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Gilbert, Ariz. • By Tuesday, 5,000 residents who live close to the site of the new Mormon temple in this Phoenix suburb will receive a DVD disputing tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As part of the mass mailing that will cost more than $10,000, a group called Concerned Christians is mailing the DVD to an additional 5,000 homes in Show Low, Ariz. The town of about 11,000 is 30 miles from Snowflake, Ariz., site of another Mormon temple.
Mormonism contends the Bible has been "corrupted over time," said Andy Poland, general manager of the group.
"The DVD explains evidence from the Bible that we've not lost the original writings of the apostles and the prophets and that they have been preserved over time," he said. The DVD, titled "The Bible vs. Joseph Smith," was made in Jerusalem and is one hour and 20 minutes long.
Poland, a former Mormon from Apache Junction, Ariz., said he found faith in the Bible after leaving the LDS Church. He said Mormonism teaches that "perfection was required before forgiveness could be obtained" and that, as a result, he suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts.
"We have not seen the DVD, but it appears it does not accurately reflect the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," said Cindy Packard, a local spokeswoman for the LDS church.
The Concerned Christians group claims it has 9,000 supporters nationwide.