I am writing to you on the express instruction of Bishop David Dodson.
As you have heard through the press I have volunteered to assist as a witness in a legal case of alleged fraud against President Thomas S Monson.
Having spent over an hour in conversation with my good friend Bishop David Dodson I am acutely aware of the hurt this action has caused you.
Bishop Dodson, being a compassionate man, has pleaded with me to attempt to calm your fears, and try to heal the hurt you feel.
Please be assured I never meant to offend or hurt anyone, particularly my friends in the Church.
Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, there are issues which inevitably cause pain and heartache.
I am not one to shy away from those difficult topics because I believe they are often the most important.
I take inspiration from the Prophet John Taylor when he said, “I think a full, free talk is frequently of great use; we want nothing secret nor underhanded, and I for one want no association with things that cannot be talked about and will not bear investigation.” – Journal of Discourses, Volume 20, Page 264.
What the press have so far failed to realise is that our motives are positive. Our reasons are to increase the openness and honesty in the Church.
“As current and former Mormons, many of us have been through emotional turmoil as we’ve struggled with our beliefs. Some of us even made the difficult decision to leave. Our most cherished relationships have been strained or lost. We’ve experienced pain and distress, sometimes having to keep silent out of fear—all because of a lack of understanding between active members and those who question their faith.”
Our actions are focused on encouraging the Church to be more forthcoming with the answers to difficult historical and doctrinal issues. These are issues which most members are scared of talking about. Yet I believe that if you have the Gospel of Jesus Christ you should have no fear.
As the Apostle George A. Smith said, “If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak.” – Journal of Discourses, Volume 14, Page 216
As we open doors of communication ‘Truth Will Prevail’ as error collides with beautiful reality.
All we are doing is giving President Monson an opportunity to resolve some major factual questions in his role as the Prophet of God, which he purports to be.
As Apostle Orson Pratt says,
“Convince us of our errors of Doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the Word of God and we will ever be grateful for the information and you will ever have the pleasing reflections that you have been instruments in the hands of God of redeeming your fellow” – The Seer, p 15
What you may not realise is there are thousands of members of the Church wanting answers. Many cannot raise their voices for fear of harassment or rejection. We are speaking up for them.
There is a massive movement for change that is growing by the day. Their thoughts are expressed here:
Hopefully you can be reassured by Apostle J. Reuben Clark, “If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.”
Please check my blog post for a deeper understanding of my motives:
It is because of my compassion for others that I have agreed to act as a witness in this case. Hopefully we will encourage the Church to become much more open about these issues and become more supportive of those leaving the Church.
“Finally we hope one day to see a more compassionate church, in which those of us who still retain through habit something of a Mormon identity, may find acceptance within the LDS community, no matter what our perceived deficiencies or peculiarities or orientations might be, being valued simply because we place a high value on objective truth.”
Please accept my love and best wishes,