The LDS Church carried out an unfortunate but very necessary excommunication of a popular LDS writer last month. The name isn't important, but if you are familiar with LDS writing then you already know who I'm speaking of.
This popular ex-LDS writer who has and continues to hold doctrinal seminars; has a small number of adherents. Now not everything this writer has said is incorrect. I personally have gained many insights from his books. However, the problem arose when this writer began making the following claims: 1. the current LDS Church is holding its members back 2. the current LDS Church has detracted from the pure doctrine of Joseph Smith 3, the current LDS Leadership do not possess the Priesthood keys and authority of Joseph Smith.
I'm not sure what this ex-LDS author was thinking when he started coming out publicly claiming and printing these claims, but anyone can see that no person could possibly remain LDS-in- good-standing and be publicly printing this.
A forum I frequent had several fan's of this ex-LDS writer which includes the webmaster and moderators. The forum attracted me because it was supposed to be a conservative political forum. But in reality, it has been revealed to be a fan forum for this popular ex-LDS author. Since, the excommunication, the forum members have gotten very vocal and very clear in their adopted views with the ex-LDS author.
I came to the forum wanting to talk about defending the US Constitution and constitutional principles. Instead, I find myself having to continually defend the LDS Church to these other supposed-to-be LDS forum members. Even when talking politics, the conversation seems to be more focused on "why isn't LDS leadership not speaking out on these issues" more than the issues themselves.
In response to this, I wanted to make the following point. Yes, the current LDS Church is NOT perfect and has NOT yet arrived at its appointed destination. The LDS Church at the time of Joseph Smith's founding had not yet been perfected either. However, let it be known that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's kingdom on Earth and it is and will be the only vehicle for the salvation of mankind.
God may lead people to be Catholic or Luthern or non-denominational as a stepping-stone to becoming LDS. This would be akin to Lehi's family being led to Bountiful before crossing the Ocean to the "Promised Land". The LDS Church is the Promised Land and the only train that will gets its people safely to Zion.
Yes, the LDS Church has not yet arrived at our final destination; but it is the only train, boat, vehicle that will get us there. Any other thinking that a person can get to Zion outside the LDS Church priesthood authority is tragically mistaken.