LIST OF LINKS BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Mormonism Links - A
- About Mormonism
- All About God
- Anti-Mormon Preservation Society
- Apologetics Information Ministries
- Apologia Report
- Irene Spencer Books
Mormonism Links - B
- Berean Christian Ministries
- Book Of Abraham.com
- Breaking The Mormon Code
- The Berean Call
- Challenge Ministries
- Christian Information Ministries
- Christian Research Institute
- Cult Awareness and Information Center
- Equipping Christians Ministries
- Ex-Mormon Forums
- ExMormon “Newsletters”
- Mormon Missions Midwest Outreach
- Mormon Studies Homepage
- Mormonism Examined
- Mormonism for Dummies
- Mormonism Research Ministry
- Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center
- The Mormon Chapbook
- Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center
- New England Institute of Religious Research
- Not A Mormon
- RADAR13 Ministries - Ministry to cults, equipping believers to share their faith
- Recovering From Mormonism - Downloadable workbook to help with post-Mormonism issues. Critical of Christianity.
- Rethinking Mormonism
- The Resource Center for Theological Research
- Saints Alive in Jesus
- Salamander Society
- Sharper Iron – Ministry to Mormons
- Sister Mary Lisa
- Take a Stand
- Through the Maze Ministry
- Tower To Truth Ministries
- Trials Of Ascension
- Twenty truths about mormonism
- Unlimited Glory Ministries
- Utah Gospel Mission
- Utah Lighthouse Ministry
- Utah Partnerships for Christ
- Wayne and Dianne Simister’s Information
- William Wilson from Northern Arizona
LIST OF LINKS WITH DETAILS
1 - http://www.exmormon.org/goodsite.htm - Links to other sites.
2 - http://www.mormonismi.info/jamesdavid/table.htm - An alphabetical list, by topic, of Mormon-related links; many articles. Originally by James David.
3 - http://www.lds-mormon.com - Articles and links; one of the oldest and most extensive Internet sites on Mormonism.
4 - http://www.josephlied.com Mike Norton's excellent analysis of Mormon problems.
5 - http://utlm.org/ Many articles by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, especially from their newsletter The Salt Lake City Messenger. Also several complete books are online here, including their complete book The Changing World of Mormonism.
5 - http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/mormon.shtml Text of many early Mormon publications, including the 1830 version of the Book of Mormon and the original Book of Commandments. Curt Van Den Heuvel's site.
6 - http://www.irr.org/mit "Mormons In Transition," sponsored by the Insitute for Religious Research, with many articles; Christian orientation; an on-line newsgroup, (MIT-Talk) with evangelical basis
7 - http://www.mrm.org The "Mormon Research Ministry," an evangelical Christian group headed by Bill McKeever; many good articles on Mormonism
8 - http://www.bcmmin.org/ The "Berean Christian Ministry," headed by John Farkas; many articles, a useful chronology of church history, and a long refutation of a Mormon scholar's attempt to discredit critics of the church.
9 - http://www.realmormonhistory.com A collection of historical quotations from Mormon leaders themselves which cast doubt on Mormonism.
10 -http://www.i4m.com/think/ "Rethinking Mormonism" - an excellent site by former Mormon "Deconstructor"
11 -http://trialsofascension.net/mormon.html "20 Truths About Mormonism" by Jim Day, Ph. D.
12 - http://www.TheShelf.com Convenient side-by-side listing of internet articles on both sides of controversial Mormon issues - maintained by Cora Judd
13 - http://zarahemlacitylimits.com/ "Zarahemla City Limits" - many articles and a discussion board
14 - http://mormoncurtain.com/ "Blogging the Exmormon World" - maintained by Michael Hoenie
15 - http://www.zaksite.co.uk/atozelph/twosides.htm "The church is true" "The church is not true" - Chris Tolworthy's site (formerly whyprophets.com); originally a very pro-Mormon site; Tolworthy - now no longer Mormon - presents the arguments of both sides
16 - Mormonism Disproved Christopher Miller's website
17 - Mormonism - Pro and Con Online version of Ed Bliss' book (.PDF format)
18 - http://www.helmsmansociety.com/Issues/2005/mormon052605.htm The Helmsman Society's summary of Mormonism
19 - http://mormonthink.com/scienceweb.htm "[Mormonism's] Conflicts With Science"
LIST OF LINKS BY SUBJECT - from exmormon.org
THE "FIRST VISION"
http://www.irr.org/mit/fvision.html The official version, and why it is a fiction
http://www.i4m.com/think/intro/must_believe_vision.htm The church insists that belief in the validity of the "First Vision" is the basis of Mormonism
http://www.irr.org/mit/First-Vision-Accounts.html All of the early (and contradictory) accounts, from Mormon sources
http://www.irr.org/mit/inventbk.html (a review of the book Inventing Mormonism)
THE 1820 REVIVAL
The question of whether there was a revival in 1820 matching Smith's story has been hotly debated by Mormon and non-Mormon scholars. See the exchange between Richard L. Bushman (Mormon) and Wesley P. Walters (non-Mormon) in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Spring 1969) 4:1:58ff. A summary of the opposing points of view (by a Mormon scholar) is Marvin Hill, "The First Vision: A Critique and Reconciliation," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Summer 1982) 15:31-46.
