About me

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Enjoying free-thought and discovering truth. Feeling truly connected to other human beings for the first time in my life. Inclining towards scientific naturalism, and humanism.

Just eleven months ago, in January 2011, I resigned as a Mormon Bishop after discovering uncomfortable facts about its origins which I had not been taught in 47 years as a member.

Having resigned as bishop I agreed, under threat of excommunication, to avoid speaking about the difficult issues for the Church. Since either resignation from the Church or excommunication would have hurt my extended family, who are members too, I agreed to keep quiet.

However, the time is right for me to unseal my lips which the Church forcefully closed several months ago.

My personal blog, which recounts my discovery & struggle with uncomfortable facts about Church history and origins, and my resignation as bishop because of coming to terms with the truth, is now public.

Last April 2011 it was viewed over 14,000 times in a week & had to be password protected to safeguard family members feelings.

There is a tremendous need in the Church for honesty & candid talking, and my resignation letter as bishop seemed to resonate with thousands of members hearts & minds as they desperately look for the courage to face their own epiphanies.

Time has healed hurts & allows me to open my lips once more.

I do not intend to Mormon Bash. I love Mormons. The majority of my extended family are all active True Believing Mormons. My Mormon family & friends are some of the nicest, kindest, most compassionate & generous people you could meet.

My intent in writing my thoughts down is initially to gain personal insight into my own neurology in the context of previous Mormon thinking and my evolving belief system.

I post some of those personal analyses and introspections on my Personal Blog in an effort to reach out to others who are going through a similar transition, to offer hope and inspire courage to other disaffected & questioning Mormons.

I am also a Musculo-skeletal Podiatrist who accepts the uncomfortable truth that humans have evolved without the need for shoes and therefore function better when barefoot.

My professional epiphany preceeded my religious one.

The do say, “When you free your feet, you also free your mind!”

Please feel free to publicise wherever you feel would be helpful.

Best regards,
Steve
bloorsteve@gmail.com

https://stevebloor.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/resignation-letter-as-bishop/

https://stevebloor.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/compassion-for-those-who-leave

48 Responses to About me

  1. Stephen Bloor says:

    Recovering from Mormonism. Enjoying free-thought and discovering truth. Feeling connected to other human beings for the first time in my life. Inclining towards athiesm, naturalism, pantheism and humanism.

  2. Jim says:

    Mr. Bloor,
    I see by the grace of G0d you have found your way out of the LDS faith. What a gift He gave you. He did not abandon you, so please do not abandon Him. If you have to hang by a tread in your believe in God, do so. The God of this Universe is not the LDS god.
    Test and study the Word of God!
    Respectfully,
    Jim

  3. Kate says:

    I don’t know you from Adam, but I just felt that I needed to let you know that I know the Church is true. I’m a convert of 16 years and I know for myself that through my study and prayer that God told me the Book of Mormon was true and Joseph Smith is and was a prophet. I’m grateful for my knowledge of this and my life is blessed every day by my loving Heavenly Father. I pray that you can happy with your decision and that your family can still be strong. I wasn’t going to comment but I felt it important to stand up for the truth too.
    Kate.

    • stevebloor says:

      Hi Kate. I appreciate your defence of what you believe. Only a few months ago I was just like you. I KNEW the Church was true!

      I still know what that feels like so would not want to influence you to change your mind.

      Just check your reasons for belief. Make sure your testimony is based on a sure foundation of truth.

      Just because you think, feel and believe something is true doesn’t make it true.

      Feelings are not a good indicator of truth. As I have found out for myself very painfully!

      I am more concerned about basing my life on truth than on what feels good.

      Check out psychology of belief, epistimology, and how superstition and bias influence our perception of reality.

      All the best on your journey.

      I have nothing but compassion for you, and wish you well.
      Steve

      • Neil says:

        I don’t really know what psychology of belief, epistimology etc is, however, if I was a God I would put something in place for example psychology of belief, epistimology etc to teach and direct. The problem is, when you don’t even believe there is a God then we are NOT on the same playing field. You should then divert your attention to Christiandom and not Mormonism! You are NOT misleading people from Mormonism by teaching them “Truths” your intentions are misleading people from Cristiandom.

