"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."
I'm somewhat struck this week by how widely embraced are the magical concepts woven into the fabric of Mormonism.
My siblings, in an effort to shepherd me back into the one true fold, (bless their little hearts) thought, if they could just expose me again to this magic perhaps I might just slide back under its spell.…Continue
I'm wearing fresh non-magic undies today y'all!
It was less difficult than I thought to resist the urge to pencil-in my favorite Masonic symbols and on first pass, what they lack in supernatural properties they make up by not being ratty threadbare reminders of my lack of motivation to replace them.
Sorry, if you happen to be reading this and find it resembles a non-event, which you would be right to normally classify one's changing of underwear. However please…Continue
I remember this talk and it rang so true. It made sense that the church is a temporary thing. The liars and cheats called apostles and prophets made Elder Poelman redo the talk to an empty conference center and then they edited out and replaced brainwashing ideas from their Big Brother message into the Ensign and archives. For me I am sure that my brain latched onto the original…Continue
Added by KindSmile on December 21, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments
from thomas monson and ldsInc.
Added by KindSmile on December 17, 2014 at 11:23pm — No Comments
Do you remember that children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes", where the swindlers tricked the emperor and everyone in the village into saying they saw the fictional fabric? Everyone, including the emperor himself, was so afraid of looking like a dumb-ass that they all went along with what everybody else said they saw. "Oh yes, such beautiful fabric!" In reality they were ALL idiots, because not a single solitary one of them ever bothered to speak their minds when they…Continue
Although religion is not specifically what was intended behind the meaning of this song when REM released it, I have been dwelling on many of the lyrics of late. As REM says in part "Oh life, ... It's bigger than you and you are not me... I've said too much - I haven't said enough...Consider this the slip that brought me to my knees failed"
Life really is bigger than you and me, it's bigger than all of us, and it is most certainly bigger than the confines the cult of latter…Continue
I haven't prayed in years - several years
Long story short, I immersed myself in study of the OT and reached the only obvious and honest conclusion: that god is insane, hell no I don't respect that jerk, let alone worship his sorry ass.
So, about five months ago my TBM wife suggested I should pray about a job that I was being considered for. This wasn't just a job - it was my dream job and I had worked part time for these people for a year so I knew what to…Continue
Added by Red Sand on November 28, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments
As I'm sitting here, bawling my eyes out, it begins the whole hate and anger spiral over again. The church doesn't deserve my tears with all it's pack of lies, and yet here I sit crying myself dry again. What the hell is wrong with me?
I'm brought back to thinking about the young women's values that were drilled into our heads: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability, Good Works and Integrity. Brainwashing young girls with each…Continue
Once upon a time I was editor of The Daily Universe at BYU. It was great fun and I enjoyed writing a humor column. Since then I have written dozens of teleplays from Star Trek to Miami Vice. Also managed to write 18 novels, most of which have been published.
I went to New Zealand (62-64) on a mission and always thought it would be fun to write a novel about the experience.
Here is the cover of the screenplay, attached is the novel. …Continue
I give up!
I just realized there is no way possible for me to extricate myself from the Morg at this time. My parents, M&FIL and, more importantly, my wife are all doubling down on activities to strengthen their "testimonkies" and shun all things that might be damaging to their faith.
If I wish to lose everything, I can be true to myself.
I know. Many of you have done just this and survived. I just can't. Let me explain.
If you have read my…Continue
Tonight on LAM chat someone spoke of getting together in the real world. It was the sort of thing friends do for each other, but it made me think about the third wall. Upon hearing the exchange, the idea seemed as foreign to me as watching the Mary Tyler Moore show and turning off the television and calling and inviting Mary to drop by. That is to say that I interact with LAM in the way one might view a television show, except that it is…Continue
Dis un goes out to all mma homies on LAM. Lav u ma fuckas to the day I die. If I die soon, it will be okay cuz I've spent my life chatting wit y'all and I don't regret it. Ain't a better place to find crazy mah fuckas than LAM. Whenever I feel outta place in dis crazy mormon hood down in southern idaho, I remember you niggers. Special thx to Micah, Marshall, europebabe, austin, SM, QL, HB, and Kitkat. Oh! and Thomas too, we had some funny conversations back when.
I love you guys, …
Honestly, when I married my dear husband many years ago, I thought I got such a bonus with his family.
I'm not LDS. But the majority of my in-law family were strongly-practicing Mormons, in spite of the fact that the man I fell deeply in love with (their son/brother/cousin/uncle) was non-practicing and non-believing. He had wisdom!
His LDS family, I liked a lot and thought I hit the jackpot. His loving, gracious and kind mom was a dream come true for me, and I felt blessed and…Continue
1. "We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet and revelator who talked to God." Are you kidding me? In 1820 Joseph picks up a rock which he then convinces people he can use to find buried treasure. He puts the rock in a hat and then buries his head in the hat to see visions. What a wonder that he found no gold, but later stumbled onto a set of golden plates.
2. "We believe that Joseph Smith was an upright citizen before the law, and before God, and all." Well that is a…Continue
Added by The Devil on October 26, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
My sister started emailing me about a week before general conference, and things seemed to be going in a positive direction. However, when we started talking about my current beliefs and why I left home, things inevitably and predictably took a turn for the worse. Expecting this doesn't make it hurt any less though.
She asked about my side of the story, specifically why I left. So I told her in detail. Not so much about why I stopped believing, but rather why I left home. I told her…Continue
Added by Austin on October 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
"Have you ever had a hurts doughnut?" < "No." > Pow! (punches sucker in the arm). "Hurts don't it?"
Has this ever happened to you? It's a slightly painful prank that most people only fall for once. It's funny right...for the person who does the hitting anyway. Some victims laugh the pain off, some think "lesson learned," but others hit back.
The LDS church is the worlds biggest Hurts Doughnut, but the damage done is more painful…Continue