Mormon History and Shaken Faith Syndrome
The internet is a wonderful thing, but anyone can post there. It has become a pool of information and disinformation, and often uncivilized discourse. While faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often inadvertently called the Mormon Church, write and blog about their sincere faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the saving doctrines of the Church, around 750 anti-Mormon ministries publish material meant to destroy the Church and the faith of its members. These websites also seek to dissuade sincere investigators of the Church from pursuing what the Holy Spirit is leading them to do. More often than twisting Mormon Doctrine to confuse people, anti-Mormon websites seek to bring up instances from Mormon history to surprise those unversed in it and pull the spiritual rug out from under their belief. It behooves Mormon faithful to learn MORE about their history. What happens is that when their faith is shaken, they believe the new information they have received without investigating further. If they were to delve even deeper into Mormon history, they would find an answer to every challenge, because the Church is still the only true and living church on the face of the earth, and is, indeed, personally led by Jesus Christ.
Should you be one who is suffering from "shaken faith syndrome," because you have received "information" regarding church history you were unaware of, there are resources available online for you to continue your search:
- MormonFAQ.com — answers to the "50 Questions" and "58 Questions" posed by anti-Mormon ministries
- JeffLindsay.com — Answers to all sorts of challenges to Mormonism
- Jeff Lindsay — Thoughts for Mormon Doubters
- FAIRlds.org — A scholarly website for Mormon apologetics with answers for all critics, backed by research
- HistoryofMormonism.com — Great insights into Mormon history, including personal accounts
- Mormon-Polygamy.org — Did Joseph Smith have more than one wife?
- Finding Faith in the Midst of Doubt — Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture — Links to Specific Articles Regarding Sources of Doubt
- Facing Down the Doubters of Our Mormon Heritage
- BYU Studies Has All the Answers
- Answers from a Non-Mormon Skeptic
- Mormon Faith in a Digital Age
- Mormon Historians' Faith Grows Deeper with Study