Resources

Find help where you need it.

 

Here you will see a collection of resources on church-related topics. These are the websites I would recommend for you on your transition out of the church or to share with those who ask why you have left. These sites contain everything you need to know about Mormonism.

QuitMormon:

 

If you're ready to move on from Mormonism and remove your name from the records of the church, QuitMormon is an excellent way to go. Create a free account on their website, fill in the required information, and your resignation should be processed shortly. The advantage of using this website instead of going through local church leadership is that you don't have to deal with anyone trying to talk you into coming back to church or guilting you into backing out. 

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MormonStories:

 

Brought to you by the Open Stories Foundation, this podcast is hosted by Dr. John Dehlin. In this podcast, guests are brought on to be interviewed about their experiences within the Mormon church. Interviews and podcasts talk about a number of topics, including: church history, sexuality, marriage and family, faith transitions, and current church events. You can also stay connected with the Mormon Stories Facebook group, which is over 12,500 members strong. 

MormonThink:

 

This website is a resource that contains articles on various church-related topics ranging from the Kinderhook Plates to the Greek Psalter incident. MormonThink does what many other church-related websites do not. It presents an issue from both church's position as well as an overview of the critics' position. It gives a summary of the event as well as sources, documentation, and other material. MormonThink is a great resource for someone looking to see things from all sides.

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CES Letter:

 

Deemed by some as a document critical of the church, the CES Letter is heralded as one of the "must read" books out there regarding church history, current church doctrine, and logical fallacies. Although this is where many doubters start their journeys, I didn't read this document until after my testimony had already shattered.  I would recommend this as a resource to point to when someone approaches you already wanting to know more about the issues.

Letter For My Wife:

 

This is a great alternative to the CES Letter as it is less aggressive and softer in its approach to sharing issues in the church. It is well-sourced and very well written. As the name implies, it was written by a husband desperate to share the issues with his wife while still maintaining his love and support for her. The tone and feel of the book reflect this goal. This document is a great way to start a conversation with someone you love in a way that feels non-threatening.

The Truth and Transparency Foundation:

 

Originally starting under the name MormonLeaks, the Truth and Transparency Foundation is an incredible resource on the inner workings of the Mormon church. This is an organization that seeks to promote transparency in religion. Notable leaks have included general authority paystubs where it was revealed that some church leaders are paid upwards of $120,000 per year, and also several video recordings of meetings of the Quorum of the Twelve.

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Protect LDS Children:

 

After hearing stories that many youths are asked sexually explicit questions in interviews with their bishops, former bishop Sam Young asked his own daughters if they have had similar experiences. When he learned that they did, he started a campaign to eliminate all one-on-one interviews with children and to forbid the asking of sexually explicit questions. He was excommunicated for his movement, and has remained a strong advocate for children's safety in the church.

The Wayback Machine:

 

A massively underutilized tool, Archive.org's Wayback Machine archiving service is free and easy to use. Information is always changing on the church's website. There have been many instances in which something has appeared one day but removed the next. Sometimes you will want to save a webpage as it appears at that moment just in case it changes in the future. This website allows you to make a full-page archive of any webpage within seconds. Try searching for past pages as well.

Mormon Essays:

 

In 2013, the church published a series of essays on various controversial topics. These topics include race and the priesthood, polygamy in early church history, and the translation of the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham. These essays are still on the church's website but are incredibly difficult to find if you don't know where to look. This website collects all of the original essays in an easy-to-find format that can be shared with friends and family.

The Church's Website:

 

The most invaluable resource you will find on this website is the link to the church's website, ChurchOfJesusChrist.org. Rebranded from LDS.org, the church website has everything you need to share the truth with others. CES Letter and other documents are great tools for gathering sources, but when members of the church read what you're telling them from their own church's website, that "anti-Mormon" material becomes undeniably and unmistakeably church produced.