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  1. Don’t throw your copy of the book away. Not only will it be a valuable from a collectors point, but there will be young TBM’s that will insist that the Church never taught those things. Not only will It is more incriminating evidence of the hurtful and dangerous dogma of the past but evidence how the Church tries to hide and obfuscate their history. A Shameful, full of deceit organization.

  2. I need to clarify, I made the previous comment prior to listening to Johns episode. I agree with John completely that it is hate speech. I’ve already emailed Deseret Book and asked that they discontinue offering the book for sale or printing new copies. I began my exit out of the Church 40 years ago but like John said, the book was ubiquitous and I have a copy. I will not burn or destroy my copy and it goes without saying that it has not been used as a reference for 40 years.

  3. John please help me! Dear God! This is too much! I’m gay. My dad gave me $200 and the Miracle of Forgiveness time and time again with all these parts underlined with $200 over and over again…up to about $5000….

  4. Damaging yes, hateful no ,in the context of the time ,the views expressed in the miracle of forgiveness reflect an unobtainable religious utopia where perfection is found ,in living by every word that comes forth from the mouth of god . To a straight male the thought of sex is always front and center. And the thought of homosexuality is repulsive and repugnant it’s natural. I think that 4 percent of human beings are born gay . At least that was the figure I last read . I’ve heard that it is much higher in Mormon youth . I would petition John to look deeply into the concept of opposition in all things and to be the teacher and doctor that he is as it pertains to the protection of a valuable soul in the site of a loving savior . Gay or straight , when used as a comparison in mans quest for balance and happiness. Books like this one should not be banned or burned, never never never , don’t go down that slippery slope . We must understand our roots we must come to grips with gods being as described as love and we must not whip gay people up to hate and lash out and judge 96 percent of the rest of the population because we were taught something counter to love I e gods being . Judgement is mans call to action . We must not get into the banning game it is far better to do as you have done so well in over 16 years of your podcast , defend the marginalized in Mormonism. Without separating them from their parents and loved ones who share a different view in life . Mormonism is not pretty when you pull back the layers . But in my lifetime of experience the religion has churned out a few very fine and understanding individuals . So where do we go from here we must go to freedom and enlightenment not to fires of burning books and damning those with differing views . True martial arts instruction teaches you to use your enemy s velocity to your advantage and let him over exert . This is rampant in the church today . The church is damaging itself . Gay or straight we as individuals must be loving and forgiving . We must understand how hard it is to change the course of a religious movement. Hate goes both ways. Let’s choose a better way and let this book die a natural death.

  5. Hopefully this is some constructive criticism:

    Something I have noticed lately John, is that you are sounding just like a bible thumping, fire and brimstone, tent revivalist preacher. Not in content, but in tone. The effect this has on me is to lessen my interest in hearing what you have to say, because I instinctual disbelieve the bible thumpers. The tone gives the impression that to make up for a lack of serious argument, the speaker appeals to the audience with heightened emotion. Even though I agree with your position, I am turned off by the similarity to the bible trumpeters. It make me question if there is some flaw in what otherwise seems perfectly logical. Like Pavlov’s dog, when I here the bible thumper tone, even though I agree with what is being said, my mental reaction is this guy is full of sh**. Maybe I pick up on this because I do the same thing when arguing something I am passionate about even though I know it does not help my argument, the emotion just takes over.

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  6. Just emailed Deseret Book:

    To whom this may concern:

    It is appalling to me (and many, many others) that The Miracle of Forgiveness is still being sold in 2021. Please remove this book from your physical and virtual shelves as it teaches hateful lies concerning homosexuality, rape, incest, and suicide. It has personally hurt me when I was told to read it by my Bishop so I could be “forgiven” for what someone else did to me. This book is so dangerous and wrong on so many levels. Please remove it from Deseret Book and pass along this email to The Brethren!

  7. John, I went to Deseret and Seagull Book Stores today. They don’t have Miracle of Forgiveness. It hasn’t been in stock for six years. – Danny Larsen

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  8. It is unbelievably sloppy that a .1 trillion dollar business would not periodically purge their record of nonsense, let alone barbaric nonsense.

    John, I have just found your work and I’m taken by your demeanor. In other words I am very impressed by your command of your truths.

  9. This is just another place where Church leaders will be very slow to act. They are terrified about doing anything that might undermine the concept that the prophet speaks for God. That is truly their sacred cow. They would rather let people die than compromise that fundamental narrative. This is why there are still members who believe that black people are cused with dark skin, and that gay people can be cured. To facilitate healing, the Church needs to clearly identify which doctrines that it used to teach are false. I’m not holding my breath waiting for that!

