When somebody makes an extraordinary claim about the nature of
reality, you should critically evaluate the claim before you
When somebody asks you to commit massive amounts of time and money
to an organization, you have the moral obligation to make an
independent, thorough analysis before you make
Do you agree? If so and you are sincerely trying to come to a
conclusion about whether or not the Mormon Church is literally God's one
and only true church, then this website is for you. This website
isn't here to give you all the answers. I do share some of my
opinions, but I offer them as something for you to think about, not as the
final word of ultimate truth. The site
will give you some questions you should ask and issues you should
consider as you decided for yourself whether or not the LDS Church is for
A frequent question I get is whether or not this site is an
"anti-site." The answer is no, this site is a decidedly pro-website.
This website is pro-critical analysis, pro-clear thinking, and pro-good
decision making. Most importantly, this site is pro-investigator.
It is on your side. This site attempts to help you come to your
own conclusion about Mormonism.
Being named "LDS4U," some people expect the website to a starry-eyed
rhapsody about how you should fall in love with the LDS Church. If
that is what you are looking for, I'd suggest you go to
LDS4U.com is the unauthorized investigator's guide to the church.
Investigators of the church by definition are questioning the truth-claims
of the church. And if you serious about learning the truth, then you have
got to look at both sides. LDS4U is an abbreviation of the question,
is the LDS Church for you? You are the one who will have to live
with the consequences of that decision. Therefore only you can decide.
There is one more thought I'll share here. I've occasionally been
criticized for not always being dispassionate when I share my thoughts on
the various issues. My goal isn't to be dispassionate when I write.
My goal is to be sincere. This site recognizes our common humanity.
I am a human being who decided to create a website about Mormonism.
You are a human being who is reading my site. Although I believe
that critical analysis needs to be brought to bear on important decisions,
I don't believe that our humanity needs to be somehow suspended as we
think about--and experience--religion. I therefore share my
feelings--especially when my feelings are strong. For good measure,
I throw in a few poems and lyrics that touch me and seem pertinent to the
I originally included some information about the missionaries on this
site for the benefit of serious investigators. This information
proved to be a great resource to people who are curious about the
missionaries but not necessarily interested in investigating Mormonism's
Missionaries are generally great kids who are making huge sacrifices in
their endeavors to do what is right. The section on the missionaries
is intended for everyone who interacts with them or is interested in
knowing more about who they are. The objective of
making people more conscious of what it is like to be a missionary and how
you should treat them.
Some people have suggested that the Church is about to explode in
growth, reaching as high as 280 million by the year 2080. If you'd
like to know why I think that is unlikely read my paper on