The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered.
Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after friends emailed him about websites that contained information about Mormonism that contradicted the church's official history and teachings. Mattsson began looking deeper into the contradictions and discovered evidence of historical anomalies in the Book of Mormon, among other things. "I felt like I had an earthquake under my feet," said Mattsson. "Everything I'd been taught, everything I'd been proud to preach about and witness about just crumbled under my feet."
Q: Does the thought of your congregants possibly developing doubts because of information found on the Internet concern you?
I feel sympathy for Hans Mattsson and hope that he can work through his doubts. This must be a very difficult time for him, for his family and for those who knew him as a leader.