I have friends and family who are LDS who find it difficult to understand how I could lose my belief in Joseph Smith and the LDS church after having been a missionary, Elder’s Quorum President, and having lived and believed in it all my life. I have had some requests to discuss my beliefs with others. I thought that a blog might be a better Idea since it takes a lot of effort to get my thoughts written out. If I just got my thoughts out on a blog where it can be viewed by whoever wants to see it I could just do it once.
The truth is that I like discussing theology. It was a fairly traumatic for me to lose my faith. I find it helps me to discuss things with others. I do like having respectful discussions about faith issues, even with people with whom I completely disagree. I think when we have those discussions, we all end up better. We understand each other better even if we don’t change anyone’s mind.
My goal is to be non-confrontational and simply state my reasons for thinking the way I do. I like to hear what others think and how they make sense of life as well. I apologize in advance if anything I say comes off as judgmental or disparaging. That is not my intention.