I don’t have much to add. Mormonism will always be haunted by a tendency to judge and show contempt for others. A comment was made under JP’s post linking this judgment and contempt to pride. I’d never thought about it like that before, but I think it’s spot on. Is it possible to say, “this is the one true church,” without being lifted up in pride? Is it necessary, essential that we repeat that so often, even if it is true? I also wonder if this phrase, and others like it, haven’t become a vain repetition. The skeptic in me thinks that The Spirit doesn’t bear witness that “this is the one true church” very often; rather, that the teachings are true, that The Gospel is true, that joining the church or remaining active is the right thing to do. But I could be wrong.
A close friend of mine argues that discussions such as this damage the church. I disagree. Being on the receiving end of wrong judgment and hypocrisy, in my youth I nearly left the church. I can’t give numbers, but I know life-long non-members in Utah who have experienced prolonged Mormon unfriendliness, often in their youth. This doesn’t only happen in Utah, but the critical mass of members in that state makes hypocrisy and wrong judgment a more expedient danger. Some areas, in and out of Utah, show very little of this hypocrisy. How do they do it?