Episode 134: Converting to Fundamentalism, an Interview with Benjamin Shaffer

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ben Join Lindsay as she interviews Utah attorney Ben Shaffer about why he converted to Mormon fundamentalism. Links mentioned in this podcast:

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  • Benjamin Shaffer

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    I just listened to a bit of it to see how I did. I sure can ramble off topic for a long time. One thing that is super embarrassing. It sounds like I say “Corinthians” when I mean “Chronicles” I don’t know how that Freudian slip happened but I was thinking Chronicles.

    Also the Wikipedia article is only maybe 70-80% accurate, so don’t take it too seriously. We are working on making an official website soon, so look forward to us updating the links.

    Last if you want a long but still more succinct account of my story than this podcast you can read my story on our church blog:
    https://gospelfullness.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/my-story-my-testimony/

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  • Jacob C Sill

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    Thanks for sharing Benjamin!

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  • Steven Retz

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    Nice interview. Lectures on Faith is great and more people need to know about them and then study them. I agree with you the gospel and the ordinances of God do not change. It’s nice to hear your history and your thought processes.

    Did you touch God also like in 3 Nephi 11?

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  • Bob Price

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    I find it interesting that Mr. Shaffer feels that a version of the endowment was changed in the LDS church so he finds a group that practiced an older form of the endowment but not the one that Joseph Smith originally came up with. Unless the endowment includes only allowing those that practice polygamy to receive it or pouring oil over your head whilst standing in a bath tub, or cutting the marks in your breast with a knife (men and women) then he is not practicing the original endowment as Joseph Smith intended.

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