About This Site

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:

  1. To provide the truth in the most kind and gentle but direct way possible (a “gentle awakening” as opposed to a “rude awakening”).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Continue to Gentle Awakening Presentation Series.

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4 thoughts on “About This Site

  1. “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” I like this approach because it’s so important for people to be humble and open-minded when they learn the truth. And I agree with you – people deserve to know the truth so that they can make better decisions! Thanks for putting together this website.

  2. Very well-done site. The quote about the honest man at the end of “your story” made me very emotional. Being honest is not easy, and I respect very much your story and your integrity.

  3. I understand the thoughts of pain and loss…but what about simply being angry? In fact, pissed off is a more correct term. I applaud this site not for just the knowledge but for the realization that there are others like me. Coming from a LDS background, questioning the unquestionable is frowned upon. Believe me, we need this site.

  4. When my husband and I discovered that the church was not what it claimed to be, besides all the disorientation that it causes in your life, we were struck by how much more love we felt toward others. So it’s interesting to me that you also make reference to the increase in love that is capable once you discover truth. I believe that is true in all walks of life. Your example of the priesthood ban on the blacks is a perfect example. But it’s not over, the ban was lifted but these men who are supposed to represent Christ here on earth, have not found it in their hearts to apologize to an entire race of people who they slandered and denigrated. They still try to hide it from the members, make no effort to apologize to the blacks or to everyone else for giving them racist and erroneous reasons for the ban. They are willing to let people still believe that there was a reason for the ban, by not proclaiming the errors they made from the pulpit, just to save face and not have to admit that the prophets can and do lead people astray. I hope all who read your blog will find peace and love and forgiveness a dominate factor in their life, including me.

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