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And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

2 Nephi 25:26





September, 2004 from fair-lds.org website, 20049月、ウェブサイトfair-lds.orgからの記事



Many people believe there is no need for apologetics. They have no use for it. According to some, apologists are those who spend their time discussing things that are unimportant or that should be self-evident.  It has been said that all would be well if we would simply avoid picking up the books that try to destroy faith.


Or such was the case ten years ago. But the world has changed, the information age is upon us. We now have the Internet. Identifying oneself as a Mormon on any Internet message board will bring multiple anti-Mormon claims and website links to support them. Googling on the word "Mormon" will produce many faithful, supportive websites, but it will also produce many anti-Mormon ones.


One faithful young woman's leader in Orem, Utah, preparing for her Sunday lesson stumbled across an anti-Mormon website, and stumbled in her testimony.

Several teens have posted on the Internet that they have read anti-Mormon web information and had testimony difficulties. In one case, the teen was simply posting a positive LDS message on a message board and she was overwhelmed by the anti-Mormon response.



One new convert wrote to an anti-Mormon website, thanking them for providing the "truth" about Mormonism and showing things the missionaries never told. Unfortunately for that convert, that website was filled with gross inaccuracies and misrepresentations.


One stake in Illinois did an informal survey of those who didn't continue on with the missionary lessons. One of the biggest reasons given for not continuing the lessons was because of information obtained off the Internet.


Whether it is thousands of people, only a hundred, or just one person who loses his or her faith because of misinformation, it is too many. For most people this issue doesn't become important until it is a family member. Then it becomes a crisis.


While some anti-Mormon Christian ministries believe they are doing a service by leading people out of Mormonism, they are often blind to the fact the arguments they use can be slightly modified and used against Christianity in general. Some of their arguments have already been used historically against Christianity. Some of the Christian anti-Mormon websites even adopt the anti-Mormon arguments of secularists, atheists, and agnostics believing that it will help achieve the goal. The result is that many who leave the LDS church don't turn to other Christian denominations but simply leave Christianity completely. Those ministries have to do some serious soul searching. While they believe they are acting out of love, they are turning people against God. What have they really accomplished?


We are pleased that we get e-mails at FAIR every week thanking us for correcting misinformation and helping people through their crisis of faith. It is a rewarding endeavor. We also get e-mails from people who have returned to church because of a strengthening of their faith through the LDS apologetic work done at FAIR and elsewhere.


People leave the Gospel because their faith has been shattered. The answer to a lack faith doesn't just lie in apologetics. It doesn't lie in Book of Mormon evidences, nor in arguing over some obscure fact of history. Our faith is built through reading the scriptures, turning to God in prayer, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. But there is a place for apologetics. It can help remove stumbling blocks and obstacles from people who have been shaken in their faith. It can provide proper answers to those questions that have been raised and allow us to move forward. It can shine the light of truth on half truths, rumors, and historical gossip. It can strengthen the faith we already have.


 Apologetics cannot convince someone of the truth, and it cannot convert. You can't bash someone into believing. You cannot intellectualize the Spirit. There aren't enough evidences in the world to convince a nonbeliever. But, there is a proper place for apologetics as it can correct misinformation. Apologetics will never replace a witness from God, but it is a necessary endeavor.


We appreciate those who visit our website and contribute to our  cause. We feel our cause is an important one, it has an important  place, and we know it has helped countless people. But we also  encourage you to read your scriptures, live the gospel and develop  your relationship with God. It is through those things that your faith  becomes strengthened.


We at FAIR hope we can continue helping people find answers. If nothing else, you can feel confident that we have read the anti-Mormon books, have read the anti-Mormon websites, and have read the many histories that are given. We know all of those dark, top-secret scandals that are known and recorded only in the anti-Mormon literature. But we have also read the other information that the anti-Mormon ministries and books leave out and don't talk about.


We have read both sides and we have not been shaken in our faith. On the contrary, our testimonies continue to grow. Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. It is in Him we find our salvation. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He had the gold plates from which came the Book of Mormon, a Second Witness of Jesus Christ. Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet of God today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church of God.


Our blessings and prayers go out to you. I pray we can assist you and  your families.


- Scott Gordon

President, FAIR


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