I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same.
— 

President Russell M. Nelson

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I have to formally resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

I finished reading The Sins of Brother Curtis at lunch today.

This was a painful and horrifying revelation to me about the lengths the corporation of the Mormon church goes to in order to protect it’s financial and legal assets from child sex abuse cases.

The book is just one story of one man who, with help from local Mormon leaders in every ward, was allowed constant and unsupervised access to children, while those same leaders had knowledge of previous abuse from this man.

I’ve had a lot of problems with the church, pretty much my whole life. I’ve never agreed with the church stance on many political items. And while I really enjoyed a lot of my youth in the church, I’ve had to live through the fact that childhood left me woefully unprepared for life in the real world.

I was not going to formally resign for my family’s sake. But now that I know what the church has done, what lengths its gone to, to protect its protection of child molesters, I cannot keep my name on the record of so heinous an organization.

I don’t care what good the church has done. None of that can help the, perhaps hundreds, of abuse survivors who might have been saved from that abuse, had those Mormon leaders put the well-being of children before the reputation of the church.

This is going to cause a lot of heartbreak in my family. But I can’t be silent anymore.

My heart is broken. While I disagreed politically with the church, I still thought that at least it did good in the world.

Now I know it doesn’t. And it breaks my heart that all the good people I know who are in the church have no idea that all their tithing money is going to defend the church corporation from having to answer for their evil actions.

I guess maybe I’ve just been out of the church too long, but I don’t get why we’re holding press conferences and a vigil for Jeremy Runnells. He’s publicly stated that he doesn’t believe anymore, and his letter is one of the biggest catalysts that’s been driving people out of the church. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t excommunicate him.

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Jeremy Runnells, the skeptic and seeker of the truth, has done more, save Fawn Brodie only, for the enlightenment of men (and women) in this cult, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of 4 years, he has brought forth the Letter to the CES Director, which he constructed by the gift and power of logic, and has been the means of publishing it on six continents; has sent the truth of the so-called Church, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has inspired many epiphanies and broken shelves which compose this subreddit, r/exmormon, and many other doubts for the benefit of the children of Mormondom; gathered many thousands of the exmormons, founded a great 501©(3), and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lives great, and he will be remembered great in the eyes of his people; and like most of the so-called apostates in recent times, he will seal his mission and his works with his own excommunication; and so have his friends John Dehlin and Kate Kelly. In faith they were not divided, and in discipline they are not separated!

-Anonymous

huffingtonpost.com
New comic book features a gay Mormon superhero
"If my little comic can bring some small measure of comfort and pleasure to those who’ve felt marginalized by their faith because of their sexuality then I’ve hit a touchdown.

There’s a new queer comic book on the scene, and it’s not like any other you’ve read before. 

Stripling Warrior, created by So Super Duper Comics and illustrated by James Neish, is about a gay newlywed named Sam Shepard who hears from God on his wedding night, specifically through the lens of the Mormon church. 

Here’s what author Brian Andersen told the Huffington Post about it: 

My overarching vision and concept for Stripling Warrior is to tell a fun, sexy, perhaps provocative story by taking familiar superhero tropes and casting them into a comic book about an average guy who’s a gay Mormon superhero. Because everyone loves a gay Mormon, right? (Wait, what…they don’t?)

Basically, I wanted to mine the religious lore and mythology of the Mormon Church to empower a homosexual hero – to show that a gay character is every bit as worthy in the eyes of God as any heterosexual one.

If I can tell an entertaining story that anyone can enjoy, whether you’re familiar with Mormonism or not, whether you’re homosexual or not, than I’ve done my job.

And if my little comic can bring some small measure of comfort and pleasure to those who’ve felt marginalized by their faith because of their sexuality then I’ve hit a touchdown.

New and exciting, indeed! Thoughts?

10 Truths Mormon (And Ex-Mormon) Women Need To Remember

1.  I was not created from or for man.

2.  I do not have to submit to a man simply because he’s a man and supposedly has power over me.

3.  Women are just as sexual as men are.

4.  I’m worth a hell of a lot more than my virginity.

5.  The licked cupcake is a lie. My value is not diminished by the number of my sexual partners.

6.  A woman should have complete control over the rights of her body.

7.  Women very much enjoy masturbating and start at a very young age, just like boys.

8.  The idea that women could only have sex in order to please men and seek approval is ignorant.

9. Women have a lot to offer the world and are not simply an inconvenience that a man must suffer in order to get off from time to time.

10.  The idea that everything wrong with the world is because of women is based on a mythical story told thousands of years ago that is completely based in fiction.

Via Patheos.

I LOVE QUEER MORMONS I LOVE YOU I RESPECT YOUR STRUGGLES AND HARDSHIPS HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES YOU AND KNOWS YOUR STRUGGLES AND HARDSHIPS IF YOU EVER NEED SOMEONE TO REMIND YOU OF HOW MUCH LOVE THERE IS IN THE WORLD FOR YOU AND HOW MUCH YOU ARE WANTED AND CARED FOR PLEASE TALK TO ME