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  1. I believe all publicity is good, both negative or positive. People will be drawn to investigate when they learn about you and your work. “No unhallowed hand” will stop your work. Ignore the jackasses and keep on doing your good works. You are saving lives. As I said on ex-mormon reddit, you and Jeremy have “done more…for the salvation of men in this world, than any other [men] that ever lived in it.”

    I know it is hard, but let Kwaku El and his like wash right over you. They are not serious people and their slander has no weight. His target audience will grow up and become more thoughtful and curious and you guys and your incomparable work will be there for them.

    Keep on keepin’ on.

    1. I’m not ex Mormon but was engaged to be married to a Mormon years ago. Although I still feel like he was the love of my life I just couldn’t convert (and this was pre internet..and I broke off the relationship .mainly due to my parents giving me the book The Godmakers). Mormon Stories is a treasure chest of information and I’m in awe of the interviews you do and the resources you provide. Thank you John Dehlin.

  2. John, keep up the good fight! You are correct and your detractors are . . . something other than correct.

    The “dare greatly” comment is spot on (Teddy Roosevelt was in a very similar position, in many ways, as you and we are now.)

    You, and we, are not jack-ass whisperer‘s! How true that is.

    You have been in “the arena” for several years, giving all that you can muster, for the cause of truth. It is high time the rest of us (those seeking truth) to step into this arena, in order to provide support, and to become part of this valiant effort!

    Please, do not ever feel like you need to respond to these ingrates.

    Find comfort knowing that you have been blessed (by God) with the unique ability of being able to express, in no uncertain terms, the sum total with details supporting, and easy to understand language, the “running synopsis” of what is really happening to all of us. (you have a clarity of expression.)

    I feel like God has saved you for this very moment, for the purpose of leading us to truth!

    Godspeed to you and your family!

    No one, no one, has pushed the envelope in searching for the truth about Mormonism more than you and also Jeremy. Please go to bed in peaceful slumber, with full confidence, knowing that you’re in the grace of God. (There is no reason whatsoever to lose one minute of sleep about this.)

    We are all with you John!!!

    Have a very good Christmas holiday. You have earned it.

    Know that you have the love, admiration, and support, of all of the mormon story family.

    We love you, and appreciate you, more than we can say.

    J Paul

  3. I’ve read that 150 prominent personalities including J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie penned an open letter decrying the ‘intolerant climate’ in the West with regard to cancel culture.

    One signers was Noam Chomsky, who also has had the following to say with regard the #MeToo movement’s sometimes confusing allegation with demonstrated action: “I think it grows out of a real and serious and deep problem of social pathology. It has exposed it and brought it to attention, brought to public attention many explicit and particular cases and so on. But I think there is a danger. The danger is confusing allegation with demonstrated action. We have to be careful to ensure that allegations have to be verified before they are used to undermine individuals and their actions and their status. So as in any such effort at uncovering improper, inappropriate and sometimes criminal activities, there always has to be a background of recognition that there’s a difference between allegation and demonstration.”

    Societies approach various tension in various ways.

    Primitive societies, for example, tend greatly to segregate by gender.

    In our own society, Mike Pence is careful to never be alone with a woman, in part to shield from unverifiable allegations (say, for example, that an accuser believes she had been in a consensual, emotions-only affair with an him that was inappropriate because of his social standing and because it was in a work environment).

    Just some of my thoughts.

  4. As a natural skeptic, I tend to wonder what peoples true motives are for what they do. In the case of Mormon Stories, I used to wonder if there was some kind of payoff for John Dehlin in the form of fortune, fame, or something else. Just over two years ago, my wife and I met John, at a Mormon Stories retreat. Since then, I have been very fortunate to get to know John and his wonderful wife Margi on a personal level. I have had many one on one conversations with them. I been to their home and observed how they live, and I have seen how they treat people. I have observed the weight they carry when they see people struggle. I have observed things in private that I won’t share here, that have proven to me the Dehlins integrity and who they really are. I can say, without a doubt, that John and Margi Dehlin are the real deal. They are some of the kindest, most caring people that you will ever meet. They truly live the Christ-like lives that LDS and other churches teach. Their critics, are using tactics which promote hatred and stir up contention, which I was taught are the fruits of satan, not christ.

  5. I have listened to many a Mormon Stories podcast. Never once have I sensed any undertone of secondary gain by John. On the contrary, he has gone to great lengths to be honest in his podcasts. He gives criticism where it is warranted, not just to take cheap shots. When harm is done by an organization, and that organization doesn’t acknowledge or take responsibility for that harm, there is a moral imperative to speak out. To thus speak out is a manifesation of integrity. John sometimes expresses frustration and anger because he personally deals with carnage caused by the Church. Anger can be constructive when it motivates people to appropriately speak out against those who damage the lives of others. We should be grateful for John’s work. The rest of us should also feel that same indignation. Unfortunately, if a person believes in the Church’s truth claims, then everything else has to fit within that paradigm. Thus, in the bubble of that mindset, John is by definition one of Satan’s most effective tools, because he is in fact effective! Unfortunately, this mindset ignores or refuses to deal with realities. These include the now denounced but previously declared false doctrines on blacks and gays, and the unfathomable damage done by those. This mindset also fails to see the damage done to familial and other relationships. This often occurs as those who see the collapse of the Church’s truth claims are demonized and shunned. We need John’s work to go forward and to be seen by more and more people. John, you have our support!

  6. Ouch John. I sometimes feel a little jealous of your success. Wish I could have done what you did. And I knew a lot about these problems long before you began to let them see the light of day. But overriding my sometimes pricks of jealousy I am just proud has hell that some has done what you have done and are doing. I was called Satan the other day for a comment I made on line that offended some TBM. But what I said was the truth as far as I understand it. So don’t think you are alone…just a heck of a lot more visible, and a heck of a lot more effective. And that makes you a prime target. After all, billions are at stake here against your comparably miniscule compensation package.

  7. John and family,
    I’ve been around in the church a long time, and left it about five years ago. You are one of my great heroes and I greatly appreciate the work you’ve done. I’m sorry that creeps are attacking you, the possibly most gentle person in the in the world, who would not knowingly harm anyone. Keep doing what you are doing.

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  8. The one area where you need to be a little careful John is when you accuse others who are making $300k salaries heading up non-profits as immoral and inappropriate, and yet you make over $200k yourself plus income from personal coaching. It could be seen as hypocritical?

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