http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/index.htm (Michael Marquardt's site)
The following three links are about Marquardt's book Inventing Mormonism, a scholarly investigation into Mormonism's early years:
For Smith's connection with the Methodists, see Inventing Mormonism, pp 54-55, citing Turner, History of Phelp's and Gorham's Purchase, p. 214, which relates that Smith was an informal "exhorter" at Methodist camp meetings before 1822; Pomeroy Tucker, The Origin, Rise and Progress of Mormonism (NY 1867), p 18: Smith joined the "probationary class" of the Methodist church; there was no Methodist church in Palmyra until July 1821 (Inventing Mormonism, p 60 n 41);
JOSEPH SMITH AND "MONEYDIGGING"
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/ny_js.htm The report of Smith's 1826 arrest and court appearance for being a "glass-looker"
BOOK OF MORMON "WITNESSES"
http://www.irr.org/mit/address1.html The book by David Whitmer, An Address To All Believers in Christ, testifying that God revealed to him that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet.
http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/docum4.htm (Martin Harris interview in Tiffany's magazine)
http://www.carm.org/lds/unveiled2.htm Affidavits of Lucy Harris and Abigail Harris about Martin Harris
http://utlm.org/onlineresources/anthon.htm (Martin Harris' visit to Professor Anthon with a copy of characters from the gold plates)
http://www.mormonthink.com/witnessesweb.htm More on the witnesses, including pro-Mormon arguments
METHOD OF TRANSLATION OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
http://www.irr.org/mit/address1.html (David Whitmer's Address To All Believers in Christ; see p. 12, 30)
http://utlm.org/topicalindexa.htm#Black hole The significance of the 116 pages of lost manuscript for testing the authenticity of the book
http://www.mormonthink.com/lost116web.htm More on the 116 lost pages
Martin Harris, Millennial Star 6 Feb 1882, cited in Robert N. Hullinger, Joseph Smith's response to Skepticism, p 9-14, Salt Lake City 1992, said that the plates were not needed, also quoted by John Clark, Gleanings By the Way, 1842, p 228, cited in Hullinger p 11, n 23.
http://www.mormonthink.com/transbomweb.htm More on the method of translation, with specific responses to Mormon arguments
For an official Mormon admission about Smith's use of the "seer stone" in his hat, see "Speaking Today: A Treasured Testament," by Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, July 1993 Volume 23 Number 7 page 61
BOOK OF MORMON ARCHAEOLOGY
http://www.mormonthink.com/bomweb3.htm Good summary of problems, with specific responses to Mormon arguments
http://www.mindspring.com/~dwright/BOM/survey.htm "Book of Mormon Lands Survey" - Daniel Wright's survey of professional (non-Mormon) archaeologists and their views of Mormon claims.
http://mormonscripturestudies.com/bomor/twm/lamgen.asp Recent study by DNA expert Tom Murphy, for which he was threatened with excommunication from the Mormon church, showing that the American Indians are not Semitic
Losing a Lost Tribe by Simon Southerton, former Mormon bishop and professional DNA expert; excellent book explaining the science and how it disproves the Book of Mormon
"Answers to Apologetic Claims about DNA and the Book of Mormon" by Simon Southerton
http://www.lhvm.org/dna.htm More on DNA studies, including a video about DNA's relationship to the Book of Mormon's claims
Who Are The Lamanites? , a four-part article by Kevin Mathie examining the pro and con arguments
http://www.nowscape.com/mormon/zindler1.htm "How Do You Lose a Steel Mill" by Frank R. Zindler
http://www.mormonthink.com/bomweb3.htm Summary of problems with the Book of Mormon, including Mormon responses
http://www.mormonthink.com/bomweb3.htm Summary of problems with the Book of Mormon, including Mormon responses
JEWISH LAW AND THE BOOK OF MORMON
Salt Lake City Messenger, Issue #74, February 1990, available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry
http://lds-mormon.com/feast.shtml "Feasts in the Book of Mormon"
BOOK OF MORMON CHANGES; OTHER CHANGES
http://utlm.org/topicalindexa.htm#Changes Changes made in revelations after their first publication, to reflect Smith's changes in doctrine.
