"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck." - Thomas Jefferson
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." - 1 Thessalonians 5:21
"Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth." - Ludwig Borne
"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man" - Bertrand Russell
"Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing." - T. H. Huxley
The desire for truth has been my only motivation in creating this website. I have compiled this information in a sincere effort to explore the validity of the claim that the LDS church is the "only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased." (D&C 1:30) In so doing, I've tried to be objective and fair by including both my concerns and what I consider to be the strongest responses to those concerns by church apologists.
Based on this information, it is my conclusion that the LDS church is not the "only true church". I've decided to no longer be a part of it. I believe the truths cited herein clearly show that the church has misled its members as to the character of its founding leaders, the veracity of its doctrines, and the divinity of its origin.
Are illusions sometimes beneficial? I think so. I have no problem with my young children believing in Santa Claus right now; the belief fills them with hope and excitement. At the same time, as they mature I expect them to realize the myth for what it is and set it aside accordingly. I view the Mormon myth in the same light; it provides hope and direction for some people. However, like any myth it can also be a source of misinformation which leads to unhappiness. This has certainly proven to be the case in my life as someone that was raised in the Mormon faith.
If you are truly happy and fulfilled as a Mormon, there is no reason for you to read further. I believe you are where you should be for now. If however, you find your spiritual growth has stagnated and want to learn more about the origins of the Mormon church and what that implies for your own journey, read on.