Adam Miller was at BYU previewing his book coming out this summer An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before You Die. They were selling advanced copies afterwards and they ran out right when I was next in line. Grrrr. Writ & Vision the book store on Center Street in Provo said they should have […]

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  This last week has been full of online drama for me personally, and I’m writing this post to apologize for some immature behavior and attempt to reset and restart in a different direction. I created this blog and started posting actively on Mormonism here and under a pseudonym Facebook account Randall Bowen about three […]

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  I criticized an LDS Living blog post on my facebook wall the other day, saying. LDS Living has had some surprisingly progressive articles recently, but this is another awful one. Bob Millet is best known for being one of the early leaders in the LDS grace movement of the 1990’s along with Bruce Hafen, […]

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  Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my new favorite spiritual voices. In one of his Q & A youtube videos, he’s asked by a young person if he needs to keep forgiving his father who emotionally abuses him. Thay tells him that he may think that by cutting off his father, he can remove […]

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    Recently in a BYU New Testament class, a somewhat progressive religion teacher was introducing the students to modern Bible historical criticism. The kind of research that leads scholars to believe that the gospels were written decades after Jesus was crucified, and that they were not written by who we assume, ie Mark didn’t […]

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  Here are some thoughts on the McKenna Denson, Joe Bishop, MTC rape incident. As a self-appointed Mormon Apologist, I write frequently on the truth and beauty of the lived Mormon experience. There is nothing true or beautiful about this incident, but I have been asked my opinion several times and have some thoughts. I […]

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An Easter message for the doubter. Christmas (see here for my Christmas for the doubter essay) and Easter are two deeply meaningful days for Christians to spiritually connect with their Savior Jesus Christ. Going through faith deconstruction made those two days especially difficult for a few years until my faith reconstruction helped me piece it […]

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Here are my charts for the LDS Membership Statistics Report, updated with the numbers reported March 31, 2018. These statistics are for calendar year 2017. See last year’s statistical report here.   Total membership: 16,118,169 Stakes: 3,341 Wards and Branches: 30,506 New children of record during 2017: 106,771 Converts baptized during 2017: 233,729 Full-time Missionaries: […]

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A recent article from Ben Shapiro on Daily Wire discussed youth suicide. The alarming statistic is that from 2006 to 2016 in the U.S., teen suicide increased 70%. Additionally, suicide across all ages in the most recent statistical year, 2016, was at a 30 year high. In our community, we have discussed the alarming nature of Utah’s […]

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