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Open letter to President Monson from a Philippine ex-Mormon

MARIA OPHELIA ESNARDO REYES

Date of birth: 24 May 1961

THOMAS S. MONSON

President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons)

The Church Office Building,

Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-5310

U. S. A.

HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO, III

President of the Republic of the Philippines

Presidential Communications Operations Office

3/F New Executive Building (NEB), Malacanang Compound

Manila,…

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Added by MikeUtah on April 7, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments

To the Mormons who find our community:

Thanks for having the consideration for my soul to make your way to my page. But before you criticize or condemn me, I'd like you to consider the following: Would you think yourself a "negative" or "bitter" person if the following happened to you?
 
You inherit the family car from your parents, a car that always made you feel safe, protected, familiar and warm inside. You…
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Added by MikeUtah on January 30, 2016 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

The LDS Church Just Revealed Their True Self and Agenda

No, not the lay members who primarily do their best to be Christ-Like and loving, or who serve in unpaid positions and don't have a say in what the upper echelons decide.  But the big 15 Apostles and First Presidency just revealed themselves in updating the…

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Added by MikeUtah on November 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

June 29th 2015 Letter from the First Presidency to LDS Adults and Youth regarding Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

This letter, with enclosure, is being translated and will be distributed to units identified as French and Spanish in the United States and Canada. Distribution in these languages will be complete within two weeks. If leaders need this letter in languages not listed above, they may contact the member of the…

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Added by MikeUtah on June 30, 2015 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

Exposing the numbers behind LDS Growth in Latin America: A Missionary Confession

Once upon a time, I was a missionary in one of the highest baptizing missions in the world.  You see, as an LDS missionary, your heart is set on converting even just one soul to the Gospel of Mormonism during your 18-24 months.  In many missions around the world, you're lucky to even get that one savory experience.  When I arrived to Santiago Chile towards the end of April…

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Added by MikeUtah on July 9, 2014 at 12:00am — 23 Comments

Newsweek Magazine shares pieces of our ex-Mormon story in "When the Saints go Marching Out"

Hot off the press from Newsweek comes a ~3000 word piece on what it's like for those of us who question the LDS church and leave.  I found the article fairly well written and not particularly biased one way or the other.  Miet does a good job sharing stories from several ex-Mormons on different aspects of leaving, covering some of our challenges and also some of our new explorations.  Some may find the article affirming of Mormon perceptions of what ex-Mormons are about.  I don't think it…

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Added by MikeUtah on January 31, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

One week of Gay Marriage in Utah - an ex-Mormon's perspective of the aftermath

Micah McAllister - MikeUtah

 

Marriage Equality arrived to Utah on December 20th, 2013 when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled Utah's 2004 constitutional amendment that defined the only legally recognized union as being between "one man and one woman" unconstitutional, siting the U.S.…

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Added by MikeUtah on December 27, 2013 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Exmormon Foundation Conference 2013: Micah McAllister - Exit Strategy: Leaving Mormonism with your Dignity and Integrity Intact

Introduction

I left the church in mid-2008 and found myself at my first ex-Mormon conference 5 years ago.  That conference stirred my enthusiasm for this community such that I started the social network Life After Mormonism.net for anyone leaving the church to find community and support in their transition out of the church.  I became very active in the online forums and became aware of the common themes and challenges almost all of us face in leaving the…

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Added by MikeUtah on October 1, 2013 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

Ten Practical Steps to a More Enjoyable Life After Leaving Mormonism

1.  Let go of Judgment

"You must learn to transcend judgement if you want to be happy...It is a large thinking sickness, since judgements begin with your minds. Instead of walking through life being mad at what is and what people choose to be, you might consider acceptance as an alternative. Instead of wishing that your reality were different, you might try treating it as a miracle worthy of being cherished. Freeing…

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Added by MikeUtah on September 24, 2013 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Of course a third of us Hosts of Heaven rejected the Plan of Salvation...Here's Why:

A message from "We are Legion"

Channeled through MikeUtah (Micah McAllister)

So do you remember that war in heaven?  Yeah, neither do we.  But that's because it wasn't any sort of war.  It was a hostage situation, a blackmail, where human bodies of flesh and bone were held from those of us who wouldn't cave to Daddy's favorite son's so called "Plan…

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Added by MikeUtah on September 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Transforming Belief, De-converting the Convert Via Conversion

The transformation of belief depends less on the destruction of the current belief paradigms, and more on the introduction of reality based, universally-applicable beliefs, moving the pupil up the ladder of conscious awareness, and away from the blinders of the old beliefs.  In other words, converting the convert to more tangible and beneficial beliefs.  Defenses can be more easily bypassed using this approach, than a direct frontal assault on the current beliefs, trying to show the error of…

