(My letter to Erin)

Erin,

Yeah, yeah. The facts on my site strengthened your testimony.

Which ones?

That the Book of Mormon has been changed in important ways? go

That (as the Los Angeles Times reports) Utah leads the nation in antidepressant drug usage?go

Or that (according to the US Census Bureau) Utah has nearly twice as high per capita incidences of divorce, murder and rape than New York, California, and New Jersey?go

Or (as USA Today reports) that domestic violence is falling in the US as a whole, but rising in Utah?go

Or (from the New York Times) child abuse is consistently higher in Utah than in the nation as a whole?go

Of course Jesus never said anything negative! Heaven forbid! Except to religious legalists, like the Pharisees (the perfect New Testament counterpoint to Mormonism). These people he called "snakes," "whited sepulchers," "graves covered over"... and that was on a good day.

Thanks for reminding me why I have devoted my life to getting the information about Mormonism into the public record (and, please note, ALL of my books are available online for FREE, so don't fire up your tired, old "You're doing it for the money..."

Get a life, Erin. Understand that people who disagree with you are not nasty, bitter people, but rather people who are sincerely warning you that the bridge you are counting on to take you to heaven—is OUT! Your house is on fire. Do something! Dial 911! Don't just throw rocks at the firemen.

Letters like yours never point out mistakes I have made in points of fact. They simply try to assail the character of the messenger. If you don't like the message, you should attack the facts; don't try to kill the messenger. Maybe it brings you a little self-satisfaction to "go off on somebody," but what about the issues. "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal 4:16)

I typically don't respond to letters like yours, but this one will serve as a good educational tool on my web site.

Jim Spencer

  Below is the result of a feedback form. It was submitted by "Erin"Friday, January 17, 2003 at 02:40:56

message: I wanted to thank you for strengthening my testimony and peace with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the gospel of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints is true and from the Lord himself... and this helped me to trust that even more. I know that the messege that Jesus Christ taught when he was on the earth was to love and strengthen your brothers and sisters, your neighbors and friends, and yes, even your enemies. He said that those who have contention are not of me. If we rip apart someone's faith and hope, in the one and only truth that there is to believe upon in this world (which IS Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer), we are going about "strengthening" each other or "staightening each other out" in the wrong way. That is not what Jesus taught. He taught to lift people up with love and truth, not pushing down with pointed fingers and dark, shameful words. I can only continue to see the light in the words that teach as HE did and does. Our Savior and our Father in Heaven Loves us all... remember that you are his child... just as we too, yes, even those "Mormons". The Lord will lead us to his one and only truth on an individual basis according to our pure desires to follow and love him. I love him with all my heart and He knows that. Thank you for your uplifting words of light and encouragement.

address: No thank you, but if you would like some missionaries to come visit you,please let us know... (seriously, no contempt intended.)