Norton R. Nowlin, M.A.
Date: December 05, 2017 02:35PM
I am an ex-Mormon elder of 30 years who knows a little bit about Mormon apologetics. Grant Palmer discovered through his own scholarship and research in the writing of his book "An Insiders. . ." that the Mormon Church is fraudulent. When I say fraudulent, I am referring to the Brethren actually knowing that Joseph Smith was a false prophet. As a person learns more and more about the falseness of Mormon theology. doctrine, and history, she, or he, either accepts the truth, or ignores it. The educated people in the LDS Church hierarchy, PhD's, M.A's, lawyers, physicians, etc., aren't incapable of seeing and recognizing the truth. The Brethren see it, and ignore it. Why do they do this? Mormonism is a big corporate business worth a lot of money, and wealthy Mormons like to stay wealthy. Grant Palmer started out, perhaps, a believer, but through his own pursuits proved to himself that the LDS Church is fraud. When he wrote his book, perhaps he was in the process of coming to that conclusion.
I personally know another Mormon apologist, Michael Griffith, who is much less educated than Grant Palmer, and has written a couple of silly apologetic books that are the epitome of sophistry and double-talk. Oh, he has probably sold a few copies of those books. I even bought one to get first-hand knowledge of his "scholarly" abilities. I have written numerous essays and articles about the true nature Mormonism on EzineArticles.com, < https://ezinearticles.com/expert/Norton_Nowlin/24711
> You might find these articles interesting. Michael Griffith is, as Jesus told the humbled Saul on his road to Damascus, kicking against the pricks, but he doesn't seem to care. Grant Palmer, I believe learned his lesson about the heresy of Mormonism, and that is why he resigned his membership.
I think that some Mormon apologists are subsidized by the Mormon Church to spread their propaganda, especially about the Book of Abraham, on which rests the entire Mormon temple rite. Griffith likes to defend the BOA, and I think he receives money from Salt Lake City to do his thing. If suddenly the Mormon Church quietly de-canonized the BOA, like they did the Lectures on Faith in 1925 (after it being the entire body of Mormon doctrine from 1835 to 1925), it would destroy the entire foundation of Mormon polytheism, or what they now call "deification." This theology was what prompted Gordon B. Hinckley, as a counselor to Spencer Kimball, to place "Lesson 21-Man May Become like God" into the 1984 LDS Melchizedek Priesthood Personal study Guide, "Search These Commandments." The ultimate destiny of all worth Mormon elders is to "become as great as the Mormon heavenly father-god by becoming heavenly father-gods, with a capital G.
Belonging to the Mormon Church today is an experience in ignorance for, probably, 85 percent of the rank-and-file Mormons don't realize what they worship. If these people allow themselves to be under the influence of the ward bishop and stake president, they will never read Grant Palmer's book, or realize that Joseph Smith had 40 wives, some as young as 14, and some the wives of other Mormon elders, or that Mormons venerate a mother in heaven who is the Mormon heavenly- father's mother-goddess wife, with whom he shares all of his procreative powers, or that every Mormon elder who becomes a father-god will procreate with his celestial mother-goddess wife a savior just like the Jesus of the Holy Bible. This is the purpose of Mormon apologists, to keep the Mormon people in ignorance!! I hope that you don't remain that way!