Mormonism and Church discipline

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Mormonism and Church discipline

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Purpose of Church discipline

Summary: What is the purpose of Church discipline?

"Court of Love"

Summary: Critics often refer to a Church disciplinary council as a "Court of Love." Where did this term originate and what does it mean?

Church discipline of scholars

Summary: Critics claim that the Church excommunicates or disfellowships scholars who publish historical information that is embarrassing to Church leaders. It is often claimed, despite the fact that these disciplinary actions are carried out by local leaders, that they are in reality instigated by general authorities. Critics also claim that the Church is silencing honest people for telling the truth.

Publicizing excommunication

Summary: Why does the Church not publicize the reasons for excommunication?


Further reading

External links

  • M. Russell Ballard, "A Chance to Start Over: Church Disciplinary Councils and the Restoration of Blessings," Ensign (September 1990), 12. off-site
  • James E. Faust, "Keeping Covenants and Honoring the Priesthood," Ensign (November 1993), 36. off-site
  • Dallin H. Oaks, "Sin and Suffering," Ensign (July 1992), 70. off-site

Printed material