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  1. I used to like the Simpsons until it got very immodest and then downright vulgar. I could even take the ridicule of Ned Flanders, because in the end, he was always more or less vindicated.

    But now, it’s almost (but not quite) as vulgar as Family Guy. Eww.

  2. Hi Jack! I just recently found your blog and have been enjoying reading some of the posts. I am a recovering evangelical and I’m married to a woman that is LDS. I am looking for others that I can connect with who are in a similar situation as me.

    Thank you for accepting me as a friend on Facebook, even though you don’t know me. I wasn’t sure how else to get a message to you (I have since discovered this “Leave a Comment” tool on your blog site).

    I look forward to reading more of your stuff. Keep up the great work!

    Best regards,

  3. Mitch, it’s nice to meet you. I was perplexed when I got your invite on Facebook, but I saw you were from Salt Lake City and figured you probably read my blog.

    What do you mean by “recovering evangelical”?

    Anyways, feel free to ask me anything here or on Facebook.

  4. Jack, I’m sorry about the way I contacted you. I thought the message I left here would only be seen by you. I didn’t know it would actually be posted for everyone to see. I don’t blame you for being perplexed about being contacted on Facebook. I was just trying to figure out the best way to get in touch with you.

    My purpose in contacting you is because you and I have something in common. I am not a member of the LDS church, but I’m married to someone who is.

    As for being a “recovering evangelical,” it’s because I spent 17 years of my life attending evangelical bible churches. But after 17 years of marriage, I divorced my wife. As a result, I was kicked out of my church and lost all of (who I thought were) my friends.

    I had been very involved in the churches I attended. I served as an elder in one church, I taught sunday school and lead bible studies. I was also on the board of directors at the Salt Lake Rescue Mission.

    After my divorce, I met a lovely LDS woman. We’ve now been married for six years. I’ve never been happier. So, now, I’m struggling because i don’t know what to do about my faith. I can hardly bare the thought of going back to church. Even if I did, I wouldn’t able to teach or serve in the church because I’m divorced. Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t the only reason for attending church.

    I like the way you speak out against anti-mormons. I have always questioned people who say Mormons aren’t christian or that Mormons aren’t saved. Only God knows our hearts. Only he knows who is “saved” and who isn’t.

    I appreciate your blog. I will continue to read it. Hopefully, I can contribute comments that might help you or others.

    Thanks for your time and for listening.


  5. Okay Mitch, here’s some questions for you:

    Is there only one denomination you feel like you should attend? I ask because I’m fairly certain different evangelical churches have different positions on how divorced members can serve. I used to attend Rock Canyon Assembly of God in Provo, and we had quite a few divorced members serving in the lay leadership. My husband and I did a 2-on-2 pre-marital counseling course while we were engaged which was taught by a couple who had married each other after each had been divorced.

    And here’s the thing about evangelical churches: they want membership. They want to grow and they want you to bring your gifts to the congregation, which you obviously have because you served in lay leadership so well before your divorce. Plenty of churches believe in forgiveness and second chances after divorce, and especially in Utah, there are churches which will be willing to work with your interfaith marriage situation.

    So, I would encourage you to start looking for a church again, since the desire is obviously in your heart and I think you know that believers weren’t meant to be alone. If you want I could contact my old pastor in Provo and ask if he knows of any churches near you that would be understanding of your situation. (My old pastor, btw, was very cool)

    I hope this helps. Feel free to ask me anything.

  6. There’s definitely a variation in attitude toward divorce in evangelical churches; I have a relative who’s divorced and remarried, and they let him be a part-time pastor (although not right away) in an evangelical church. Many evangelicals are quite good at accepting people where they are and sometimes set a good example for us Mormons in that regard. I wouldn’t let a bad experience in one church sour you on them all.

  7. Been trying to recruit some of my evangelical friends to check your site Jack. Some of these guys I truly love but we’ve stayed away from religion. I’m not even trying to convert them, but I’d love it if we had an understanding and were able to highlight our commonalities and strengths.

  8. Hey Jack, here’s a suggestion for a post:

    I love the Book of Mormon, and sometimes I’m reading a certain part and it will just really strike me profoundly. I think, “What Christian, Mormon or otherwise, wouldn’t identify with that?” Perhaps I’m mistaken.

    So although I know you feelings about the Book of Mormon and your position on its authenticity, I know you’ve read it. Are there any parts of the Book of Mormon you like? If so, which?

  9. I like the part where Teancum sneaks into the tent and throws a javelin right into the sleeping Amalakiah.

    Amalakiah totally got owned.

  10. Seth, if you want to hang out here you have to speak nerd. The correct terminology is “pwn’t,” maybe “pwned.” Never “owned.”

    Jon, it’s been soooo long since I’ve read through the Book of Mormon. I think when I finished my religion classes at BYU in April 2002 was the last time. I took diligent notes in all of the margins though, I’ll try to through it sometime this week and put something together.

  11. Your story is fascinating. It may interest you to know that I am publishing a book (hopefully due out by the end of the year) which includes essays by Mormon and non-Mormon scholars (many of whom are Evangelicals) on the topics of Mormon philosophy and theology.

  12. Jack: Not everyone LDS is using Pam Stenzel. There was debate on showing “Sex has a Price Tag” to the youth in our Stake. Some Bishops opted out, since it was not produced by the Church. Other Bishops saw the great value in it. I’m glad you are familiar with her.

  13. Jack! I never realized you had a blog (though I guess I should have… :lol: )!

    Love this idea. I’m going to need to spend some time checking it out.

    And I second the comments about your picture. Never would have recognized you from the photo in my head. :)

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