Our Call to Action is serious and has consequence. Right now, the Church is on a downward spiral in both membership and their happiness (before and after leaving Mormonism). Many turn from faith entirely after leaving the Mormon Church which is causing overall happiness in Utah to drop. Here are the statistics:
- Highest Rate of Porn Use in the United States (2009 – Utah No. 1 in Online Porn Subscriptions; 2016 – Utah Governor Declares Pornography a Public Health Crisis)
- Highest Rate of Antidepressant Use in the United States (2002 – Study Finds Utah Leads Nation in Antidepressant Use; 2010 – Nearly 1 in 5 Utah Women Use Antidepressants)
- Highest Rate of Mental Illness in the United States (2014 – Utah Has Highest Rate of Mental Illness in the US)
- High Rate of Suicide in the United States (2012 – Utah Has One of the Highest Suicide Rates in Nation; 2014 – Utah Suicide Rate Soars: Since 2010, an average 501 Utahns each year have died by suicide, and another 3,968 were hospitalized or treated in emergency rooms for injuries due to suicide attempts, according to the Utah Department of Health.)
Those are the fruits of a darkened mind that are under condemnation as stated in D&C 84 for not following, i.e. doing what the Book of Mormon teaches:
54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—(D&C 84)
True reform can only occur when the Book of Mormon is used as the Standard by which all Mormon doctrines are measured, and either removed or sustained.
We suggest the Church form a Working Group that will compile a list of doctrines not in line with the Book of Mormon who will propose a Plan of Implementation for having them removed which can be submitted to a committee of the Brethren.
It is further suggested that a committee of qualified historians meet to write a new Church History curriculum that recognizes where the forks in the road occurred, who attempted to prevent those turns, and what Joseph’s original call was. Historical events like the “Missouri War” should be revisited and written from a truthful perspective.
What Happens Afterwards
After reforms are complete, the Church will find acceptance among Christians, and Mormon politicians will no longer lose votes in elections because of their religion. Greater opportunities for sharing the Good News from the Book of Mormon will come as other churches no longer feel threatened that missionaries are coming to “steal” their members away.
The Church could become the leading missionary force of Christ’s Good News throughout the earth and fulfill its role in uniting all people in love, not religion.
As an incentive for following Book of Mormon doctrine and coming out from the curse of condemnation, members and leaders can use the expectation of finding additional records which will prove the truth of The Book of Mormon. God will lift the curse off Book of Mormon lands, and its archaeological treasures will begin to come forth there in western New York, as it did with the Saxon Gold Horde in England: