Not every piece of doctrine or event in Church history is faith promoting. In fact, some of them can be downright disturbing. Missionaries who discover these harsh truths while on their mission often express that they feel tricked. By educating yourself early, you can make the decision for yourself.
Our entire religion rests on whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. You had better be ready to answer any question about him.
Those who fight against the church like to use this as their ‘proof’ that Smith wasn’t a prophet. Know the facts so you can assist those with a fragile testimony.
Mormons are often accused of being racist, but what’s the Church’s true relationship with those of African descent.
Many people distrust religion because it seems to fight against science. Know where the church stands on these issues.
“…we have nothing to hide. Our history is an open book. (…) the fact is the history of the church is clear and open and leads to faith and strength and virtues.”
~ Gordon B. Hinckley – Dec. 25, 2005