Reading this story–written for an audience that includes my children (ages 8, 11, and 14)–made me feel like a member of a freakish cult that hypersexualizes its preschool children girls rather than a member of a beautiful (and sometimes weird) religious tradition that has brought a lot of blessings and meaning to my life.
This is not an easy point to discuss, but this must be discussed. This is not about slamming the Church. This is not anti-Mormon rhetoric. This is important.
Thank you, Heather, for speaking up about this. Read her post here.
How do you define God these days? What about spirituality? Have you progressed beyond an LDS testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and into another religious point of view, or into agnosticism or atheism?
For some, following a crisis of faith and disaffection from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is almost a second crisis when the “God Question” comes into focus. And as with a faith crisis, you can be left feeling confused and isolated, unsure how to refocus your thinking and redefine your life.
Recently Kiley from We Were Going to be Queens posted her thoughts as she revisited questions surrounding belief in God. She writes in part:
The whole “God question” is troubling to me because it is hard for me to think about there being a god without my next question being what does he/she want from me? Why do we suppose that such a being would want something from us? What would God want of me?”
If I were to try and answer the question of what a being like God would want of me I think this is it. Be happy. Help others be happy. So in some ways I'm not sure this post is anything I have not already said before but I think that we have to be happy to live in the present. I think that is what a loving creator would really want of us. That is all my little heart and brain can worry about right now.
Part of the founders’ vision when the Peacewriter began last fall included finding peace and understanding along the way by sharing thoughts and feelings through the written word. And it has been a privilege to read some of the writings others have contributed.
Have you found a spiritual home post-LDS? Some desire a faith community following a split from the Church, while others take a path that leads to atheism. Still others embark on a continual evolution which changes as time passes.
Where do you fall?
What does prayer mean to you now?
Do you have a story you would like to share? No matter where you are or what you believe, or do not believe, I want to publish as many contributions on the subject over the coming weeks. Simply type up an essay and send it to the Peacewriter through our contact page.
"The second most commonly asked question I get from mormon friends who don't support same-gender marriage is, "How can you sustain the prophet and support gay marriage." I love this question because it is gorgeously complicated and messy - just like all of the best religious questions (see: Eden, Garden of*)."
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We all want to belong somewhere, to someone. It is a basic human need.
If you have ever experienced a period of doubt or questioned your beliefs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you know that this is not a minor thing. It is tantamount to a crisis, and one that can be life altering.
Lose your testimony, and you stand to lose everything that matters.
There are those who exist on the fringes of the Church, who feel disenfranchised, even unwanted. If you are single, gay or lesbian, feminist, atheist, or uncorrelated, it can be tough to feel like a part of the community. You may feel that you do not belong.
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If you have ever loved someone who endured a faith crisis, you know that there are a lot of gray areas. Uncertainty is the dominant force; black and white become moot points.Those who have walked the same path share a common bond, understood by few who have not traveled the same road.
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