Main Street Church of Brigham City
Letters to Main Street Church

We want to share with you some of the correspondence that we have received, mostly as a result of the documentaries we've distributed and the web page we maintain. Some of it is encouraging and appreciative, much of it is challenging and critical. Some of it reflects honest struggles and questions.

For the sake of privacy, we have removed any names, places, or other identifying characteristics.

Note: The responses we have provided (indented, and in italics) are not necessarily taken from the personal responses we sent to the individual, but are included to illustrate the type of response we provide to letters of that kind, and, at least in the case of the challenges, to demonstrate our attitude and position on the matters that they bring up.


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I’ve had the opportunity to watch several of your videos and I’m generally impressed. I was baptized, along with my wife, a Mormon when I was 19. I rose rapidly in the church in responsibility. I’ve served in three Bishoprics and in other roles that provided me the opportunity to study dig deep into the theology and history of the church. In took the opportunity to study the differences in the current church and the church of 1900. It was through this study that I determined that the church was not the true church of Christ and more specifically was not a Christian faith. In 1996, I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and I’ve been living with a relationship with Christ ever since. I guess my point is to say thanks for doing the work you are doing to enlighten members of the church to the truth. I’ve been given several opportunities to speak to Christians about the theology of the Mormon Church and each time the teaching has been well received. Christians want to know how to minister to their Mormon friends. They don’t want to bash their religion but to have a better understanding of their religion so they can better understand their friends. Through this understanding the Christian can tailor their message to be more effective. I find your material very useful tools for teaching and I hope to use some of this material to teach others. Thanks again and God Bless Your Mission. - J.

We praise God that you have found the true Jesus. Thank you for your encouraging words; we strive to lovingly share this information with Mormons who are seeking answers, and equip other Christians to do likewise. --LH

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Dear Living Hope, Please do NOT make attacks at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  If you have truly read the Book of Mormon without the intent to just find loopholes, you would know just how true it is.  It is a shame that you are spending your lives trying to drive members away from their church.  What is your church, by the way?  I don't know your beliefs, but to me it all sounds like priestcraft. Why would you condemn a church that is obviously full of very good people.  Is that what Christ died for?  Do you really believe that he would let people that have devoted their lives to his works burn in hell?  I don't think so. "O that cunning plan of the evil one!  O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men!  When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel! of God, for the set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not.  And they shall perish."  (2 Nephi 9:28) Why do you think that what you are doing is good?  Surely you can feel that what you are doing is wrong?  I want you to know that I have a testimony.  I know that my church is true.  I know that a 14 year-old boy prayed in a grove of trees and witnessed God and his son, Jesus Christ.  I know that Joseph Smith received true revelation and translated the plates given to him by Angel Moroni.  I know that President Hinckley is a true prophet of God.  I know that through the power of the priesthood, any worthy thing is possible. If you really are what you say you are, you wont begrudge our church.  If you really love us, you will give us the benefit of the doubt.  Read the Book of Mormon.  Try to understand it and feel the Spirit.  Listen to what your local missionaries have to say.  They speak the true words of Christ.  Listen, ponder, and pray.  Pray to your Lord and ask him what is true and finish it in the name of your redeemer. Sincerely, T.

Thank you for your letter; please understand we are not attacking anything or anyone out of spite. We have indeed read and studied the Book of Mormon and found it lacking, and we are providing credible research and information to back up our claims. We don't deny that the Mormon Church is full of good, sincere people; but the message of the Bible is that our "goodness" or sincerity is not what saves us; only a right relationship with Jesus can do that. That is the heart of the message we proclaim. Belief in the false Jesus and a false gospel that is taught within Mormonism is an eternally dangerous position to be in. God has already revealed His truth in the Bible; in fact, the Bible does not instruct us to pray about what is true, or "feel" the Spirit to know things are true. Instead, the Bible declares itself to be true...and that must either be accepted or rejected. We accept it, and we want to point all Mormons to the Jesus of the Bible. --LH

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I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints known as mormon since june 12 1988 and after 2 years of my membership I went to mission serving in the Philippines. I served the church successfully and I was able to baptized more than 200 souls. I was very strong in the church and our entire family are all members, I was married and sealed in the temple. Now that you enlighten me I am fully convinced that the church where I belong now is not a true church of Christ. I have fears that I was once an instrument to bring those 200 souls to the false belief. AM I condemned or answerable to GOD for those souls that I baptized? Please give me an advice because I felt the guilt this time. Thank you so much for the free movie or documentary in your website I know that through it your group can save more souls. I know that by doing it I will be excommunicated in the church and I’m not afraid of it anymore, because this very moment I consider myself not member of the church and I will declare myself EXCOMMUNICATED from this FALSE organization. Thank You, R.

We praise God that you have come to understand the truth about the LDS Church, and we pray for you as you seek the truth about Jesus. We also understand the struggles with guilt that you experience when you think of those you shared the Mormon "gospel" with. Please let us reassure you that in Jesus Christ there is no condemnation; when you trust the true Jesus to save you, all sins--whether you were aware of them or not--are forgiven. It may be that He will use you to bring His truth to some of the people to whom you had originally taught Mormonism. But in the end, it is His responsibility to do the "saving"--just as He alone is the only one who can save you and every one of us who turn to Him. And if we can be of assistance in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us. --LH

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Hello there, I am just writing because you invited me to by wanting to hear my comments.  Well, I grew up LDS and I will always be LDS because "I know" that this  church is true.  The reason I put that in quotations is because to be able to say I know to something is actually very significant.  Just as I know that the sky is blue.  To get to the point of this email...If you honestly believe in what your posting and delivering to people, then why have to prove to them that the BOM is not true?  Why?....Why not let them find that out for themselves.  It seems to me that you are spending your time on Mormonism so much is because its interesting and theres that something about Mormons that you just can't get at.  So you continue to do what you do.  So this isn't to stop you from what your doing cause Goodness knows you won't, but you might want to pick up another hobby.  Because that's all this is, a hobby. -T.

Thanks for your note. The reason why we feel the need to prove that the Book of Mormon is not true is that there is an abundance of evidence to support that! We do invite anyone to "find out for themselves" and test our materials, challenge them, research them and see whether what we state about the Book of Mormon is true or not. Our work is hardly what we would call a hobby; we are dealing with matters of life and death--matters of eternal significance. The truth really does matter. We want to point all Mormons to the truth of the biblical Jesus Christ. --LH

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What a load of trash. From the opening the first lie is that the Mormon Church claims this to be a historical work. It is not a historical account. While it does tell a story of a society it is a spiritual account. As for Lehi, he was not of Jewish decent. He was of the tribe of Manasseh. Find a descendant of the tribe of Manasseh and then compare the DNA with the indigenous people of South America and North America. There has never been a claim that the Hill Cumorah in New York was the site of any battle, only the resting place of the plates. There is now evidence that horses existed in ancient America, look it up. Metal plates have been found in south America archeology finds. They did in fact use metal in South American societies, not just the Mayan. The claim that there is no evidence of the writings from which the BoM comes is not true. The witnesses to the plates made statements of the validity of the plates shown to them. An argument can be made that the stone tablets the commandments where written upon don't exist and therefore there is no evidence of these commands. The Dead Sea Scrolls only prove that the continued lie of the Bible was perpetuated by the priests in the area. This argument could be used against the Bible. Archaeological findings are proving more and more of the Book of Mormon each year. Please stop teaching lies. –D.

Thank you for your note. While we may agree with you that the Book of Mormon is not an historical account, you need to understand that your position is not supported by the General Authorities of the LDS Church; in fact, their official position even supports the New York Hill Cumorah battle site. (see this link for example.) Now, as for your claims that archaeology is proving the Book of Mormon--first of all, we would challenge anyone to research whether this is really true or not (and don't rely solely on LDS sources). Secondly, if the story is not historical, as you stated in your letter, then why are you even concerned about proving its historicity with archaeology? Our call to the Mormon Church is to stop teaching lies, and our call to Mormons is to stop believing them, and turn to the truth of Jesus Christ. -LH

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To whom it may concern, it sadens me greatly that you should feel this way about our belief.  all i can say is thank the lord for free agency.  let me guess are any of you ex-comminators from the church to feel this way. i have one thing to say:  how can you say that we are not christians when our church is called the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We are not named Mormons, that is a name that belonged to a prophet in the Book of Morman.  this baffles me that people think this when this is not correct.  anyway if the saviour were to come, how would u feel.  would u look up in to his eyes. or hang yr head in shame.  it is not up to anyone to judge any of the lords churchs.  thank the lord for forgiveness as well. regards, T,

Thank you for your note. First, let us clarify that none of us at Living Hope were ever members of the LDS Church, let alone excommunicants. (Many members of our church, however, are former LDS.) Secondly, we say that Mormonism is not Christian because it does not teach what Christianity teaches. It's really that simple. We look forward to the day when Jesus returns, but our desire is to share the truth of His gospel with the Mormon people before that day comes. We are not the judges of the LDS Church; that job falls squarely upon Jesus himself, and it is this knowledge that drives us to share the truth with Mormons--before it is too late. --LH

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I read much of your website and found it a huge waste of effort. As a fellow christian why should I trust your opinions on mormons when you have an abvious reason to dislike them? You make money of hating them. Do they do the same to you? I know a few mormons. And i never hear them trashing me the way others trash them. I think you need to look a little harder at your own personal actions. Making money off religion is sickening. –M.