        Why don’t you focus your comments on a wider Christian community rather than “wounded” Mormons?

        Looking forward to your response.

        Kind regards,
        Neil

  4. Former member of Helston Ward says:

    Hi Steve

    Just to say that I was a member of the Helston Ward when your father was Bishop there. You would have been in young men. I left the area after serving a mission. Three years ago I made the same discoveries that you have and have never looked back. Life is so much better. Knowing the real truth really does set you free.

    Best wishes for the future

  5. Jay says:

    Steve,
    It is refreshing to know that there are other people out there experiencing the same thing I did. It makes you go a little crazy when everyone you love won’t listen. During my most trying times, after learning some of the more disturbing facts of LDS Church history, I contemplated suicide. I thought my dear wife and children would be better off without me. Maybe my wife could find someone that believed like her and start all over.

    I’m BIC, RM, married in the temple and still I couldn’t handle the truth when I found it. It shocked me. I searched and prayed and searched hoping to find something that explained what I was learning in a faithful context. Instead I was given unfulfilling platitudes and no answers. I finally concluded I could no longer believe. This was so difficult and hard, but believing was even harder. I still attend church almost weekly but have absolutely no belief in it anymore. I go for my wife, who still chooses to believe.

    Five years have past and I’m still working through everything. I hope someday to live openly as a non-Mormon with all my friends and family. Until then I endure the best I can, trying to see what positive the LDS faith has to offer my family. Good luck to you. I hope you find peace.

  6. Jenny says:

    Hey Steve,
    What a crazy journey some of us find ourselves on. I was baptized at eight, married in the temple, mother of six adult children, a grandmother of 16, and a great grandmother to one…and always a believing active adult member when my husband and I discovered that we had been kept in the dark about the religion that we also thought we ‘knew’.
    My husband is a BYU educated retired Air Force Lt. Colonel…he could not believe he took all those religion classes at BYU, spent a life time in church meetings, teaching and learning…yet in the end only knew a fairy tale version of the LDS church.
    Anyway, we both resigned three years ago this coming spring. We are doing well although leaving the LDS church caused us to pretty much commit social suicide. We were backed away from like rotten meat!
    We have rebuilt our social structure in the ex/post mormon community. There are a lot of folks out there just like us….and the numbers are growing.
    Good luck on your personal journey!
    Jenny

    • stevebloor says:

      Thank you for your empathetic comments Jenny.

      I am astounded at the vast numbers of people who have gone through a similar epiphany with regards to the Church!

      So glad you & your husband came through it okay.

      We’re enjoying our new authentic lives outside the Church.

      Life really is so full of colour!

      All the best on your journey too!

      Best regards,
      Steve

  7. Phillip A says:

    Thank You Steve for your blog. I was born and raised in the belt buckle of the Bible belt, (middle Tennessee). I am a former preacher’s kid, and was raised Nazarene, Baptist, Assemblies of God, My Dad was a preacher. His Dad was religious. His Dad was religious. You see the connection. Then I met that special someone. We got married and I joined the church. My family all but disowned me. They thought the LDS church was a cult, but I knew better. I was a member of the LDS church for 12 years. I held several offices, had my Temple recommend, married and sealed in the Temple with my 4 daughters, the whole nine yards as they say. But, all through my life, I had questions that “faith” just could not answer. 40+ years in several different brands of religion, and I still did not feel right. Sure, I convinced myself that I did. I used to say that “I could play church better than anybody else” because of the way I was brought up. When I had enough of being told by many LDS members, (including a few of my former Bishops) that I was not “good enough” that I wasn’t providing for my family enough, (working 2 jobs at a time) I really started to pull away. The marriage failed, and I hit rock bottom. I will admit that much of it was my fault, but I knew I was a better person than I had come to believe I was. Long story short, I have remarried (a Baptist), but I am an atheist. I just came out to my wife this year. I have never been so free in my entire life than I am now. I am the only atheist in my entire family. No one else knows, and my wife still accepts me for who and what I am. She told me, “you have not changed. You are still the man that I love.” I have known my beliefs for a few years now, and as I told my wife, I prefer facts over faith. I miss a few of my old friends. Like you, I really did have great friendships with people that had known me the entire time I was in the church. I know what it feels like to be alone. I have no one to talk to about my thoughts except strangers on the internet. Thank you for letting me vent and get that off of my chest. I feel better just getting it out of my system. I am a good person, that treats people the way I like to be treated. My moral compass comes from my ancestors who have evolved over 100,000 to 200,000 years, and not from any religious book of any brand of religion. I don’t need Jesus or Santa Claus to tell me how to live. Thank you again for your story.

