A Carrot on a Stick, Are Religions a Con

Do religions take advantage of the innate human desire to matter, to have purpose and to exist beyond death? Was this nefarious? As all religions are different, it may not be a blanket statement that could be made. It does stand though that we must take the word of leaders who tell us how toRead more

Experiencing Groundlessness in a Faith Transition

Many people have as their main defense of Mormonism is that it gives them purpose and meaning. “The church is good or useful for me so I stay.” Those who find it useful may or may not be all in believers, they might or might not drink deeply of the kool-aid. We each have aRead more

Mormon Binary Thinking and The Great Sham

Gordon B. Hinckley taught the First Vision of Joseph Smith is “the hinge pin on which this whole cause turns. If the First Vision was true, if it actually happened, then the Book of Mormon is true. Then we have the priesthood. Then we have the Church organization and all of the other keys and blessingsRead more

Mormons and the NAACP – Blacks and the Priesthood

The church has made much self-congratulation self-promotion PR regarding their new relationship with the NAACP in the past couple years. They are speaking words of unity and shared vision, which is great, but there is a backstory. The Backstory of Blacks and the church The race relations between the church and blacks is very troubling.Read more

If Joseph Smith was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead the people, then he should be exposed – but leave the church alone won’t you?

In response to those who wonder why mormons who leave the church and then speak out against it and echo the phrase: “You can leave the church, but you can’t leave it alone.” Glenn L. Pace, Follow the Prophet, General Conference, April 1989https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1989/04/follow-the-prophet As mormons, we have been taught to share truth. That desire andRead more

The mormon “shelf” and why it’s a problem

You have almost certainly heard of the “shelf” if you’re mormon. If not, the thought goes that you are studying the gospel when you come upon something that at first doesn’t make sense to you. Rather than use that as evidence that refutes your overall worldview, you just assume there is an answer that youRead more

Obi Wan channels a mormon faith crisis – The Chosen One and Betrayal

In honor of Star Wars day, I wanted to spotlight the moment of betrayal from Obi Wan and the parallel to my own faith crisis. Today is May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day – due to the “May the Force”, be with you pun. One thing we can learn from the prequelRead more

Gain a testimony by pretending to have one

Many testimonies come off like the bearer thinks that “I know” actually means “I really hope” or “I want to know”. When encouraged to bear a testimony to find it, this doublespeak almost makes sense. We gain or strengthen a testimony by bearing it. Someone even suggested that some testimonies are better gained on theRead 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