General History

RfMer "randyj" Strips the Bark Off a Forked-Tongue TBM on LDS Polygamy Lies

steve benson Dec. 2014

Enjoy. It's a beautiful sight to behold:

"Fellow Ex-Mo's, get a load of the spin-doctoring, convoluted thinking, and mental gymnastics employed below to apologize for early Mormon leaders' denials of polygamy.

Mormon Church Knew & Taught Its Racist Doctrines

steve benson Aug. 2014

In point of fact, it did so for extended periods of time, promulgating them as essentially fully-formed and -flowing from the mouth of God himself, in regard to both the Mormon Church's official anti-Black priesthood ban and its official position against interracial marriage.

The Mormon Church: A "Dirty Nast Filthy Affair"

Lori C May 2014

The Mormon Church: A "Dirty Nasty Filthy Affair"

In 1833 Joseph and Emma Smith and an adopted daughter named Fanny Alger. According to Ann Eliza Web, "“Mrs. Smith had an adopted daughter, a very pretty, pleasing young girl, about seventeen years old. She was extremely fond of her; no mother could be more devoted, and their affection for each other was a constant object of remark, so absorbing and genuine did it seem”

The Burning of the Nauvoo Temple

steve benson Dev. 2013

Remember how you were brainwashed in true-blue Mormon concentration-camp-of-the-mind classrooms that it was evil agents of Satan who burned down the Nauvoo Temple?

If Mormons Think the LDS Church Has Long Opposed Racism, They're Wrong ...

steve benson Dec. 2013

Sadly, the Utah Mormon Church, well into the 20th century, has an historical track record of squalid, bigoted and anti-civil rights attitudes, teachings and practices which targeted African-Americans under its supposed "control."

A Mountain of Lies: Those Treasure-Laden Caves Under the Hill Cumorah

steve benson Nov. 2013

Although Joseph Smith's co-Mormon Church president and sidekick, Oliver Cowdery, couldn't get his personal dowsing stick to function when it came to the Book of Mormon's translation junction, he was nonetheless able to locate caves in the Hill Cumorah piled high with ancient plates.

The Back Story on Backing Off: Was Bruce R. McConkie Upset with Members of His Own Family Supposedly Spreading WIld Tales about the Black-Priesthood Temple "Revelation"? . . .

steve benson Dec. 2012

Mormon Church apostle Bruce R. McConkie, in a public sermon to LDS seminary and institute teachers in August 1978 at Brigham Young University, spoke in dramatic fashion about what he insinuated actually did (and did not) occur in the Salt Lake temple some two months earlier when then-Mormon Church president Spencer W. Kimball told the assembled First Presidency and members of the Quorum of the Twelve that the LDS Church was abandoning its anti-Black doctrine--one which had historically denied the priesthood to men of African descent.

France and Polygamous Missionaries


When I was a missionary in France in the early 80's, there was a lot of hushed talk about a missionary that had convinced a couple of other elders and some of the sisters to break away from the church and 'go back to their roots' by forming a polygamous group [in the late 1950's]. This obviously caused a big stir in the region. Some excommunications took place, and many of the members, even in the early 80's still didn't fully trust the American missionaries.

Thoughts on LDS Reform (Long Winded)

holytheghost Nov. 2012

Official LDS church historian, Elder Marlin K. Jensen (now emeritus) is being candid about the LDS church’s problem of rapidly decreasing membership numbers due to historical issues which are now coming to light

Mormon Church Falsely Claims 1890 Manifesto Ended Polygamy

steve benson Nov. 2012

In an unending effort to twist history and turn it on its head, the Mormon Church dishonestly declares (despite mountains of documented evidence to the contrary) that its 1890 "Manifesto" ended, dead in its tracks, the Mormon practice of polygamy. As is so often the case, the historical record speaks loudly and clearly to the contrary.