    • stevebloor says:

      WOW! What a story!

      Thanks for sharing.

      It’s amazing how good it feels doesn’t it, once your mind is freed from a superstitious belief system!

      To overcome all the guilt, fear, phobias, biases & prejudices!

      I’m still trying to overcome all mine, but slowly succeeding.

      I love the realisation I have just ‘one life’. It makes it even more special & deserves to be lived to the full!

      All the best on your authentic journey through your ‘one life’!

      Best wishes from one athiest to another.
      Steve

  8. Gail Knickerbocker says:

    I appreciate your blog. I appreciate what you have gone through. I so love that the truth shall make you free. I feel free in my heart and mind but still suffer upset when I experience that some of my children experience hurt by my NOT BELIEVING it anymore.

    I heard today that you are being excommunicated at this late date. I guess they took their time to get a story together that made sense to them as to why you must be excommunicated. THE TRUTH is NOT allowed in the LDS church only the LDS feely truth. Little do they know that the feely truth is everywhere OUTSIDE the church as well. It is kind of like they are blind, but they are so happy, so who wants to tell them they are blind, Not me. As long as they are happy then it is OK with me. I will be there if and when they are NOT happy AND they are willing to SEE what there is to see and KNOW what there is to know. So far, even when they are unhappy they cannot look outside the teachings and the meanings that have been placed for them on their own experiences.

    Anyway, thanks. I love your pictures here. Have a great Christmas season!

    • stevebloor says:

      Hi Gail, thanks for your comments.

      Just to clarify, I’m not being excommunicated.

      They threatened me with it several months ago, but decided to leave me alone if I kept quiet.

      The Truth shall indeed make us free!

      Long live the Truth!

      Best wishes,
      Steve

  9. JM says:

    Thanks, Steve for your story. My wife and I came out to our families six months ago. We were very faithful even through abuses by LDS clergy for many years. When we learned that the history had been sanitized, we lost our faith. Especially when we learned that the foundational events (first vision, priesthood restoration) did not happen as the church presents them, we ended up resigning our membership.

    Our families are in disbelief, and the level of loss you describe is spot on. I wouldn’t do it differently though. The loss of Mormon guilt for every little imperfection is possibly the greatest gift of having left. Thanks for hating your story.

  10. Natalee says:

    Steve, What an inspiring blog! It feels rather familar to the feelings I had of devastation to find the church I so deeply defended was based on so many lies. I was a super faithful temple going member (in SLC, Utah) who suddenly left in 2010 to the horror of my family and friends. I was led to several books that caused me to look within and think for myself. One in particular you might find of interest for it speaks of all the historical coverups and lies of the early church. No other book has truthfully answered and explained things so clearly to me. It gave me peace of mind to help me fit the pieces together regarding Joseph, the BOM and the early church with tons of footnotes to back it up. Here is the link (free to download) if you would like http://marvelousworkandawonder.com/js/index.htm . Peace to you in your journey- you are definately not alone! Many “elect” are leaving the church (just as Lehi, Alma and others who were members of a corrupted “church” were called out of it.) Free at last! Peace&Love, Natalee

  11. Derek says:

    Natalee… from one adulation cult to another? The evidence? What can we know from our five senses…. read what Steve has said… trusting your feelings about the hidden portion of the bom is not evidence… I think you see something in common between these “religious” leaders and it is this…. they started out as con men… and they have charisma and attract many women with their power and charisma… liberation in all forms is a worthwhile goal… self authorship and self identity is a freeing and noble end…. thanks Steve for your great courage and your compassion for those you served.

