I’ve grown accustomed, over the years, to entries planted in telephone books under “Latter-day Saints, Church of Jesus Christ of Ex-” that are intended to lure unsuspecting people seeking meeting times in a new town into listening to recorded anti-Mormon messages. And demonstrators — sometimes even wearing white shirts, ties, and black name tags — handing out newspaper-like materials at temple open houses that are designed to look like official Church information but are full of attacks on Mormonism. And books bearing seemingly faith-promoting titles that were given those titles in order to persuade believing Mormons to buy what are, in fact, artful attacks on the claims of the Restoration. And so on, and so forth.
Now, Don Bradley, a fine Mormon historian and a friend who isn’t, himself, much given to apologetics, calls my attention to the latest such deception– one that seems, in my view, particularly cynical, manipulative, disingenuous, and ill-intended. He’s posted something about it here.
If you have somebody about to send in missionary papers, or if you yourself are about to do so, be aware that this site is slyly, subtly, crafted to destroy, specifically, the faith of prospective missionaries. It’s principally aimed at the kids of the Church. Don’t send prospective missionaries to it as a good place to learn how to get ready for service. And remember, if you can’t contain your own curiosity, that it’s cunningly put together. (I hesitate even to publicize the thing, but worry that some parents, etc., trying to be helpful but unaware of its true nature, will unwittingly send unprepared young people to it and, thereby, reap considerable pain and sorrow.)