THE STORY OF THE MORMONS - This book by William Alexander Linn has been carefully and diplomatically prepared because then as now this organization is embarrassed about its origins and motivation. Like any major corporation, they value their reputation and funding over all else. And like anyone else, when they are ashamed of something it is kept secret, and bluster and lies are used to cover it up. While clearly, much of their story is made up, the facts dryly presented by this noted American historian are fascinating - truly, ahem, you cannot make this stuff up!. At the end of the book some up-to-date information (2012) has been included from the internet, including tithing, leaving the church, lying for their lord, and a stunningly evasive question and answer session with their potentates.
Please note that much of the material referred to by Mr. Linn comes as acceptable and reasonable evidence as people were alive in the late 1890s who knew the people involved during the various years and events described from the 1820s onwards. Modern youth tends to think this was all a very long time ago; but my own father was born in 1901 - and I may live another 20 years, so this type of evidence is nothing more than the truth that the "Church of the Latter Day Saints" simply does not want to hear - there's far too much money involved. Some reports say the Mormon's income is about six point four thousand million dollars annually for which no accounting whatever is ever provided to anyone. That is $6.4 billion. Ah, me, tithing is a very good game, as is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit status.
The book is in PDF format and about 2,500 KB in size - and very well worth the read. Click to call the PDF book THE STORY OF THE MORMONS
Please note that George Pyle, the author of the item "Two Religions" lives in Salt Lake City, the seat of the Mormons, and clearly took a considerable risk in writing as he did. Equally clearly, he was smart enough not to mention them by name.
Here's the Wikipedia biography of William Alexander Linn
William Alexander Linn
(born Sussex, New Jersey, 4 September 1846; died 23 February 1917) was a United States journalist and historian.
He graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, in 1864, at Yale in 1868, and in 1883 was admitted to the New York bar. From 1868 to 1891, he was engaged in newspaper work, during part of that time being on the staff of the New York Tribune, and was managing editor of the Evening Post, 1891–1900, resigning to devote himself to literary work.
He was president of the Hackensack Mutual Building and Loan Association from its organization in 1887 and was president of the People's National Bank of Hackensack, New Jersey, from its organization in 1903 to 1916. He was president of the First National Bank of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, from its organization in 1910 to 1913. He was elected county collector of Bergen County, New Jersey, 3 January 1916. He was a member of the New Jersey Commission of 1899 which secured the legislation under which the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which has saved the Palisades front from destruction, was appointed, and was a member of the latter commission from its organization to 1913. He is a member of the National Geographic Society, the New Jersey Historical Society, Bergen County Historical Society, and trustee of the Johnson Public Library of Hackensack.
The Story of the Mormons (1902) at Google Books; at archive.org
Horace Greeley (1903) at perseus.tufts.edu
Rob and His Gun (1902)
“There is nothing more important, as critical, as significant and vital as accepting that communicating with afterlife entities is the greatest discovery in human history.”
You may also note there as some considerable pages devoted here to a genuine "Latter Day Saint" - He, now has things to say worth listening to. Sathya Sai Baba