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Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing

23 Jul
Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing

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The LDS church has recently (July 13, 2013) unveiled a new search engine powered by Google and censored by LDS inc.

The Church has revamped the search function and features to include Google’s powerful search technology, harnessing its signature ability to find relevant information.

Relevant information?  What does that mean?

That means:  Official, Safe Content

Official? Safe?

The new search provides a more safe and Church-specific search experience than Google, said Brother Ward. When you search from Google’s website, the results you get back may or may not be official content, he explained. Some results might be links to members’ personal blogs or even anti-Church sites.

The LDS.org search, however, only returns links to official Church-approved content that is currently available on LDS.org and other Church websites. And even though Google’s technology is used, no user information is provided back to Google. “It provides a safe, private, shock-free environment to search for approved gospel resources,” said Brother Ward.

So you can search only church approved sources and get only church approved answers to all your gospel questions.

Why is that needed?  Because people (good, faithful LDS people) are searching Google for help with their lesson plans for Young Women’s, Priesthood, Seminary…. and getting back “shocking” information about the church. Shocking because it’s information they’ve never heard before that it true- and the more and more they search the more and more they learn about this information- and then they leave the LDS church because they feel lied to and betrayed.  So how does the Church deal with this problem? Not by being more open and honest and teaching this information themselves- no- they deal with it by trying to bury it further.

For example- let’s search polyandry.  Now we know that polyandry is when a man marries a woman that is already married. Joseph Smith did this 11 times before he died.  Let’s see what the search on LDS.org turns up. (You can use Ctrl + to zoom in)
LDS polyandry1 LDS polyandry2

The first result is D&C 132:51. Not bad considering that the entire section is about plural marriage.  Let’s see which verse specifically it found.

 51 Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid, Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, that she stay herself and partake not of that which I commanded you to offer unto her; for I did it, saith the Lord, to aprove you all, as I did Abraham, and that I might require an offering at your hand, by covenant and sacrifice.

Hmm. Nothing explaining polyandry, mentioning Joseph and polyandry- instead it’s a verse threatening Emma that if she were to engage in polyandry herself (with William Law specifically) then she would be disobeying God.  But you’d only know that’s what this verse was referring to if you’d read lots of other church history. But it shows that the search function knows what you’re talking about.

What about the other search results?  Do they go into more depth?  Explain polyandry with a definition?  Mention any one of the 11 women who sacrificed and married Joseph in polyandry?

No.  You get an I’m a Mormon profile with no mention,  two Seminary lessons with no mention and that aren’t relevant to the search, and then a list of feel good church magazine articles that aren’t at all relevant.

So how did Google do? (Once again Ctrl + to zoom in)

Google polyandryGoogle polyandry1

Google leads with MormonThink.com to a page specifically about polygamy, polyandry and a helpful infographic of the wives of Joseph Smith.

The next link is to FAIR– a site considered to be friendly to tough LDS questions.  They define polyandry, discuss how it relates to Joseph’s marriages and then give links to other questions you may have about polyandry in general.

Following that is a link to a FAIR conference talk by Brian Hales who is known for his research into polygamy and polyandry and has released a couple of books exploring the topics. While I disagree with his conclusions (and so do most notable historians) it’s still relevant information if you want a well rounded picture about polyandry.

Then there is a youtube video, an article from Dialogue, and a blog post by Times and Seasons.

Eighth on the list is LDS.org.
lds polyandry google search result
So maybe there is a search result on LDS.org that the search function before didn’t find! So I clicked on it.  This is what came back.
LDS polyandry1

The exact same search I’d already done on LDS.org.

There is some text in the Google search under that result that says this:

LDS Mormons do not currently practice polygamy, polygyny, nor polyandry.  The principles of this biblical practice were revealed to Joseph Smith Jr. from 1831.

So if you want to know what polyandry is- or why it’s relevant to the history of the church lds.org won’t tell you anything.  It doesn’t even say it was practiced by Joseph Smith- just that the principles were revealed to him.

What you will find is:

The Church has revamped the search function and features to include Google’s powerful search technology, harnessing its signature ability to find relevant information.

So relevant information?  What does that mean?

It means that the church is still hiding information the best they can. It means that knowledge is power- and the church- LDS Inc. is trying to take that power away from you.

those with nothing to hide, hide nothing
When are they going to stop trying to hide the truth and just come clean? When are they going to start being ‘honest with their fellowmen’?

people say the truth hurts, I think the lie trying to cover it up is worse

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in doubt, LDS church, mormons, polyandry, polygamy

 

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9 responses to “Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing

  1. Jason M

    July 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Great post and one of the glaring problems with the church. The more they try to hide the more it is going to upset people and lead them away.

    But it also made me think; I need to be more open about my disaffection from the church. I do still hide the full extent of it from my family and i want to have nothing to hide. There are times i don’t post on Facebook what i really want to and one of these days i just need to start doing it, i want to be that person with nothing to hide!!

     
  2. Amy Smith

    July 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Great Job Amber!

     
  3. mantisdolphin

    July 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    The problem Jason, and I completely support you, is that many Mormons will not listen, they’ll get angry, passive-aggressive, dismissive, threatening, etc. The experience of many people is that LDS church members are deathly afraid to hear one’s truth, one’s reasons for doubting or questioning or disbelieving. It’s most disheartening to find such responses so often from those in a faith that prides itself, on the surface at least, on strength of character, integrity, and honesty.

     
    • amberlynn4398

      August 1, 2013 at 3:20 am

      I do agree that many members do react as you’re saying mantisdophin- but at the same time I agree with Jason. Despite how most members react people should live authentically. Don’t force any conversations- but live your life how you want and don’t hide. The hiding the parts of your life or thoughts that aren’t “LDS approved” only perpetuates the myth that there is something shameful about not living the Church’s standards. Be who you are. Eventually they’ll see that who you are is pretty damn fabulous and not as scary as they’ve been led to believe.

       
  4. Gerald Decker

    July 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    If a person is given a voluntary task, where they are advised of the possibility that they won’t be able to accomplish it, it is likely they won’t try. A few might, but most won’t. If they proceed, and learn for themselves of the difficulties, and persevere, most people will succeed. That is part of meeting difficult challenges. Growing into God’s light, gaining the Holy Ghost and priesthood, through trials and learning over the years takes time and effort. If they are made aware ahead of time, of the difficult road they have chosen, they are lost. But, if they are guided into the paths of righteousness, gain a testimony and conversion comes to them, then they have the opportunity to learn of some of these historical events that no longer are pertinent to today. God wants us to succeed, but expects us to put forth the effort to do so. If we decide to take the easy road, refuse to make an effort to learn, to grow because it is difficult, then we have failed. Thus, God’s loving wish for us to prepare for His kingdom is blocked by our own unwillingness to try. And we haven’t tried because we have been shown how hard the path is ahead of time. If the connection to the Holy Ghost is weak, it takes little to break the bond. Study, experiences, learning, all strengthen that bond to where it can handle the knowledge freely provided to us.

     
    • amberlynn4398

      August 1, 2013 at 3:23 am

      So is what you’re saying Gerald that you hide the truth because it’s too hard? That people are too weak to understand the full history of the church?

      I think that’s incredibly condescending. Maybe they’re not leaving because they’re “weak” but because the full history displays the lies and manipulations that the LDS church is built on?

       
  5. Heather Pechin

    July 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Amber, I didn’t even know this existed! I just use real Google for everything, from teaching a lesson to just answering the most mundane questions!
    Is Google paying the church to use their search function or visa versa? Or are they just trying to use Google’s name to claim it is a more legit search?
    These are my questions, I guess… maybe I’ll try to Google them!

     
    • amberlynn4398

      August 1, 2013 at 3:25 am

      Heather- I think you misunderstood. The LDS.org website has a Google toolbar- which isn’t unusual- a lot of sites do. Regular Google works just as it always has. My gripe isn’t that they have their own tool- but that they are telling members to ‘only use our search bar on our site’ because not using it will lead them to ‘dangerous’ places. It’s a scare tactic to keep the truth hidden. Does that make sense?

       
  6. Cindy

    July 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Oh how I weep for my dear Lds friends…

     

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