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"An awesome book!" I just finished reading the book, The Mormon Conspiracy, and I felt compelled to write a review. My
husband and I have been members of the church for a quarter of a century, and we raised four children
in the church. We even went to the temple. None of our children are active today, and I would like to
think it is because I taught them to think for themselves instead of being led along by orthodoxy. I was
skeptical of the testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon from day one, but was assured that it
was only because I didn’t know enough yet to understand it. I had always been interested in archaeology
and I knew a lot about what Mesoamerica was like because of the archaeological data. So I knew that much
of what was in the Book of Mormon was simply false. But I continued to pretend that I had a strong
testimony of the truthfulness of everything the church leaders taught because I wanted so badly to
believe and to be one of them. When I questioned why, in spite of paying tithing we weren’t receiving
all the financial blessings we were promised, but instead, were living on unemployment and in danger
of losing our home, I was told that I needed to examine my life and see why I wasn’t righteous enough
to deserve the blessings. I finally realized that the church failed me by not being true and put the
blame for that on me. Why didn’t I leave? I don’t know. Maybe because my husband, whom I love so very
much, is still active and implicitly believes in the church. I also have a lot of friends in the church
and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. You have probably heard a lot of reasons why people find it
so hard to leave. I suffered from chronic depression for many years and am probably not alone.
I became inactive 15 years ago, and in spring of 2000, I went back to school to get an Associate’s
degree. Then in fall of 2001, I was working on homework in Critical Reasoning, one of my classes,
when the missionaries stopped by one night and visited us. One of them asked me why I never attended
church with my husband as I should. I told them that I had some problems to work out (my usual answer
because it was easy to accept since I’m putting the blame for my lack of faith on myself and not the
church). He then asked me if I believed that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and I almost said
automatically, yes (it’s so ingrained in us to answer that way). But by this time my critical reasoning
skills (which Carl Sagan had termed a “bologna detection kit”) had been sharpened in my class, and I was
beginning to have the courage to challenge illogical claims. I thought for a moment and said that I never
knew the man and could not say whether he was a prophet or a fraud. He asked me to kneel down right
there and pray about it. I said no, I had a better idea. Since everything I knew about Joseph Smith had
come to me from the people who wanted me to believe that Smith was a prophet, I would research the man
and find objective documented information on him and share what I found with them. They weren’t keen
on the idea, and said something in regards to the danger of relying on our own reasoning, which is
unreliable, instead of the power of prayer.
But I did my research anyway and it was incredibly upsetting. At times I felt physically sick. I can’t
explain the turmoil going on inside me. Before long, I had read all about not only Joseph Smith, but
everything else connected with him. I discovered the Tanners and ordered their encyclopedic volume,
Mormonism, Shadow or Reality ? I bought The Quest for the Gold Plates, By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus,
and No Man Knows My History. I read them all and I finally began to feel terrific. The Mormon church
is fond of saying, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. That’s probably the
truest thing the church has ever said. My problems with depression disappeared. I felt both elated that
it wasn’t me that was wrong, and angry that I had been lied to all these years—I suffered spiritual
abuse at the hands of people I had put my trust in! I was free—to a point. I composed a letter of
resignation and gave it to the bishop and he tore it up saying, “I can’t let you make such a serious
mistake”. I haven’t tried to get out since then, but my husband knows that I want out and why. I have
tried to share much of what I have learned with him, but he can’t afford to look fearlessly at the truth
and has asked me not to talk about it. He is such a paradox; he is the most honest man I have ever known,
yet he carefully avoids the truth because to look at it, he would have to see that he has had a part in
perpetuating a lie, and his emotional and financial investment is substantial. He has said that he will
always love me even if I leave the church, but I’m not sure what he would do if he was ever counseled
to divorce me; he never disputes the authority of the bishop or anyone higher up. So that’s my quandary—do
I leave and take the chance of losing the only man I have ever loved, or do I continue as I am and live
I am currently a student, living on campus and majoring in Anthropology. He continues in the church and is
happy without my trying to open his eyes, but I am learning things that only strengthen my resolve to get
out of the church and hopefully take him with me. My classes this semester include not only Human Evolution
(which the church adamantly opposes) but also America Before Columbus. I am learning in depth all about
the ancient people of this hemisphere from Northern Canada to South America. More importantly, I am
learning to be a scholar with a scrupulous intellectual honesty. A few weeks ago, I saw a review
of The Mormon Conspiracy and decided that I would like to read it, and finally bought it
and found the time to read it (in a day and a half). It scared the hell out me, to be blunt.
