If you are asked to take down Mormon Stories as a condition for your continued membership, will you comply?

John Dehlin Blog, Q&A, Writings 2 Comments

No.  I am open to feedback from church leaders regarding tone and accuracy of information, but I believe very strongly that our inability as Mormons to openly discuss difficult issues is our biggest problem/weakness as a people.  Consequently, I do not plan on self-censorship, but will listen to feedback from church leadership with an open mind.

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  1. John: I’m not a Mormon but I’ve had several friends and colleagues who are LDS. I’ve tried to understand their faith and how it works in each of their lives as well as their struggles and conflicts. Frankly, I haven’t found many answers on the “official” Mormon website but I’ve learned a lot by listening to your extraordinary podcasts. You approach the Church with obvious respect and affection but you also acknowledge that doubt and questions are intrinsic in the lives of all believers. The leaders may not agree but I believe that you’re a superb ambassador for your faith. If they can’t find room within the Mormon “tent” for you, they need to pull up a few stakes and create just a little bit more space.

  2. Thank you for this firm resolution to maintain this site. There needs to be a place where members and interested parties may go to talk about, and find information on “the tough issues” that the official church does not engage at all (or only in a carefully sanitized version), and that apologists spin outside of reason. Please, please keep this going – for the good of those that have so much to lose through dissolution of family bonds through faith crisis. The suffering is intense, and the sense of betrayal deep. This site has, at least in one personal instance, kept suicide off the table as a response to the cognitive dissonance between what the church has taught for decades upon decades in contrast to the truth of what actually happened in its history and doctrine. Maybe some day they will acknowledge their wrongs and be open and truthful (but don’t hold your breath on that one). But in the mean time, this site helps with studies that are the result of countless hours of research – a great boon to those without the time, access, or stomach to delve into these things in an objective manner. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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