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You may discover your Book of Mormon interests don’t align with mine. For example, many want to understand every detail and challenge presented by Book of Mormon language that is identical or very similar to biblical language. I’m only interested in such cases that present the biggest challenges to the claimed veracity of the book. A linguist may find that I haven’t explored much about the implications of various word choices because of my ignorance of linguistics and the challenges they presents to the book’s claims. If you think I’ve missed something of material concern regarding the book’s veracity, please let me know.

Also, the concerns and challenges to Book of Mormon and other LDS truth claims are many and often run deep. Add to that the fear and trauma that can result from a faith transition and a person might find a great need for understanding and support.

Here are some other resources that may give you information better aligned with your interests or provide you with the support you need.

Church’s official site

BYU Maxwell Institute Brigham Young University’s apologist group

Fair Mormon A private, non-profit LDS apologist group

Skeptic’s Annotated Book of Mormon This site is very snarky, and I think they may have accuracy problems. However, it is very thorough and often refers to issues that weren’t as relevant to me.

WordTree Foundation “The WordTree Foundation studies the relationships between books [similarities that may indicate influence], with a special interest in LDS scripture such as the Book of Mormon.”

20 Truths About Mormonism This is the site that took me to the edge of the rabbit hole.

Mormon Think This was sort of my tour guide down the rabbit hole for that first few years.

CES Letter Foundation A Church Education System (CES) Director asked Jeremy Runnells to share his concerns about the LDS Church, so Jeremy wrote a letter to the Director. This evenatually became know as the CES Letter.

Letter for my Wife A former believer’s heartfelt letter to his wife explaining the discrepancies he found between the narrative of the LDS Church and the information he found.

Freedom of Mind Resource Center This site is dedicated to the work of Steven Hassan, a former leader within the Unification Church, the Moonies. After breaking free of their influence, he made his life work exposing harmful groups and their use of undue influence techniques and helping people free themselves of such influence.

Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (SGU) A great podcast and other resources “dedicated to promoting critical thinking, reason, and the public understanding of science through online and other media.” If you want to learn how to think instead of being taught what to think, this is a great place to go. Also, if you’re anything like me, listinging regularly to these guys might help you sound smarter than you really are.

Mormon Stories “Mormon Stories podcast is the longest running and most popular Mormon-themed podcast. Hosted by Dr. John Dehlin (Clinical/Counseling Psychology), Mormon Stories podcast seeks to understand, explore, challenge, and improve the Mormon experience through stories.” This was the podcast that helped me feel sane and grounded during those early years of my disaffection.

Mormon Discussions Bill Reel hosts various Mormon podcast series from Mormon Discussions. My favorite hosts are Bill and Radio Free Mormon, but then I could be biased. Bill’s got a lot of great stuff here.

ExMormon Reddit “A forum for ex-mormons and others who have been affected by Mormonism to share news, commentary, and comedy about the Mormon church.” This forum can be irreverent, profane, and vulgar, but it’s a huge online exMormon community that can be amazingly supportive, even for believers (unless the believer seems to be trolling).

New Order Mormon (NOM) NOM is “a place to love and accept the people who think about and live Mormonism on their own terms.” It’s tiny compared to exMormon Reddit, but this group seems to be very thoughtful, intelligent, kind, and supportive.

Encircle An LGBTQ+ Family & Youth Resource Center

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