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.
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.