Complications from recent developments in Book of Mormon studies and new views of Joseph Smith have placed the LDS Church in a familiar position. Not one familiar to it, per se, but one that strongly parallels the developmental paths of Seventh-day Adventism, the Worldwide Church of God, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ). When faced with difficulties presented by new historical interpretations and alarmed by growing malaise among their memberships, Church leaders in each case chose to deemphasize many of their distinctive and problematic teachings, uniting with and being revitalized by the wider Christian movement. Should the LDS Church seriously consider following suit?
Shawn Aaron McCraney, Kim McCall