Joseph Fielding Smith reasons that if it’s not true, the claims of the church should be exposed!
Church Stands or Falls with Joseph Smith
Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground.
If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who wilfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed; his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false, for the doctrines of an impostor cannot be made to harmonize in all particulars with divine truth. If his claims and declarations were built upon fraud and deceit, there would appear many errors and contradictions, which would be easy to detect.Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. I, Joseph Fielding Smith p. 188
In other words, if it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.
Joseph Fielding Smith was under the impression that either the truth was genuinely in the church, or at least that it was hidden enough that no one would be bold and persistent enough to decipher the complexities and cover-ups.
It’s no surprise that Mormons who leave, can’t leave it alone. We’ve been “programmed” to share the truth! We’re also very close to our families and friends as a result of our shared faith, so when it all crashes down, what can anyone expect? The church hopes doubters just quietly fade away and stop rehearsing their doubts. That would certainly benefit the church organization – it would contain and perpetuate the deceit even longer.
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