If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed – but leave the church alone won’t you?

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In response to those who wonder why mormons who leave the church and then speak out against it and echo the phrase:

Follow the Prophet Glenn L. Pace

“You can leave the church, but you can’t leave it alone.”

Glenn L. Pace, Follow the Prophet, General Conference, April 1989
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1989/04/follow-the-prophet

As mormons, we have been taught to share truth. That desire and value is deeply ingrained with being mormon. So much, that we expect our youth to spend their “best years” as missionaries proselytizing and sharing truth rather than continuing their education or work. We are told “every member is a missionary” as we’re expected to go teaching with missionaries, feed the missionaries, find people for the missionaries to teach and in our homes and make sure everyone we know knows what we believe and what church we “belong” to. We are very focused on what is “true”, living by it, and sharing it with others. Why be surprised when we face the church’s truth crisis and realize that the things we were taught to believe are not true and share that truth. Would it be in character to simply walk away? We’ve been trained to share our truth. That is what we do.

This is understood even by Joseph Fielding Smith in his book. He reasons that if it’s not true, it should not be left alone, but 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
If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.

Or in other words, if it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth. I think 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 enough to really decipher the rats nest of cover-ups. It’s no surprise that mormons who leave, can’t leave it alone, we’ve been “programmed” to share truth! We’re also very close to our families and friends as a result of our shared faith, so when it all crashes what can be expected? We just quietly and invisibly fade? That would certainly benefit the church organization in that it would contain and perpetuate the deceit even longer.

You can leave the church, but you can’t leave it alone, bring a friend
You can leave the church, but you can’t leave it alone, bring a friend

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