We strive to share not our opinions, but biblical truth. We love Mormons, and that is why we do this. We do not hate them, much less make money off of hating them! If that were the case, it truly would be sickening. We're not about religion--we are about Jesus Christ! Our modest incomes are provided by donations from people who also love Mormons and want to reach them for the true Jesus. --LH

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I recently viewed your film, The Bible vs The Book of Mormon and  I felt that it was very powerful and well done. I have always been curious about Mormonism and this film answered most of my questions about the validity of this religion. Good job guys. Keep up the good work! --L.

Thanks for the encouragement! We are glad that the videos have been helpful to you. --LH

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I don't believe that what you're saying has any truth to it whatsoever. You all are just trying to put us Latter-Day Saints down- has the LDS church ever sent propaganda AGAINST anybody? I'll answer my own question: NO! Why don't you believe that we are Christians? Hello, it's NOT "The Church of Joseph Smith" here! It's THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS!! How can a SINGLE person believe that WE DON'T believe in Christ? I believe in the teachings of my church, my leaders, and I refuse to deny what I know. I know that there is truth in this church- as much truth as this world is able to handle at this point in time. Has no one ever noticed that the Bible has been translated many times-and, every time, it says something different. How would you like it if 90,000 break-off churches, every single solitary one of them claiming to be "Christian" and "the only way" to know Christ, with you knowing in your own heart that every single one of THOSE churches has right AND wrong things going on in it (that's why I'm not a member of one of those 90,000 churches.) were trying to tell you which way to go to find Christ? One says go this way, another says go that way, and how can you tell that the Bible that THEY use is the right-est of all the different versions of "the" Bible out in the world today? In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the one and only church for me that I will never leave, no matter what you may say, we use more than "the" Bible- we use the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We use the Doctrine and Covenants. We use the Pearl of Great Price. We use the words of olden-day AND modern-day prophets, seers, and revelators. We set our standards high and point our hearts toward heaven, always praying in our hearts for the Lord's protection. We are not as wrong as you think. Maybe you should take a mirror to your church, analyze it yourselves- if you can believe the Bible records are true without looking for DNA testing, archaeological findings, etcetera, why can't you believe that it's, at the VERY LEAST, a POSSIBILITY that God could have led away different peoples to other lands at different times? Why can't you believe what the scriptures you actually DO claim to believe in say? My one main question is: WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TRY TO DESTROY OUR CHURCH, IF YOU CLAIM TO "LOVE" US SO?

Wow, you do bring up a lot of points, and we'll try to address them. First, has the LDS Church ever sent propaganda gainst anybody? I'll answer the question: Yes. Among many examples, the most obvious would be Joseph Smith's First Vision, in which he claims all (Christian) churches are wrong and their creeds are abominations. Second, despite "Jesus Christ" in the name of the Church, Mormonism teaches a very different concept of who Jesus is. Isn't it important to teach the truth about Jesus? Third, you mention the Bible's translations; your claim that it's been rehashed and says something different has no basis. For more information on this, we invite you to read this article. Fourth, I'm not sure if you can substantiate 90,000 break-off churches, but we can substantiate at least a couple hundred break-off churches of Mormonism, each of which has claimed to be the one and only true church. As for the many Christian denominations (and indeed there are many), the vast majority of them teach the same basic gospel message, and the vast majority accept one another as true brothers in Jesus...that is to say, they do not claim that their denomination is the "one and only true Church". This is something that is not understood by many Mormons. All that said, remember, we are less concerned about denominational affiliation, and more concerned about a relationship with the true Jesus--the Jesus of the Bible, and that is the message we want to share with all Mormons, and anyone else who will listen. --LH

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I just wanted to say thank you so much for the information you are providing through this ministry. I was raised LDS and left the church seven years ago. Since I became a Christian, I have spent alot of time reading through materials on Mormonism, and have found that the majority are very derrogatory towards Mormons, and also lack thorough citations and references, (and therefore I have always felt uncomfortable using them). Your materials have been the most backed up and loving that I have yet to come accross, and I cannot thank you enough for that. Thank you for letting the love of Christ shine through the tough issues you are putting forth. -A

Thank you for sharing, and for your kind words! We aim to share the truth in love with Mormons. We recognize that not all will feel as you do, but we are pleased that you understand our heart and motives! --LH

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To Whom in may Concern, PLEASE understand, I mean no disrespect. But the way to get answers concerning life and Christ is through prayer. God has told us His Spirit will provide answers. I just don't think it's necessary to make videos to try to convince people that their faith in God is misplaced. I know you believe you're doing the right thing, but whether your Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or Mormon, God will answer the prayers of the faithful. Your videos are an insult to Christ and the way He would teach. God teaches by the Spirit, not through attempts to convince people they are wrong in what they believe. You should be telling people to study the scriptures, and to pray. THAT is how the Lord of this Earth wants us to learn. May His peace and love go with you in all you do. --A Fellow Follower of Christ

Thank you for your note. While we understand your objections, we continue to assert that what Mormonism teaches about Jesus Christ is simply wrong--biblically, historically, and doctrinally. If believing falsehoods about Jesus didn't have serious eternal consequences, we wouldn't worry about it; but because it does, it is our right to defend biblical doctrine, and it is our duty of love to tell those who are in error what is biblically true. Jesus himself had many strong words directed at those who taught error. It is true that God teaches by His Spirit, but what He teaches conforms to what He has already revealed in the Bible. If a teaching is contrary to the Bible, then you need to ask yourself whether it really is God's spirit or something else that is doing the teaching! --LH

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I find it curious that you do the very same untruthful behaviors that you accuse the Mormons of doing.  Does your Jesus think it is okay to lie by way of misrepresentation if it will help you ruin another people's faith?  Why are you so afraid of the Mormon Church that you don't have a better hobby than to pick at it?  And if you don't like the Mormon beliefs, why are you so stupid as to abode smack dab in the middle of the state they settled?  I've lived there--they were nice people, but the culture is not the American norm--you should move.  This is a free country where people are supposed to be able to worship how/what they want without some bully giving them a bunch of crap--don't be such bullies, 'cause what you are doing is a load of crap and it stinks!  Sure, you have freedom of speech to speak your slander, but is becoming the thing you say you hate worth it to you--do you like being hypocrites? Good luck figuring out what's really important to you--if this is it, then I'm sorry about your luck. –K.

We would invite and encourage you and anyone else to invesitage for yourself whether what we are saying is untrue. You say that we are being untruthful...how? Please provide examples. You say that we are "stupid" for living in Utah, and seem to imply that we have no right to live here because the Mormons settled it. You state that this is a free country, yet you seem to imply that only Mormons have a right to exercise their freedom of religion in Utah. It is ironic that we are accused of bullying, when your letter is full of venom and hatred, telling us that we should move. I say this to point out the inconsistencies in your communication; we exist to point to the true Jesus Christ. He is not "our" Christ as if we had some exclusive claim. Rather, we are his--and He does have exclusive claim on us! Our prayer and our desire is that Mormons would embrace Him in biblical truth! --LH

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Hello, It is so awesome to to see how god is moving in your ministry! Thank you for making yourself available to be used by the Lord in bringing the truth to those in darkness. I was the Relief Society President of the ward when I learned the truth about Mormonism and left the Church.  I will pray for your ministry! You videos on DNA and also the Book of Mormon have been helpful to my family. In Christ, T.

Thanks for your note, and we are so glad to know that you have found the true Jesus, and that our video materials have been helpful to you. God bless you in your ministry! --LH

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Hello there, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I am sorry to read your views of our church on your website.Its a shame to think you have nothing better to do then to tear down anothers beliefs of truths from our loving Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I testify of the truthfulness of the Gospel, and know without a shadow of a doubt that this Church is True, that God lives, and that Jesus is our Savior and redeemer. I testify of the truth of the Book of Mormon and its validity of being another testament of Jesus Christ. I am of Maori descent and know that we descend from the Americas and from there to Jerusalem. We have genealogy to verify these things. If you were to study the Polynesian people and their genealogy (that is, be with the people-not study other peoples studies of the people), you will find that we all, the Polynesians, originate from the Americas and back to Jerusalem. I know we are lead by a Modern Day prophet, even President Gordon B.Hinckley, who leads and directs the affairs of our Savior here upon the earth. This is not a new thing-Moses was the Prophet of his time, President Gordon B.Hinckley is the Lords chosen prophet for this time. These words I leave with you in The name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Amen. –B.

