There are times when members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defend their faith aggressively and times when they are silent; much depends on the issue, the proponents of falsehood, the type of misunderstanding or misrepresentation, and the workings of the Spirit. Truth stands independent of who believes it. The honest will recognize it; the dishonest will eschew it; the disenfranchised will attempt to destroy the indestructable. In general, and speaking from a lay point of view, Mormons defend when the lies perpetuated do sufficient damage to honest seekers’ search for truth or when they make of Christ’s teachings a sham and a confusing mockery that may impact generations, or when the blatant falsehoods are deliberate and retractable.
One late Mormon writer commented on the slanders and misperceptions about Mormons that have been promulgated by critics who reap and seek to gain from their investments in opposing truth:
While the public are overwhelmed with lying slanders of every description, concerning the Church of Latter Day Saints, the inquiry often arises, why do the elders of the church hold their peace, instead of contradicting the various falsehoods, which are published concerning them and their principles? The answer is, it would require a standing army of writers, and printers in constant employ; for no sooner are our enemies detected in one falsehood than a thousand more are put in circulation by them: and there are many who love a lie so much more than the truth, that we are quite willing they should enjoy their strong delusion; because they believe not the truth, but have pleasures in unrighteousness; and we know, that those who are seeking for truth, will judge for themselves, by an examination of our books, and not allow our opponents to judge for them. What ideas would be formed of the Bible, by one who had never read the book himself, but who trusted altogether to the statements of Thomas Paine, and other infidel writers concerning it? We propose in this work, to prove to every candid mind, that whether our principles be true or false, Mr. Sunderland is guilty of the most glaring falsehoods, misrepresentations and lying slanders, that ever disgraced humanity; and that he has palmed upon his deluded readers such wilful and barefaced impositions, that he is justly ranked among dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, and idolaters; and no longer fit to fill any place in civilized society; much less to stand at the head of a paper, under the sacred title of “Zion’s Watchman.” If his readers do not dismiss his paper immediately, after coming to a knowledge of his wickedness, they will be set down as partakers of his evil deeds; and if they hold him any longer in fellowship either as a christian or a member of society, the proverb will be fulfilled upon them, “that a man is known by the company he keeps.”
“And all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.”—Rev. xxi;8.
“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie.”—Rev. xxi;27
If you are trying to discern the truth from the error when it comes to Christ’s pure teachings and the claim that His actual Church exists on earth today–it was re-established in our day–we invite you to read the Book of Mormon and/or ask questions here. If you would rather learn in person, we can arrange for you speak directly with a Latter-day Saint or representative missionary–Mormon missionary, missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ–who is called by Jesus Christ to teach those seeking to know Him and His purpose for your life.