When the truth regarding our church is discovered, many people experience a degree of shock, internal turmoil, or pain. I experienced deep feelings of loss and heartbreak, along with severe migraines unlike ever before. A friend of mine said he felt as though he had fallen off a cliff. And Elder Hans Mattsson of the Seventy told the New York Times he felt like he was experiencing an earthquake.
Thus, the objectives of this website are:
- To provide the truth in the most kind and gentle but direct way possible (a “gentle awakening” as opposed to a “rude awakening”).
- To provide information that will help sincere seekers of truth to understand clearly, accurately, and directly the concerning issues found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- To provide helpful resources regarding what to do once the truth is discovered and the reader finds himself or herself in personally uncharted territory.
Voltaire wisely advised: “Love truth, but pardon error.” In order to transcend disillusionment and deception, higher principles—such as love, forgiveness, and kindness—must take place in our hearts and souls and guide our actions. We must, as Voltaire said, “pardon error”—putting behind us the untruth and looking forward with hope and optimism for the future.
Only when we build our lives on the truth—not on myth—can we truly love. For example, just think of the ways that myth kept our people from demonstrating true love and Christlike acceptance toward people of colored skin for more than 125 years and 11 consecutive prophets. In contrast, Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” By transcending the myths that have hindered us, our lives and the lives of those with whom we associate can be liberated and pure love can become our guiding principle.
The quest for truth is a worthy one. You deserve to know the truth. And certainly as a great questioner of social practices himself, Christ would want all religions to support and encourage active questioning. I wish you all the best in your quest for truth!
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