These are recent articles published by respected newspapers with comments from the LDS Church. The fact is Millions are leaving the LDS Church, why? the truth about its doctrines and beliefs are being told. While the social meetings within Mormonism (Young Men’s, Scouts, Young Women’s, Ward Parties, Home Teaching etc.) offers some comfort the simple fact that many Mormons don’t know their history or doctrine is astonishing. They are now finding out and realize “they don’t believe that.” They research and find the church never told them or hid it from them. In response the LDS Church is investing millions of dollars into “Search Engine Optimization” so when internet searches are done, there sites come up first and not any other site. Again, you need to research this for yourself, many of the quotes such as Joseph saying he did a great work than Christ, That only he could keep a church together and Jesus couldn’t etc. are in LDS Authorized books. I suggest you read only those to get the truth that is supported by the First Presidency.
Here is an article by Editor “Carrie Sheffield” of USA Today:
Why Mormons flee their church – USATODAY.com
The nation is having something of a “Mormon Moment.” It is evident in unprecedented scrutiny of Mormon beliefs stemming from Mitt Romney‘s candidacy, the rise of social media, and a popular Broadway show and television programs. But largely overlooked is the growing reform movement within the Mormon community — one aimed at helping church leaders adapt to the modern world. They need help.
This poses a particular dilemma for a hierarchical church that was historically isolated like no other. Church leaders can crack down and continue to see members, especially young people, leave. Or they can allow churchwide dialogue and changes relating to the church’s historical and doctrinal claims, financial dealings, proselytizing and treatment of women, skeptics and outsiders.
The unofficial dialogue is already widespread. Groups such as Mormon Stories, Post-Mormon Community and the ExMormon Foundation offer support for questioning and for former Mormons who in the past faced ostracism. These communities are a welcome development that was impossible before the Internet. In March, a group of unorthodox Mormons released a survey of more than 3,000 questioning or former LDS members illustrating reasons for their alienation.
At Brigham Young University, a student movement has forged greater acceptance of gays and lesbians, pushing the LDS school to acknowledge homosexuality in its honor code and sponsoring a YouTube video telling stories of gay students’ struggles to reconcile sexuality with faith. It has garnered nearly half a million views. Also this month, hundreds of Mormons marched in downtown Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., to show support for gays and lesbians. Such things would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, especially as the church fought for California’s Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage.
My decision to resign
I formally resigned from the LDS Church in 2010. Leading up to my exit, I experienced alienation from some immediate family and friends. But through my alma mater, BYU, my multigenerational Mormon heritage and friendships created during decades of church participation, I am connected to my roots. I have a loving extended family who accepts me.
Leaving the faith of my fathers has been a lonely road. Many have asked me whether I’d return. I don’t know whether the church would have me, or whether I’d want to return. Perhaps I’m too outspoken, and I have many concerns. Even so, I am grateful that I’ve found community with others who share LDS ties but don’t necessarily agree with the whole package.
It’s difficult to talk about Mormonism without including Romney’s candidacy. Some evangelicals fear that a Romney presidency would lead to many Mormon baptisms — a fact that doesn’t jibe with my analysis of LDS Church data showing that Mormon baptismal rates in Massachusetts slowed substantially during Romney’s governorship. And I’ve yet to hear of multitudes of born-again Christians citing George W. Bush as the source of their conversions.
In this brave new digital world, I hope the official Mormon Church will return to its egalitarian roots. If this doesn’t happen, the exodus of young people could impact generations to come.
Carrie Sheffield is a writer based in New York City.
Did the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that members are “leaving in droves?” a woman asked.
“We are aware,” said Jensen, according to a tape recording of his unscripted remarks. “And I’m speaking of the 15 men that are above me in the hierarchy of the church. They really do know and they really care,” he said.
“My own daughter,” he then added, “has come to me and said, ‘Dad, why didn’t you ever tell me that Joseph Smith was a polygamist?’”
The reporters note the “rising tide of questions” from church members about issues regarding the Book of Mormon and the historical problems that have been “largely glossed over” by Mormon leaders.
Walker pointed out that Jensen placed blame on the internet. The article reported this: “For the younger generation, Jensen acknowledged, ‘Everything’s out there for them to consume if they want to Google it.’”
As to the solution of the internet problem and disaffected Mormons, the article said this:
With defections rising, the church has launched a program to staunch its losses. The head of the church, President Thomas Monson, who is considered a living prophet, has called the campaign “The Rescue” and made it his signature initiative, according to Jensen…. “The church has a very progressive research and information division, with tremendous public opinion surveyors,” he said. Among other steps, it has hired an expert in search-engine optimization to raise the profile of the church’s own views in a web search.
Why are Mormons leaving the LDS Church? – Part 1 – DEFEND Mag