You have respectfully and eloquently borne your testimony to us, and we do appreciate that; however, we maintain that God is a God of truth, and in Him is no deception. He would not call us to maintain the truth of something that has been shown to be false--that would make him out to be a liar. We know that the LDS Church has taught that Polynesians are descendants of Israelites, but as with the Native Americans, DNA studies have shown that this simply isn't possible. Moses was a prophet in his time, but Jesus himself is our High Priest today. He has already revealed His truth. As a result, we who call Him Lord are all to be about his affairs on earth; we answer to Him directly. And we urge all Mormons to turn to the biblical Jesus--who is God incarnate--for truth and for salvation; not to another man or an institution. --LH

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I watched with interest your documentary comparing the Bible with the Book of Mormon and found it interesting, but one-sided enough to cause me to consider it as propaganda more than a factual documentary. I realize that your objective was(is) to paint the Book of Mormon as a fraud, but there seems to be a fair amount of interesting research to the contrary, that you should have represented given your premise of scholarly research. Keep in mind that there are many people that appreciate a fair approach to a controversial topic, and can easily sense when the scales are tipped too far. Ironically, when the scales tip beyond a certain point, you lose credibility (as you did with this documentary), and you cause fair and thoughtful individuals to give more weight and consideration to the antithesis of your argument. That’s just human nature and something you might wish to consider in the future. –X.

Thank you for your comments; while we do invite questions and challenges, it is important that you cite examples. Many people will simply write in and say "well, it's wrong / biased / etc." but rarely will anyone bring up a particular topic that we can address. Your own assessment seems little more than a sweeping generalization, and this is neither fair nor credible. There has been much written by LDS apologists about the video, but they tend to skirt the issue and avoid dealing with the heart of the challenge the video poses. We invite you to check it out for yourself whether what we have said is true, or simply "propaganda". If what we say is wrong, then please show us how we are wrong. If what we say is true, however, then there are some very important implications that need to be acknowledged. --LH

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I resent you bashing my Church. The LDS Church in no way shape or form has websites dedicated to how we are right and you are wrong. Even with Jesus' example he never once said the Jews are wrong and let me tell you why. He simply said I am the son of God, hear me ,listen to my teachings. The Mormon religion isn't here to develop a new religion it is to restore what Jesus created. There has been prophets since the beginning of time. Why would God not have anymore after Jesus was Crucified? I know that the Church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know that Gordon B. Hinckley is a living prophet. Nothing that I read in your article made my testimony weaken if anything, what you wrote backed up what I believe. I love my Church and it is the fastest growing Church. This is because it is the true Church of God. People pray for the truth and feel it. There are things written in the Book of Mormon that in no way could Joseph Smith understand at such a young age and write about it (with little schooling). No evil man could write the Book of Mormon and no good man would. –A.

We understand your objections, but allow us to correct you on a few items. The LDS websites do contain the full text of Joseph Smith's First Vision, as well as a number of other quotes from scripture that clearly teach that the LDS Church is the one true church, and that other churches are wrong. There are a host of other anti-Christian and anti-Bible teachings within Mormonism that may not appear on their public websites, but have been published within the Church. We could make a case that the LDS Church has historically been bashing the Christian church from day one. Yet what we seek to share is biblical truth, and to reason with Mormons about how their teachings are wrong. These are matters of truth, not of opinion. Is that bashing? Are we called your enemies simply because we speak the truth? Please understand, we are very concerned about matters of truth, and we maintain that truth is not determined by feelings, no matter how sincere. History is riddled with people who have been very sincere in their beliefs, but many have been sincerely wrong. We look to a truth that is outside of ourselves and our feelings--we look to God's revealed Word, the Bible, and that is the standard of truth that He has given us, and what we seek to point all people toward. --LH

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Hello, Somehow I stumbled upon your website. I was truly appalled at what I was reading. Do you have nothing better to do than degrade what others believe? I truly believe that we are not here to judge others, but to live our lives as best as we feel we can. Worship the way we feel fit, however trashing other religions is not following in the footsteps Christ. –L.

We are sorry that you found our website appalling, and that you believe we exist to degrade others' beliefs. This is not our goal--rather, we seek to point to the truth of Jesus Christ. We are not the judges of anyone; that task belongs to Jesus himself. But Jesus had many things to say about religion and false teachings, and we seek to follow his example, and point to His gospel as the only thing that can save us from His judgment. That's our prayer for you, and for all Mormons--that you may embrace the true salvation of Jesus Christ. --LH

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To whom it may concern, I just have a comment about your web page.  I wasn't looking for it or anything so don't play that card.  I just have to say, you can't compare the Bible with the Book of Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also believes in the Bible.  That is one of the main books we study.  Don't you have anything better to do than try and put everyone else's beliefs down?  Do you think that the Lord would be OK with you doing that?  I don't.  If your church has the TRUTH, than why don't you focus your time, efforts and recourses on that instead of what you are doing.  I can tell you this that if I didn't know what I already know than I would be much more interested in hearing what you have to say if you weren't putting other people down.  I understand the whole freedom of speech thing, that's why I am writting you this letter.  I can also tell you without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true.  I know that the words it contains were written from God through His propehtes here on the earth.  I also know the Bible is true and important scripture.  The main difference in the two books is that one was written in Jerusalem and surrounding countries and the other was written in the Americas.  Do you think that at the time that the Bible was written the Lord only wanted his desciples in Jerusalem to have his gospel?  I think he loved and loves all of his children the same.  I could sit here and tell you everything that I KNOW about the truth of the Book of Mormon and it's teachings, but I'm not.  If you have studied the Book of Mormon at all, you would know that there is a challenge given.  The challenge is that if you read the Book of Mormon with real intent then ask the Lord if it is true or not, He will give you an answer one way or the other.  Like I said, I could swear up and down that it's true but because I am man, I could lie and you don't have to believe me.  The only person that could tell you the truth about this Book, is Heavenly Father.  He would never lie!  I challenge you!  Thank you for your time!  I promise you wont be sorry!  Besides, what do you have to lose?  At least you can honestly stand behind what you teach. –T.

Thank you for your e-mail, and for what we take to be a genuine concern for the truth. You know, it is curious that a number of Mormons who write us say they "stumbled upon" our website or that they weren't looking for it. We aren't concerned whether you were looking for it or not, only that you found it. We don't ever "play that card," but it does beg the question of why is there this undercurrent of guilt that seems to play out when some Mormons look at our website? Is there something wrong with an honest examination of contrary views? All that aside, you seem very strong in your convictions about the truth of the Book of Mormon. One point that you seem to be making is that the primary distinction between the Bible and the Book of Mormon is geographical; that the Bible was only for Jerusalem, and the Book of Mormon was for the Americas. First of all, the Bible was in world-wide circulation--including the Americas--long before the Book of Mormon was ever published. Secondly, if God loves His children in the Americas enough to give them their own scripture, what does this say about how much he loves His children in other parts of the world that don't have their own scripture? If we accept that the Bible is truly God's Word, and we accept that Truth is Truth, then isn't it reasonable to state that it is God's Word, no matter where in the world it is read? Our qualm with the Book of Mormon is that it teaches a history that simply isn't true, and has shown to not be true. If there were evidence that it was a true history, then we might be able to at least examine it further to see if it was God's Word. But as you said, God does not lie. So that leaves us with two possibilities: either the Book of Mormon is God's Word, and somehow the overwhelming abundance of evidence that rightfully should exist simply disappeared or was changed (which is difficult if you accept that God is a God of truth); or it simply is not the Word of God. Please understand that we say this with all love and concern for you and everyone who embraces the Book of Mormon; we say this because we want the Truth to be known--for your salvation, and for God's glory. --LH

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I just watched your video on the Mormon church and they were just awesome. You guys are doing great work. I have a friend who is Mormon and I really want to share this with him and his family. There is a side of me that has fear to speak to them about it. His father is a bishop in the church and I have fear of the debate. I'm sure the time will come when I approach the issue, so please just pray for me to have love, kindness and respect towards them. Sincerely, R.

