1. I get the distinct impression that the whole thing really wasn’t about problems with Mormon history and doctrine, but more about general life issues.

  2. At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I thought this guy’s blog involved an awful lot of self satisfaction. I was reminded of a sermon by Orson Pratt:

    I will tell you what makes people doubt; it is when they fall into wickedness; when the devil begins to enshroud their minds with a veil of darkness; when the devil presents to their eyes the great microscope that he has had in existence ever since the fall of man; when he magnifies the faults of their neighbors, and enlarges the weaknesses and imperfections of those holding the Priesthood, then they exclaim, “Oh; this cannot be the latter-day work, it is not the work of the Lord the Priesthood must be in transgression, they are all wrong ”

    [Here it is recorded that President Young interjected: “that is the devil’s looking glass.” Orson improves the metaphor.]

    Such is the devil’s looking glass or microscope that is calculated to magnify everybody’s faults but the individual’s looking in it: and when he wishes him to see his own, he turns the glass the other way, so that his own faults can scarcely be seen. You know that when you look through the big end of a telescope, or when you look into a convex mirror you see objects diminished, and it is just so, when the devil presents your own faults and your own imperfections. It is then, Latter-day Saints, that you doubt; it is then that you feel miserable, and it is then that you are almost ready to apostatize and deny the faith (sermon in JD 3:299-307).

    see http://lifeongoldplates.blogspot.com/2007/12/devils-microscope.html

  3. B.Hodges, for your “enlightenment”, this is what I wrote on another blog:

    I think perhaps the most incorrect apostasy stereotype is that exmos left because they wanted to sin. There are people like me who wanted to sin, and also doubted much in Mormon Doctrine. So I’m okay with that stereotype, if applied to me. Sinning was much more entertaining than doing home teaching, that’s for sure. If I hadn’t discovered the controversies that lead so many non-sinning Mormons into sinning ex-Mormons – I would probably have gone ahead and sinned anyway. I haven’t tried, I think, to justify my apostasy on doctrinal grounds alone (although this is important). The “robotic” LDS lifestyle just bored the hell out of me. The controversies were the icing on the cake, because now I could do what I really always wanted to do – sin. My natural habitat. According to LDS doctrine, I’m now an enemy to God because of my gross carnal ways, such as indulging in a beer and uttereing the F-word (and much more). I’m obviously depraved, and what I have to say about Mormonism is grossly coloured by my penchant for sin. I’m okay with that too. But as Galileo is reported to have said:

    “Take note, theologians, that in your desire to make matters of faith out of propositions relating to the fixity of sun and earth you run the risk of eventually having to condemn as heretics those who would declare the earth to stand still and the sun to change position–eventually, I say, at such a time as it might be physically or logically proved that the earth moves and the sun stands still.”

    Even if Galileo was a hopeless alcoholic who left the Church to sin – it would not change the facts he discovered.

  4. This is for Ray. I remember when we were sharing the Book of Mormon with you in Wollongong. You had read and testified to me it was true. Once we discussed a little concerning the Garment of the Holy Priesthood and a light filled the room and we were overwhelmed with the spirit… I still have my journal writings about the experience.
    I am so greatful to have learned with you and will never forget the brotherly love we have for one another. I will all ways remember the experiences we enjoy with the Saviors Love. I’m sure we will meet again. In this live. Your Brother in The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Elder Boekweg

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