July 04, 2005


Amazon recommended this book to me, The Mormon Conspiracy, probably because I've ordered some other works on the Latter Day Saints, many of which were written by Mormons who are struggling with their faith. The latter are engaging and interesting, and a useful reminder that the text is almost never the thing, it's the custom. The Book of Mormon argues quite insistently for the fallen nature of man, yet the Mormon creed rejects the doctrine of original sin. As for the former, I'm baffled as to what to say. The editorial description tells us that it is a volume that reveals the "true nature and plan of the Mormon Church for America -- and the world." My reaction to such phrases is to be grateful that at least someone is thinking ahead...

Some of the reader reviews made me rethink my flippant response -- this one, from a veteran of World War II, gave me pause:

When I got back to Salt Lake, I found returning to the insipid routine of Mormonism frustrating and confusing, What ever moral guilt or sorrow I felt for having served in WWII was never addressed in the LDS Church. When my wife died in 1969, I got a temple recommend to have her posthumously married to me and my three minor children sealed to us for eternity, as prescribed by Mormonism. The temple ceremony was one of my life's greatest shocks. Not only was it an obvious cult ritual but also was personally abhorrent. Since this ritual, I have not been active in the Church. However, I have struggled emotionally with vague feelings, thoughts and troubled by the incongruities I have experienced in mentally questioning the Church's claim of legitimacy. In my view, "The Mormon Conspiracy" has pulled together historical and other data that reveals the true Mormon Church.

Troubling. An aside here: For my part, I think I'm going to join an ancient Egyptian mystery cult that's been defunct for a few thousand years. What's the difference, ultimately?

Posted by Ideofact at July 4, 2005 11:31 PM

Looks like a curious bundle of contradictions to my Protestant-trained eyes.

No original sin, but fallen humanity...so does each person fall individually, or was humanity created flawed, in need of a "fix"?

The reaction of the veteran to his LDS upbringing seems worthy of note, in the sense that "the custom" of the faith felt so inadequate after several years on the battlefield. Whether "the thing", the faith itself, might have been adequate, we'll never know.

Posted by: karrde at July 7, 2005 04:01 PM