The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America’s fastest-growing religions and, relative to its size, one of the richest.
Church membership, now at over 12 million and growing, sweeps the globe.
But from the moment of its founding in 1830, the church has been controversial. Within a month, it had 40 converts and almost as many enemies.
In the early years, Mormons were hated, ridiculed, persecuted and feared. Yet in the past several decades, the Mormon church has transformed itself from a fringe sect into a thriving religion that embraces mainstream American values; its members include prominent and powerful politicians, university presidents and corporate leaders.
Airdate April 30, 2007, on PBS Frontline. Produced and directed by Helen Whitney.
An introduction to Part I of “The Mormons” that covers the Mormon religion’s birth and evolution in the 19th century.
“The Mormons” documentary is a one sided look at this religion from its inception to current day. No real in-depth discussion about the controversies around Joseph Smith and how the book was written, as well as why the early Mormons were persecuted so viciously. In short, The Mormons is just bible thumping.
The Mormons is just bible thumping?
thumping against false churches!
“The English in which Smith dictated it is not the English of his own
time (1830) but the English of more than two centuries earlier. As Mark
Twain cuttingly observed, if you remove all occurrences of “It came to
pass” the book would be reduced to a pamphlet. The language in which it
is written proclaims it to be a palpable fake – as if Smith’s
cock-and-bull story of golden plates hadn’t already given the game away.
Smith obviously was steeped in the King James Bible, and he made up a
whole new set of “scriptures” in the same style of English.”
Damn… Mormons are even trying to knock at your door after you die. Thats some really annoying peeps.
false religion created by convicted con-artist Joseph Smith