LDS Church Self-Inflicted Wounds
– Joseph Smith’s treasure digging, peeps stones usage, and folk magic
– Joseph Smith’s first vision
– Joseph Smith’s history of legal problems and sexual indiscretions (even pre-polygamy)
– The Book of Mormon
– Substantive changes made to the Book of Mormon after its first publishing
– Church changing introduction to Book of Mormon (Lamanites “among the principle ancestors”)
– Changing the central angelic visitor to Joseph Smith (“Nephi” to “Moroni”) for convenience, after Joseph’s death
– Joseph Smith’s evolving doctrine, and subsequent alterations of Book of Mormon and First Vision to get them in sync
– The Book of Abraham
– Book of Commandments / The Doctrine and Covenants
– Substantive changes made to the Doctrine and Covenants after it was first published
– Lectures on Faith
– Kinderhook plates
– Joseph Smith’s inability to actually verifiable translate anything authentic
– Joseph Smith’s history of borrowing/plagiarizing from others (e.g., Swedenborg)
– Joseph Smith trying to sell Book of Mormon copyright
– Credibility problems with the 3 witnesses and 8 witnesses
– BOM witnesses seeing plates with “spiritual eyes”
– Unkind treatment of Emma Smith by Brigham Young
– Kirtland Bank scandal
– Inventing/retrofitting the Melchizedek Priesthood narrative after the fact
– The LDS Temple Endowment Ceremony/Joseph’s Involvement with Masonry/All the changes over the years
– Polygamy, Polyandry, & D&C 132
– Teaching by prophets that polygamy is requirement for highest degree of Celestial Kingdom.
– Joseph’s deceptions around polygamy (e.g. lying to Emma, other members, the general public)
– Joseph Smith sending husbands away on missions so he could marry their wives.
– Church continuing to practice polygamy after issuing the 1890 Manifesto.
– Joseph Smith’s “Council of 50” and “King of the World” anointing
– Joseph Smith’s destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor.
– Church conveying Joseph Smith as “innocent going like a lamb to the slaughter”
– Mountain Meadows Massacre and subsequent cover-up
– The Journal of Discourses
– Brigham Young’s teachings of Blood Atonement, Adam/God Doctrine, re-baptism
– Church hiding its troubling history (e.g., Joseph Fielding Smith ripping First Vision account out of Joseph’s Journal and hiding it)
– Inaccurate portrayals of church history (e.g., photos showing Joseph Smith translating with plates on the table, portrayals of Joseph and Emma as monogamists)
– The LDS Black Priesthood/Temple Ban, along with its Reversal
– All male priesthood / patriarchy
– Joseph F. Smith testimony at Reed Smoot hearings
– Church fighting ERA movement
– LDS correlation
– Doctrine of a dark skin curse (both of African-descent, and Native Americans via Book of Mormon)
– Church opposing the Civil Rights movement
– Past super racist statements by Mormon church leaders
– LDS response to Nazi Germany, excommunication of Helmuth Hubener.
– Anti-science rhetoric (6,000 year earth, global flood, Kolob, evolution bad)
– Joseph Fielding Smith’s “Doctrines of Salvation”
– Joseph Fielding Smith’s “Man: His Origin and Destiny”
– Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine
– Miracle of Forgiveness
– LDS Church’s response to the Mark Hofmann forgeries
– To Young Men Only Pamphlet (“little factories”)
– For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet (Early editions)
– The Indian Placement Program
– LDS church cover-up of sexual abuse within the church, and protection of abusers at expense of victims (the main mission of Kirton-McConkie law firm)
– Evergreen International
– Re-recording of Ronald Poelman General Conference talk
– The Excommunication of: The September Six, Denver Snuffer, Kate Kelly, John Dehlin, Jeremy Runnells, Bill Reel, Sam Young, Cody and Leah Young
– The Family: A Proclamation to the World
– California Proposition 8
– City Creek Mall
– The November 2015 Policy, along with its Reversal
– Church’s promotion of conversion/reparative therapy, celibacy, and mixed-orientation marriages for LGBTQ Mormons
– LDS/LGBTQ policies that have lead to LDS/LGBTQ suicides
– Promotion of Rough Stone Rolling at Deseret Book
– The Joseph Smith Papers Project
– The LDS Gospel Topics Essays
– BYU FARMS
– The Neil A. Maxwell Institute
– Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
– LDS Church’s massive financial portfolio at Ensign Peak, and lack of financial transparency
– Various heinous General Conference Talks (e.g., Boyd K. Packer, Jeffrey Holland, Dallin H. Oaks)
– Church negative rhetoric about people who doubt/question the church
– LDS Church refusal to apologize for mistakes
– Apologetic attempts to debunk the CES Letter
– Priesthood healings not working
– Patriarchal blessings not coming true
– Second Anointing – Secret and elitist (members referrals?)
