With my mind whirling, my wife and I moved from a suburb south of Dallas, Texas to Greeley, Colorado in February of 2014. My mother in-law had slipped on ice and broken her nose, left arm, and right thumb. My father in-law was still recovering from an illness and so we moved to assist them. We moved into their basement until we found a home. Our house in Texas sold in June and we closed on our house in Colorado in August.
I continued researching Church History and, through the Church’s own website, found some “essays” in their Gospel Topics section that dealt with some of the more “prickly” historical issues. These were later moved to their own section with a link to them on the Gospel Topics landing page, along with a video from the Church Historian Elder Steven Snow.
Reading these essays was frustrating because they whitewashed things I read during my 14 month reading project. It seemed to me to be gaslighting.
I participated in Church during this time, even taking turns as a new Ward member in teaching the High Priest Group a couple times. The Bishop was a known friend of my in-laws and close to my age. Ultimately, after my Church activity dwindled, we began to discuss the issues raised by my reading project.
Nothing he offered was helpful except for his acceptance of me as a friend. Mid-year 2015 my Stake President and our local Area Seventy were going to hold a youth “Q &A” fireside and they asked my Bishop if there were any families they could visit prior. He suggested me and then asked me for permission. I accepted.
From my reading I was able to ask pointed and specific questions. None of their answers were satisfactory. None were evidential. All were testimonial. No facts. All faith.
I recorded the visit and have saved the audio file. As they left, they invited me to the fireside (which was when I learned its purpose i.e. a Q&A). I suggested they might not like the questions I would be asking in front of those youthful ears. I knew they certainly could not answer them or they would have, already!
Over three months later I receive a letter from the Area Seventy (I apologise for the poor photo quality).
Judge for yourself. Claims. Mythology. No facts.
Part 3 coming.