  12. Debrauk says:

    really grateful for your support Steve xx

  13. Lost Mormon says:

    Steve, do you have an immediate family with a wife and children? I do, and I have discovered the same things that maybe you have. I don’t believe the LDS church is what it claims to be, and I have lost faith in its history and teachings. But my wife is TBM, and it really hurts her when I tell her my thoughts. How did you handle this in your life? What was the result of sharing your beliefs with your wife and family?

    • stevebloor says:

      Hi,

      I’m very grateful that my wife & four children all came with me.

      My wife had looked previously at Chris Tolworthy’s Websites debating whether the Church is true, about 2 years previous. http://www.exmormon.org.uk/tol_arch/atozelph/twosides.htm

      She was very disturbed by what she read. She asked me to take a look because Chris was a personal friend of ours & had been a Branch President before resigning from the Church.

      I wouldn’t look at it myself, but instead reassured her it was the devil’s work!

      After I took a look years later & realising it was well researched, I then set to work trying to prove Chris wrong. This led to my epiphany.

      When I spoke to my wife about it, though initially very shocked by my change in attitude, she decided to join me in our research for truth. Eventually leading to us both becoming non-believers, & stopping our Church attendance.

      When we approached our three teenage children about it the oldest (18 years old) was relieved his parents had finally seen the light, as he had come to that determination a few years earlier after secret extensive study.

      Our 14 year old was happy because she had been feeling like a social outcast at school & now gained immediate confidence in her social interactions.

      Our 16 year old daughter found the change difficult because of Aspergers, but had hated Church for years anyway, so eventually came to feel more relaxed about it.

      And our youngest son, of 10 years had hated Church too, but had never objected, so he is ecstatic we no longer force him to be bored for 3 hours.

      The worse challenge for us has been the reaction of our extended family & friends in the Church.

      It’s almost been like a death for some of them. In fact my father has said, “I’d rather you be dead than leave the Church!”

      We endeavour to provide reassurance we’re still the same people, just with different beliefs.

      Slowly it’s working. We’re rebuilding our relationships.

      It’s the hardest part for most people I think. Keeping relationships strong which have been hijacked & sometimes held to ransom by the Church belief system.

      I think the best plan is to keep loving them & be honest & authentic.

      As a couple we’ve found our relationship is much stronger than ever, & we are more authentic with each other without the feeling of judging each other as Church members. There’s a risk as Church members to always be trying to live up to a standard set by the Church, rather than being ourselves & enjoying each other!

      Best wishes,
      Steve

      • Randy Basham says:

        Steve,

        I have found your blog along with mormonthink.com. What a pleasure they have been to read. I found a link to your blog on MT. These have given me a greater perspective and a fuller context of explaining what I have been going through as well. I am glad that we can still be friends electronically from afar. I have oft wondered what you Liz and the kids have done since your resignation. It encourages me that you are all happy with your lives and your decisions. I know a little how difficult and unsettling this can be.

        I remember fondly attending meetings with you in Harrogate as well as you inviting us into your home to become friends. ( I have never tasted better trifle in my life). We may no longer be brothers in the Gospel but we share similar life experiences and a brotherhood in wanting to find what was true in the past, what is true now, and what will be true in the future. I see myself as still on that journey. The status quo as taught in the past just isn’ t as satisfying. Neither are half truths and platitudes. I wish you all the very best and I am glad that you are all well. We are endeavoring to do the same. Take care. If we ever return to the UK, we will look you up to catch up better with you. If you holiday over here, please let us know. Until then brother.

        All the best,

      • SteveBloor says:

        Dear Randy, Thank you for your complimentary comments. You have been very supportive of me over the last 2-3 years when most of my former Mormon friends have deserted me. Thank you for being so accepting. I wish you all the best on your journey of discovery.

        It will be great to see you and Julie again.

