by Seattle Jon:
In September 2014 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a letter to all Priesthood leaders directing them to send doubting or inquisitive members to a series of essays published in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org. This replaced a church directive for priesthood leaders to send questioning members to Modern Mormon Men (the letter containing what is now known as the "MMM directive" has been lost or might be in The Vault within Granite Mountain).
Anyway, many of the essays discuss controversial events or topics that haven't previously been clearly addressed by the governing body of the church and most of us would probably agree that the essays are a positive step toward transparency. What the essays haven't done (until recently) is been available in a language other than English.
Maybe the church caught wind that MMM was, in fact, putting together a team of translators to publish some of the essays into Spanish (really, we were). In any case, if you missed the announcement - and you probably did since the church doesn't publicize these essays - you can now view the essays in Español, Português, Deutsch, Italiano, Français and 中国. The best place to view the newly translated essays - in my opinion - can be found at MormonEssays.com.
Note: Foreign readers of MMM (we know you're out there, as MMM is regularly read in over 90 countries), send in any experiences - good or bad - related to reading these essays for the first time. We will publish.
Seattle Jon is a family man, little league coach, urban farmer and businessman living in Seattle. He currently gets up early with the markets to trade bonds for a living. In his spare time he enjoys movies, thrifting and is an avid reader. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Japan Fukuoka mission field. He has one wife, four kids, a cat and four chickens.
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