The original texts of the Book of Mormon 1830 edition and the 1833 Book of Commandments (predecessor to the Doctrine and Covenants can be found at http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/
PRESENT MORMON DOCTRINE CONTRARY TO BOOK OF MORMON
http://packham.n4m.org/bomvslds.htm A concise listing, with references
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/birth.html On the Virgin Birth, how Jesus was conceived.
http://www.irr.org/mit/CHANGOD.html The changing concept of God.
http://www.bcmmin.org/bcm2.html Changing doctrines of Mormonism.
THE 1825 BOOK View of the Hebrews by Ethan Smith
http://www.irr.org/mit/Books/View-Hebrews/viewhe1a.html (text of View)
http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/voh/voh.shtml (text of View)
http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/bom/written.shtml Could Joseph Smith have written the Book of Mormon?
http://www.lds-mormon.com/voh.shtml Parallels between View and the Book of Mormon.
http://www.irr.org/mit/bhrobert.html B. H. Roberts' conclusions.
FAILURES OF GOD-INSPIRED PROJECTS
Failure of the Kirtland Bank:
Gathering of Zion:
Polygamy - see notes at: #POLYGAMY Deseret Alphabet:
THE HOFMANN MURDER SCANDAL
The Mormon Murders: A True Story of Greed, Forgery, Deceit, and Death by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, 1988. The role of the Mormon church leadership in this scandal is carefully documented here.
A Gathering of Saints: A True Story of Money, Murder and Deceit by Robert Lindsey, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1988. Another book on the Hofmann scandal.
Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders by Linda Sillitoe and Allen Roberts, 2nd edition, Signature Books, Salt Lake City.
"Masterminds: The Anthon Forgeries" Excellent video on the Hofmann forgeries.
THE MORMON TEMPLE CEREMONY (THE "ENDOWMENT")
http://packham.n4m.org/temples.htm : "Mormon Temples and Temple Rituals" - a detailed overview of this most secret part of Mormonism.
The next five links contain the actual text of the ceremony in the various forms it has had since the early days of the church.
(See also http://i4m.com/think/temples/temple_ordinance.htm for a discussion of the significance of the 2005 changes)
http://i4m.com/think/temples/ Several articles on temples
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/garments.html A description of the sacred undergarment which Mormons are required to wear after receiving the endowment.
http://www.nowscape.com/mormon/undrwrmo.htm More on "garments"
http://www.lds-mormon.com/veilworker/recommend.shtml The questions that are asked in the "worthiness interview" to determine whether a member is worthy to receive admission to the temple.
MASONIC INFLUENCE ON MORMONISM
http://www.masonicmoroni.com Paul Graham's comprehensive site, with many links from all points of view
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech4.htm#Joseph Smith's Magic Talisman Joseph Smith's magical talisman
THE "ADAM = GOD" DOCTRINE
http://www.bcmmin.org/evolut4.html The changes in the Mormon doctrine about God.
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/adam-god.html (Text of Brigham Young's 1852 sermon)
http://packham.n4m.org/byoung.htm#ADAMGOD More statements by Brigham Young
A good discussion, with photocopy of Bruce R. McConkie's private admission that Brigham Young did teach the doctrine, is in Tanner, LDS Apostle Confesses Brigham Young Taught Adam-God Doctrine, available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry.
Similar material is in Banister's book For Any Latter- Day Saint
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/mcconkies-letter.html The text of McConkie's letter admitting that Brigham Young did teach that Adam was God
See also: Adam is God??? by Chris A. Vlachos, pamphlet available from Utah Lighthouse Ministry
POLYGAMY ("CELESTIAL MARRIAGE")
http://www.irr.org/mit/enigma.html A review of Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, by Linda King Newell and Valene Tippett Avery, University of Illinois Press, 1994; a biography of Joseph Smith's first wife, relating the development of Smith's ideas on polygamy and her opposition to it.