        Best wishes to you and Julie,
        Steve

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  15. Neil says:

    Steve, you keep on refering to that you have learnt the truth, I am very curious to know what this truth is, could you answer here or rever me to another blog that already answers my question.

    I would also like to thank you for sharing some of your feelings of what happened when you resigned and how you were treated! It reaches me how to be a BETTER Mormon and always be very sensitive to EVERYBODIES feelings and emotions.

    Kind regards,
    Neil

    • SteveBloor says:

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks again for your comments.

      You seem like a genuinely sincere, sensitive & compassionate person.

      I hope I can answer your questions adequately from the point of view of helping you gain understanding of my position, &, I’ve discovered since resigning as Bishop, many hundreds of thousands of others who are reconsidering their faiths in light of new & expanded information & knowledge.

      You will probably find most of the answers to your questions in amongst the many posts I’ve made over the last few months.

      The best of my posts on psychology are probably the latter ones.

      In short though, to answer your comment on how I was treated by Priesthood Leaders after my resignation, I have come to realise that fear is the biggest emotional influence over their behaviours.

      Fear is driving many TBM members away from ex-members like me, & from listening to or reading the important information which could help them gain insight.

      Kind regards,
      Steve

      • Neil says:

        Hey Steve,

        Thank you for the compliments! I really desire to be compassionate towards other people and sensitive to their feelings, so I appreciate it.

        May I ask, why are you seeking for answers that the Church find so difficult to answer. I would think that someone with your intelect and wisdom would understand why questions like that are either difficult to answer because we really don’t know, or are instructed not to, or that they are actually not important in the greater scheme of things.

        I understand that you don’t want to be fead MILK the whole time and wanna start eating on the juicy steak, but why did you start searching for your juicy steak from things you know could harm “not so seasoned mormons” instead of things that would encourage them? Personally the more I learn about Joseph Smith and how imperfect he was gives me greater hope for my own exaltation and also that he was also just a man, I am sure if Heavenly Father didn’t know that Jospeh Smith would act upon his revelation he would not have chosen Jospeh Smith because of his imperfections as a man.

        Don’t you think maybe that your disappointment regarding this person you esteemed in the highest regard was so overwhelming that you did NOT KNOIW WHERE TO TURN? I am just asking these questions because I am surethat many of your readers are feeling the same way, and have experienced the same thing when they started reading these literature and “informtive facts”.

        I hope my questions are intrueging enough for you to answer them, and not same old same and that I am waisintg your time.

        Take care,
        Neil

      • Neil says:

        Sorry, in my post I actually meant to say NOT wasting your time. It is late for me and I need to go to bed now. I will read your response in the morning.

        Neil

    • Scott says:

      Hi Neil,

      I really liked your comments about being encouraged by learning that Joseph made mistakes. The Church certainly does exude an attitude of perfection which can be tremendously discouraging and depressing for those of us who actually do have flaws. As I leave the Church I have been reassured that I will burn in hell and lose my family, but if Joseph got the 1st ticket into heaven with all his flaws, I like my chances as a coffee drinker :)

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  17. Adam says:

    Hi Steve,

    I do not frequently read blogs, much less comment on them; but, I feel compelled to say thank you. I first read your blog nearly a year ago when a friend of mine, who I considered to be “anti-mormon”, sent me the link. I am a fourth generation Mormon and I have very recently come to learn the Church is not true.
    Since I can remember I have always strived to master the scriptures, choose the right, and be faithful. My beliefs have been the source of much comfort and help, but they have also been the source of agonizing guilt and stress. Like most Latter-day Saints, when I came across facts that contradicted what I had been taught I simply pushed them to the far recesses of my mind where I juggled them in silence. However, the juggling act simply became to much and I have since taken the time to examine my concerns and find real answers.
    Like you, I still love the members of the church–who for the most part are good people trying to do the right thing. My belief in the meaning of life has shifted from simply preparing my best for it to end to living it. I have come to the realization that not believing in the Church does not make me a bad person, in fact it has not changed who I am at all. My desires to be happy and help others be happy have never been stronger.
    My intent in writing is not ramble, rather it is to say thank you. It is very helpful to see that I am not alone in what, at times, can be a very difficult process. As my new journey continues and my friends and family begin to learn of my thoughts I will undoubtedly look to your journey for help. Additionally, I begin my first year of Podiatry school next year and look forward to reading more on your research and thoughts.

