The LDS Church is making efforts to quell the storm of topics that have caused (and is causing) members to leave the Church in large numbers. A visual for those visually inclined would be akin to what happens in Utah each winter—an avalanche. The internet, social media platforms, and a new generation of self-thinking individuals are like an avalanche reigning down on Church headquarters and they are yet to realize that attempts to take cover from it via their apologetics will not stop its force.
The only thing that will stop this avalanche is the removal of the snow (doctrinal errors, hidden history, lies, obfuscations, etc.) up top (i.e., via the leadership of the Church). Their latest effort to take cover is masonry and Mormon temple rituals, which comes on the heels of my book Temple Gap, Mormon Trap (2018):
Here is a sample from their attempt to quell the storm as it pertains to Masonry and the temple endowment:
“Emphasis on the similarities between the teaching styles and outward forms of Masonry and the temple endowment obscures significant differences in their substance. Masonic ceremonies promote self-improvement, brotherhood, charity, and fidelity to truth for the purpose of making better men, who in turn make a better society. During temple ordinances, men and women covenant with God to obey His laws for the purpose of gaining exaltation through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Masonic rituals deliver stage-by-stage instruction using dramatization and symbolic gestures and clothing, with content based on Masonic legends. The endowment employs similar teaching devices, but it draws primarily upon the revelations and inspired translations given to Joseph Smith for its content.“
(“Church Addresses Similarities and Differences Between Temple Endowment and Masonic Ceremonies in New Gospel Topics Article,” LDS Living, Feb. 01, 2019, http://www.ldsliving.com/Church-Addresses-Similarity-Between-Temple-Endowment-and-Masonic-Ceremonies-in-New-Topics-Article/s/90214; https://www.lds.org/study/history/topics/masonry?lang=eng)
It has now been shown that much of Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible was borrowed from verbatim from a Bible commentary that he had.
“When we first started the project our goal was the following: to compare the changes made by Joseph Smith to the Bible with contemporary commentaries of his day.”
“Our research has revealed that the number of direct parallels between Smith’s translation and Adam Clarke’s biblical commentary [Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments was a mainstay for Methodist theologians] are simply too numerous and explicit to posit happenstance or coincidental overlap. The parallels between the two texts number into the hundreds, a number that is well beyond the limits of this paper to discuss.”
“In fact, it is arguable that Clarke is the primary source Smith used to make these types of changes, and as such these changes may not actually represent Smith’s initial impetus for translating the Bible” (“A Recently Recovered Source: Rethinking Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation,” Journal of Undergraduate Research, BYU, March 16, 2017, http://jur.byu.edu/?p=21296)