With over six hundred footnotes one would think that everything in The God Makers would have references. The book promised “Every- thing . . . has been thoroughly researched and fully documented” (11:35). Many of the book’s claims are undocumented.
The examples in this section are exaggerated, untrue or misinterpreted. They also are without documentation but the authors may have references that got lost in the publishing process.
The book also gives many pages of highly emotional testimony by disgruntled Latter-day Saints who tell “horror stories” about their experience in the LDS Church. These cases are seldom documented.
Here are a few examples in these categories:
- Ouija boards, crystal balls, pendulums, or other divination devices were commonly used by early Mormon apostles (105:15).
- “To think critically for oneself is not only discouraged by the Mormon hierarchy, but is considered to be inspired by the devil” (186:23).
- Occult groups, secret societies, modern UFO cults, have laid claim to the Melchizedek Priesthood (201:24).
- “The Bible clearly teaches that death is final, and that those who die have no further chance to be saved” (63:7-10).
- “I’ve talked to a Mormon bishop who told me he didn’t believe Mormon- ism at all” (pp. 61-62).
- LDS leaders make false charges against former members (247:10).
- “The majority of Mormon women were not happy with [plural mar- riage]” (171:2).
- “The Mormon Holy Ghost is definitely not the Holy Spirit described in the Bible” (249:3).
- “There are rumors that this doctrine [blood atonement] is still practiced secretly in Utah today” (233:23).