Thanks for your encouraging note. We recognize that it's never easy to share difficult truths with those we care about. And true enough, there is always a risk involved. But the eternal benefits drastically outweigh the temporary risk of struggles or debate. We encourage all people to be willing to share the truth--gently and lovingly, to be sure, but honestly. It sounds like you have the right heart of love for them--blessings to you in your ministry! --LH

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I watched a special today on television that your company produced comparing the Bible with the Book of Mormon. It was said that this program was made out of the love for the Mormon people to help bring "us" to the true Christ. One thing I have never quite understood about certain others in different faiths is that they feel so strongly to let everyone else in the world know how false the LDS church is.  People can't just except the fact that maybe we don't need historical "proof" to believe in something.  Unlike the bible we do not have exact locations of events in the Book of Mormon.  I have no doubt that if The Lord wanted us to find these things for proof to show the rest of the world He would make it known to us and you guys would be happy. We do rely on our faith and what we have been taught, no matter how inaccurate you may perceive it.  If you believe in Christ can you not also believe that he has the ability for certain things to not be discovered because we may not be able to accept it in it's full truthfulness at this time in our lives?  You quoted something during your program from a talk President Hinckley had given which says, "As a Church we have critics, many of them. They say we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some substance to what they say. Our faith, our knowledge is not based on ancient tradition, the creeds which came of a finite understanding and out of the almost infinite discussions of men trying to arrive at a definition of the risen Christ. Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in this dispensation..."  What you failed to mention was the rest of what was said in that talk.  I believe what was being said and was totally misrepresented from your program was that we (Mormons) do believe in the same Christ as from biblical times but, with NEW revelation to go along with the Bible and it's teachings.  It was obvious that there was a great deal of time and effort spent on this program that you produced.  What is unfortunate is that it seems there was a lot of the research of "proof and evidence" if you will, that was done very closed minded to prove the LDS church not true.  It did not feel, even though many people in the program that were used were once LDS, that anything was researched with an open mind to see if anything the Book of Mormon teaches is true.  All the intentions were to prove the unlikelihood of what our church is founded and based upon to be false. --T.

Thank you for your note, and you bring up some common objections to our ministry. But one thing in particular greatly concerns us--and that is the assertion that the Lord might actually try and hide something that would draw people to the truth about Him. If we accept that God is a God of truth, then this is simply untenable. It's one thing to state that not all things are revealed; clearly we don't know everything about everything. But it's quite another to believe that God changed the appearance of the reality in order to confound or hide his truth. And that is exactly what one has to accept if one is to believe that the Book of Mormon is historical--because the reality not only fails to prove the history, but it actually contradicts it. As for our use of the Hinckley quote, we invite anyone to examine the entirety of his address to see if we misrepresented what he said. It is available on the LDS website, and you can see it by clicking here. I think you will find that there was nothing in what we omitted (it was, after all, a 20-minute presentation!) that changes the meaning of what we presented. --LH

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I am so sorry that you are so consumed with proving our religion wrong. It saddens me that you probably spend more time trying to find out what is wrong with our church rather then spending time studying your scriptures. As a LDS I am here to tell you we do believe in the St James version of the Bible. The Bible and the Book of Morman are two seperate books. When children are taught history in school does it stop with WWII? Of course it doesn't!  All the incidents up to the present are added to that history book. History didn't stop with the Bible. The Book of Morman is a coninuation of the Bible. It is also a history of our church being restored upon the earth. I hope you find this informative and understand that we are Christians just striving to do our best and once again be able to return to live with Heavenly Father. Have a good day, J.

Thank you for your note. With all due respect, your analogy of stopping history at WWII simply does not apply here. Our problem with the Book of Mormon is not simply that it teaches a history beyond what's recorded in the Bible; of course history didn't stop with the Bible. Our problem with the Book of Mormon is that the history it teaches simply didn't happen. The Bible has lots of basic evidence to back it up; the Book of Mormon has virtually nothing. These are significant differences. As for the question about whether Mormons are Christians or not depends very much on one's definition of "Christian". The definition that traditional Christianity has long used to distinguish itself sets Mormonism outside that definition. Part of that definition is that we, as Christians, recognize that it's not about our "striving to do our best" because the Bible says that all of our striving is in vain; our salvation is only by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by our striving to be good enough. That's the heart of the gospel; that's the essence of what determines true Christianity. And that is our prayer for you, and for all Mormons--that you would put your faith in the true Jesus Christ, and not in a different Jesus or a different gospel. -LH

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Interesting video, but quite false information.  I saw your video on TV the other day.  It was really interesting, but you all missed the bullseye by miles and miles.  No church knows who Christ is more than the LDS church.  You don't know him at all. As a matter of fact, you are being fooled by Satan himself.   The LDS Christ IS SO the same Christ that is in the Bible. How stupid are you?? The DNA theory doesn't have a leg to stand on. Besides, the LDS church never said the American Indians should have the same DNA as Isrealites.  Do you even know how many races intermixed over the last couple thousand years??  Decendants is different from DIRECT decendants.  It is so sad that you think you have to disrupt LDS events.  It is so sad you think it your responsibility to convince them that their religion is wrong.  If you think you need to do this, then you have to try to destroy ALL RELIGIONS.  Picking on the LDS just shows the world how creepy you are.  You are a really creep group of people.  It is not your job to try to debunk the LDS church any more than it is your job to try to debunk the Jewish religion, Buddhism, or Islam. You people make me sick.

These are pretty strong words that you use to describe us, hardly what anyone would call Christ-like, in any event. But as for your first accusation that we missed the bullseye, could you provide us with some examples? As for whether the LDS Christ is the same as the Biblical one, why do you call us stupid, when it is you who are in disagreement with the LDS President? (If you don't believe us, check out this link.) As for all your other accusations, I think if you give an honest look to all the materials that we have provided in our videos and our website, there are answers to that. And if not, we invite you to challenge us on any specific point you like, but please leave the ad hominem attacks behind. --LH

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No offense to whomever put together your website. I'm sure they took a lot of time preparing it, but the stance your church takes on the LDS church (notice I didn't say Momron) and its claim to be Christian is pretty biased and not based on much fact, but mainly on opinion. The inconsistencies that exist within the VAST majority of the Christian denominations allow me to hold tighter to the sure and more defined set of beliefs that DO have scriptural bases, if one is willing to learn by the spirit and not the vaunted, puffed-up teachings of men. It seems that all these different churches are always contradicting themselves, but they say that it doesn't matter in the end. WHAT?!?! Then why be contradictory? Can't we all just agree on one core set of values and beliefs and go from there? If this isn't the case, then I guess it the differences DO matter, but the problem would be how do we tell truth from mere wish and fancy? I do not mean this to be a negative tone or to attack you for your beliefs; I would never want to openly criticize any man for his beliefs, especially when I do not fully understand them. But I will tell you this. I'm really getting sick of people attacking what I believe, ESPECIALLY when no thought of doing any researching into it and TRULY trying to understand it had been made. That's all I wish...just to know that an effort has been made; from there, rational and logical dialogue can then ensue. In all due respect, R.

Thank you for your comments. You touch on some very important topics. First of all, yes, there is a "core set of beliefs" that traditional Christianity does embrace, but they are different from what Mormonism teaches. And you are right, the differences do matter! So how do we tell truth from wishful thinking? One way is to put to the test the sources of those truths, or purported truths, which is exactly what we did in our video "The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon". It is unfair that you presume that we have not thoroughly researched what Mormonism teaches. While we can't speak for what you (personally) believe, since we don't know you, we can, however, speak to what the LDS Church has historically taught and continues to teach. And that is what we take exception to--the teachings, not the individual members themselves. Please be willing to give an honest examination of this, and investigate for yourself! God seeks to be known, He wants the truth to be known! And he can easily show his truth through His Word and through His creation--which are far more reliable sources of truth than our subjective feelings and wishes. God bless you as you seek Him. --LH

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Hello there, I just watched your videos and wanted to give you a reply. Your videos were entertaining and were somewhat interesting. They really only gave one view and left no viewpoint other than to disprove all LDS based history and authenticity. I am LDS and it really does not affect my testimony at all. I understand your concerns about seeing evidence and finding artifacts and I would like to see some more come about too. In the mean time, does lack of evidence disprove Joseph Smith’s sincerity or God’s restoration and modern revelation? No. God has his purposes and his ways and thinking are not always like ours. I believe evidences are and will be manifested. I also can understand why there aren’t a lot of evidences and why the Gold plates aren’t available now other than its translation by the B.O.M. We all know the bible has been translated numerous times and has been mistranslated and misinterpreted. Your video stated nothing about the fact that the B.O.M. was intended to avoid these mistranslations and misinterpretations by being stored in the ground and excavated for today and to be a companion to the bible. Its purpose is to validate the bibles teaching and provide new revelation for our day since God is alive and active in communicating to his children on earth. He isn’t done speaking to us and doesn’t entirely rely on one text to communicate to us as evidenced throughout the Bible. Your misleading statements about relying on feelings and following your heart is a deceptive step that goes against Christ teachings in the Bible where he says the Holy Ghost will teach all things to us once he left his disciples and was crucified. Remember the warning to us in the last days, even the ELECT will be deceived. Brethren I agree with your, either you or us are deceived and I pray that we are honest with ourselves and do not short change our eternal potential by hiding behind our sins so we don’t have to feel guilty or lack the guidance of the holy ghost who is the revealer of truth, not archeology or science. Love in Christ, Y.