In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton, Signature Books
http://www.wivesofjosephsmith.org/home Biographies of all of Joseph Smith's wives
http://www.mormonismi.info/jamesdavid/denpract.htm Smith's public (and untruthful) denials of the rumors about his practice of polygamy.
http://www.mormonismi.info/jamesdavid/menwives.htm Documentation of Smith's seduction of other men's wives.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/clndest2.htm An early and generally unknown revelation about polygamy
Mormon Polygamy: A History by Richard S. Van Wagoner, Signature Books, Salt Lake City. An excellent history of its theory and practice, reviewed at http://www.lds-mormon.com/polygamy.shtml.
The Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy Sources on Its Origin, Thought, and Practice by B. Carmon Hardy, 2007
http://www.i4m.com/think/history/joseph_smith_sex.htm "Did Joseph Smith have sex with his [polygamous] wives?"
http://www.signaturebookslibrary.org/essays/mormonpolygamy.htm Comprehensive essay on polygamy
http://www.polygamy.org Home page of Tapestry of Polygamy, a group of formerly polygamous women who are exposing its evils as practiced by some Mormon groups today.
http://mormonthink.com/polyweb.htm - responses to Mormon arguments and claims
http://www.i4m.com/think/polygamy/utah_census.htm "U. S. Census numbers and Mormon Polygamy"
Refutation of the claim that polygamy was practiced because of a shortage of men in early Utah
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/video/lifting-veil-polygamy Video documentary on Mormon polygamy
THE "CURSE OF CAIN": THE CHANGING DOCTRINE ON SKIN COLOR
http://packham.n4m.org/byoung.htm#NEGRO Brigham Young's Doctrines on the Black race
http://www.mormonthink.com/blackweb.htm Summary of pro and con views
http://www.religioustolerance.org/lds_race.htm History of racism in Mormonism from the "Religious Tolerance" organization
http://jhuston.com/Documents/1978.htm Background information on the 1978 "revelation"
THE DOCTRINE OF "BLOOD ATONEMENT" AND THE DANITES ("AVENGING ANGELS")
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/blood-atonement.html Mormons often deny that the doctrine was taught, but they still believe it.
"Blood Atonement" a short video on the origin and present practice
The role of violence in Mormonism is the subject of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, 2003; this book was on the best-seller lists for a number of weeks.
The authoritative work on the Mountain Meadows Massacre has been Juanita Brooks, The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
Brooks is now supplemented by new evidence in Will Bagley, The Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2002.
See also Sally Denton's book American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, Knopf 2003.
J. F. Gibbs's complete book Mountain Meadows Massacre is online at http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/meadowscontents.htm
Film treatments of the Mountain Meadows Massacre:
"Burying the Past" (documentary): http://www.buryingthepast.com
"September Dawn" (fictionalized, but based on fact): http://www.septemberdawn.net
THE BOOK OF COMMANDMENTS
http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/boc/boc_main.shtml The complete text of the Book of Commandments, showing the revisions made to them in the Doctrine and Covenants
RESTORATION OF THE PRIESTHOOD
"Priesthood Restored or Retrofit?" by Lane Thuet
THE BOOK OF ABRAHAM
http://www.irr.org/mit/boapage.html The complete book By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus by Charles M. Larson
http://www.xmission.com/~research/about/alphabet.htm The text of Smith's so-called Egyptian Alphabet & Grammar
http://www.bookofabraham.com Comprehensive site, with message board, about the Book of Abraham
An hour-long video about the Book of Abraham: "The Lost Book of Abraham" at http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/video/lost-book-abraham
THE "INSPIRED REVISION" OF THE BIBLE
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (RLDS, now renamed "Community of Christ") has long used the version by Smith.
