“If it wasn’t for your book . . . I would have walked away”
I will say that if it wasn’t for your book [Faith Crisis Volume 1] and the phenomenal research you have put into this resource as a convert of 13 years to the church I would have walked away. I am grateful for the Joseph Smith Foundation and its remarkable work. Keep producing and writing . . . God bless you.
For those struggling for the truth of the lies that x members are telling about the church and Joseph Smith, please pick up a copy of this book. I struggled for many years about the truthfulness of the church. After reading this book I have gained a remarkable testimony knowing that this church is true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God.
I wish to testify to you that I know that Jesus is the Christ; the Son of God; and through his death, we too shall all live again. As we learn of, and follow his teachings, our sins can be forgiven and guilt removed through his sufferings for them. (Those we cease doing)
The Book of Mormon is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ and his teachings in their fullness are available to help purify our lives in preparation for the great day of his second coming.
I encourage my dear brothers and sisters to pray each time to know for yourself, the truthfulness of this book. Ponder these truths and through the power of the Holy Ghost ,and according to (Moroni 10:3-5) you may know the “TRUTH” of all things. . . .
— Edwin Rivera
Saving from Faith Crisis
“I was about to leave the church . . . [but] the Stoddard’s Faith Crisis book helped me navigate through many questions.”
Years ago, we stopped going to church. Suddenly, God awakened me and brought me back into the fold. As I hungered and learned more about the restoration, it was upsetting to hear things being said about Joseph that I KNEW were not true. I hit a major faith crisis. Right as I was about to leave the church and follow another sect that follows the teachings of the Book of Mormon, I read the Stoddard’s Faith Crisis book. This book, along with promptings and teachings from the spirit helped me navigate through many questions. This book only helped grow my testimony of the truthfulness of the restoration of the gospel and of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I now stand strong in the Faith and know that I am in the only true church. I’m so thankful for the Joseph Smith Foundation and the many hours put in toward helping others stay strong in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!
— Latter-day Saint mother of six
“As a [13-year-old] teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood . . . now I feel confident”
As a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood, I have a duty to “warn, expound, exhort, teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:59).
Last year, while serving as the Deacon’s Quorum President, a member of my Quorum came to me and told me his parents were going through a faith crisis, and he would no longer be attending church. I remember feeling sad, and I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how.
Late one night, right before I turned 13, I was reading section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants. I got to verse 59 and I realized I have a duty before God to help everyone I can come unto Christ. I made it my goal to seek out as much truth as possible and arm myself with the knowledge necessary to help anyone going through a faith crisis.
My mom recently gave me this book [Faith Crisis Volume 1] to read from the Joseph Smith Foundation. This book has helped me to understand why so many people, young and old, in the church are struggling. Now I feel confident that I can help people find answers to any of their faith crisis questions. My faith and testimony has also been strengthen in the Restoration of the Gospel and in our church’s history. I am happy I found this book.
— Hudson Smith
“I wish [Seer Stone v. Urim & Thummim] was required reading for every Church member!”
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Seer Stone V. Urim and Thummim!! I wish EVERY member could read it…up to the top leadership of the Church. I pick it up often and read excerpts! I wish it was required reading for every Church member!!
If I did not know what was going on, I would be one of the members leaving the Church right now and joining the sister in the lawsuit in court over being deceived about the process of the translation of the Book of Mormon.
Thank you so very much for what you are doing, dear Stoddards! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are in this together. You can count on me telling every member I know about all of this! It will be harder to get members to listen with what is happening. But there will be some. I want to find as many as I can and share what I know!
— Latter-day Saint convert
“Faith Crisis Volume 1 has been an answer to prayer for me”
I want to thank the Joseph Smith Foundation for doing what you are doing to bring truth to thousands of people! I first heard about you on one Rod Meldrum and Dean Session’s podcasts recently. I was thrilled to learn of you and what you are doing! I went and ordered a few things, although I would have ordered the whole store right away if I could have! 🙂 The book Faith Crisis Volume 1, has been an answer to prayer for me. Thank you! I have finally had some questions answered that made sense, along with the feeling of truth and light! My testimony in our Savior and the Prophet Joseph Smith has always been strong. But we’ve got children and grandchildren (one child having left the church) that have questions, which is a good thing, but some questions I’ve never been able to answer. This book has helped immensely! I’ve been praying for some time on things that this book helped answer! Thank you, thank you!
— David & Tana West
“Statesmen and Symbols was everything I had hoped for and more!”
My favorite uncle and aunt sent me some anti-literature 2 weeks before we went to the temple in 1982. I was naive at the time and read it! Much of it was about Joseph being a Mason and that the temple ordinances were copied from the Masons and it was all a farce! I did not eat for three days….I was too nauseous! After three days, I got on my knees and made a covenant with the Lord. I told Him I was going to serve Him with all of my might, mind, and strength and that I would trust Him to give me the answer when He saw fit! I kept my end of the bargain! We lived in a small ward and I served just as I promised! The Lord gave me a tender mercy: that question did not disturb me as I served Him!
The Statesmen and Symbols video was everything I had hoped for and more! Our first and oldest grandson is going on a mission to Brazil on October 16. We have been to the temple twice with Alex and his parents recently. Going to the temple for the first time can be overwhelming especially for a young person, I think. So we are sharing the Statesmen video with him and we bought a small booklet from Deseret Book on the ceremonial clothing and the symbolisms. He has read the book and he seems much more comfortable. I actually wish I could have read it when I first went through! 🙂 But explanations such as your Statesmen video are just wonderful!
— Latter-day Saint convert
4 thoughts to “Changing Lives”
I have read the Foundation”s exceptional research on many subjects and thank you for your efforts. I was especially appreciative of the background research on the pamphlet or booklet, Mormonism Unvailed. In addition I viewed the podcast about the role Whitmer played in the persecution of the church. As I considered the sourcing of works by our historians and scholars of the present day, I was impressed with the fact that enemies of Christ were called as witnesses. Enemies of Joseph were also called as witnesses and our own historians are now calling as witnesses (in their writings) the enemies of Joseph. Then as I read D&C 42, my reading paused at verse 80. The subject of the verse is not applicable, but the advice from the Lord is applicable as it pertains to having witnesses “not of the enemy.” Maybe this verse has already caught your attention as it did mine. Just thought I would give input.
I really appreciate the message and thoughts behind “Seer Stone v. Urim & Thummim”. Unfortunately I think too many members were ready to get on the peep-stone-in-a-hat revised history. all of this talk of peep stones and folk magic. We saw the same kind of collective shrug in the early days of the Hoffman forgeries. It makes sense that this can all be traced back to enemies seeking to slander who and what Joseph Smith is – The Prophet of the Restoration. Thanks for your work. Keep it coming.
Are your faith crisis books available on AUDIO format? I have kids too busy to turn pages or flick away at a screen but WILL LISTEN to audio books while doing other things.
Hello Ray! The first half of Faith Crisis 1 is available as an audiobook. https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Hofmann-Forging-Mormon-History-ebook/dp/B0BCPFSJTY Hannah Stoddard is working on trying to produce audio versions of the other books as well.