What can be done except to educate people? But how can that be accomplished on a scale large
enough to make a difference? The people who need most to read it, won’t. I wouldn’t have read
it if I was a good Mormon, you know that. I have been threatened with excommunication (on charges
of speaking against the Lord’s anointed and immorality) if I speak against the church to anyone else,
and so I won’t. I have no intention of being excommunicated, but intend to leave on my own. No problem
with being accused of the first charge, but I
won’t allow them to slander my name by accusing me of immorality. Besides, if I leave voluntarily, my
Mormon friends will be curious as to how I could possibly leave the church and may be open to hearing
One person that I think should read The Mormon Conspiracy is one of the students in my class, America
Before Columbus. I feel so sorry for her because when the instructor was discussing the origin of the
native people in this hemisphere and the hypotheses regarding how they got here (by way of the Bering
land bridge and the ice- free corridor, and other possibilities) she suggested that they came over from
the middle east on a boat. She stated that the Book of Mormon that tells exactly where the first people
came from and how they lived. He told her (politely of course) that the Book of Mormon was very wrong and
as we go through the semester, she will learn of all the verifiable archaeological evidence that proves
that it is wrong. She tried to argue with him and she seemed upset. She hasn't dropped the class, and I
intend to befriend her and share what I've learned with her.
When I was preparing to leave to start the Fall semester, my home teacher and bishop came by to see me.
We chatted amiably and then I was asked what I was majoring in. I told them that my major was
Anthropology, specifically Physical or Biological Anthropology. I was asked what that entailed and I
said that I would be studying Forensics, Human Races, Human Osteology, America before Columbus,
Primatology, and Human Evolution, in addition to Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics,
and Spanish. I was "counseled" by the bishop to change my major to something more appropriate for
a good latter-day saint woman. He didn't order me or anything like that, only suggested that it would
not build my testimony to study subjects that contradict what God has revealed to us pertaining to who
we are and where we came from. I said that I have waited many years to go back to school because my
husband wanted our children to have a mother waiting for them when they got home from school every day.
I told them that I'm going to do more than succeed in my major; I intend to excel and someday be an
instructor. The bishop started to try to convince me otherwise, and my husband, bless his heart, stood
up for me and said that if that's what I want to do, he is behind me 100%. He's a great guy. Not many
husbands would actually encourage their wives to go off to school, knowing that they will have to do
without all the things their wives do for them and get along on their own.
Sorry for making this so long, but it felt good to tell someone how I have felt, and that I think the
book, The Mormon Conspiracy is awesome. It needs to be read by everyone. I intend to revise my letter
of resignation, have a serious talk with my husband, and send the letter in to church headquarters, and
then start sharing this book with others. It has inspired me to action.
* Reviewer: From a Utah reader 2003:
“The Mormon Conspiracy” provides the reader with many cogent facts about the organization and history of the
Mormon Church. I was born into a Salt Lake Mormon family in 1924. Prior to volunteering for the Army in 1943,
our family lived for the Church and spent many hours listening to speakers' versions of salvation. The Army assigned me to a combat tank battalion, which gave support to an infantry division. This infantry division
spearheaded many of the battles in the European Theatre of War. Spiritually. I believed there was a God over
us. This gave me comfort even though there were no church meetings, no singing, no praying, no voices of eternal
damnation if you did not worship the LDS way, no studying of the hard to understand book of Mormon and no testimony
recitations about the Joseph Smith story. In France and on into Germany with combat forces, I experienced a spirituality
that trusted in Christ and his teachings. That spirituality is what I cherish today.
