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  1. Hyrum, thank you for sharing your wonderful life story. I’m happy that you have finally found true joy, peace, and spirituality.

  2. Hyram’s story is nostalgic for me: I did my mission on the reservation back in the 1970s. In those days, many Navahos in their 30s or older did not speak much English. So we learned Navaho. Navaho is a difficult language, but I found it an exciting challenge and really worked hard at it. Some of the books I acquired in my pursuit of language mastery included discussions of the origins of the language and people. To my chagrin, I quickly encountered an “inconvenient truth”: even way back then, it was clear that science and linguistics had firmly established that the Navaho and their cousins, the Apache, are Athbascan peoples, not related to other southwest tribes, but rather to tribes up in Alaska and Siberia. As one might expect, my mission president was not pleased when I disclosed to him that it seemed highly unlikely to me that the Navaho were Lamanites. That certainly made for some tension in testifying…

  3. Hyrum, I really loved listening to your incredible story! I want you to know that when your shared where you now find joy, you spoke with power and authority. Your healing song brought tears to my eyes. My you continue to walk in beauty.

  4. Hyrum, I’m curious how someone who has (to me, at least) a distinctive Mormon name feels about having that name after they leave the church. Maybe you don’t think of it in those terms. Just something I’ve wondered as I’ve seen a few kids named Nephi or Brigham and thought, boy, that’s a lot of pressure to carry a Mormon name.

    I really enjoyed your story and your honesty. The idea of returning back to an Original native belief/religion with its connection with the earth, Great Spirit, etc., is poetic. I wish you much happiness in life as you reconnect with your identity.

    I couldn’t help but think during your story of leaving before completing a temple ceremony that the people there likely thought you were leaving because you were unworthy and your conscious finally got the best of you, based on what is taught in the church about how wonderful the temple is, rather than a problem with the ceremony itself. Even if someone at church admits that maybe the temple was unsettling (at first), it’s always assumed it’s because they didn’t really understand it, not because it’s cultish and false.

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