Twelve concerned Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons) from the UK recently wrote to the Europe Area Presidency of the Church asking for Full, Open and Honest answers to some deeply troubling questions which threaten to undermine the authority of the Church itself.
The Plea for Honesty comes a few months after two Open Letters detailing the questions were sent to the Europe Area Presidency by Chris Ralph, which to this date remain unanswered.
The concerned Twelve believe Honesty and Integrity is more important than blind Obedience and Loyalty.
Links to the two previous Open Letters:
EUROPE AREA PRESIDENCY
Frankfurt am Main 60435
3rd December 2012
Dear Europe Area Presidency,
We, as members of the Church in good conscience, are writing to you pleading for an open, honest and full response to the two recent Open Letters addressed to you by fellow Church member Chris Ralph.
We are sure you will be aware of the Open Letters sent in August and October this year in which Brother Ralph asked some very reasonable and pertinent questions. Many other members are also asking these same questions and it is apparent that bishops and stake presidents do not have the answers. The fact that there has been no official response to the questions posed in the Open Letters concerns us greatly.
When our Church claims to value honesty, knowledge and truth we are left feeling disappointed when we see our genuine concerns being ignored, especially when those concerns are regarding historical facts and discrepancies that call into question the very foundation and truthfulness of the church, a church that we have devoted most if not all of our lives to. We believe that the true Church of Jesus Christ, when led by a living Prophet of God, should be able to answer these fundamental questions.
You will be interested to know that the Open Letters were circulated widely on the internet gaining great interest and approval by LDS and non-LDS readers alike who, like us, are eagerly awaiting proper answers from you. To be frank, we are shocked that we have not heard anything from anyone in authority so far. We honestly hoped the church would help calm the cognitive dissonance many of us are suffering. We hoped to be reassured that our Church leaders could at least attempt to answer our concerns or at least some of them! The fact that there has been no response, appears to us and to many other members as being dismissive of those concerns. It has left us all with the feeling of being ignored and uncared for.
From personal experience we are aware that when members have questions such as these they are sometimes treated like pariahs or enemies to the church instead of the truth seekers that they are. Surely, the church should be grateful for honest seekers after the truth and those who are prepared to stand up and openly question discrepancies.
Some of us are beginning to recognize that maybe our LDS spiritual leaders in Europe do not have the answers we seek, but if you cannot answer, then who can? We look to those in authority for answers to these fundamental questions and when we see the church unwilling or unable to respond it inevitably leads us to doubt the authority of church leaders. This is a crisis which is rapidly becoming more apparent every day. It is not as you may suppose a crisis of faith, but is in a very real sense a crisis of authority; your authority, and the authority of those above you in the LDS hierarchy.
If you do not have the answers then please advise to whom we should next address our concerns in our pursuit of a full, open and honest response. We require a response or at least an acknowledgement to this letter by the 21st December 2012. If this request is also ignored we will have no option but to take the matter further, highlighting your failure to respond. We trust therefore that you will “do what is right”, and pay us the courtesy of answering Brother Chris Ralph’s questions.