  10. John thanks so much for your passion, it is I that passion that shows how much you care . Is it possible that Spencer was writing his legacy with that same passion not knowing the damage that it would cause in future generations ? The wonderful thing in Mormonism is that none of its prophets have been granted immortality they are all dead . And with that a new era is usually brought forward. Enlightenment should be our quest, I’ve often thought that the salt sermon was the catalyst that created the militant god is on our side Book of Mormon re do that brought on the messy unloving egotistical racist religion that all of us born into the faith were brain washed into giving so much of our lives to .Yep we are damaged . Yet we still have hope for a brighter day. Thanks John, your passion is forgiven, just like my former thought process is slowly moving away from this lifetime of brain damage. We are healing mentally and spiritually. Thanks for giving us a place to recognize this . My hope is that God is involved and he is allowing those of us who are so broken in this process to Hal and come together. Even in the midst of such passionate debate .

  11. I completely agree that the specific issues John mentions here are huge and that we need to completely stop selling and using these teachings. However, in a broader sense, I find the specific issues raised in this episode as belonging to a broader mental health issue with the entire concept of Christianity as it is commonly taught in The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, as well as many other branches Christianity. In this video, John talks about problems with an organization offering itself up as the cure to a disease it is causing. Isn’t that a fitting summary of the entire concept of the fall of man and redemption through atonement? We are taught (as in the Book Of Mosiah) that by being our natural selves, we are an enemy to God and that we, as we are, are less than the dust of the earth. I’m reminding of the words of Thomas Paine, which he wrote in The Age Of Reason of the man who receives these teachings, “He calls himself a worm, and the fertile earth a dunghill; and all the blessing of life by the thankless name of vanities.” Then we are told that the cure for our innate wretchedness lies in a father having his son murdered to pay the price for each of our redemption from our natural state of awfulness. How can any woman or man who believes this ever really feel good about themselves? I became increasingly sensitive to this issue after my daughter attempted suicide. As I tried to heal and get her the help she needed to heal, I came to see how damaging the belief that I was innately flawed had been to me in my life and to my children, whom I had faithfully taught such a dangerous doctrine. Unfortunately, to truly stop causing extreme mental health damage and suicidal thoughts to people, I honestly feel that in addition to dropping the specific teachings of The Miracle Of Forgiveness, we would need to also abandon and replace many of the teachings of the Bible and The Book Of Mormon (upon which Spencer Kimball based much of his doctrine found in the book we are discussing here) as well, and I do not have hope that we as a church would ever even consider that.

  12. I would’ve enjoyed it if you interviewed someone who had researched the book and could talk specifically about what the book has to say and possibly why it was written and why the church used it And some examples of how it affected individuals

    an interview with someone more about specifically what the book says that is so disturbing would’ve been informative

    I like when you interview experienced knowledgeable individuals or those who have interesting experiences to share


  13. I would love to confront President Kimball and contrast his chastity rules with those permissible for his grandfather, Heber C. Kimball, a notorious polygamist. As I recall, HCK was ready to give his wife to Joseph. He later told missionaries going to Europe not to marry young female converts in Europe, but rather bring them back to Salt Lake City so that he (and other Mormon royalty) could have a “fair shake” at them. During the 1970s, the history of HCK was not so well known, as now thanks to the internet.

  14. Thank you for sharing. Is there a way to get access to the slides you used? I’m trying to spread the word in Facebook groups I’m in and I think having direct quotes would be very helpful to help those defending this book see the damage it can cause.

  15. This book says if you survived a rape you consented, otherwise you would be dead.

    “It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle.”

    If it really was rape, why are you still alive? You should have struggled until the rapist killed you during or after the assault.

  16. Burning books in the Nazi style may be seen as wrong, because the Nazis circumvented freedom of conscience. But burning the Kimball’s book isn’t the same thing. This man was the prophet when I got baptized in South America. My generation fell like flies in the trap of Mormonism. Little did we know about the whole dirty history. Peruvian Mormons could not imagine the nasty history that was hiding behind the Utah Empire of Doom that was exported to the world as a true testimony of Jesus Christ. I feel that with all his sweetness, Spencer Kimball didn’t have the moral stature to teach morals, because of the history of immorality that his cronies conceal until today. A church that taught their followers to inbreed for the reproduction of a particular race should first go back to introspection before claiming to teach for God, chastising different sexual practices as bestiality while concealing the bestiality of the Founders.

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