By Kay Burningham
AN AMERICAN FRAUD. One Lawyer's Case opposed to Mormonism
"Each people has to stand the matter--either the Church is correct, or it's a fraud. there's no heart flooring. it's the Church and country of God or it's nothing." --LDS Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, April normal convention, 2003.
Many Mormons suppose that this and different related proclamations through LDS leaders are rhetorical statements. But what if the Mormon leaders intended anything else?
Historically, Mormonism has made massive and important adjustments to its theology. Likewise, Mitt Romney, a life-long Mormon who has served as an LDS chief, tweaks, equivocates and refuses to acknowledge inconvenient evidence. Romney has the main documented crusade flip-flops of any baby-kisser in contemporary background, but he turns out unaware that his trend of public contradiction is complicated. After examining An American Fraud, the reader will comprehend the nexus among becoming up Mormon and Romney's innate inauthenticity.
It is expected that greater than 1-1.5 million Mormons have resigned from the Church when you consider that 1995. Some declare there are extra ex-Mormons than Mormons. An American Fraud explains why there's any such contemporary, formal abandonment of Mormonism via, in lots of instances, formerly religious members.
The booklet of Mormon isn't really a translation of old American heritage engraved in "reformed Egyptian," on golden plates buried via an early American prophet. as an alternative, this key Mormon scripture has been proven to be a 19th-century paintings of fiction authored through Joseph Smith and maybe others. Historically, so much participants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hardly ever learn outdoor their scriptures and Church-approved literature. even though, Mormons have recently begun to find proof approximately LDS heritage that had formerly been identified to only a few, generally scholarly historians of Mormonism. in the course of the discovery of those basic ancient resources, now to be had on a variety of websites, clever and curious Mormons have reached a severe element. in the event that they learn, they've got develop into disaffected and disoriented. Many are experiencing crises of faith.
The first 3rd of An American Fraud. One Lawyer's Case opposed to Mormonism, chronicles the Author's trip out of the faith. the second one a part of the booklet is an exposé, together with an research less than the law. The writer, an skilled civil trial legal professional, areas the actions of Mormon leaders over nearly centuries of their right criminal framework, examining not just the misrepresentations, however the ensuing damages: political, environmental and particularly psycho-social.
The fraud dedicated through generations of Mormon leaders is they have always misrepresented the evidence surrounding the resource in their scriptures. Neither the golden plates, nor writings via the previous testomony prophet Abraham, claimed to were inscribed on bought Egyptian papyri, ever existed. in addition, the claimed visitations by way of biblical apostles to revive misplaced priesthoods to Smith and his colleagues by no means occurred. Yet for many years LDS leaders have not less than neglected, if no longer suppressed and grossly misrepresented, what has been confirmed to be the real proof surrounding Mormonism's origins, remodeling and re-packaging the founding evidence and the theology as useful.
Billions of U.S. funds and different forex, donated by means of all over the world devoted participants, were used to extend the worldwide advertisement holdings of this company conglomerate. in the meantime, deserving beneficiaries of the donations, the bad and distressed, admittedly obtain only a small percent of the Church's gross source of revenue. those that joined or endured on within the faith quite trusted LDS leaders' misrepresentations approximately its origins to their major detriment. Given what has been confirmed approximately its resources, the Mormon faith can't remain defended below any pretext as a spiritual association for the nice of its contributors.
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George Washington, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton used the phrase publicly. ”1 If these great souls could flatter themselves, why not you? This book’s high goal is to help you flatter yourself. The more you flatter yourself, the more useful it will be. It puts you in the midst of mighty potentates. It begins and ends with you. 2 For your sake and mine, you are hereby invited to view flattery’s disarming array. Who do you dream yourself to be? What boosts your pride? Why do you love yourself?
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