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Blog Introduction: Growth Within and Without Mormonism

The Second Half of Life. We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.C. G. Jung When I was younger, I had life all …

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Dream of Compassion, 1 July 2020

Image from kingdomhigh.com, labeled for reuse. Just woke up from a dream of a man (me) tearfully trying to share his perspective to his siblings and parents (who weren’t really listening) about the Book of Abraham: How the facsimiles are mistranslated per LDS and non-LDS Egyptologists. How the Egyptian figures correlating with the text of …

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The Racism of the Mormon Church (God is Not a Racist)

Getty Images The Murder of George Floyd George Floyd, a Black man, was recently murdered by several policemen in Minneapolis. Floyd cried for over eight minutes for breath and wasn't given it, a knee smugly to his throat. Like many others, I was appalled and sickened to witness the video account(s) of this. Understandably, this …

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Black, White, Gray and Shades of Color

Photo by burak kostak on Pexels.com "Black and white" thinking or "all or nothing" thinking is a classic cognitive distortion of reality that can lead to poor mental health outcomes because most things in life are not black and white. This dichotomous pattern of thinking is a hallmark of some psychiatric disorders, in particular Borderline …

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The 200th Anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision (That Never Happened)

Image from http://www.mormonthink.com/essays-first-vision.htm This year is the 200th year anniversary of Joseph Smith's First Vision. By the title of this post, it is clear where my opinion resides regarding this story. The story goes at the age of 14, in 1820, Joseph Smith was struggling to know which church was true. He went to a …

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To Mourn With Those That Mourn

Image by Mark Filter from Pixabay I have seen tremendous outpourings of love and compassion in predominantly post-Mormon groups supporting those going through a faith transition. True "mourning with those that mourn." In these same groups, I have also seen powerful expressions of love and understanding for those choosing to stay in or return to …

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Discovering and Embracing My Emotions: Healing From a Mormon Paradigm

Photo by Simon Matzinger on Pexels.com To be intimate with all that we are- including our every emotion- is to fully embody and awaken to who and what we truly are. Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide for Connecting with the Power of Your Emotions The Moment of Realization It was the …

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Compassionate Curiosity

Compassionate Curiosity encompasses and forms the foundation for healthy World-View Reconstruction. If I could only convey one concept I have learned in life, it would be this... Jason Harris is a Neurologist/Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Dad and Husband who shares his experiences leaving the Mormon Church and reconstructing a new World-View. He believes all religions and scripture are …

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Top 10 LDS Faith Transition Resources

An LDS Faith Transition Has Three Stages: An LDS Faith Transition has three stages, comparable to faith transitions from other faiths of the World: 1. Initial World-View Construction. 2. Subsequent World-View Deconstruction followed by 3. World-View Reconstruction. My Top 10 LDS Faith Transition Resources for each stage are listed below. Reconstruction stage resources listed may …

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President Nelson… I’m having a Trust Crisis

April 2019 General Conference was a turning point for our family. Shortly after President Nelson's "Sad Heaven" talk, my wife, Shandra published this response on Natasha Helfer Parker's site: Dear President Nelson, Allow me to introduce myself and my sweet family. My husband and I were married and sealed 20 years ago. We have taught …

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Minimization, Distortion, Deception and Spin in the LDS Church History Gospel Topics Essays

The LDS "Gospel Topics Essays." are official LDS responses approved by the First Presidency and LDS Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to many difficult and controversial historical, doctrinal and textual issues. Examples include troublesome issues regarding the LDS Book of Abraham, Native American DNA and the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s treasure seeking activities, and …

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Letter of Disbelief to Local Leadership

April 3, 2018 Dear Brothers in Christ of the XXXX Stake Presidency and XXXX Bishopric, As you know, I have not been attending church.  Given you are all in leadership positions, I feel it only fair to let you know somewhat specifically why.  First of all, I do not believe “the witness of the Spirit” as taught by …

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You Told Me You Were God

You told me you were God.  To trust you.  After all, you have God’s name.  You have the keys of my salvation.  Listen to you.  You will never lead me astray.  In loving company of friends and loved ones I covenanted with you.  Though only at that moment did I realize what would be required, I promised to give you everything, I guess as any good spouse would.  For years you assured me …

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