Thank you for your letter. While one cannot expect that archaeology will prove or disprove Joseph Smith's sincerity, it can speak to the validity of the history contained in the Book of Mormon--and the fact is, the evidence shows that the Book of Mormon is not a true book of history. Evidence for the Bible's authenticity has been manifested since the time it was written; why is such evidence remained elusive for the Book of Mormon? As for the charge that the Bible has been "translated many times;" keep in mind that it's been translated into many, many different languages (as has the Book of Mormon, I might add). However, the vast majority of the Bible translations come directly from the original texts in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. And the accuracy of these original texts has been well-established. (See this article for more information.) You are right that the Holy Spirit does teach and guide, but He does not contradict himself; He will not contradict what has already been revealed in scripture. So it is problematic when we consider the contradictory things that Mormonism teaches when compared with the Bible. Thank you for your honest assessment of the fact that we cannot both be "right". Our goal, however, is not to win an argument, but rather, to share the truth about Jesus--for your benefit, for your salvation, and for God's glory. --LH

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Hello, I am a Christian living in Salt Lake City. My husband and I just saw your TV version of the film and it is the best I have seen to disprove the Mormon doctrine. I have a son that has married and become a temple-going Mormon. Although it breaks my heart, I have hope and faith that he will someday come back to his upbringing. I have ordered a dvd, and will use it at the right time. Thanks for all you do in the name of the Lord, K.

Thank you for your encouragement! We share your heartbreak, as we, too, have many loved ones who are still within Mormonism. That's what makes our ministry very personal to us, as well. God bless you as you reach out to your son and other loved ones. --LH

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I was watching TV this morning, searching for a program of worship.  I have a Baptist background and am a born-again Christian.  I was thrilled to 'accidentally' see your program. God bless you for all your research and for spreading the TRUTH about the Bible and the book of Mormon.  I've wanted to be able to be more versed on the subject in order to better witness to the Mormon people I come in contact with - they are so blind and have been taught lies for generations - they are such well-meaning, wonderful people, but so deceived!  I have ordered 10 DVD's to share with my friends and relatives as gifts.  Thank you for producing such a tool - if people are able to find your website, I'm sure it will do much good.  God bless you all in your huge efforts to reach the masses of Salt Lake City and the Mormons around the world with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sincerely, R.

Thank you for sharing with us. We're glad that you found the video to be helpful. You are very right, the Mormons are by and large very kind people. They are not hard people to love, and our heart breaks for them when they follow a false Jesus and a false gospel, and that is why we do what we do--because we love them and want them to know the real Jesus. Thank you for your heart in sharing the real Jesus with them, too! --LH


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Hello, I just got done reading your site. I just wanted to say thanks for being fair. I may not agree with what your trying to do, but at least you are not being mean or missleading. The facts you have on your site about the mormon church are accurate and clear. There is enough ugliness and intolerance in this world with out people trying to tear down each other's faiths. Like I said, I don't think it is nessesary for you to save mormon's. But If you feel so obligated, and this is a free country thank God, at least you are doing so in a way that does not demean, offend or hurt others. Have a nice day and God bless. –K

Thanks. Even if you disagree with us, we're glad you do not see our motives as spiteful or mean-spirited. Our primary motive is to share the truth of Jesus Christ with Mormons--the truth that has set us free, and the truth we wish to share with Mormons. That's our prayer for you and all Mormons. -LH

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Hello, I am an active member of the LDS church, but have serious doubts as to the truth of it. I go to church every week and attend my meeting regularly because of the family and cultural pressure that is on me to do so. None of my immediate family knows that I seriously doubt the Mormon church. I don't know what to do about this. If I leave the Mormon church, there is a substantial likelihood that I would be disowned. I would lose the respect of my local community, I would break family ties, and I would lose a great number of childhood friends. On the other hand, by remaining a "forced mormon," I am lying to myself, lying to my family, and, most critically, lying to God. I don't know at all what to do about this. I have been reading a lot of Christian literature lately, and doing much research into the subject. The conclusion that I have come to is that mormonism is absolutely unbiblical, is founded on a heap of lies (proveable lies), and that the early men of the church were *not* the upstanding citizens that Mormons think they were...So, anyways, this is my dilemma, and I hope that you will pray for me, and that you will send me materials to further help me come to the truth. –J

We recognize how difficult this is for you, and yet we praise God for this awareness you're coming to, because the truth--God's truth--is what ultimately sets us free. Of course our prayers are with you in this difficult journey. We are very happy to provide you with any support and assistance that we can as well. --LH

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I wanted to thank you for all the work you are doing! I happened to come upon your website tonight and found it inspiring.... I am wrestling with major issues since my husband was raised Mormon and his whole family is devout. The more I learn about it, the more I find it completely blasphemous. It's so difficult because he doesn't practice it, yet he is so brainwashed that he clearly believes it is the only true Church, and he really has no idea who Christ is or what the Bible teaches. I feel caught between evangelizing and destroying my marriage at times! I just keep praying about it, and I know everything will work out according to His plan, but it hasn't been easy for me so far… Anyway…I wanted to thank you for your work because it is so important. –S.

We are happy that our materials and information has been helpful; we wish that there was an easy, sure-fire solution to helping a loved one confront the truth about Mormonism. Of course for us this is difficult, for God it is simple, and ultimately He is the one who accomplishes the task. All we can do is be sensitive to His leading and willing to share as He leads. --LH

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I was wondering why I should believe in Christ and who is Jesus any way. I know about what I have been taught about him while I was growing up. I’m concerned about what you said on this web site. You said that you teach about the biblical Jesus but I thought that was what I was taught growing up. Is it true that the Bible has lost a lot of its meaning in translation? Thank you for your time. –S.

You are definitely asking the right questions. The true Jesus Christ--the Jesus of the Bible--seeks to be in relationship with you, and He is willing, if you are. You can find out more about a relationship with Him on our "good news" page. As for whether or not the Bible has lost its meaning in translation, the answer is no; we know what the original text said in the original languages. --LH

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Dear Living Hope, I was browsing the internet when your site caught my eye. I looked over the website and found it quite interesting. I know your only intention is to help out the LDS church in bringing them closer to God, your church, and to eternal salvation, but you need to revise most of your data about the LDS church…because a lot of the things that you say we believe are false. I, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, alone can point out many false accusations, redundant statements, & debatable topics. I apologize ahead of time if I have misinterpreted some of the statements you have made, but I must clear up some things for you, for the sake of your kin and my kin alike. Under the passage labeled “What is our church like?” the first sentence states, “We are a church that preaches the Bible as God's word, Jesus Christ as the only means to salvation, and the need for all people to come to Him.” I would like to read to you the 8th Article of Faith from The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” As you can, this passage only reinforces that of which you believe, which is that you teach from the Holy Bible because you believe the Bible to be the word of God. Although we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God as well, we still base our teachings off the Bible just as much, if not more, than we do off the Book of Mormon. In Mosiah 3:9, contained within the Book of Mormon, it reads, “ And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.” …Once again, this is very similar as compared to the statement posted on your website. We believe Jesus Christ to be the only means of mankind’s eternal salvation. As much as I can understand, isn’t that what you believe as well? -A

You bring up a lot of interesting points. First, you would need to identify what, exactly, we have said about the LDS Church and what Mormons believe that is in error. What are the "false statements, redundant statements and debatable topics" that you refer to? We should probably note that while many individual Mormons may believe one thing or another, what is at issue is what the Church itself teaches, and what it has historically taught. Individual Mormons may have to decide whether they believe their prophets or not. As for your comment about what our church believes, and its apparent similarity to what you believe...what both Mormons and Christians need to understand is that while much of the terminology is similar, there are great differences in the meanings behind them. --LH

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you're unbalievable. too bad you don't have a spot to post comments on your site. =o/ sadly misinformed. too bad. Prayerfully, --H.

Actually, we kind of do. It may not be a weblog, but we feel its important that a variety of voices get heard here. What we do wonder is what you find "unbelieveable" and how are we "misinformed"? --LH

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Just read your wonderful mission statement. "Living Hope exists to educate and equip Christian individuals, ministries and churches to reach Mormons for the biblical Jesus Christ." How wonderful of you to send others to the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day saints to learn about the biblical Jesus Christ! Thank You for your good works!  The Lord will bless you for such a nice effort to help people toward reaching the Church. –B .