THE KINDERHOOK PLATES
http://www.mormonthink.com/kinderhookweb.htm Good summary of both pro and con views
JOSEPH SMITH'S PROPHECIES
http://packham.n4m.org/prophet.htm A listing of many of Smith's unfulfilled prophecies
http://www.mrm.org/multimedia/text/civilwar.html Joseph Smith's famous prophecy of the Civil War
http://www.lds-mormon.com/civilwar.shtml Another article on the Civil War prophecy
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech13.htm#Rocky Mountain Prophecy Joseph Smith's prophecy about the Mormon move to the Rocky Mountains
http://www.mormonthink.com/prophetsweb.htm Lack of prophecy in the modern church
For some of Brigham Young's failed prophecies, see:
http://www.solomonspalding.com/docs/exposit1.htm The text of the Nauvoo Expositor, the opposition paper which Smith destroyed, thus leading to his imprisonment and death. It contains all the true accusations which Smith wanted suppressed
http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech17.htm#Destruction of Expositor The destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor
For a detailed discussion of Smith's political ambitions, his title "king" and his secret government, see the book by D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: [Volume 1] The Origins of Power, Signature Books, Salt Lake City, 1994. (Quinn was excommunicated from the Mormon church for his historical researches, but remains a believer)
MORMON FALSIFICATION OF MORMON HISTORY
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/mormhist.htm D. Michael Quinn's Talk "On Being A Mormon Historian" in which he urges the church authorities to be more open in telling the entire history of the church, without coloring it. Rather than follow his advice, the church excommunicated him.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/legacy1.htm An evaluation of the propaganda film Legacy, produced by the church.
http://www.bcmmin.org/persecutor.html An evaluation of the church's claim that it was persecuted.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/dunn.htm The uncovering of the lies told by a high-ranking Mormon official
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/mantle.htm A speech by Boyd K. Packer, a high-ranking church official, on how the church justifies its distortion of its history. Also discussed at http://www.exmormon.org/disease.htm
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/purge.htm The recent purge of Mormon historians who told too much
http://www.exmormon.org/lying.htm A discussion of speech by Dallin Oaks, a high-ranking church official, on the need for withholding the whole truth.
http://packham.n4m.org/gbh-god.htm The present "prophet" Gordon B. Hinckley lies about church doctrine in two interviews for the news media.
http://packham.n4m.org/lying.htm More examples of Mormon lying.
A good example of the church's distortion of history is its long cover-up of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. See Juanita Brooks, The Mountain Meadows Massacre, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
PRAYING FOR TRUTH
"Testimony and Spiritual Witness" - discussion about the reliability of spiritual witness
http://packham.n4m.org/prayer.htm - prayer is not for obtaining information
http://packham.n4m.org/satan.htm - how Satan can deceive
- God was once a man like us: http://packham.n4m.org/gbh-god.htm
- God has a tangible body of flesh and bone: D&C 130:22
- God lives on a planet near the star Kolob: Book of Abraham 3:3-16
- God has at least one wife, our "Mother in Heaven": Joseph Fielding Smith, Man, His Origin and Destiny, p 348-355: "All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother..." (More citations in The Changing World of Mormonism, Chapter 7)
- Jesus was married: This idea is consistent with the Mormon doctrine that marriage is required for godhood; see citations from early church leaders at Changing World of Mormonism, Chapter 9. The church denies that this is a doctrine of the church here.
- We can become like God and rule over our own universe. http://packham.n4m.org/gbh-god.htm
- There are many gods, ruling over their own worlds: Citations in "http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/changech7.htm#From%20One%20to%20Many">The Changing World of Mormonism, Chapter 7
- Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father by having sex with Mary: Citations in The Changing World of Mormonism, Chapter 7
- We should not try to feel a personal relationship with Jesus: "Our Relationship With The Lord" by Apostle Bruce R. McConkie
- "The Lord" ("Jehovah") in the Old Testament is the same being named Jesus in the New Testament, but not the same as "God the Father": D&C 110:2-4; Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, article "Jehovah"; 1 Nephi 19:10
- In the the highest degree of the celestial kingdom some men will have more than one wife: D&C 132:63
- "Pre-existence": See Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, ch 4, esp pp 60-61
- Dark skin is a curse from God: 1 Nephi 12:23, 2 Nephi 5:21, Alma 3:6, Jacob 3:8, 3 Nephi 2:15, Morm 5:15.
- Animal resurrection: http://packham.n4m.org/animals.htm
- Rainbow: http://packham.n4m.org/prophet.htm
- Satan rules water: D&C 61
- Sun's light is from Kolob: Book of Abraham Facsimile # 2, Explanation of Fig 5
- Gentile blood is replaced: History of the Church 3:380, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p. 150
- False angel hair color: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p. 214; handshake: D&C 129:1-9
PROHIBITION ON COFFEE, ETC. (THE "WORD OF WISDOM")
The text of the Word of Wisdom is in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 89
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/w_wisdom.htm Problems and inconsistencies with this revelation.
TITHING, CHURCH WEALTH
On the wealth of the church, see: Anson Shupe, Wealth and Power in American Zion, Lewiston NY 1992, or John Heinerman and Anson Shupe, The Mormon Corporate Empire, Beacon, 1988.