– Abusive priesthood leaders
– Unhealthy teachings about sex/sexuality (e.g., pre-marital sex is a sin next to murder)
– One-one-one “worthiness” interviews with church leaders, with excessively explicit questions around sexual behaviors
– Unequal treatment of law of chastity offenders (sometimes the well-connected and wealthy are quietly let off the hook)
– LDS General Authorities teaching contradicting “doctrine”
– Boredom at church
– Lack of Christ-focus at church
– Insufficient donations to the poor, excessive focus on wealth/opulence
– Lack prophesy, seeing, and revelations by modern Prophets, Seers, and Revelators
– Time and expense of “Redeeming the Dead” doctrine making no sense with so much actual pain/suffering in the world
– Disciplinary councils shaming people for sexual choices and/or apostasy
– LDS General Authority dishonesty with the media (e.g., Gordon B. Hinckley denying that polygamy is doctrine, Jeffrey R. Holland denying temple blood oaths to BBC)
– Paul H. Dunn scandal
– George P. Lee scandal
– Richard Lyman scandal
– LDS Church Baseball Baptisms scandal
– Lack of consistent/ever-changing doctrine over the years (e.g., polygamy?, black priesthood ban?, what about the gathering at Zion?, Perpetual “Latter-days, do we still get to become Gods?)
– Obedience/”follow-the-prophet” culture
– Coercion around the tithes and offerings
– Jeopardizing marriages / splitting up marriages over loss of faith
– Unhealthy rhetoric around masturbation and pornography that causes anxiety, depression, divorce, and occasionally suicide
– Failure to acknowledge mention Mother in Heaven
– Word of Wisdom is super outdated, unscientific, and inconsistently enforced
– Teaching/encouraging a limited role for women (women are not to work outside the home, and are to stay home and have lots of babies)
– Doctrine of personal revelation led to a revelation that I should leave the church
– LDS church members baptizing Holocaust victims.
– Excessive control of Utah politics, and interfering in federal political processes
– Church denouncing and devaluing “gays, feminists, and intellectuals”
– Perfectionism culture that leads members to never feel like they are “enough”
– Shame culture
– Modesty/rape culture
– Finding out new temple name was not personal, but instead was granted to all who received endowment that day, based on calendar date system.
– Blood oaths and penalties in Mormon temple ceremony.
– Sexist portions of Mormon temple ceremony (e.g., women veiling faces, “submit” or hearken language, women allowed to tell men temple names, but men not allowed to tell women temple names)
– Changes in Mormon temple ceremony.
– Temple ceremony felt creepy/disturbing.
– Unequal treatment of girls vs. boys in church activities (e.g., Boy Scouts, camping, excursions)
– Church continuing to allow polygamy in temple sealings in 2020 (e.g., Dallin H. Oaks, Russell M. Nelson)
– Unfair and bothersome temple sealing cancellation policies for women.
– BYU Honor Code problems
– LDS Family/Social Services pressuring pregnant Mormon girls to give their children up for adoption.
– Poor treatment of singles, childless couples, part-member couples/families, and divorced people.
– The teachings about “Eternal Families” leading to unhealthy beliefs about “Sad Heaven.”
– Gaslighting by LDS church leaders (e.g., LGBTQ exclusion policy was a revelation, and its reversal was too!)
– Shaming of men and women who doubt by not letting them be involved in priesthood ordinances, temple.
– Church not allowing non-members and people who are deemed “unworthy” into wedding ceremonies.
– Mormon leadership roulette.
– Six figure compensation of LDS General Authorities, but no public acknowledgement of it.
– Church’s heavy reliance on emotional manipulation as “conversion” (e.g., MormonAds)
– Confusion about who children are sealed to after divorce and multiple re-marriages.
– LDS church leader endorsement of fraudulent financial schemes.
– LDS General Authority nepotism (e.g., Richard Hinckley, Matt Holland)
– Unhealthy indoctrination of children (e.g., baptism and age 8, “Follow the Prophet” song)
– Teaching that men can become Gods (Lorenzo Snow), and then recanting it (Gordon B. Hinckley)
– The requirement of LDS ordinances for all humans drives silly and inefficient temple work for the dead….for millennia.
– “One true church” teaching is elitist and judgmental.
– Inefficiency of Heavenly Father’s Mormon plan (16 million out of 8 billion are Mormon)
– Odd, arbitrary, strict rules/policies (e.g., musical instruments in sacrament meeting, multiple ear piercings)
– Unhealthy teachings about the mental health profession, suicide doctrine
– General Authority priestcraft (e.g., financially profiting from sale of books via Deseret Books)
– Church constantly changing past doctrine/theology/policies.
– Soft shunning by family and ward/community of Mormons who lose their faith, and/or of non-members.
– Teaching victims of sexual abuse that they need to repent.
– Forcing American / U.S. cultural mores on other countries. Cultural colonialism.
– Insisting on literal interpretation of scriptures.
– Backing away from scriptural literalism without acknowledging the change.
– Investing millions of $$$ in the “I’m a Mormon campaign,” only to turn around and prohibit the use of the identity, claim that calling ourselves “Mormons” is a victory for Satan.
– Personal revelation ALWAYS trumped by priesthood leadership inspiration, which obviates the existence of personal revelation.
– Demoting apostles Hugh B. Brown and Dieter Uchtdorf from the first presidency for supporting progressive causes.
– Spencer W. Kimball oral sex prohibition memo, that was rescinded within a year.
– Ernest Wilkinson BYU spy ring scandal in the 60s.
– Equating Mormonism with U.S. Republican politics.
– Ezra Taft Benson “John Birch Society” connections
– “Better return home in a pine box than without honor from your mission” rhetoric.
– Forever providing the “milk,” but never the “meat”
– Infantilizing of members
– “Lying for the Lord” practices by LDS General Authorities
– Untrained leadership