Although I realize that your comments are intended to be sarcastic, the goal of our ministry is to point people to the biblical Jesus Christ (which is not the Christ of Mormonism), and that they would become a part of His Church, which is not an earthly institution, but comprised of all who have a relationship with Him. This is our prayer for you and all Mormons. --LH

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I just wanted to thank you for your ministry. I just watched The Bible vs the Book of Mormon and it was great! I was saved out of Mormonism 11 years ago, I struggle with my family all the time who are still in darkness. My mom and dad both work in the temple. My heart is so heavy for them to know the truth. I have shared with them time and time again with only a response of bitterness toward me and my husband. My parents are brokenhearted and feel that they have failed because I left “the church" after growing up in the church, going to and teaching seminary, and doing "all my works". So I just want to thank you for encouraging me as an ex-Mormon through your ministry. I pray that you will continue to reach out to the Mormon community. Blessings to you all, --K.

Thank you for your encouraging words, and we pray your family will come to know the Truth as you have! --LH

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I found your [DNA] video very flattering but faithless and full of inconsistencies.  You say "Now the same DNA evidence used in courts of law can credibly speak to the validity of The Book of Mormon, which serves as the foundation of the Mormon religion'.  I'm just an average guy ... and even I can spot the fallacies in this claim of yours.  You give yourself away with your clever schemes.  You getting paid as a minister (a true sign of a cult-paid ministry) or are your motives purely based on faith?  (opps, I meant to say science.  DNA means Do Not Ask!!! By the way, I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have know for years that other people migrated to the America's in addition to the Nephites.  In fact, it was Baptist Evangelist that spoke of the discoveries of a group of Phoenicians that migrated to the area now know as Arizona.  Scientists also found archeological writings in a cave in Kentucky that were written in Hebrew.  Can you imagine that.  It's a small world after all. Good luck in your ministry.  --M.

Thank you for writing. Your letter touches a number of things. First, what inconsistencies and fallacies are you speaking of? We would encourage you to watch the video for yourself, and not simply use published descriptions of it upon which to base your judgment. As for being paid ministers, we realize that this is a common criteria that LDS members use in condemning what they consider apostate Christianity. However, there is no biblical justification for condemning the practice of paying a living wage to those who work for the church; in fact, there are passages which not only encourage but demand it. As for the archaeological "discoveries" you speak of, such stories do surface from time to time, but as of yet no reputable or authoritative archaeological institution has validated these or any claims of significant pre-Columbian "Old World" incursions into the Americas. You are obviously concerned about truth, and that is good. We pray that you would be able to understand not only the scientific evidence, but also the truth about Jesus Christ... which is the reason we are doing what we do. --LH

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Just want to thank you for following what the Lord has led you to do.  I am a Christian living in a Mormon community.  Your video is in our church library and I borrowed it to watch last week.  My son has been dating a Mormon girl...This week his girlfriend broke up with him because he would not become a Mormon.  Your video was the very thing that gave him exactly what he needed at just the right time so he could not be deceived.  He told her that the book of Mormon is just not true.  Without your tape, he would not have had the DNA knowledge and I believe has saved him from making a very big mistake....We are still praying for this girl and her family.  They are wonderful people just lost and deceived.  Please pray for their eyes to be open to see Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you are doing.  I am planning on ordering many copies to give to my Mormon friends.  I am believing that God is going to do what He did in the Worldwide Church of God in the Mormon church.  I pray that the Mormon leadership will come into the knowledge of the true gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!! 

Thank you for your letter, we share your prayer not only for your (and our) loved ones, but also for the whole Mormon Church! --LH

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I'm curious, after sifting through you web page I noticed that the Mormon Church seems to be the only one you took any time to tear apart, My question is, do all the other churches that exist in this country seem to meet with your approval or is the Mormon church just the first to fall into your cross hairs?  It seems like an awful lot of time and energy and possibly money too went into your challenge just because as you mentioned your love for the Mormons. Don't you love all the other denominations equally?  My last question for now is, has anyone challenged you? or have the Mormons challenged you? Thanks for your time. Sincerely, B.

We have focused our attention on the Mormon Church because we are located in a predominantly LDS area (northern Utah) and many of our friends and loved ones are in the LDS Church. We are not so concerned with denominational affiliation as we are the issue of whether the Jesus Christ of the Bible is taught. The standard, then, becomes the Bible, not our particular opinions. We affirm our love for the Mormon people, but the Jesus that is taught by the LDS Church is different than the Jesus of the Bible. This is precisely why we share this information. The only thing we seek to "tear apart" is deception, wherever it may be, and point to the person of truth, to Jesus Christ. - LH

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Hi, I am a current member of the LDS church, well, I should say, barely a current member... after watching the online stream of the DNA video on your website as well as watching the Book of Abraham DVD, reading Larson's Papyrus book, as well as four other books, I am ordering Southerton's upcoming book, and reading TONS of stuff on the internet....The information about the history of my church is mind boggling and thought altering....Efforts like your video/DVD on DNA is the part of the key to the lock on the yoke of Mormonism which so many of us are now able to unlock and remove the weight of the Mormon cult yoke! I would like a copy of the DVD and have two brothers in Utah I would like to send to them as well, three total please :)

We rejoice with you in your seeking the truth, and are happy that the DNA video has been helpful to you. God bless you as you continue to seek Him. --LH

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Can you point out exactly which passage of the Book of Mormon says that any of the people were Jewish? And have you looked at other genetic studies, one important detail is that there is evidence of genes in Native Americans that may have come from sources other than northeastern Asia, such as the middle east. Many of the DNA-related attacks on the Book of Mormon misrepresent scientific findings by falsely claiming that Native American DNA originated solely from Asia. Asia as the only model of ancient migration to the Americas is clearly incomplete. It seems you have jumped on the bandwagon to discredit another religion, by simply distributing one conclusion of many DNA studies which are being done and which have no conclusion as yet. Are you yourself a DNA scientist? There is only one person who migrated in the Book of Mormon party, who might be assumed to be Hebrew. Since DNA comes from the woman's line, and since the intermarriage with other asiatic migrants over thousands of years would pretty much dilute that DNA to negligable to none, how can you say without doubt that you are telling the truth? Lehi was assumed to be Hebraic, but not from the tribe of Judah we do not know which tribe his wife Soriah came from. How can you assume that the DNA of one person could prove anything when diluted so much by 2600 years of intermarriage? It is too bad you spend so much time hating and trying to discredit others when you should be trying to follow Jesus and perfect yourselves. Shame on you for teaching hatred and spreading untruths. Wait until the studies are complete and check other studies that have already refuted your study. Then apologize to the innocent people you have wronged, by your out of context study. Where did your church spring from? Can it be proven without a doubt that you teach the truth according to God, or is it only your misinterpretation of God's word? Sincerely, B.

Thank you for your e-mail. You actually bring up two different challenges--one is a challenge of the science, and the other is a challenge of our motives. The scientists we interviewed are DNA experts and are more than qualified to present the conclusions that they have in the video. The DNA research was not just looking for "Jewish" DNA but rather Hebraic, which would have included not just Jews but all Israelites. No where in the video is there a presumption that Lehi was Jewish. Many of the challenges you present are addressed in the DNA video, and others are addressed in this article which we would invite you to read. Now, as for the charge that we are "teaching hatred," I'm not quite sure how you arrive at that conclusion. We present this DNA and other information as a means of pointing people to the Jesus Christ of the Bible, who is the person of truth, and away from the false representation of Jesus that the LDS Church teaches. This is not done out of hatred or spite, it is done because we want all people to know the freedom and joy that we have found in Jesus Christ. The Good News of Jesus is that it is not up to us to "perfect ourselves;" in fact, that is not something that we humans are capable of doing. It is only through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection, that enables us to be in relationship with Him. That is our goal for all people. That is hardly a hateful motive! We bear no ill will to Mormons--in fact, we love them. What we cannot abide, however, is the deception that holds the LDS Church in bondage. We pray that you and all Mormons will enjoy true freedom in Jesus Christ!

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Thank you for your site.  I am still on the list of LDS, but am on my way out!!! --C.

Praise God! --LH

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I would like to receive a VHS copy of this tape. I have been a member of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of my life. My family's membership goes back many generations, but I do have questions regarding its truth....I hope by viewing this tape some of my questions might be answered. --L.