    Sincerely,

    Adam

    • Adam's Friend says:

      Well said Adam! I’m glad you were able to see past the “anti-Mormon” designation you had given to me and take what I said to heart. I wish you the best when you eventually have to “come-out” to your family and friends. just know it gets better afterwards. You will miss having the church as a means of relating to them, but if you work to relate on other grounds, you won’t grow apart.
      PS- I would let you examine my foot any day

  18. Paul M says:

    Hi Steve,

    I just stumbled across your blog recently. I have ancestors on both sides that go back to early church pioneer history. I have been a member all my life, did the mission, and temple marriage thing. I am now in my 40s, active my entire life, and have held leadership callings in the church like you did.

    Almost a year ago, I discovered the issues with the Book of Abraham. Like you I did a lot of research, all to defend the church and hold my beliefs together. Instead I just came across land mine after land mine! I now know the church is NOT true, but my wife is not interested in my findings. She doesn’t really care about the issues and is happy living the fantasy.

    I still go to church to keep her happy, but it is amazing the things you see and realize WHEN YOUR EYES ARE OPEN! I have a teenage daughter, and I haven’t been able to share my findings with her. For now I just encourage her NOT to go on a mission, NOT to go to BYU, and NOT to be in a hurry to get married.

    Hopefully she will go to a real college and find the truth out on her own.

    I sure envy you have your wife on your side. I have tried to work in some of my issues with her. I have discussed issues with the book of Abraham, BOM, Joseph Smith, blacks and the priesthood, and tithing, but she just MAKES EXCUSES for the church. It doesn’t matter what I say, the church can do no wrong.

    Any advice on how to get someone to want to know the truth?

    • SteveBloor says:

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your courageous comments.

      Unfortunately, no one can do the thinking on behalf of another, as much as we sometimes wish we could.

      Everyone has to come to discover the truth for themselves.

      I would never try to force another person to think a certain way, nor try to de- convert anyone from their cherished beliefs.

      In my own experience, I was fortunate that my wife was willing to listen & reconsider her beliefs. It didn’t happen straight away, I had to be patient, & never tried to force her.

      In order to help another person to reconsider their beliefs you need to trust them, love them unconditionally & gently encourage them to think rationally & critically.

      I have found studying the psychology of belief to be most helpful.

      I would suggest ‘The Believing Brain’ by Michael Shermer, and ‘Don’t Believe Everything You Think’ by Thomas Kida.

      The main thing is to be patient & loving, & encourage people to think rationally & not to just rely on feelings.

      Wishing you all the best,
      Steve

      • Paul M says:

        Thank you for the advice, I hate going to a stranger on a blog for help, but as you know, it is a lonely place I am in where those around you just don’t understand and can’t help, even if they wanted to.

        Best wishes to you and your family!

      • SteveBloor says:

        Hi Paul,

        When I resigned as bishop I had no idea of the extent of the disenfranchisement felt by many members of the Church.

        I have since become aware of many online support groups which offer empathy, advice & mutual support during what can be a traumatic transition & recovery.

        I can email you with details of these groups of you would like.

        Please let me know.

        Best regards,
        Steve

  19. Luke Keast says:

    Hi Steve,

    I have read almost all of your posts with great interest. I left the church at the age of 14 and still, more than 15 years later feel almost guilty for opening my mind to the obvious truths that are so clear to see. It touched me to hear your sons response to you as you wanted to share your findings with him. I respect his faith, but as I wish I could discuss openly my findings with my father, the faith seems to forbid such conversation.

