What Are Some Common Criticisms of the Mormon Religion?

Common criticisms of the Mormon religion include that the Mormon church does not meet the criteria to be a historic, apostolic Christian faith; that the Book of Mormon does not have the same authority as the Bible; and that the church has a carefully monitored media image that portrays members as Christians when they are not. Joseph Smith founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1830.

Polygamy is a common topic of criticism of the Mormon church. Critics argue that the church changed its stance on polygamy in 1890 for political reasons rather than for an actual doctrine change, and that Joseph Smith created the polygamy doctrine to justify otherwise immoral behavior. The federal government had started the process of seizing church assets, but stopped when church president Wilford Woodruff issued the 1890 Manifesto renouncing polygamy.

Another criticism of the Mormon religion is their secretiveness about their finances, especially in the United States. The church has not publicly disclosed any financial information since 1959, but announces at each general conference that the church spends contributions in accordance with its policies. The United Kingdom and Canada have laws that require the church to disclose its financial information in those countries. Critics claim that leaders run the Mormon church like a business rather than a church.