We pray that this video will be helpful as you seek the truth about the LDS Church, and more importantly, about Jesus Christ. --LH

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First of all...I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR SENDING US THE VIDEO !!  You have NO idea! My husband...wanting to start studying to become an active [LDS] member again.  He watched the video 2 days ago, and it's really kind of shook the foundation of what he thought was true.  He was nonchalant the first day about it.  The second day he asked me where the tape was so he could watch it again.  Third day, today/tonight, he actually cried some, about the fact that everything he was taught growing up, was maybe a lie.  I think it got through to him.  He was even talking about making his very Mormon family watch it! The video was soooo well put together, and the facts well documented.  I was impressed myself in watching it.  Thank you for being responsible for potentially saving our children from being brain washed like he was growing up!! Your video basically woke my husband back up to reality. Tremendous thanks! (your page is saved in my "favorites" :) Sincerely, N.

Thank you for sharing with us! We are very aware of how difficult it is to come to grips with truth that shatters beliefs. God bless you and your family as you move down this difficult road...but know that there is great hope and blessing on the other end as you find truth in Jesus Christ! --LH

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For many, many years I have had a profound concern for the public perception of the work to evangelize the Latter-day Saints. For all our claims to "love" and "have concern" for them, and for all our declarations of having the best of intentions....I have cried out to God, pleading for something [better] that was directed at the LDS. Today, I see that God has kindly answered that prayer. Your DNA video accomplishes the elusive objective of boiling the Book of Mormon in its own juice without so much as singeing the coattails of the average... Mormon. I was also impressed with the directness and simplicity of the message in spite of its highly technical basis. So, I shall be happily sending you a modest contribution for the continuation of the work there. Thank you. Thank ALL of you for making that film. Sincerely, J.

Thank you for your encouraging words! While we realize that this is a difficult message to communicate lovingly, our hope and prayer is that it will be received in the spirit in which it was intended--out of love and concern for the LDS people. --LH

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Dear Living Hope, thank you for sending me your free DNA video. I received it yesterday. I've enjoyed watching it and it has definitely opened my eyes to the controversy surrounding the claims made by the Book of Mormon! I now know that the claims Mormonism makes are false. I had my personal doubts for many years concerning Mormonsim. I now know that Mormonism is definitely false and nothing more than a cult that tries to imitate true Christianity. I have now decided to accept Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior. Thank you so much again for sending me the video. Sincerely, D.

Praise God! Your letter is just the type we love to receive! We rejoice with you in your new-found faith in Jesus Christ, and pray blessing on you as you grow in your relationship with Him! -LH

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It's very interesting that in seeking the truth about who God is and what his church is like I find that many people bring down the Mormon Church (as well as others) in order to lure people into their own. Such was never a practice of the Savior who lovingly taught and preached among the people. I find it rude to bring down other religions (either Christian or not) and I don't think it's a coincidence that the Mormon religion is the only one who does not criticize other people's belief and disprove the logic of any other Christian churches. I have searched a long time and finally read the Book or Mormon. That is the only way to know for ourselves to read it (not ABOUT it) and pray earnestly. It has changed my life and I know that Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God. I love the Savior very much and have come to know him better through the Book of Mormon. Sincerely, a fellow Christian

We appreciate your letter, but would like to comment on a couple of your points. One, while there may be those who attempt to "bring down" the Mormon Church for ignoble purposes, our point is not to "lure" anybody into anything, but to share the truth that sets people free. Two, while there may be individual Mormons who do not criticize others' beliefs, the Book of Mormon claims, and the LDS Church has historically taught, that all other churches are apostate, or an "abomination" which could certainly be construed as a criticism. Your zeal for God seems genuine, but it is not based on truth. We pray that you would come to know the truth about Jesus Christ--our Savior and God--and then we would love nothing better than to be able to call you "a fellow Christian." --LH

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How come you hate Mormons so much? I don't understand why there are people like you who attack the Mormon religion so religiously. Mormons have never done this to other churches, so why do other churches do it to Mormons? Is it because they are AFRAID that mormons have the truth? If you don't like Mormons or think its not right to be a Mormon, then why not just focus on your church and let people believe what they want to believe? And why don't you go to a church session on a Sunday and see what it is really like. Is it because mormon values are so high, that we take pride in choosing the right instead of choosing to do wrong? Where FAMILY is the number one focus in mormon families? I just don't get it why people like you attack the Mormon church. Can you tell me why? --A.

We do not hate Mormons. We love them! We realize how easy it is for this to sound trite and disingenuous, but it is the truth. The only thing we seek to "attack" is the deception itself, not the people. If you had a loved one on board a ship that you knew was going to sink, would you not do everything in your power to warn them and get them off? That is our motivation. The Mormon Church certainly promotes very good values, we do not argue with that. However, good values and "choosing the right" is not what saves us--only Jesus Christ can do that. We pray that you will experience the freedom of grace in Jesus Christ. --LH

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Thank you so much for your speedy shipment of DNA videos. The last box of videos that you sent I passed out to some of my church members and the next week some Mormon missionaies came knocking at one of these members that had a DNA video. They told the missionaries that they would listen to anything that the missionaries had to say if they would watch this DNA video so the missionaries agreed. By the time the video ended the missionaries were crying and saying that the Book of Mormon just had to be true. My church friend then explained the truth of the gospel message. When the missionaries left they were very confused and never returned. God has blessed your ministry. --R.

Thank you for sharing with us. We certainly pray that those missionaries (and others like them) will come to faith in the true Jesus Christ. --LH

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Dear Church Family, I am a very happy Christian!  This is an answer to prayer for me.  I have been praying for years that our Lord would reveal the Mormon church for what it is.  The DNA research that you have conducted proves that it is a false religion....I still remained in the Mormon church until I was 53 years old even being married in the temple and being sealed for time and all eternity....A Christian girl that I worked with...opened my eyes to the real Jesus and the truth of the Bible which the Mormon Church discounts, as you know....I have been a Born Again Christian for going on fifteen years now and it is so wonderful to finally know the real Jesus !!  ... One of my church family invited me to their home last Sunday for dinner and to watch the video DNA vs. The Book of Mormon.  I would like to have my own copy as I have several Mormon family members, a grandson on a mission.  I don't know how to present them with the truth and will need all the prayer and guidance I can get to know how to deal with this issue.  I do know it breaks my heart to see them wasting valuable time, being deceived, forfeiting their salvation and giving mega bucks to a false church.   Please respond and let me know how I can receive the video ASAP....Many Thanks and God Bless You and Yours, C.

Thank you for your letter. Praise God you know the Jesus of the Bible! By way of clarification, we did not do the research, rather, we sought out the experts who did do the research! But we are very pleased that it is being used as a tool to share the truth with Mormons. God bless you as you reach out to your loved ones. --LH

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Wow. You "Christian" churches never cease to amaze me. I just wanted to write and tell you that you did a dang good job at portraying "Mormonism" and the LDS church through half-truths and flat out lies. That's great that you seek to bring down the only true church of Jesus Christ. I just hope you realize that by doing so you are ultimately bringing condemnation upon yourself. I am a returned missionary....The greatest two years of my life. I enjoyed every second of it. While there I met a very nice guy, who happens to be a close friend now. He is also the pastor [of a] congregation...We met for a period of nearly three months. We never came to an agreement, but kept a spirit of love between us. He showed me that awful DNA vs. The Book of Mormon video before I left to come home. I was appalled. He apparently bought into it. That's because he didn't hear the opposite point of view. It was very biased and did NOT explain things well. It was obviously an attempt to make a hit at the church. If you too have bought into this horrible, deceitful movie, I have a suggestion for you. I have a 51 page article that blows that disgusting documentary out of the water! I would love to send you a copy of it, so you can get your facts straight. I think it is completely pathetic that you would actually take time to come up with that crap. You have NEVER, no will you you EVER hear or read about the Church of JESUS CHRIST of latter-day saints blasting another church. That's cause we're not like that. All churches have some good in them, even though they aren't 100% true. So you all need to just step off, cool down, and worry about teaching about Christ, not other religions. That's all I got to say about that. I would definitely be interested in hearing what your thoughts are. Have a nice day. I know I will.

The DNA video presents very clear and well-documented scientific research and evidence that unequivocally disproves certain claims of the Book of Mormon. While we don't know specifically which article you are referring to, we have read many such dissenting articles (and very likely the one you mention), and these have yet to present any scientifically valid challenges.

As for your comment about the LDS Church not "blasting" another church, it begs the question: Have you never read Joseph Smith's first vision, in which he declares that God told him that all Christian churches are wrong, their creeds are an abomination and their professors are corrupt? This is strong language, and something to which biblical Christians can legitimately take exception.

