Larry Was a Mormon, an Ex-Mormon Profile Spotlight
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by Evan Mullins
1w ago
Meet Larry, from Southern California and a Mormon family. Despite a relatively normal upbringing, Larry began noticing the differences his faith brought into his life. Larry enjoyed a balanced childhood, all while Larry harbored doubts about the truth of Mormonism. His doubts deepened when a Patriarchal blessing of protection for his family during his mission was shattered by his brother’s tragic accident and subsequent death. These doubts were dutifully shelved until 2016 when his daughter revealed shocking discrepancies in church history she learned while at BYU-Hawaii. This revelation led L ..read more
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Does a “Burning in Your Bosom” Outweigh Physical Evidence?
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by Doug
2w ago
In an attempt to convince people that the lack of archeological, DNA, or linguistic evidence supporting the Book of Mormon is nothing to be concerned about, LDS Apostle M. Russell Ballard makes quite an interesting claim in this video. Regarding archeological, DNA, and linguistic evidence, he says: I don’t believe that’s how people will ever come to know whether or not the Book of Mormon is the word of God… You could have those [golden] plates. You could turn the pages. You could look at it. You could hold it. And you wouldn’t know any more after that experience whether or not the book is tr ..read more
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Murphy Was a Mormon, an Ex-Mormon Profile Spotlight
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by Evan Mullins
2w ago
Meet Murphy, born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was deeply involved in the church. Murphy was dedicated to her faith until it became a source of intense frustration and anger. Her strong, opinionated nature clashed with the church’s expectations for women, leading to resentment and a feeling of being unfulfilled in her role. Her faith began to unravel as she delved into gender inequality within the church, polygamy, and the troubling history surrounding Joseph Smith. She discovered many inconsistencies and disturbing truths that shattered her belief in the church’s teachings. H ..read more
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Alan Was a Mormon, an Ex-Mormon Profile Spotlight
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by Evan Mullins
3w ago
Meet Adam, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a rich heritage rooted in polygamist pioneers and a father who converted to Mormonism. Adam’s upbringing was steeped in church activities, culminating in a mission to Ecuador. Despite his deep involvement in the church, Adam struggled with historical inconsistencies and the lack of evidence supporting the Book of Mormon, which he shelved in hopes of future resolution. A conversation with a fellow soldier about the church’s exclusionary policy towards children of LGBT members planted seeds of doubt. Although he initially kept his concerns pr ..read more
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Adam Was a Mormon, an Ex-Mormon Profile Spotlight
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
Meet Adam, a dedicated software developer with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, who was raised in a strict Mormon household. From an early age, Adam adhered faithfully to the tenets of his religion, participating fully in church activities, seminary, a mission, and a temple marriage. However, a journey of deep reflection and relentless inquiry led Adam to question and eventually dismantle his long-held beliefs. A pivotal moment in his faith deconstruction came through studying discrepancies in religious texts, leading to a profound realization of contradictions in church teachings. Today, A ..read more
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The Emperor’s New Clothes
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales. It tells the story of an emperor who two cunning weavers deceive. They promise him a magnificent suit of clothes, made from fabric that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions or are hopelessly stupid. The emperor cannot see the fabric but, not wanting to appear foolish, pretends to see it. The emperor’s entire court and kingdom follow ..read more
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When Moroni’s Promise Doesn’t Work
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
Here are three articles from Church magazines that show the church acknowledging that Moronoi’s promise is not perfect and that many with real intent don’t get answers to their sincere heart prayers. These articles show that many do not receive the promised spiritual experience or manifestation of the Holy Ghost. Maybe it’s just that the individuals in these stories are better at not following their confirmation bias, or associating their induced elevated emotion or burning in their bosom as being from God. In these articles, the church sets the expectation that even with no answer, we should ..read more
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Chelsea Was a Mormon, an Ex-Mormon Profile Spotlight
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
Though Chelsea wasn’t a perfect example of a Mormon, she did hold herself to impossibly high standards, which eventually led her to therapy. Her journey away from the church began with unsettling experiences and growing doubts about church leadership and teachings. Despite her efforts to conform and push aside her feelings, Chelsea faced numerous instances of guilt and disillusionment, particularly around the church’s views on modesty, self-worth, and gender roles. These experiences eventually led her to question her faith and seek a life aligned with her true values and beliefs. “I wasn’t a ..read more
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Elevation and Other Elevated Emotions
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
Many people who have left the church report still feeling the “spirit” just as they did when they were active members. This feeling is linked to a phenomenon called “Elevation Emotion,” which is well-researched and associated with positive emotions like gratitude and admiration. Researchers can reliably induce this feeling, often described as a warm sensation in the body or chest, which resembles the experiences people commonly refer to as a spiritual burning in the bosom. This feeling is trusted as a spiritual witness of truth in the Mormon church, but perhaps feeling good about something isn ..read more
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Mormon Race Problems – As They Affect the Church, Mark E Petersen
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by Evan Mullins
1M ago
LDS Apostle Mark E. Petersen, is known for his intolerance and prejudice. He gave a speech at BYU entitled Race Problems – As They Affect the Church in 1954. This talk is not included in the list of BYU Speeches, though they do include his earlier talks from 1953 entitled Tolerance and Chastity. This talk has become known as “the Cadillac talk”. From this talk, we learn the following Mormon truths: God not only approves of but personally instituted segregation. God does not allow interracial marriage. Blacks cannot have the priesthood, but if they are faithful they can be resurrected as servan ..read more
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