My honey went to a wedding reception without me last night (at my request) and ran into someone he had known from his hometown of Las Vegas 20+ years ago. She told him about her journey out of the LDS church and into another area that purports to have the “sealed portion” of the Book of Mormon translated and available.
I checked out their website and was impressed with the lucid thought, the seemingly normal people who subscribe to this and the nice web design
[UPDATE 16 December 2010 - new link]
It is somewhat cryptic in tone and I assume was designed that way to attract people into pursuing more information — and in spending $26 to buy the book (the BOM is supposedly only 1/3 of the total; this is the other 2/3).
I am intrigued, but not $26 worth, yet. Over many years, I have found my way out of religion and churches and of joining in general, and do not relish getting back into anything that smacks of same.
I was amazed to see they are claiming that Brigham Young really started plural marriage — out here in Utah. And that Joseph Smith was accused of it by his enemies and by traitors, but that he actually never practiced it.
It’s the antithesis of the current fundamentalist groups who cite him specifically as the source and fount of this arcane practice. They feel the church fell away in 1890 when then LDS President Wilford Woodruff released “The Manifesto” — the statement that began the disassociation of the “mainstream” church from polygamy and and led eventually towards the “we’re regular christians, just like you” manifest of Gordon B. Hinckley.
This newer group feels that the direct descendants of Joseph Smith who founded the “Reorganized Church”, had it more right than the larger group that settled in Utah under Brigham Young.
Ultimately, my feeling is more of curiosity in the context of Mormonism in general — and of the historicity (or lack thereof) that is driving yet another offshoot of Joseph Smith’s strange religion.