Author Archive: jacob hale

Rules

Shortly after arriving at the MTC, I attended a meeting in which the MTC President spoke. The first law of heaven he said was obedience; we could not learn anything else as missionaries unless we learned to obey.  “Obey 100% of the rules in the missionary handbook.”  I left the meeting committed to the idea …

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Cookie Cutter Gender Roles

The LDS church believes that women and men have distinct roles and a distinct destiny.  Mormon men are to be breadwinners and mormon women housewives.  Mormon men will become Heavenly Fathers who will govern universes while Mormon women will become Heavenly Mothers to nurture spiritual children.  Although women who choose to be housewives are certainly …

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Why the LDS Church Will not Accept Gay Marriage

Heavenly Father may guide his church through his prophet but let’s face it; often Heavenly Father urges the prophet to do what society is urging him to do.  The LDS church has to be sufficiently mainstream to attract new members. It will continue to adapt as society changes.  Many liberal Mormons hope that the church …

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The Sexual Guilt Cycle in Mormonism

Dr. Darell Ray did some outstanding research on sexual guilt in religion. He gave David Packman an interesting interview in which explained that religions are obsessed with sex.  He believes that when people have sex and feel guilty because of their religious upbringing, they only have one place to turn for forgiveness, their religions.  If …

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Discovering the Meaning of My First Secular Christmas

Christmas music has a special place in my heart. When I got to high school, I joined choir. Once we performed “Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel” during a concert. We stood in a dark room holding candles. It hit me was that Jesus’ death brought light to dark places of my sins. This Christmas season, memories …

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As a Non believing Mormon

I am still a member of the church but I don’t believe in it. In my time as a nonbelieving mormon the Mormon church has been screwing people and I’ve been there to watch it. I am getting pressure from the ward executive secretary to go to tithing settlement. I have not paid a cent …

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Born again again

Life is a series of “born again” experiences: these are experiences in which you come to believe in something so strongly that it defines your life.  When I was a teenager, I was “born again.”  Then as a missionary, I was “born again again.” In Mormonism one is made to feel guilty about sexual activity …

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Primary

I grew up in the Mormon Church.  From early childhood up to age 12, I attended an organization called Primary.   What is done in Primary is disturbing; it brainwashes children, it does not give children a choice in their religion, and it teaches children to have excessive guilt. First,  I believe that Primary is brainwashing.  I …

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The Millenium Begins Today

Mormons believe that Jesus will come and initiate a thousand year period of peace upon the Earth.  During this millenium, there will be no war.  The LDS Church will fill the whole Earth.  Temples will be constructed everywhere.  Some Mormons believe that they will live to see the beginning of this epoch of peace.  I don’t blame …

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“Born again” Coming to terms with my sexuality

“Homosexuality is a serious sin.” That’s what the For Strength of Youth Pamphlet said.  When I was thirteen, I had the conception that homosexuality was something terrible.  I believed that it was a “choice” that people made to do sexual perversions. In my middle school, a lesbian girl sat in front of me.  I don’t …

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