Monday, February 19, 2018
I just realized it's been a year since I've written on this blog. My my, time flies, doesn't it? So hello again!
When I first had my faith crisis in 2012, I spent hours and hours and hours every week online, researching forbidden church topics and chatting with people on the disaffected Mormon underground. But now I don't. These days, I spend basically no time at all online dealing with thorny church issues.
If we're serious about staying LDS (even though we don't believe in the Church anymore) then it's a good idea to just back away from the computer, back away from the phone, stop going to Mormon Stories, stop going to Mormon Think, stop going to Feminist Mormon Housewives, stop listening to podcasts, and etc. Some of the those websites just radicalize you and infuriate you. They have their time and their place, but maybe that time is not now, and maybe that place is not here.
So, some of you may be wondering what I've been up to for the past year. Well... I'm still active. I still live in the same house, work at the same job, and have the same wife and kids. Except now I have a new son, which is great. He was born last September. That brings my kid total up to four.
I still attend church every Sunday. I sit in the pew and sing the songs. I home teach. I pay tithing. I teach a Primary class. I don't attend the temple much, even though there's one close by, but I have a temple recommend. I baptized my daughter last September and I blessed my newborn son in January.
Do you want to know anything else about my life? I'd like to know about your life! Tell me about your life in the comments below!
Oh yeah, there's another big update in my life. I want more money. I'm not poor... but... well... I'm kinda poor, honestly. Multiplying and replenishing the earth isn't free, you know.
I know there's some of you out there with a lot of money. Maybe you have even more money now because you don't have that expensive tithing bill to pay. LOL. No, but seriously, if what I've written on this blog has helped you, or if you're just feeling generous, then consider making a donation. Any amount, however small, helps. And if you donate, that will encourage me to write on this blog more regularly.
So, I set up a PayPal thing... (or I will in the next few days, when I figure out how to do it) so you can give me money. Just click on it and send me any amount of money you're comfortable with. I promise I'll be just as transparent about what I do with the money as the Church is.
Seriously, your donation will help me pay my bills, feed and house my kids, etc. Again, I don't want to sound desperate. I'm not desperate. Just recently I've been thinking though that's there's nothing wrong with asking for a few dollars in exchange for all the work I've put into this blog.
Also, I put up ads. I hope you don't mind. Just ignore them.
Thank you so much.
Also, one commenter asked if I have an email address, and... yes I do! It's misterfake371-at-gmail.com. So if you want to discuss things privately, email me and I'll email you back. It might take me a long time to reply, though.
OK I think that's everything. See you later!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Hello, I haven't written on this blog for a long time, so I thought I would... uh... write on it again.
I've been staying LDS for five years now. Every year that goes by I think, "wow, I can't believe it's been another year since I lost my testimony." It feels kind of like a wedding anniversary.
Maybe this blog is getting repetitive. Maybe this blog is getting repetitive, but I just wanna say generally that the Church is mostly good and it does a lot of good things and I like the Church and etc.
And I love Jesus Christ! And I love a lot of the people at church! And I've learned how to keep my mouth shut!
And sometimes keeping your mouth shut is the right thing to do! There are secrets that ought to be kept and truths that ought not to be told, for wise reasons. The CIA, for example, needs to keep confidential information confidential. It's a national security issue.
Anyway... I've thought a lot about staying LDS, and I've prayed about it, and I've remained active for five years now and... I'm here to tell you about it!
Oh yeah, you wanna hear some other good news? My wife is pregnant! She's due in September 2017. We have three daughters right now, ages 7, 4 and 1.
So... this post is short... but... uh... I just wanted to stop in and say hi.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Sorry my picture today is sloppy. It's supposed to be two LDS teenagers on a humanitarian mission, building a school. They're wearing hardhats. One teenage girl is using a shovel. The hearts on their shirts represent the Christ-like love they feel toward the people they serve. The brick wall in the far left of the picture represents the secure environment in which the faithful teens labor.
There are many other symbols in this picture, the meanings of which ought not to be revealed at this time, but if the Gentiles can discover their meanings through study, then so be it. Just kidding. Ha ha ha.
And sorry I'm starting my post with an apology. LOL. I'd love to write on this blog more. I have lots of ideas for more reasons to stay LDS, and I'll write them down whenever I get around to it. So stay tuned!
Did I mention I'm doing this blog for free, in my free time, which I have very little of, and I'm offering it to you for free? I hope you appreciate what I do for you. I could be sleeping, you know. Or I could be watching Master Chef. I've missed a lot of episodes lately, and I really like Master Chef.
Or I could be making myself a burrito with some of those yummy food storage beans.
Instead I'm sitting at my computer, slaving away at the keyboard, ALL FOR YOU!!!
OK, OK, less about me, more about HEFY...
