Criticism of Mormonism/Websites/FutureMissionary.com

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    A FairMormon Analysis of the critical website FutureMissionary.com

Are you active Church members? Two of us were born in the Church, one is a convert. We all served missions, held callings, and were married in the temple. As you may have noticed from the site, we loved (and still love) to study history and doctrine. Full disclosure – After years of intense prayer and study (LDS approved resources only), we decided we don’t believe anymore. Does this mean the Church isn’t true? Of course not – that’s just the conclusion we came to. We don’t judge anyone for the decisions they make, as long as they do it with their eyes open! That’s why we run this site.
—FutureMissionary's "Who are We?" page


Overview

The website futuremissionary.com is designed to shake the faith of prospective missionaries by blindsiding them with troubling issues related to Church history. The site's anonymous authors claim to be returned missionaries. At the time that the site first went "live," the authors initially wrote as though they were "believing" members who naively accepted controversial statements and ideas without question. Eventually, over time, they finally admitted in their "Who are We?" section of the website that they are ex-Mormons.

The most prominent and detailed page on the website is "A Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony." The authors claim that such blatant materials will help to prepare missionaries for questions and challenges they will face. In reality, the letter and other material on the site only introduce attacks on the church without discussing crucial context and explanations that would help readers fully understand the material. The approach and tone of the FutureMissionary site resembles that of MormonThink.com before MormonThink became openly antagonistic toward the Church in late 2012. With the more recent admission that the authors are indeed ex-Mormons, they seem to be following the path (again, similar to MormonThink) of becoming a more openly recognizable anti-Mormon site.

The specific content of the FutureMissionary.com website is addressed in the articles listed below

This page is a summary or index. More detailed information on this topic is available on the sub-pages below.

  • Letter to a CES Director
    Brief Summary: (http://futuremissionary.com/a-letter-to-a-ces-director/) The FutureMissionary website posts a letter which is popular among ex-Mormons called "A Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony" The letter lists all of the popular criticisms of the Church. It is what is referred to in ex-Mormon circles as an "exit story." The FutureMissionary site authors claim that this letter will help prepare missionaries for questions and challenges, but because the authors offer no answer or fuller explanation whatsoever for the letter's arguments, posting the letter seems intended to shake readers' faith. (Click here for full article)
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