Making blog public again.

I don’t know if anyone is really a “follower” of this blog anymore but I felt the need to put it back up online.

For anyone who stumbles on this blog, here’s the history of the blog in a nutshell:

I grew up in the Mormon church as a product of multiple generations of Mormons on both sides. However, after serving a mission and marrying in the temple, I began to discover other religions in a deeper and more open way than I ever had before. I wanted to learn about other religions on their own terms. Orthodoxy had always been with me, and as I learned and grew, it came to me more and more. Finally, by 2012 I was actively comparing and contrasting Mormonism and Orthodoxy in my mind, with the purpose of discovering which church I should be in.

I created this blog to explore questions and invite discussion. Unfortunately, when my father found out about the blog he contacted someone from FAIR (an LDS apologetics organization) to visit and try to discuss things with me. My parents do not understand my faith journey and did not take it well. I, in turn, did not take the intrusion into my blog well and it soured me on the whole experience. In any case, by that point my mind was basically made up. I decided to make this blog private and keep it from the world. Arguing on the internet was taking an emotional toll on me. Trying to decide what church is true is already stressful, and I was reading and studying for hours every day. The added stress of dealing with surrogates from my parents was much worse.

In 2014 I became a catechumen in the Orthodox church, and in 2015 I was baptized. You can read more about my actual conversion here. One month later, I took an academic and personal journey to Istanbul to see the Hagia Sophia. Everything fell into place for me. Then, in 2016, my wife and three children joined me in the Orthodox church.

I am truly happy, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Joining the Orthodox church was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Some last notes.

  1. I may or may not currently endorse any position I have taken in this blog. The point of the blog was to explore ideas.
  2. I am generally anonymous on this blog, though my identity is not such much “secret” as it is not that important.
  3. I am keeping the blog in place for historical and informational purposes. I will probably not respond to or comment on any post from now on. Please do not expect anything additional from me beyond what I have posted.

Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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Poll: What best describes you?

This is something I’ve been wondering, since I now have a few people who visit this blog regularly. What is the religious affiliation of the people who visit and subscribe to this blog?

I would like my blog to attract anyone on the spectrum from believing Latter-day Saint to believing Eastern Orthodox (and anyone who has gone from one to the other). However, I must admit that my tone in most posts is critical of Mormonism, such that I may have scared off most Mormons from reading this blog. It seems that the only faithful Mormons who visit come to argue some point or another and then leave. I would like to make this website more welcoming to both sides, however. Suggestions are welcome.

Now, without further ado, please fill out this survey!

Comparative Religion

seraphimThanks to a comment left today by another blogger, I’ve been made aware of another blog that is quite similar to this one.  It is called Comparative Religion: Discerning between Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism).  That blogger, Seraphim, seems to be quite interested in the differences, similarities, and most of all the truth of those three religions.  Kind of reminds me of me!

He has a quite similar faith journey to me, though it seems that in the past, he has favored Roman Catholicism over Eastern Orthodoxy, and his blog has reflected that.  He seems to be interested in the same philosophy as me as well – questions about the origin of the universe, the nature of God, and Apostolic Succession.  A member of the LDS church, he is open-minded and thoughtful.  The thing I like most about his blog is that he is not angry, bitter, or reactive in his writings.  So much of the “Disaffected Mormon Underground” (DAMU) is so bitter that I think it clouds their judgment.  Lots of blogs there simply take cheap shots at General Authorities or the much-hated Mormon Culture.  But is that how you discover truth?  I think not.

In any case, I would love to have some greater collaboration, guest posting, and cross posting from Seraphim.  I really dig his style.