Four Years Ago (Part 6, Anniversary post)

First of all, so much has happened since my last post, with COVID-19 wreaking global havoc. Stay home!

Both my wife and I have had a virus this entire month. We both started pneumonia but quick treatment kept us from things more serious. We’re still fighting it but seem to be getting the better of whatever it was (COVID-19? Some other upper respiratory virus? Testing in my county is not available to those not seriously ill).

So, I am very grateful for quick medical care or we could have become negative medical statistics! Again, I strongly suggest you to STAY HOME! Be smart.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Four years ago, today’s date, I attended a Disciplinary Council. My own. For apostate behavior.

The place: the Windsor Colorado Stake Center, Fort Collins.

The time: 7:30 pm

You may listen to it here (there is a link on the page).

Happy fourth anniversary to me!

Four Years Ago (Part 5)

These two letters were part of a post I made here on my blog about 6 months ago as I documented my excommunication from the Mormon church. I have provided them again to show the Church leadership generally, as high as the top spot for lay clergy, is only superficially acquainted with Church History. Their commitment to the church and its doctrines stems solely from feelings of elevation (a well known emotional phenomenon) and confirmation bias through publicly shared “testimony”, leadership addresses, correlated curricula, tribalism, avoidance of outside publications, etc. One might check the BITE model to discover that this source of commitment happens to be among the criteria listed for cults/cultish organizations/organizations that exert undue influence.

Interestingly enough, the Church’s own Historian, Steven Snow, thinks most members do not know enough Church History! Even more interesting (to me, at least), is that many of those who do delve are those who tend to fall away! What’s Mr. Snow thinking? Well, he does seem to think the Church’s spin on its history will quiet any fears members may have upon discovering the disturbing bits in church history.

Check it out.

Anyway, as I approach the 4th anniversary of my excommunication, I wanted to share again what led to it (maybe I do this too much or too often? It was, though, a traumatic event in my life).

Back to the story. As it stands now, I’ve:

1) Finished a 14 month intensive and comprehensive study of Church history from January 2013 to March 2014

2) Read the Church’s Standard Works (KJV Bible, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Mormon during the above period of study

3) Held discussions with my church leaders to seek their wisdom 2014 – 2016

4) Discovered Church leadership generally has no depth of knowledge of Church history and cannot offer any wisdom to help my crisis of faith

5) Arrived at the conclusion it’s all mythology

On January 31, 2016 I decided to make a fateful post on Facebook. I realized I had a high probability the post would ultimately result in a “serious conversation” with leadership. But the family rumor mill was spinning a few tales at that time and I wanted to make certain they were told accurately. That post clarified the rumors. It also caught the attention of leadership, as I thought it might.

Subsequently, the months of February and March of 2016 contained a few interviews with Church leadership (Bishop and Stake President). The point of contention being their desire that I remove the FB post and my polite refusal. I have audio recordings of these meetings. In one such interview with my Stake President (Mormon hierarchy note: a Bishop presides over a congregation, a Stake President presides over several congregations, an Area Seventy presides over multiple Stakes in a region and is the highest lay authority and who reports to the Church’s General Authorities), he mentioned his line leader (Area Seventy) asked him to get me to take the post down or I would be subjected to a Disciplinary Council with the threat of excommunication. With my repeated refusal, the interview ended with the pronouncement my DC would be held in a week (March 30, 2016).

Part 6 will be posted on the anniversary of my excommunication, March 30.

Four Years Ago (Part 3)

In my last post I included the letter sent to me from our local Area Seventy. For those unaware of Mormon Hierarchy, an Area Seventy reports to the body of the Church’s General Authorities i.e. the General Authority Seventies overseen by the seven Presidents of the Seventy who report to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of the Church. This Area Seventy would be the topmost “lay” clergyman. The General Authority clergymen serve for life with the General Authority Seventies converting to an emeritus status around the age of seventy.

All that to show this man, at the top level of lay clergy, had no answers for me, only feelings, aka “testimony”. Re-read his letter. Can you find anything of substance that would help a person in a crisis of faith due to facts recently learned? Any answers to any questions at all? Feel free to comment your response.

My next post (Part 4) will be my response to his letter, which I sent November 7, 2015.