Machine down the Prophet's Stairs. - She has a new House built for Her. - Rather Expensive Habits. - Her Pleasant Chances for the Future. - Mary Van Cott Cobb - A Former Love of the Prophet's. - Miss Eliza-Roxy Snow. - The Mormon Poetess. -Joseph Smith's Poetic Widow. - Versification of the Saints. - Mrs. Augusta Cobb. - Emily Partridge.
A Dialogue between Joseph Smith and the Devil
Introduction by Donna Morley: Mormon, Parley P. Pratt first wrote this dialogue for the New York Herald on January 1, 1844. It was reprinted in pamphlet form in 1845, as well as, by other publishers since then (see bibliography). A mention of this dialogue can be found in the Mormonís History of the Church 7:559.
A Dialogue between Joseph Smith and the Devil
Introduction by Donna Morley: Mormon, Parley P. Pratt first wrote this dialogue for the New York Herald on January 1, 1844. It was reprinted in pamphlet form in 1845, as well as, by other publishers since then (see bibliography). A mention of this dialogue can be found in the Mormonís History of the Church 7:559.
A Dialogue between Joseph Smith and the Devil
Introduction by Donna Morley: Mormon, Parley P. Pratt first wrote this dialogue for the New York Herald on January 1, 1844. It was reprinted in pamphlet form in 1845, as well as, by other publishers since then (see bibliography). A mention of this dialogue can be found in the Mormonís History of the Church 7:559.
Letter # 1 From a Mormon Named Tom
Note from Donna Morley: For those who are interested in the Mormon mind-set, I have included two emails from a Mormon named "Tom." Along with Tom's letters, I provide my response.
Letter # 1 From a Mormon Named Tom
Note from Donna Morley: For those who are interested in the Mormon mind-set, I have included two emails from a Mormon named "Tom." Along with Tom's letters, I provide my response.
Letter # 1 From a Mormon Named Tom
Note from Donna Morley: For those who are interested in the Mormon mind-set, I have included two emails from a Mormon named "Tom." Along with Tom's letters, I provide my response.
Letter #2 From a Mormon Named Tom
In this second email, Tom asks about the Christian view of Sin, Grace, and Salvation.
Letter #2 From a Mormon Named Tom
In this second email, Tom asks about the Christian view of Sin, Grace, and Salvation.
Letter #2 From a Mormon Named Tom
In this second email, Tom asks about the Christian view of Sin, Grace, and Salvation.
VIDEO: DNA vs. The Book of Mormon
A new video in which several scientist joined with Molecular Biologist and Former Mormon Dr. Southerton and Mormon Anthropologist Thomas W. Murphy in a discussion of the problems DNA research poses for the Book of Mormon claims.
VIDEO: DNA vs. The Book of Mormon
A new video in which several scientist joined with Molecular Biologist and Former Mormon Dr. Southerton and Mormon Anthropologist Thomas W. Murphy in a discussion of the problems DNA research poses for the Book of Mormon claims.
VIDEO: DNA vs. The Book of Mormon
A new video in which several scientist joined with Molecular Biologist and Former Mormon Dr. Southerton and Mormon Anthropologist Thomas W. Murphy in a discussion of the problems DNA research poses for the Book of Mormon claims.
Mormonism in the News
Jeffs captured and arrested
Mormonism in the News
Jeffs captured and arrested