Fun fact: This website started as a series of blog posts. I had things to say and I wanted the world to hear them. These blog posts date back to 2017 when I was just going public with leaving the church. In full disclosure, these posts are a bit more "direct and to the point" than I would write now. I was in my "angry" phase. My thoughts remain the same though some may find the tone controversial.
I don't use my blog as a platform for my writing now. That may change in the future, but for now, enjoy the past.
This is a personal opinion, having nothing to do with the truthfulness of the church. That being said, this article has been something I've wanted to write for some time now. The topic is important and dear to my heart.
While finding my way through my faith crisis there is a song I have grown to love. It is "The Sound of Silence" performed by Disturbed, originally written by Simon & Garfunkel. It tells the emotional story of a man who is carrying a heavy burden.
Remember when you were little and your parents told you not to do something but you did it anyway? Remember when they also gave you instructions exactly on how to do something then you didn’t follow them at all? Remember how in both situations your parents disciplined you when they found out what you did?
But that’s not how it works in the church. Instead of getting punished for disobeying God, you are “inspired” and revered as a prophet, and people even write songs about how great you are.
Here are a few Anti-Mormon lies I was told about Joseph Smith growing up:
The darn Anti-Mormons turned out to be right. At least about this stuff.
My entire life I was taught there is no paid ministry in the church, meaning that no member for the church from the top to the bottom receives a cent from their service in the church.
What would cause me to believe such a ridiculous notion, you may ask?
Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you that babies came from storks and you believed it? Remember when you found out how that was a lie and how icky the truth was?
Thats how I feel about the Kinderhook plates.
"My son has left the church. Now he wants me to read something he found online about the church. What should I do?"
First, I would advise you to ask your child where the information is coming from. If it is from a church source, such as LDS.org, ChurchOfJesusChrist.org, the Gospel Topic Essays, or other church produced websites, it is not Anti-Mormon information.