The Tithing … Ellipsis

Punctuation Lesson An ellipsis (…) is used to omit unnecessary detail from a quote. It usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning. (It also functions to indicate that the speaker has trailed off and left a sentence or thought unfinished. Like here…Read more

Faith Transition Parallels from Smallfoot the movie

Smallfoot is a story (find the book here) about Migo, a yeti who lives in a “perfect” community. He is very happy and has no issues with anything! He loves it! They have families and leaders and of course laws. The laws are written in stone. They don’t change and they make sense… that is,Read more

Dumbo’s Feather

In the story of Dumbo, we have the little elephant with giant ears (even for an elephant) born into a circus family. His ears are so big that while his name is Jumbo, he earns the nickname Dumbo. His mother is soon imprisoned for standing up for him when he is ridiculed. Maybe she overreactsRead more

Weak Foundations Fear Examination

“If a faith will not bear to be investigated: if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.” George Albert Smith Journal of Discourses, v. 14, p. 216 We are encouraged to examine and investigate everything. Especially our faith & our church. This is in line with whatRead more

Site update

Just two months since launching the website and there are now nearly 30 profiles telling their story! Amazing to give voice to so many and as we each share our story, collectively they are stronger. The site itself has had a lot of new functionality and updates as well, here is a quick list ofRead more

No Objection to Careful and Critical Study – A Search for Truth

To Latter-day Saints there can be no objection to the careful and critical study of the scriptures, ancient or modern, provided only that it be an honest study – a search for truth. John A. Widtsoe, ApostleIn Search of Truth: Comments on the Gospel and Modern Thought(1930) No objection to the careful and critical study?Read more

Is it Wrong to Criticize Leaders?

It’s wrong to criticize leaders of the Church, even if the criticism is true. President Oaks. How can this be twisted to be seen in a good way? Is it wrong to call out errors our leaders make? No. It could be annoying, or even tactless to harp on every minor thing they do thatRead more

Leaders make mistakes

And make no mistake about it: the Lord directs His Church through living prophets and apostles. This is the way He has always done His work. … Too many people think Church leaders and members should be perfect or nearly perfect. They forget that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to accomplish His work through mortals.Read more

The Truth Cannot Be Harmed By Investigation?

If we have truth, [it] cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not truth, it ought to be harmed. J. Reuben ClarkJ. Reuben Clark: The Church Years. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1983, p. 24 Investigate the church, we invite the world (non-members) to investigate our claims. Those who are learning and consideringRead more

The arch crumbles – Let’s not have any bizarre middle ground

Let me quote a very powerful comment from President Ezra Taft Benson, who said, “The Book of Mormon is the keystone of [our] testimony. Just as the arch crumbles if the keystone is removed, so does all the Church stand or fall with the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. The enemies of the ChurchRead more

Oaks Thinks Research Is Not The Answer

President Oaks acknowledged that some Latter-Saint couples face conflicts over important values and priorities. Matters of Church history and doctrinal issues have led some spouses to inactivity. Some spouses wonder how to best go about researching and responding to such issues. “I suggest that research is not the answer,” he said. “But the best answerRead more

Church History Whack-a-mole

Come tell your own story. Don’t let other people or the church tell it for you. They have a narrative about you and why you left. By far, the narrative they tell is not the truth. This is the story that is told currently, by an apostle of the church about those who choose toRead more

LOVE: John Lennon vs Russell M Nelson

All You Need Is Love President Nelson gave a talk at General Conference April 2019. He called out some popular ideas and songs as false hope. He doesn’t believe Love will get us anywhere it seems. Many know the song, but it doesn’t mean what President Nelson thinks it means… The Beatles’ iconic song fromRead more

Why did you leave? Tell your story or they will

Come tell your own story. Why did you leave the boat? Don’t let other people or the church tell it for you. They already preach a narrative about you and why you left (and it’s not flattering). By far, the narrative they tell is not the truth. This is the story that is told currently,Read more

Find Your Own General Conference Voice

It’s General Conference weekend. Time to listen to the church authorities share their messages #ldsconf #generalconference Do you want a voice too? Share your story on wasmormon.org #nofilter

Give Brother Joseph a break

Addressing honest questions is an important part of building faith.  To those of faith who, looking through the colored glasses of the 21st century, honestly question events or statements of the Prophet Joseph from nearly 200 years ago, may I share some friendly advice: For now, give Brother Joseph a break! Neil L. Andersenhttps://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/faith-is-not-by-chance-but-by-choice ItRead more

Hinckley ‘That’s where we fall’

Our whole strength rests on the validity of that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud. Gordon B. Hinckley https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2002/10/the-marvelous-foundation-of-our-faith Interesting to read these quotes from President Hinckley. He’s either not aware of the various first vision accounts, or doesn’t expect anyone elseRead more

What a couple weeks

Last week I had an inspiration from the fact that the old mormon.org website was redirecting to a new domain. Plus, I was working through writing my own exit story to help me process all the deep emotions involved in a personal faith transition. I combined the fact that I was perturbed that my oldRead more

Why such a thing should exist

The LDS Church has no healthy story of people who leave. Thomas Marsh, Symonds Ryder, Oliver Cowdery. Our manuals diminish anyone who questions the truth claims or who loses belief in and steps away. Anyone who is different is less than. Any one who questions is less than. Anyone who leaves is less than. WeRead more

Tell Your Story

This site enables anyone who desires to share their story. We each have a right to tell our own story and there is so much compassion and understanding to be learned in the reading and sharing of these stories. Each story can help faithful mormons understand their friends and family who have left, while alsoRead more

Press Release

CALLING ALL POST MORMONS Why should such a site exist? MARCH 14, 2019 — Visit wasmormon.org for real stories of mormon faith crisis and to contribute your own! This new website is a collection of these stories because each transitioning mormon has an important and interesting story. Browse profiles and real individual’s answers to hardRead more