John Dehlin is running this survey to gather feedback for a meeting with a "high level" LDS authority/leader.
Intended Audience: This survey is for people who once believed that the LDS church is "the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth" (D&C 1:30), but who no longer believe that it is.
Purpose: The purpose of this survey is to help the LDS church better understand the loss of belief in some church members. The intent is for the results of this survey to be shared with a high-level church leader in the coming weeks.There are 26 questions in this survey.
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May I forward this link to my ex-Mormon friends?
Yes, please do.
I'm not really sure I want them to know why I left. I would assume that would allow their apologists to come up with BS counter measures. I think I saw somewhere that they're redoing the History Of The Church. No fooling. All you have to do is read that and you have so many issues with the church and it's the church's own history, and not from the so called "anti-mormons". They are putting their fingers in the dyke wherever they can. I view this as recruiting our help in finding leaks. With the truth available on the internet they have to do something. I don't think I want to help them. I'm sure they're not doing it in an effort to come clean and tell the truth.
I agree. I not interested in helping them figure out ways to lie and obscure the truth in order to try and hold onto more membership. I don't get why we are even entertaining this????
I thought that too, at first, but look at the key issues. The church can't bring up any of these without attracting negative attention. "Kinderhook plates? Hmm....Google that one kids! And look up 'anachronistic' while you're at it."
Also - it will be interesting to see the stats on how FEW people left the church because they were "offended" or "sinned". (My family and in-laws believe I got excommunicated.)
The church doesn't need this survey to fine-tune their re-branding efforts. When they need a stat, they'll just make one up, thankyouverymuch.
I think you should do it -- add your voice to a beautiful chorus!
The churches apologists have already come up with an excuse regarding The Kinderhook Plates. They claim JS knew they where phony. That's a complete lie of coarse accordding to the church's own newspaper of the time. But the point is, once you point out a problem with the church, they make up an excuse even if it requires lying about it. So I'm not interested in pointing out the problems with the church so they can make up more lies and cover themselves.
I like your argument tethercargy.
I agree. All they want to do is see where they are losing people so they can prepare the members how to deal with these questions and concerns.
Dear John Dehlin,
WHY do I want to help the Mormon Church to "better understand the loss of belief in some church members" ??
What is your motivation for providing this information to the Mormon Church? Do you really think that the church will change anything it does or preaches as a result of the answers to this survey. Very likely, the answers that come from your survey will allow church leadership to develop "smoke & mirrors" rebuttals and rationale in response to your survey.
I am not opposed to ex-Mo's sharing their stories and issues, but I don't particularly think this is the best way for them to share them.
I'm with you 100%. You're on the money. If the German propaganda machine came to the U.S. during WWII and asked Americans to fill out this survey: "Why Americans Hate Nazis", I don't think we'd be helping them. Certainly we'd know their motives would be self serving. It's not as though the Mormon Church is going to go, "Oh we didn't realize that. We'd like to tell the world how wrong and manipulative we've been." I for one am not interested in helping the Mormon propaganda machine.
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