Before the discussion starts some examples need to be given.
Many members of the church seem to comment at times that they are frustrated that we believe X,Y, or Z when it simply isn't the case
one quote recently was from another thread
her current husband. But she can swap with a new husband when the former causes a sealing to break (volume 2,
"No one can be deprived of exaltation who remains faithful. In other words, an undeserving husband cannot prevent
a faithful wife from an exaltation and vice versa. In this case the faithful servant would be given to someone who is
The critic takes any sentence from a previous or current leader and tells the Mormon, "this is what you believe" and that is wrong.
This happens a lot and seems insincere. Why is the church bound to every word spoken and written by Elder Bruce R McConkie or President Joseph Fielding Smith? Why must these men according to critics not be allowed to ever make a mistake?
Whether it is Brigham Young and Adam-God, racist remarks by Mark Peterson, President Packer and his requote of "When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done" and others.
Many of these are taken out of context and are used inappropriately. Even when used in context many of them represent the opinion of one or a few leaders but is passed of as being the view of the church.
another example : the un-experienced member seems to gather that evolution is bad and is given quotes from Joseph Fielding Smith and others to prove his point. What seems to go un-noticed is the fact that the First Presidency and 12 apostles were not in unity when a member or a few members decided to share their opinion from the stand.
for instance when one reads Mike Ash's paper http://www.mormonfor...m/evolution.pdf "the mormon myth of evolution" one can easily understand that it is not a matter of the church declaring Evolution false but rather a strong personality of one seeing cause to share their opinion from the stand.
Much of what is written negatively about the church seems to fall into this method of criticism and could be easily defended once we help members accept the messiness of a church when it involves humans even if that church is led by God.
Critics on the internet also place the negative or perceived negative comment of a leader o church matrial over and over again. For example we may hear over and over how Pres. Packer hates homosexuals and use his original quote from the Oct 2010 GC. Yet if we look at elder Packer's history of comments and talks about same sex attraction it gives a different presentation of his thoughts and feelings on the matter. you can for yourself here. http://maxwellinstit...23&num=1&id=820
Deceiving criticism about the book Elder Holland used for "safety for the Soul" - h t t p://www.flickr.com/photos/nickleus/sets/72157623567278714/comments (put the http back together before cutting and pasting) and this one
which just isn't true as you can see from the following site = http://contentdm.lib...n/RelEd/id/6463 There are at least two books beleiived to be that very copy Elder Holland referred to. One which came from Bethsheba Smith, Hyrum's wife, and another through Joseph f Smith... his son. He wasn't lying. He simple used the copy he thought was the one. He may or may not have been right.
Is it intentional or due to ignorance?
How do we confront this and begin to rid ourselves of it
How do we better help members understand this false approach?
What other examples do you see of critics and critical members attributing misconceptions and opinions to the doctrine of the church?
Edited by DBMormon, 24 June 2012 - 01:58 PM.