Also, Truth Restored is another one. I read that a few years ago and I was amazed at how the bad parts of our history (things for which we should take responsibility, that went wrong) were omitted. Further, it was laced with faith promoting stories and testimonies of pioneers. One thing that really got me was the explanation that Joseph Smith was finally incarcerated in Nauvoo on a "trumped up charge". On the PBS.org special on the Mormons, a non-Mormon historian revealed that it was because he ordered the destruction of the Expositor printing press. Actual destruction of property and a charge of disturbing the peace.
At that point I started realizing that there wasn't nearly as much "truth restored" as the title of the book implied.
And of course, the Mountain Meadows Massacre wasn't even mentioned. It's kind of like what goes on at various companies I've worked for. You have these employee meetings where they share news affecting the company -- acquisitions, reorganizations, downsizings, new programs, but they can't be nakedly honest with you for fear you'll jump ship. Even bad financial results are sometimes glossed over. But to get the real scoop on how the company is doing you have to go to the third party sources such as the analysts, editorial opinion, or the actual SEC filings of the financials by business unit if in a conglomerate.
And of course, the oft-quoted idea that "no one is paid" in our church -- that it's a lay ministry. At the local level that is true, but not as you rise higher up, and I'm not sure how far. No one bedgrudges paying people who work full time for the church, but to pass it off as a completely lay ministry isn't right. And last of all, I grew up believing that a paid ministry (like that local minister of a mainstream religion down the street) is priestcraft -- something condemned in the Book of Mormon. Now we have to dance around/qualify what priestcraft means since the Mormons do it too. But for years I was led to believe that priestcraft was the moniker we gave for any person who was not a lay minister. To find we have paid ministers in our church was flooring to me. I was in gospel doctrine a couple years ago, and a really bright lawyer was teaching the class and said "no one is paid". One of our more liberal members put her hand up and said "NO, that's not right, GA's get a living allowance stipend". The teacher, again, who was really a bright man, said "No, they don't, no one is paid". Even he believed it and no one has ever tried to correct this misperception to the point he was promulgating the error to his entire class.
It's as if remaining silent about the truth is considered "honest" if it promotes faith. That does not sit well with me.
"It doesn't have to be about the Church (church) all the time!" -- SD
"Stage 5 is where you no longer believe the gospel as its literally or traditionally taught. Nonetheless, you find your own way to be active and at peace within it". -- SD
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
My introduction: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1576