OBEDIENCE: "FOLLOW THE BRETHREN"
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/cannon.htm Excerpts from Under The Prophet In Utah by Senator Frank J. Cannon, showing how the church leaders exert power over members.
http://www.i4m.com/think/leaders/mormon_loyalty.htm Many statements by church leaders emphasizing loyalty to the church
http://www.zionsbest.com/fourteen.html A speech by Ezra Taft Benson, a recent prophet and president, instructing members to obey the prophet without questioning and without checking his advice against scripture.
http://www.lds-mormon.com/thinking.shtml A critical article on the church's mind control.
http://www.xmission.com/~country/reason/purge.htm The recent mass excommunications of intellectuals and historians who questioned church authority.
http://www.zionsbest.com/heresies.html Bruce R. McConkie on the heresy of evolution.
http://www.affirmation.org The website of Affirmation, an organization for Mormons with homosexual leanings. Much information about the church's stance on sex.
http://www.affirmation.org/learning/steps_in_overcoming_masturbation.shtml A talk by Mormon apostle Mark E. Petersen, on how to prevent masturbation.
http://www.affirmation.org/learning/we_see_what_we_believe.asp A critical article by Jeffery R. Jensen, M.D., on the harm done by the church with its stance on homosexuality.
http://www.affirmation.org/learning/homosexuality_a_psychiatrists_response.asp Another article by Dr. Jensen, criticizing the church's department of social services
http://www.zionsbest.com/only.html A speech by Boyd K. Packer on the evils of masturbation in young men, and how to prevent it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilZt88Kt50k Video interviews with young Mormon homosexuals about their treatment
http://www.affirmation.org/learning/in_gods_name.shtml "In God's Name" by Terry Hiscox - a survey of Christian and Mormon treatment of homosexuals
POSITION OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
Books by two exmormon women describing their difficulties with the church's treatment of women:
Deborah Laake, Secret Ceremonies, Dell, 1993
Sonia Johnson, From Housewife to Heretic, Doubleday, 1981. Johnson was excommunicated for her activism in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
http://www.exmormon.org/mormwomn.htm A woman's viewpoint.
http://www.lds-mormon.com/lying.shtml How the church misrepresents its stance on the role of women.
"Mormon Women, Prozac, and Therapy" by Kent Ponder Ph.D. explores the causes for so many Mormon women being on anti-depressant medications.
http://members.shaw.ca/blair_watson/ "The Psychological Effects of Mormonism" by Blair Watson
PERSONAL STORIES BY FORMER MORMONS
http://www.exmormon.org/ has the personal stories of over six hundred people who left the church and their many different reasons for doing so.
For briefer comments from former Mormons, see http://packham.n4m.org/voices1.htm
See also these longer accounts:
Mary Ann Benson (granddaughter-in-law of Ezra Taft Benson, president of the church): http://www.exmormon.org/mormon/mormon146.htm
Steve Benson (grandson of Benson, Mary Ann's husband): http://www.lds-mormon.com/benson2.shtmlhttp://www.exmormon.org/mormon/mormon418.htm and also
http://twincentral.com/site/pages/articles/doctrines/alt/LDS/stevebenson.htm Transcript of the Bensons' interview with two Mormon apostles
Ken Clark (former teacher in the Church Educational System): http://www.exmormon.org/whylft149.htm
For longer (booklength) accounts, see:
Suddenly Strangers: Surrendering Gods and Heroes by the Morin brothers.(http://suddenlystrangers.com - click on "Excerpts")
Beyond Mormonism: An Elder's Story by James R. Spencer, who converted to Mormonism and left it to become a Christian minister
Martha Beck (daughter of Mormon apologist Hugh Nibley), Leaving the Saints, Crown, 2005, ISBN 0609609912
IS MORMONISM A CULT?
The following links are to checklists and other guidelines, to help you to evaluate whether any group (not just Mormonism) is a "cult."
http://www.freedomofmind.com/ The home page of Steve Hassan, an authority on cults and brainwashing.
http://www.caic.org.au Jan Groenveld's Cult Awareness Centre
http://www.factnet.org FACTnet, resources on psychological coercion and mind control
http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html Isaac Bonewits' cult checklist, with 18 items and worksheet.
A 12-minute video on cults in general: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnNSe5XYp6E
http://members.shaw.ca/blair_watson/ "The Psychological Effects of Mormonism" by Blair Watson