Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 -- On Thursday, October 31, 2013 between the hours of 12:00AM-11:59PM in their local time zone, active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as disaffected members and other supporters will be posting a copy of the most current 95 LDS Theses across the Internet and onto the doors of their local Mormon church buildings to protest the church’s refusal to address its covered-up history as well as it’s scripturally incongruent and often harmful behavior.
The project is organized by Mormon Reformation, a protest movement which aims to follow protestant reformer Martin Luther, who in 1517 posted a list of Ninety-Five Theses for consideration, discussion, and possible action on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Within two weeks, printed copies were distributed throughout Germany, exposing the corruption of the Catholic Church, and starting what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. Now, modern protesters claim, it is time for a new, Mormon Reformation.
Why Does Mormon Reformation Feel a Protest Is Necessary?
The protest is intended to be a peaceful, non-confrontational, and anonymous way to achieve the following two objectives:
1) Educating the membership of the church on controversial, revised, and hidden aspects of church doctrine, history, fundamental claims, and practices.
2) Influencing church leaders to officially address topics, behaviors and institutional issues that they have dodged, dismissed, and covered up for too long.
In particular, the 95 LDS Theses addresses the church’s whitewashing and suppression of documented Mormon History, such as:
- Joseph Smith illegally marrying at least 33 women, some of whom were as young as 14 years old. Some of Joseph’s marriages were secured by promising salvation or threatening damnation.
- Joseph Smith married at least 11 women who were already married to other men. In some cases, Joseph married the wives of men whom he had sent away on missions. Second LDS Church President Brigham Young also married other men’s wives.
- Boyd K. Packer and other church leaders have openly advocated obscuring and editing history by teaching that “some things that are true are not very useful.”
- The LDS Church stifles honest scholarship of Mormonism, going as far as excommunicating people who find and publish history that contradicts the Church’s narrative.
- The LDS Church’s refusal to disclose its finances, even to its tithe-paying members, despite former President Hinckley telling a reporter in 2002 that, “[financial] information belongs to those who made the contribution.”
“To make this event successful, we are enlisting the help of a wide variety of people,” explains group spokesman Fred W. Anson. The group of protesters consists mainly of progressive, temple recommend-carrying members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as less active members, some members who have left the church, and still others who have never been members but have Mormon friends and family members who are concerned about the modern Mormon Church.
There are now well over 1,000 discussion forums, podcasts, and blogs which vary in focus and style from gently discussing pertinent issues to openly satirizing covered-up Mormon beliefs, and the modern church’s inauthenticity, as well as it’s institutionalized behavioral, information, thought, and emotional control.
In January, 2012, a Reuters article announced a statement by church historian and recorder Marlin K. Jensen’s that the church has never experienced such a profound loss of its membership since the Kirtland, Ohio, banking scandal in 1837.
According to Mr. Anson, “Some people wish for nothing short of the complete destruction of the church. For them, our efforts don’t go far enough. Others just want to tweak a thing or two about the church. Whatever your personal desires for the LDS Church, we hope that we can count on your support to achieve these objectives by sharing these 95 LDS Theses and our event through social media and/or by posting them on the door of your Mormon church building.”
Event information and a printable copy of the 95 LDS Theses can be found on MormonReformationDay2013.org as well as its Facebook event and discussion pages. These pages have received thousands of hits since their launch in early October 2013.
Mormon Reformation is a group of active and disaffected Mormons – as well as their non-Latter-day Saint friends and family members – who seek to create change within the church by petitioning LDS leadership to openly address its covered-up history, dishonest claims, and harmful behavior. The movement has grown out of and coalesced from previous Reformation Day efforts in 2011 and 2012 as well as a non-Reformation Day event on February 16 & 17, 2013.
Fred Anson, Mormon Reformation, http://MormonReformationDay2013.org, +1 949 887-1672, [email protected]