Date: August 08, 2018 02:05PM
The Book of Mormon is its own worst critic, too. If they wanted more respect, Mormons would drop the BoM, but they can't do it, can they? They're stuck in their world, and it's hard to escape from. Prospective Mormon missionary recruits turn away because of the negative experiences going to church, belief in truly silly doctrines, negativity, and the ability to debunk the whole religion at any time they desire. Today's convert is always a marginalized person with learning or mental issues. No one wants them, but the missionaries feel obligated to baptize them, anyway.
Date: August 10, 2018 09:47AM
>>Apparently all women are just Eve with an apple and a snake in their ear.
Mormon church PR probably reached its peak in the 70s and 80s. The church back then was largely able to project an appealing, clean, wholesome, family-friendly image to prospective members. But with the internet age, the church has lost considerable control over its narrative and its image. Now it can be lumped in with the evangelical and fundie types of Christian churches that engage in body shaming, lack of support for LBGTQ, lack of equality for women, etc. With more information available through the media and the internet, the general public is able to place Mormonism in a proper context.
There are some parts of our population to whom that type of view will appeal. But my guess is that most of those people are already members of a conservative faith community and will have zero interest in Mormonism.
Many other people now have the ability to see Mormonism for what it is.