A few months ago I went to a family reunion and one of my cousins talked about how she went to EFY during the summer, but it wasn't exactly EFY... it had and "H" in front of it, so it was HEFY, which stands for Humanitarian Experience for Youth. Well, my cousin went to some third world country and built a school or an orphanage or something like that. She's a really nice girl and it sounded really nice. I think she got teary-eyed when she described how her love of the Savior and her love of humanity grew during her HEFY experience.
I had never heard of HEFY before, but it sounded a heck of a lot more productive than listening to John Bytheway make corny jokes and suffering through awkward church dances, which is what they do at EFY.
And then tonight I googled stuff and found the HEFY website, and their website looks just great.
HEFY isn't the type of thing that gets a lot of press. It's not controversial. There's probably been a hundred articles in the media in the last few years about the Church possibly withdrawing from the Boy Scouts of America due to all the gay drama. But how many articles have you come across about HEFY?
Oh, I should mention that HEFY is not an official Church thing, but it's done by all LDS people, so it's safe to say that HEFY is the child of the modern LDS culture.
HEFY is great for Mormons with non-traditional testimonies, because it's all about Christlike service. It's not about indoctrination or proselyting or the trivial aspects of Mormonism or anything like that.
I think the mission and actions of the HEFY participants are very closely aligned with the mission and actions of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In that regard, it's a lot like justserve.org, which is another great thing that the Church has done.
If you stay LDS, you'll continue to be a part of a loving community that acts on its altruistic instincts, as demonstrated by the existence of HEFY. You'll continue to be around good people, and you'll continue to participate in blessing the Earth.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard the news? The stone has been shown! What stone? The seer stone! The very same seer stone that Joseph Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon!
Maybe you've never heard of the seer stone before. Let me enlighten you: Joseph Smith didn't really use the golden plates in the translation process. That's probably what you learned in Seminary or Sunday School when you were a kid. That's how I learned it. I learned that Joseph Smith looked at the golden plates for a long time and prayed a lot until he was miraculously fluent in Reformed Egyptian. Then, Joseph Smith read out loud from the golden plates, line by line, to a scribe, who wrote it down.
Well... it turns out that that version of the story was pretty much bogus. It turns out that there are several eyewitnesses who describe the real "translation" process, and I use the word "translation" loosely. The real translation process went something like this: Joseph Smith put a stone into a hat and put his face in the hat, deep into the hat. He looked into the darkness, and then spoke the words to a scribe, who then wrote the words down.
And what exactly was Joseph Smith seeing when he looked into his hat? That's a question that no one can accurately answer. In my opinion, he wasn't seeing anything but darkness, a rock, and a hat.
For more information on Joseph Smith's translation of the Book of Mormon, click here.
And, for a more faithful perspective, read the Church's essay about the Book of Mormon translation.
So, the big news is, the Church has had this seer stone locked away in a vault for probably about 180 years, but now it's finally been taken out, photographed and posted on the Internet, for all the world to see. This is a step in the right direction. This is a move towards transparency. I applaud the Church for holding a press conference and showing a picture of the seer stone.
(Well, it's one of the seer stones. I think Joseph Smith used a few of them, but this seems to be the most important one. Let's not get bogged down in details.)
You should stay LDS because the Church is trying to be more open about its history. If you feel lied to, take comfort in today's news. Take comfort in the fact that the Church is taking steps to correct the mistakes they've made.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
This morning I went to www.lds.org just to see what was on there, and wow! Front and center, there was a link to the general conference talk, "Returning to Faith" by Rosemary M. Wixom, the Primary General President. The link had a picture of a sad-looking middle-class white lady in her thirties, which is pretty much an accurate representative sample of Mormons who lose their faith these days, and the lady was sitting alone in her room, gazing towards a window. And the picture has a caption that says, "Afraid You're Losing Your Faith? Focus on What You Know." I feel for this lady! Ha! I know she's just a model, but if she was a real person, I would probably say something like, "You don't need to sit alone in your house and look longingly through windows, agonizing about anachronisms in the Book of Mormon! Just don your Pioneer Day garb and bake whole wheat bread!"
Anyway... you should go read this talk. It's great.
Sister Wixom is the sixty-fourth reason to stay LDS!
Oh and by the way, I just had another baby. Well, my wife had the baby. LOL. So now I've got three daughters, and my life is kind of busy and blah blah blah, so, I have not written as much on here as I'd like, but I want you to know that I'm still around. I still have faith in Jesus Christ and I believe that the LDS Church is a good Christian Church. As crazy as it sounds, I believe I have been divinely inspired to stay LDS.
I was a young men's secretary for about a year or two, but about two months ago I got released from that and now I teach a Primary class. It's a great calling and I'm excited to show the love of God to the little ones in my class each and every Sunday.
Monday, April 27, 2015
You should stay LDS, even though you don't believe in the Church anymore, because Elder Uchtdorf gives such great talks. He's the future of the Church, in my opinion. And what is the future of the Church? A bigger tent! With more love in it!
Watch his most recent talks from the April 2015 General Conference!
On Being Genuine
The Gift of Grace
Aren't those talks great? Yes, they are great.