    Luke Keast

  20. blaha587 says:

    Steve,
    Your story came across my Facebook wall and I was intrigued because I once served in the Helston/Red Ruth wards at the end of my mission july-august 2006. My name is Cody Crider and I wasn’t sure if i knew you or not (it was very difficult actually getting to know people when your separated by two wards and distance). I was grateful however to read your story. I recently, almost a year ago, finally admitted that I no longer believed in not just the LDS religion, but all organized religions. It was a tough time actually admitting it to myself and others, but it felt… right. The hardest part for me now is finding out, like you said, who I really am and what I believe exactly. I would like to talk a bit more, but unfortunately have to get to bed (Army wakes you up too early). Facebook is the best way to contact me I am currently living in El Paso, TX. If you cannot find me on there I will be checking back here for a response. Thank you again sincerely for your post.

    • blaha587 says:

      I forgot to click the “notify me of follow-up comments via email”.. so please reply to this message and not the above. Thanks

  21. Barb says:

    Just found your blog today and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for putting out the truth, many of us ex-mormons are regarded as not really having a testimony and my experience is that nothing could be further from the truth. I would have given anything to prove my faith, until I found the truth 44 years into my life. I am pioneer stock which, of course, means the majority of my family are TBM. Its good to know we are not alone in our journey. i am now an atheist, as the questions about my the gospel bled over into many other aspects shared by most religions so I had to explore them all. I am at peace now and can live my life without guilt and shame. Namaste.

    • SteveBloor says:

      Thank you Barb.

      It’s an exciting, if not sometimes difficult journey Post Mormon. But well worth it.

      I share my thoughts as I go through this journey in an effort to reach out to others who are feeling isolated and anxious about their future as they too transition out of Mormonism.

      Maybe my personal journey can provide hope and encouragement.

      Best wishes,
      Steve

  22. C. Romney says:

    Did you turn Cornwall red? Kudos to you! Keep up the good work.

    A recently leaked report, see pg 10, shows your area of influence is LOSING LDS members.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/rkrzewzliwbsrvl/2014%20Europe%20Area%20Plan%20Executive%20Version%20-%20English.pdf

  23. Peter Wilkins says:

    Your words now seem at odds with your actions (I’m referring of course to your soon to be I’ll fated attention seeking efforts to get President Monson summoned to appear at Westminster Court) any good will you may have generated with your honest enquiry has now evaporated, enjoy your season in the spotlight. Sad sad times.

  24. Mark Davison says:

    The Mormon church puts out a mountain of untruths and dishonest portrayal of it’s history.
    The extent of deception filters from preceding LDS President & “brethren” elect, thru to Bishops, missionaries and to members.

    In his later days shortly before he died Apostle Bruce Mckonkie, was reported to say that he was trouble by the Churches dishonesty. ” we have not been honest with the people”

    Tithing being the crux of LDS inc property is misrepresented when claimed that it’s a “donation”
    Tithing is a mandatory 10 % temple membership fee. Tithing and being tithing faithful is a requirement for all and any members to be a “full tithe payer” tithing settlement meetings are conducted with members to determine the “honesty” and a part of the questions when a member seeks a temple recommend. That is not a donation it’s a membership fee.

