‘Letter to an Apostle Book’
A Letter to an Apostle has just been published and is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.
I am honored that former Mormon Bishop and author of the insightful book, Mormonism: A Life Under False Pretenses has provided the forward for this book.
Lee and Kathy Baker have dedicated themselves to their Christian Ministry, Witnesses for Jesus and have brought many to Christ through their numerous Christian outreach programs. Please visit their website at: LeeBaker.4Mormon.org.
The Forward to ‘A Letter to an Apostle’
By Lee B. Baker
One of the world’s most successful, if truly cruel and spiteful, faith-based deceptions is nearly at an end. It is very possible that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons), a uniquely American religion, may not survive into its second century.
I do not doubt that there will always be a comparatively small collection of families and individuals, whom will find it an exclusive counterculture statement of independence and religiously stylish to be considered “Mormon.” At the time of this analysis, in the fall of 2017, I can state with confidence that the Mormon Church has been and will remain in a state of free-fall specific to their membership, their reputation and their ability to attract new converts within any developed Country in the World.
But for sure, the days of an enthusiastic self-declaration as a “Mormon,” intended as a reflection of an honest, moral, devout and above all “sincere” person, are nearly gone. In the winter of 1977, I converted to Mormonism during what I now consider to be the final years of innocence for converts into Mormonism. At that time, the ability and opportunity to “fact-check” the Mormon Missionaries would have required an excessive amount of research, investigation, and examination with the very limited tools of that day. It is nearly impossible for the youth of today to fully comprehend the limitations of the information flow and the antiquated communications world of their grandparents.
The Mormon Church has survived as long as it has, primarily through the rock-solid control of the access, management, and dissemination of its own History, Doctrine, and Scriptures for the past 150 years.
The truly substantial power shift within the Mormon Church began in the late1980’s when the Public Relations Department of the Church began to overshadow the now abstract leadership of the Prophets and Apostles. In a truly theatrical display of Authority, the Prophets and Apostles of the Mormon Church may have maintained the commanding positions in the organization but unquestionably not the foundational control of policy or the skillful distribution of information.
The Mormon researcher or convert of today has a countless number of effective research tools literally within the palm of one hand. Even if a person intentionally limits themselves to just the massive Authorized and Official information presented today by the Mormon Church itself, no rational or honest person could ever regard The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as either a truthful or trustworthy organization.
What was just a few years ago considered by the Officers of the Mormon Church as spiteful and vicious anti-Mormon information, now has the official blessing of the Church as valid historical fact?
Within this work “A Letter to an Apostle” by Paul A. Douglas is a logically focused presentation of the two principal pillars of Mormonism; the Book of Mormon and the nature and character of the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith Jr. As a former High Priest and Bishop in the Mormon Church, I can state without reservation that this book clearly demonstrates the current, almost destabilizing attempts of the Mormon Church to become more honest about their past lies.
Completely conflicting with the information provided to me in 1977, the Mormon Church now boldly and officially states that the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith Jr. by placing a small brown stone into his hat and then reading the characters on the stone in the darkness of the hat. The Mormon Church now boldly and officially states that Joseph Smith Jr. had nearly 40 wives, with as many as 14 of those women being the wives of other men.
The Mormon Church now boldly and officially states that the Book of Abraham, a pivotal Mormon Scripture, has no connection whatsoever, not even a single word, with any of the hieroglyphs and papyri actually illustrated within the same book.
The Mormon Church now boldly and officially states that Joseph Smith Jr. continually lied to his wife, his Church and the Nation, specific to his practice of Polygamy and Polyandry.
The Mormon Church now boldly and officially states that through its Prophets and Apostles, has consistently lied to the United States Congress as well as numerous Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies specific to the unrelenting practice of Polygamy. The disgusting reality of these past lies is boldly presented as “Gospel Topic Essays” on the official website of the Mormon Church.
The serious questions presented by Mr. Douglas to the Mormon Apostle Uchtdorf and the juvenile answers provided by his personal Secretary, Brook P. Hales is a classic diversionary tactic of claiming that Paul, like the rest of us, is “posing the wrong questions to the wrong people.” The resulting book professionally represents both the depth and the sinister nature of the Mormon Church as a questionable business organization, for it can hardly be classified as a reputable Christian Church.
I commend the effort and the accuracy of this work as a road-map for those who would seriously consider leaving the Mormon Church or to those who have the heart and commitment to bring the truth to those already mired within its deceptions. Paul’s quote of Thomas Jefferson is a fine synopsis of this work:
“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
Lee B. Baker