When I got back to Salt Lake, I found returning to the insipid routine of Mormonism frustrating and confusing,
What ever moral guilt or sorrow I felt for having served in WWII was never addressed in the LDS Church. When my
wife died in 1969, I got a temple recommend to have her posthumously married to me and my three minor children
sealed to us for eternity, as prescribed by Mormonism. The temple ceremony was one of my life's greatest shocks.
Not only was it an obvious cult ritual but also was personally abhorrent. Since this ritual, I have not been active
in the Church. However, I have struggled emotionally with vague feelings, thoughts and troubled by the incongruities
I have experienced in mentally questioning the Church's claim of legitimacy.
In my view, “The Mormon Conspiracy” has pulled together historical and other data that reveals the true Mormon Church.
Prior to reading this book, I read a few of the books and articles quoted in the endnotes. These did not give me all
the information I sought. This book has helped me answer questions "Why is the official Church history told to members
different from its historical truth? Why is the Church so overzealous in excommunicating members who research and
publish their research about the Church's true history? Why does the hierarchy, "the brethren" continue to hide
the true facts from its congregation? I believe the answers to my questions are found in the control of money and
the power "the brethren" have in their appointed positions. I believe if the brethren communicated and educated
"True Believing Mormons" about its true history, its organization and wealth, there would be a vast defection and
flight from Mormonism. The evidence is overwhelming that the Book of Mormon and gospel is a fraud promulgated by
Joseph Smith and the hierarchy who followed him. By giving a true history, the brethren, the power seekers, would
lose the power and political pursuits for which they lust. They would lose control of people and money. They would
fail to gain the imagined afterlife they seek in the "celestial kingdom" as taught by the Church. The control of
money, the control of people and the imagined power in the afterlife are impregnable motives to hide the true
history, wealth and worldwide aims of the Mormon Church.
I recommend this book "The Mormon Conspiracy" to everyone. It is a must reading for all Americans and an exposé
for anyone lost in Mormonism. Hopefully, this book, as it becomes well known, will help stop the Mormon Church's
insidious growth. I am thankful, that this book has been written since it has given me the perspective I have sought
*Reviewer: A READER FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM (ENGLAND) December 1, 2002:
"THE MORMON CONSPIRACY" IS AN AMAZING AND FRIGHTENING BOOK ABOUT MORMONISM, THAT ANSWERS
MANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT MY MORMON TEACHERS COULD NOT, OR WOULD NOT ANSWER. A CHURCH
THAT HIDES OR DISGUISES THE TRUTH OF IT'S PAST AS WELL AS DEALINGS IN THE PRESENT,
CANNOT BE THE TRUE CHURCH THAT THE MORMONS CLAIM IT IS. I URGE ANYONE TO READ "THE
MORMON CONSPIRACY," WHO HAS EVER BEEN APPROACHED BY MORMON MISSIONARIES FROM THE
"CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS." THEY WILL THEN BE ARMED WITH
QUESTIONS, WHICH I AM SURE, WILL NOT GET ANSWERED BY THE TEACHERS FROM THIS CHURCH.
WE HAVE LOADS OF MORMON CHURCHES AND A COUPLE OF TEMPLES!! WE ARE A VERY ACCOMMODATING
NATION, THIS IS WHY I THINK THAT "THE MORMON CONSPIRACY" IS SO IMPORTANT. THE MORMON
CHURCH SEEMS TO BE RATHER SINISTER IN IT'S DEALINGS. I WAS SPEAKING TO A FARMER
YESTERDAY IN MY SHOP. HE HAD SEEN THIS BOOK IN MY WINDOW AND HE TOLD ME STRAIGHT
OUT THAT THE MORMONS OWN A THIRD OF THE LAND AND FARMS IN LINCOLNSHIRE. THIS IS
THE COUNTY NEXT TO MINE AND IT IS A VERY BIG ONE! WELL, BIG FOR ENGLAND, THAT IS!