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Added by MikeUtah on August 23, 2013 at 5:00am — 10 Comments

Mormon Beliefs and Spirituality are Limited, Stagnant

I have been out of the LDS church for over 5 years now and have been awed, thrilled and humbled by the many insights, perspectives and experiences I have gained since departing from the old familiar path of Mormonism.  The LDS Church likes to tout that they are the only religion with the fullness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, that Jesus himself is at the head and leading the…

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Added by MikeUtah on August 5, 2013 at 6:00am — 33 Comments

The Best Sacrament Meeting Talk I'll Never Hear At Church

Hello and good morning brothers and sisters.  Today I desire to share an experience I had that transcended religious boundaries and reached into the deepest core of my being and understanding.  I share this not to boast, nor to appear special in any way, but in hopes that something of what I experienced can be communicated and understood for the valuable perspective it can bless your life with.

This experience came to me in the form of an epiphany, a moment of clarity and perspective…

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Added by MikeUtah on July 28, 2013 at 1:13pm — 8 Comments

Mormonism Subverts Free Agency

Agency. Free Will. Choice.  All important words according to the Plan of Salvation.  Can free agency be assumed in all situations and decisions, or are there prerequisites that make it conditional?  If any choice is reduced to a single alternative, has free will been diminished?…

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Added by MikeUtah on May 5, 2013 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

News worthy: How Mitt Romney's Lying may be influenced by Mormonism

Voters take note, Mitt Romney's lying may have very much to do with some simple practices he picked up as a Mormon missionary, a pastor, and just plain being a Mormon.  In Mormonism, that practice is referred to as "milk before meat", meaning, only sharing limited, introductory doctrines to potential converts to carefully lead them down the path to accepting the more hard line, deep doctrines and covenants received in their temples.  In lay mans terms, "milk before meat" is basically "the…

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Added by MikeUtah on October 19, 2012 at 2:03pm — 5 Comments

Top 10 Mormon Beliefs That Contradict Christianity

This is by no means a comprehensive list of Mormon beliefs that contradict mainstream Christian views, but these are some of the major ones that leave many a Christian concluding that Mormons are not really Christians.  You make your own decision.

  1. Faithful Mormons not only become "like" God, but become Gods themselves

    (D&C 76:50-8 and 95, …
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Added by MikeUtah on September 20, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Dissolving Passive Aggressive-ness and Communicating Assertively

Introduction

There are many sources that condition us for passiveness, aggression and passive aggressiveness.  You could write a lengthy blog on how religion, environment, and culture can cause these behaviors, but my intentions for this post are to help us undo this conditioning so that we can move into much healthier relationships with spouses, family, friends and strangers.  Communicating assertively allows us to express our thoughts and feelings without attacking or…

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Added by MikeUtah on January 1, 2012 at 1:30pm — 23 Comments

A Gift You Give Yourself, and to All Humanity

There is one gift you can give this Christmas that will cost you nothing but mean the world to yourself, your family, your friends, acquaintances, strangers and fellow human beings. It is the gift of acceptance. Acceptance doesn't mean agreement. It doesn't require forfeiting yourself or your values. It eloquently says, "I accept you as a fellow human being, worthy of the respect you deserve to guide your own life, pursue your own happiness, and live your dreams, harming none; that you are…

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Added by MikeUtah on December 17, 2011 at 9:54pm — 3 Comments

Sexual Repression, Emotional Immaturity and Mental Stagnation in Mormon Marriages

Introduction

For a religion that prides itself on family values, time and togetherness, the LDS Church does a poor job preparing its rising generations for what they consider the most important institution of life and heaven, marriage.  You might say that is a bold claim, however, having been raised and indoctrinated by the LDS Church from birth through adulthood, passing through all of the rites, ordinances, classes, youth programs, mission and temple marriage traditions,…

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Added by MikeUtah on September 7, 2011 at 7:30pm — 37 Comments

101 Nonpublic or Weird Beliefs of Mormons

This post is less about what the LDS church teaches publicly or in writing, and more about what is often not publicly admitted to, whether still believed or not, and about some of the crazier things Mormons come to believe when embedded in Mormon culture.  Though not categorized, some of these are doctrinal, others hearsay over the pulpit from apostles or leaders, and others adopted by more orthodox Mormons. (see also: …

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Added by MikeUtah on September 6, 2011 at 9:30am — 29 Comments

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