All this aside, the goal of the video and our ministry is not simply to engage in a scientific debate, but rather to demonstrate what is false, and thereby point to the person of Truth, the Jesus of the Bible. We pray that you may see this one day. --LH

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I received my videos yesterday and immediately delivered one to my dear friends next door who are scheduled to be sealed in the Temple next week. I am so grateful for this "tool" you have provided which gave me the courage to witness to them. Another went to a young woman who grew up in my church who was recently baptized into the Mormon church. Yet another to a neighbor who moved away who years ago presented to me a copy of the Book of Mormon with my name printed in gold on the cover. I am so happy to finally have an appropriate response to his "gift". I am excited about giving out my remaining copies and may need to order more! Praise God indeed for this valuable witnessing tool and may it be used to His glory! I feel much love and admiration for those who so courageously spoke in it and produced it! With my sincere appreciation, gratitude and prayers! --B.

Thank you for sharing your encouraging words with us! We pray that this tool will be used to not only help those caught in Mormonism to break free, but also to prevent potential converts from being trapped. God bless you in your ministry to these friends and loved ones of yours. --LH

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What is going to take for people of religion to see that all this God preaching is not getting us anywhere. For thousands of years humans have been doing this and we are now in the worst situation in history, all in the name of God. Can't you see religion, in its present form, is NOT working? It never has and never will. If it did work, do you honestly think the world would be in the state that it is in right now? Please allow me to give an example of a very troubling situation: We [are] in this war with Iraq. War is killing. Is it not Christianity that says God commanded DO NOT KILL? Did not Jesus DIE for his beliefs? He did not kill for them. If this one example alone is not enough for people of religion to rethink their beliefs, then we should be very concerned about the future of the human race. Respectfully, A.

You are partly right. Religion (in the sense of an artificial construct of rules and regulations) is not getting us anywhere. It does not take a great deal of observation to realize that we live in a world that is unthinkably corrupt. It is corrupt because we are all sinners. True enough, the answer to the world's problems is not more "religion," in the sense of which you speak, but rather, it is the person of Truth, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. Jesus did not "die for his beliefs" as if he were some unwilling victim of circumstance. Rather, He died for the our sins, willingly, paying our penalty in its entirety, because of His love for us; and He rose from the dead to provide us access to God through Himself. The world is full of bad news; Jesus brings us very good news. We pray that you, too, may encounter that truth! --LH

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Thank you so much for your website. I have just finished writing a research paper on Joseph Smith and the validity of his testimony. Your site has been a lot of help. I have gone into it almost every day to remind me not to get sucked into the ways of the LDS church. I have many Mormon friends and have been giving your site address to them. Thanks so much for the work y’all have done to come up with a great website. Love in Christ, J.

We are pleased that you have found our website useful! Thank you for sharing it with others! We wish to continue improving it and making more information available to seeking Mormons and to those who are reaching out to them. --LH

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If DNA evidence contradicts the Book of Mormon, why don't you admit that it also contradicts the Holy Bible?....DNA evidence shows Native Americans to have come from Siberia 25,000 years ago, whereas Bible chronology shows Adam to have been born around 4,004 B.C., and that therefore mankind could not have existed over 7,000 years ago. You claim to be defenders of the Christian faith and you defend a DNA evidence that discredits even the Bible itself ? What kind of people are you? Can't you see you're in conflict with your own selves? If Joseph Smith was a fraud as you claim he was, doesn't that mean that even all of the biblical prophets were, given the fact that DNA refutes the Bible itself? --B.

We appreciate your comments. We hold that the Bible is true and inerrant, but the precise "chronology" of which you speak is actually a human calculation, and not necessarily a biblically accurate one. It should also be noted that DNA itself has been shown to be notoriously unreliable as a timing device; there is significant disagreement among scientists about how reliable DNA is as a method of determining the timing. DNA does clearly and unequivocally show, however, the degree of relatedness of people groups, and this is the information (not the timing of it) which disproves the Book of Mormon; and in fact similar types of research have actually corroborated the Biblical account. Some additional information on the Biblical challenge is provided here. -- We would also like to direct you to some links that deal with the science and the bible...Click here.
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Dear Living Hope, I just wanted to stand up and say, “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo” at the conclusion of Called to Be Free tonight.  I had to wipe away tears several times during the movie as the testimonies were so moving.  My wife bought 15 copies and we are going to give them as gifts to members of our church this Sunday with the encouragement to give them away after viewing them to a neighbor or friend that doesn’ t know the Christ of the Bible. I think it is the most powerful visual tool I have seen that can be used to relate to our lost community for Christ.  You guys did a phenomenal job in explaining the background and history of the Worldwide Church of God and then the testimonies of the principals was so illuminating and the struggle for truth so real.  The final section dealing with forgiveness and joy was terrific. Keep up the good work.  God is in this one.  Let’s not be modest about the message or the means. -T.

Thank you so much for your feedback! We are very excited about our new video, Called to be Free, which we pray will be a powerful testimony to anyone who does not know the Jesus of the Bible, but also an encouragement to believers, as well. Thank you for your support and encouragement! --LH

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Hello, I'm writing this email to respetfully request a free video or DVD of DNA vs The Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon who grew up in the church [in Tonga]....I have been in the Bishopric and as Branch President and also held different positions in the church.  My familiy are very active Mormon and my father is now a Patriach. However, after all these years in the Church, I still feel that something is missing in my life.  I have been reading the scriptures and compared it and also research on the internet and that is how I came across your website. So please can you send me a free DVD or a video in the English language and any other materials that you have that might help me in my search for the truth. Thanks for taking your time to consider my email and hope to watch your video in the near future. Sincerely yours, S.

We are so glad that you found us, and are more than happy to send you a DVD of the video. We pray that it will be helpful to you as you search for the truth, and we pray that you and your family may come to know the Jesus of the Bible! --LH

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I just wanted to send you a quick email to tell you thank you.  Tonight I went to the library and I saw your topic and as a member of the [LDS] church I thought this information would be pretty interesting.  Then of course, your dialogue took on a deceptive turn and I quickly knew what you were all about.  I don't typically entertain non-Mormon literature, but I continued to listen.  I want to tell you thank you because my testimony was strengthened in my conviction of the Book of Mormon.  I had read the prophesies about those in the last days who would be ever learning but never come to the knowledge of the truth, I had read prophecies about those who would be learned but think they are wise would not hearken unto the counsel of God, I have read prophesies of these types of individuals but had never as yet encountered them.  You organization I believe fulfills this prophecy.  I am so grateful that for my testimony of the validity and divinity of the Book of Mormon and this comes not from evidence but from faith and prayer.  God has answered me time and time again and that is enough for me.  -V.

Thank you for writing to us. We hold to the Bible as God's authoritative Word. The Bible instructs us to test the spirits, teachings, and "testimonies," if you will, against what is in the Bible, and not by praying for a personal testimony or a feeling. Such things cannot be trusted and are not always of God. And any such feeling or testimony that contradicts what is in the Bible is most certainly not of God. The Bible does speak of deceptive teachings and false Christs in the last days, and we hold that the Mormon Church is among those things of which are spoken. We say this not out of spite or hatred, but rather out of a broken heart and a deep concern for those who have been deceived by it! Many of us were once caught in this deception, and we long for others to know the true freedom that we have found in Jesus Christ--the Jesus of the Bible. That is our prayer for you and all Mormons. --LH

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[I] have been going to the Church of The Latter Day Saints for a little over a year now. I have not been baptized as of yet because I have not had that burning in my bosom like they tell you that they receive. I am what they call a fence sitter. They tell me to pray about it and if I pray hard I will get it. I was listening to a show on the radio last week and I heard the program on the DNA vs. The Book of Mormon and I wrote down the web address Mormon Challenge...so I said to myself when I am home I am going to write you to tell you, you got my interest. I have a brother that is First Council to the Bishop and I would like to have a DVD copy of your DNA vs. The Book of Mormon and The Lost Book of Abraham. I have thought for a long time that there was something strange, or wrong with this church. I should say the Book of Mormon. I think I always thought that Joseph Smith was a shade person, I think that is why I was never baptized into the church. There was always that question that no one could answer for me, where is the meat, where is the book, why was the book changed so many times. Every time I asked that question they would tell me their testimony, and tell me to pray about it. Well I am not praying about it anymore I am doing something about it and with your help maybe I can help others like me you know the fence setters. I want find out how I can get a copy of both of the DVD’s DNA vs. The Book of Mormon and The Lost Book of Abraham and I am going to have a little get together with a few of my LDS friends and show them these movies. The LDS church members are the best people in the world I now think they need to be lead into the light of the truth and from what I heard on that show last week opened my eyes and I want to help you open the eyes of others like me. Tell me what I need to do. Thank you so much. R.

We are very happy that you were able to listen to the radio program about the DNA video, and we are pleased that you are willing to watch it! We are only too happy to provide it to you. You ask what you need to do? It is simple: trust in Jesus Christ, who is the person of truth! (For more information on a personal relationship with Jesus, click here.) That is the end goal of the video, to introduce people to truth in Jesus Christ. We pray that you will find Him! --LH

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