There’s one big question that I haven’t heard yet about an anti-Mormon author’s twisted article on a CNN blog about the LDS Church. She says that she disbelieved in the religion at least since the time she was nine years old, yet she was married in an LDS temple, which would require a long period of prior faithfulness: was she lying about not believing in the religion throughout her childhood, or did she lie to the Church so she could get married in the temple?
It’s been my experience that people who are inactive, or no longer members, in the LDS Church, hate being asked about when they did have faith, and how that changed. They’ll often give sketchy answers, if any at all, and quickly change the subject. Fair enough—private business is private business—but if you want to be taken seriously as a public opponent of something, don’t you owe the public an explanation that establishes credibility better than this?
This author seems to base her credibility on the fact that her she was raised in a Mormon family (as if being raised by Darwin would automatically qualify you as a scientist), and the fact that she can quote distorted versions of some doctrines and out-of-context materials from the temple endowment ceremony. So she can use Google. Big whoop.
You know how sometimes a reporter will try to play “gotcha” with a politician by asking him or her an incredibly simple question, like the number of amendments to the Constitution or the name of a foreign head of state? I’ve always wanted to ask a self-professed anti-Mormon “expert,” who loves to riff on the temple, some basic questions that an average twelve-year-old Mormon would know. I seriously doubt most anti-Mormons would do well on such a quiz.
Consider the twelve questions below. Any adult Latter-day Saint reading this would get most if not all of these right. Inactive people would get most of these right. Shoot, non-Mormons who casually went to church a few times with their Mormon friends could get most of these right.
Certainly, certainly an expert on the religion should blow all of these out of the water. An expert on Mormonism getting more than one of these wrong would be like an MIT professor failing to solve 2x=10.
- In what year did Joseph Smith have his First Vision?
- How many Articles of Faith are there?
- What three names are mentioned in the first Article of Faith?
- Who was the second president of the LDS Church?
- What’s the longest book in the Book of Mormon?
- Complete the following, from a children’s song : “I am a child of God, and he has _____ _____ _____.”
- Which Book of Mormon prophet is famous for preaching while standing on a wall, where arrows could not hit him?
- Which Book of Mormon prophet is depicted on the spires of most LDS temples?
- Name either counselor in the current First Presidency.
- Name the four books of scripture that Mormons call the Standard Works.
- In what year was Joseph Smith killed?
- Complete the following, from a children’s song: “I’m trying to be like Jesus, I’m _________ __________ __________ __________.”
- God the Eternal Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost.
- Brigham Young
- Sent me here
- Samuel the Lamanite
- Henry B. Eyring or Dieter F. Uchtdorf
- Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price
- Following in His ways