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The Institute’s recently published church history textbook, “Fundamentals of the Restoration,” covers the early history of the Church in order to educate and spark discussion on sensitive topics.
The new manual contains important excerpts from the Notebooks of Joseph Smith, new essays on gospel topics, and talks given by General Authorities on doubts and the importance of asking questions.
Stephen Smoot has written extensively about the publication of the manual on his Blog and commends the Church for its efforts to make information on difficult topics more accessible to the younger generation.
“What cannot be debated, however,” Smoot writes, “is that claims made about some sort of institutional fear, paralysis, or conspiracy on the part of the Church when it comes to confronting and examine its history are totally doubtful and strongly contradicted by empirical signs such as the existence of this new manual.
For more information on “Fundamentals of Restoration,” visit LDS.org.