I was broken. I was mad. I was frustrated. I was sad. I was at an impasse and I prayed for the Church to create real space for truth seeking. Please….. Please…… Make a safe space……. I need you and hope for you to truly honor my questions by having a vulnerable conversation about them. Please hear my heart. Please hear my soul. I am begging for you to be real with me and all the others who are hurting.
First Presidency Statement:
We understand from time to time church members will have questions about church doctrine, history or practice. Members are always free to ask such questions and earnestly seek greater understanding. We feel special concern, however, for members who distance themselves from church doctrine or practice and, by advocacy, encourage others to follow them.
Simply asking questions has never constituted apostasy. Apostasy is repeatedly acting in clear, open and deliberate public opposition to the church or its faithful leaders, or persisting, after receiving counsel, in teaching false doctrine. (June 28, 2014, First Presidency Statement)
(This Episode in a different version released to the public on May 1st 2017. It had been recorded in January 2017. Due to my discomfort as I re-listened to it in part due to its tone, the episode was pulled and edited and re-released. Over the next 24 hours, I edited a few small portions and re-recorded some sections. I believe this version is more in line with the tone I want the podcast to convey while speaking vulnerably to the hurt and pain of those in a faith transition)