I FIND IT QUITE WORRYING. THEY SEEM TO BE TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY BIT BY BIT AND
VERY VERY QUIETLY
*Reviewer: A reader from Iowa "Terrorism/global domination guised in kindness" November 21, 2002:
I am absolutely fascinated by this book. Before reading this book, I knew little I
know about this faith. The book caused me to realize that what most of the world
hasn't figured out yet, is that perhaps the best form of terrorism/global domination
is guised in the form of kindness. We just wouldn't figured the nice mormons
neighbours would do something like that. But that is the beauty, these nice
people have know idea that they themselves have been used in this process.
*Reviewer: A reader from Ohio "Absolutely A Good Book" November 11, 2002:
The Mormon Conspiracy is an absolutely good book. It reveals the truth about the
Mormon Church. I always found the story of Joseph Smith claiming that he wrote the
Book of Mormon by translating “God given golden plates” by seer stones hard to swallow.
This book provides a review of evidence that shows the Book of Mormon, the basic
Gospel of the Mormon Church, is fraudulent. This evidence is well documented.
The book is easy to read as well as straightforward and it hits the nail on the head.
Interesting history is presented about the founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith,
such as: Smith was charged in court with being an imposter and a “money and treasure
digger” by using seer stones. This was before he claimed that he received the golden
plates from God. He also married more than twenty-seven women some of whom were wives
of other men in Nauvoo, Illinois. This convinced me that Joseph Smith is not the
prophet that Mormon Church leaders claims he is.
A summary of the history and practices of the Mormon Church is presented in the book
including the authoritarian administration of the church, secrecy in financial affairs,
little input from rank and file members, expanding control of media and its
comprehensive missionary program.
I think that the book is must reading for all who are interested in preserving
American and world democracies.
*Reviewer: A reader from USA "Because of this book, I can live again!" 10-13-02:
I am a Mormon, and have been since 1988. I have spent the
last 6 years trying to leave. For those not acquainted with Mormonism, that seems
like a foolish thing to say, I know, but anyone in an abusive relationship knows
just exactly how hard it is to get out, and most particularly hard when you are alone.
That is why I recommend this book so strongly. I have read
other books on Mormons, by ex-Mormons and non-Mormons, and even a couple who are yet
Mormons. They either apologize for Mormonism, or appear to attack me personally, by
telling me how stupid I am for being Mormon or by attacking the people of the church
rather than the church. Now, I will absolutely agree that it IS the people of the
church who have set the church up to be what it is, but that is or appears to be a
fundamental attack on me. That is no help.
Dr. Wood, on the other hand, started his research to answer
questions he had after being approached by the Mormon missionaries, and in finding
what he found, realized he had an obligation to both warn the world and present the
truth as he found it, within the Mormon church history I might add, to assist those
of us who are stuck and have no way out. And there are many of us, we just don't talk
about it because it isn't safe. This book not only presents the unadulterated truth
of Mormon history, but also lets ex-Mormons tell their story in their words so that
we who are struggling are given reason to hope AND to give us strength and means to
And that makes this book a necessity for the world, for the
implications of the Mormon doctrine are so against what we as Americans believe in,
it is hard to believe this is a church based in America, and that makes it easy to
overlook and disbelieve what is under our noses, because it is SO foreign to America.
And Dr. Wood presents it in an easy to read fashion AND backs it up by his research,
which can be verified.
For us Mormons who are desperately trying to leave, this
book gives us the impetus to do so. The world can't help a lot because the world
doesn't know what we are trapped in. We can't really help each other until we get
out because we can't see the end of the tunnel from where we are. And we aren't
allowed to know that there IS an end of the tunnel, when stuck in Mormonism, and
it isn't safe to try to find out. And again, for anyone not trapped, this sounds
like a foolish thing, not to be able to think for yourself. But those who are in
other abusive relationships understand, and know the trapped helplessness.
I would ask you to buy this book for both Mormons and non-
Mormons. Dr. Wood understands the horror of both being
trapped and of what the "goals" of the Mormon church are, and understands the need to
let the world know. Dr. Wood has given me the means to escape finally, and I must do
what I can to help others escape. I am forever grateful to Dr. Wood, because he gave
me the means to live again, after 13 years of living in hell.
This scholarly book was written by Charles L. Wood, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor
at the University of Akron.
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