Deconstructing Mormonism  : RfM
A discussion of Tom Riskas' book "Deconstructing Mormonism: An Analysis and Assessment of the Mormon Faith." 
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Posted by: hoju1959 ( )
Date: June 13, 2014 02:21PM

How would an "average person" debunk/fall away from Mormon before the Internet, specifically, the 70s? What resources would they use? What type of people would they talk to?

What would their "hot button" issues have been.

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Posted by: EveEphraim ( )
Date: June 15, 2014 02:55AM

The Tanners might have been a resource that one would have heard of at that time period. Try going to Youtube and put in Sandra Tanner Part 1 (there's 4 parts) and you'll get the whole interview series that explains what kinds of activities/pamphlets they were putting together at which times.

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Posted by: amyslittlesister ( )
Date: July 15, 2014 06:14PM

I was exposed to feminism when I went to college in the early 70s. That helped a lot. I wanted to have a life, a career, and I was considered a joke at church. Then, as an English major, I read. I thought. I met and talked to wonderful people, professors and others, who were smart and knew a lot about religion but couldn't get past the story about old Joe Smith.

In the last 10 years, as I've found so much data on the church via the internet, it's kind of wonderful to realize I was/am not alone.

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Posted by: markpeterson ( )
Date: July 15, 2014 08:27PM

For me it was a matter of money. I earned enough money to buy a motorcycle at my first job(in the 70's), and I was prepared to face the bishop and tell him that I would have to be put down as "not a full tithe payer". I had enough money to pay for the motorcycle, but not quite enough to pay all my tithing.

My father insisted that I take his money and pay my tithing. I knew that I would embarrass my father if I did not take his money.

that was my first clue that something was wrong with being Mormon. My father sacrificed money he didn't have(we were poor) to look like a good Mormon family.

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Posted by: jesustheway ( )
Date: June 04, 2016 12:46PM

that's it right there..look good Matthew 6:1 Becareful not to do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven

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Posted by: judas ( )
Date: October 17, 2014 08:40PM

Leaving the organization pre-Interwebs . . . interesting . . . I think if I had ever really just thought about the stories in the OT I would have left sooner . . . or D&C 132 . . . or the book of Ether in the BOM

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Posted by: thegoodfight ( )
Date: October 26, 2014 04:52PM

Which stories in the OT?

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Posted by: takezo ( )
Date: November 10, 2014 11:07PM

Back in the late 70's it took a great deal of research in libraries to find out the truth about the LDS church. What sealed the deal for me was a book entitled: "Nightfall In Navoo."

Now the internet posses a massive obsticle for missionary work--the potential recruits just google up any question they have, and it is there at their fingertips within seconds... replete with video.

It is hard for a missionary to compete with this stuff... and it is not uncommon for Missionaries to have zero converts for their entire mission service.

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Posted by: jesustheway ( )
Date: June 04, 2016 12:49PM

yes...I met jesus Christ of latter day saints...and said oh I don't know anything about that religion and they said well...our nicknameis Mormon...lol

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Posted by: freeatlast2015 ( )
Date: January 27, 2015 07:37PM

I saw "anti-Mormon" pamphlets when I was a kid in the 80's, but I was always taught that stuff was poison and to stay away from it. And to be fair, whatever stuff I saw was pretty vitriolic. Now with the internet, I can look up sources and judge for myself whether someone has an ax to grind, or is just reporting what the church has whitewashed or completely left out. It's been quite an eye opener for me. Why in the world was I too chicken to look deeply before now? I think I was scared of what I would find. The truth is, what I found was way worse that what I had even suspected.

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Posted by: jesustheway ( )
Date: June 04, 2016 12:53PM

yes and mostly its entire families that are involved and you would lose them...and I heard if your the father...who wants to leave you cause your whole family to lose their salvation..Mormonism is big on family...so is God...but in luke 14:26 he says if anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children,, brothers and sisters, yes, even their own life, such a person cannot be my disciple...

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Posted by: tonkashouse ( )
Date: March 16, 2015 12:07PM

There was a DOMA type initiative here in WA state and I was told how to vote at church. This was contrary to the thing I had been taught, which was to vote my conscience. My conscience said they were wrong and I never went back.

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Date: September 14, 2015 10:33PM

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Posted by: cinda ( )
Date: April 03, 2016 06:24PM

I wonder if the church's stance against the ERA led some(especially women) away?

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Posted by: midshipman ( )
Date: June 03, 2016 12:37PM

I remember asking for No Man Knows My History in the Carnegie Library in Boise, 59-ish, and having to sign for it. The librarian kept it behind the counter and made me promise to tell my parents. I had seen it at home and wondered why mom kept it hidden. Or pretended to hide it.

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Posted by: jesustheway ( )
Date: June 04, 2016 01:10PM

watch Micah Wilder...interview...he shows how if you really love God and want to please him...not people....he will show you the way ....as he was shown...through a Baptist pastor who preached gods word....

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Posted by: Zoe ( )
Date: December 17, 2016 09:11PM

I left 1985, no support. I was rebellious, ANGRY, pissed off and said to myself, "This whole LDS Church stuff didn't work". I didn't tell my parents where I moved to. They abandoned me, when I divorced the ex-Bishop and Church. I was unaware that legends of angels pulled me up many times. The church is against determined women. And, you punish yourself for determined. Today, using brain changing statements for the subconscious mind, I reversed old programs. It's hard to see how you've been against yourself for a long time. Now I will not get triggered for determined. Zoe

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Posted by: thedocumentor ( )
Date: April 26, 2017 03:36PM

This is not a direct answ to your question, but I think you'll find it relevant nevertheless.

Totalitarian governments always try to make dissenters think they are along, that they are the only ones who hate the govt.

The LDS "church" is a totalitarian organization, and thinks in the same way. That's one of the reasons it is so skittish about public discussions of church matters--and secondarily, about people reading about church history.

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