As part 3 in my interview with groundbreaking Mormon journalist Lynn Packer (nephew of Boyd K. Packer), I want to share with you a fascinating 30 minute video produced by Lynn, which provides essential background information to understand the following:

  1. The evolution of the LDS Church away from valuing thought, science, and scholarship (based on the influence of GA B.H. Roberts and others), and towards the prioritization of emotion-based orthodoxy and fundamentalism (based on the influence of J. Rueben Clark, Harold B. Lee, Joseph Fielding Smith, etc.)
  2. The careers of both LDS apostle Boyd K. Packer and GA Paul H. Dunn,  And,
  3. The eventual backlash against science and scholarship led by Boyd K. Packer from the 1980s through today, which led to the intentional hiding of factual LDS Church history, and the punishment of scholars and thinkers (from the September 6 to modern excommunicants like myself).

This 30 minute video will provide important background for the subsequent 3 episodes with Lynn.

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  1. Louisa August 6, 2021 at 10:39 am - Reply

    This presentation is mind blowing for me. I just lost my teaching job at BYU because I experienced a faith crisis. Ideas from The Charted Course are still implemented today. My experience at BYU now makes much more sense. There is no room for questioning or doubt within Church Education.

  2. Brenda November 4, 2021 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Gaining a testimony is the most important part of life because having a testimony will pay the bills…

    Not a smart thing to teach people unless early death is assured

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