Reason #170: Guest Blogger on “Conditional Relationships”

By way of introduction, I don’t really like labels but labeling myself for you is going to be the easiest way to give you a quick background.  I am a born-in-the-covenant, divorced, gay, post-Mormon, father of 4. My ex-wife continues to raise our children in the LDS faith. Seven years ago I was a believing, faithful, worthy, temple-married, former missionary and priesthood holder. My eventual leaving the LDS faith had absolutely nothing to do with the members of the church.  In planning this post in my head, it dawned on me, however, that the top reasons I wouldn’t return to Mormonism are entirely different than the reasons I left in the first place. The reason I wouldn’t return has everything to do with the members. I wasn’t offended. ...

Christmas Poem 2010

………… . ………….Fullness . Two days ago was the coming of the great light The coming of herders The coming of angels The coming of the Child In ratcheting pain, In water and blood, In relief and peace. . Above, the star still blasts the stable roof A white hot light That has bleached out all the others . She stirs in the shadows cast By starlight through ceiling slits Everyone snores, even the cattle Exhausted with exulting . All is still All is bright . This, then Is the fullness of time: An unwitting world does not know it has waited, A baby moves tiny lips and does not know He hungers. . This, then Is the fullness of breasts: A young girl wonders, And aches with milk that has not yet let down. ...

Windshield Wiper Forgiveness

In the time of the apostle John, people who became Christians after living under the laws of the Old Testament were faced with an incredible amount of freedom. No more animal sacrifices. No more temple ceremonies and finding out what type of sin you’d committed and what to offer to a priest to satisfy the penalty for that sin. The miracle of the forgiveness of sins with no price tag for the believer to pay. But though forgiveness no longer had a ritual-based price tag, it was because Someone had already paid that price. As a result, all those riches of forgiveness were in a heavenly bank account that waited only for a believer to ask for them and repent of the sins. The Bible calls that account “being credited with righteousness.”  Romans...

Call for Guest Bloggers

If you are an ex-Mormon and would like to add your reason to my “365 Reasons Why I Won’t Return to the Mormon Church,” please write me a brief note via the “contact” button on this website. I would like to publish the stories of other ex-Mormons and their reasons not just for leaving the LDS church but for the continued decision to stay away. Your written account should be 500 words or fewer, and can include links to your own ministry or Web site. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #169: Because Mormons call my books “religious pornography”

When I was a Mormon . . .I could not understand why anyone would oppose an organization that did so many good things for people. However, I never considered the implications of . . .an early anti-Christian book published by the LDS Church, the one in which Joseph Smith said he was told about all Christian churches:  “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong. . .all their creeds were an abomination in his sight, that those professors were all corrupt. . .”[i] That of course is standard Mormon doctrine from the official version of the First Vision itself in the Pearl of Great Price, firing the first shot in this battle directly at the character and doctrines of Christians. By name it [the LDS Church] has attacked all the major...