  25. Manuel Enrique Lattronico Aznar says:

    Buenas Noches Steve… Respeto mucho tú manera de pensar.. Sin embargo no la apoyo. Sabes que durante 47 años el Espíritu Santo fue tu guía constante, (ese sentimiento no se puede negar) la compañía de este maravilloso personaje de la trinidad, nos guía y testifica de Dios el Padre y de Jesucristo su Hijo. Yo nunca, los he visto personalmente, pero estoy totalmente seguro que me aman, que soy su hijo y que regresaré a su presencia si me esfuerzo por ser un hijo obediente. La Ley del Diezmo es una de las leyes más difíciles de aceptar, sin embargo, testifico que pagar un diezmo integro es un mandamiento de Dios y que más que un beneficio para nadie en la iglesia es una bendición para mi vida y la de mi familia. Entiendo que hay muchos misterios que AÚN no han sido revelados… Seguramente para nuestro bien. Pero no me cabe duda que todas las cosas quedarán descubiertas a su debido tiempo, es por ello que te exhorto como poseedor del Sacerdocio de Dios que soy, que recuerdes (por que lo sabes) que no hay otra manera de ser salvos sino a través de las ordenanzas que realizamos en el Santo Templo. Dios nos ama a todos y no le importa el error que hayamos cometido siempre estará presto a ayudarnos a seguir por el sendero estrecho y angosto. Testifico con toda la sinceridad de mi corazón que el Libro de Mormón es un libro perfecto, al escudriñar cada pagina, cada párrafo puedo sentir que fue escrito con poder celestial, Se que José Smith fue un gran hombre y agradezco su Integridad y gran ejemplo de obediencia, no lo conocí en persona pero se (porque así me lo ha hecho saber mi Padre Celestial) que este joven realmente fue un instrumento en sus manos para llevar a cabo la Restauración de esta ultima dispensación del Evangelio de Jesucristo, en preparación para la segunda venida del Mesías. Entiendo que el 14 de Marzo esta convocado el Presidente Tomas S. Monson a comparecer ante la corte de magistrados de Westminster, estoy convencido que al escuchar sus palabras y respuestas no tendrás más deseos de alejarte de la iglesia… Mucho exito en esta pequeña jornada llamada vida Steve, ya en algún momento tendremos la oportunidad de vernos y recordar estas lineas. Soy Venezolano, vivo en Venezuela, cometo muchos errores, pero sé que puedo quedar libre de ellos por medio de la expiación de mi hermano mayor Jesucristo. En el nombre de Jesucristo . Amén.

  26. Joel says:

    Hi Steve,

    We met once in Helston, when you were Bishop. I don’t really want to engage in a dialogue with you and will explain why later, although I am glad you are well and have found some form of peace. Instead, I just want to comment on what I have read on your blog.

    Firstly, nothing I have read on here is new to me. The church is not and should not be necessarily defined by its history. The scriptures are replete with people (including church leaders) who made mistakes. Does this prove it wrong? It poses questions, but the church is no more false because of Joseph’s errors any more than it is because of David’s, yours (when your were a leader of the church) or mine (if you take it as the true church through all times). Maybe we need to stop defining ourselves by the recent events of history, but rather seek to do good in all things now.

    Secondly, your heading at the top reads ‘objective view of Mormonism’. I cannot believe that an ex-mormon turned Humanist could possibly even begin to have an objective view, any more than I could. Is there such an ideal? I would argue that objectivity can only come with pure knowledge and unfortunately this is not possible to come by, as the facts are not black and white surrounding the events of church history. Your blog and many of the comments on here are a mixture of fact, statements and quotes without contexts, and personal opinions; anything but an objective view. Going back to the point about objectivity requiring pure knowledge. As a humanist, could this be possible? I would believe that truth is down to human interpretation, if you take God out of the equation. However, being a TBM, I do believe in objective truth. I believe in a God that has pure knowledge. I don’t claim to have that and for this reason, cannot really engage in objective dialogue as any view or argument that I portray is bound to be purely subjective. If I were not to believe in God, I cannot imagine that I would believe any view to be objective.

    I believe that your support for members that leave the church is motivated by good and wish you well in this act. However, I find it hard to believe that you expect any errors of the past to be highlighted for everyone to see. We believe in forgiveness, repentance and that no one is perfect. Is it compassionate to highlight any errors in someone else’s life after their death?

    I wish you well in the good things that you do, but hope that the questions (which are intended to be rhetorical) posed can help you to reflect on your thoughts.

    Kind regards, Joel

    • SteveBloor says:

      Hi Joel,

      I agree, there is very little objective reality.

      I now judge things on degree of certainty.

      With what I accept as the truth, being that which is most certain.

      In order to determine truth one needs to assess as much available data as possible. The Church’s method for determining truth is highly flawed. Particularly when the data available for members to consider then pray about was incomplete, incorrect and highly biased.

      Certain truth claims the Church makes are highly verifiable. These will be tested by expert witnesses in a Court of Law.

      The Church has the opportunity to show its claims are true in the public arena.

      This can only be for the good. Kind regards, Steve

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