Mitt Romney’s second cousin, Park Romney, once was once a Mormon high priest, said recently that he left the church because “I became convinced that it’s a fraud."
Park Romney told the BBC: “There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable."
“I am alienated from my family. Their doctrine, their protocol and their culture as enforced by bishops encourages the families to disassociate themselves from the apostate.”
Park points to one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s foundational documents, the Book of Abraham, which church founder Joseph Smith claimed to have translated from an Egyptian scroll.
Park Romney is not alone. Dr. W.M. Flinders Petrie of London University, Egyptologist Dr. James H. Breasted of the University of Chicago and Dr. A.H. Sayce, Oxford professor of Egyptology, have all expressed serious doubt about the Book of Abraham.
Dr. Sayca said "It is difficult to deal seriously with Joseph Smith’s impudent fraud."
Mormon Church elder Jeffrey Holland responded: "If that is what they believe, it’s probably a good thing they leave, because we’re not a cult. If people want to call us a cult, you can call us a cult. But we are 14 million and growing.”"