Jeremy Runnells and the Book of Abraham

Jeremy Runnells on the Book of Abraham by Brian Hauglid In February 2012 Jeremy Runnells experienced a faith crisis and then spent the ensuing summer and into the next year reading, reviewing, and compiling different aspects of the church that led to his crisis of faith. In the Spring of 2013 Jeremy was approached by his grandfather...

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Science for the soul

Jul 17, 14 Science for the soul

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Theology, Truth

We live in a culture that has defined a war between the two worlds I live in, science and religion. Each has been pitted against the other in a no holds barred contest for supremacy in the elusive search for truth. On one side is the Godless heathen intellectuals and elitists of the secular left, on the other the ignorant, cultish,...

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Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Jul 15, 14 Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured, Polygamy, Theology

Jeremy Runnells—the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy? By Brian C. Hales Recently Jeremy T. Runnells has rebooted his 2013 “Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony,” by posting a response, “Debunking FAIR’s Debunking,” on his website. The section on polygamy comprises over 15,000 words (approximately 70...

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Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms

  Guest Post- Matt Stearmer One of the most difficult tasks any believing individual will face is how to navigate the murky waters of faith and change at the exact same time. In the LDS church, how do we advocate for change while remaining faithful? I have turned to the scriptures, what my leaders have said, and personal...

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_Never Let Me Go_ by Kazuo Ishiguro: An Analogy for How I Feel at Church

Never Let Me Go is a novel that follows the life of a group of kids in a boarding school.  It’s a weird school.  They don’t learn stuff.  They mostly just play around and do artwork. You eventually learn that these kids are actually clones, and they were created so that their organs could be harvested for transplants. The...

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long had three missions: Perfecting the Saints, Proclaiming the Gospel, Redeeming the Dead. A fourth was recently added: Caring for the Poor and Needy. But all along, the LDS Church has had a fifth mission–Suppressing the Truth. What truth is it the LDS Church actively...

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Ask EOR Part IV

You know what time it is. Time for the fourth installment of “Ask EOR”! The previous 3 installments can be found here here and here. I just want to remind you all that you can e-mail your questions to me at askeor.rf@gmail.com and I will do my very best to shed light on any and all Mormon (and Mormon adjacent) queries you might...

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Why I Left

Jul 07, 14 Why I Left

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured, Mormonism

My decision to leave was made a few weeks before Kate Kelly was excommunicated. My priesthood leaders know and have expressed their love and understanding. I will not ask to have my name removed from Church records, I will simply go inactive. My 15 year old daughter has chosen to leave with me. My sharing this decision is self...

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Stop it! …No, seriously, stop it right now.

Jesus put it rather simply: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” To that simple injunction, he added a more specific warning: “With whatsoever measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.” Barreling through the King James English, that means, “Your own measuring stick will be used to measure...

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Drowning at church

This essay is a response to the First Presidency’s recent statements that encourage open discussion of hard questions at church. It is co-written by Jenn Kunz and Lori Burkman; two sisters who grew up as faithful Mormons in a literal-believing family. Upon reaching maturity and starting to teach the gospel and restoration to...

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