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| Hi to All!
Just wanted to add a little more information to the details about the conference. At the time of my last announcement, some of the agenda was not complete.
First of all, we will be having two concurrent break-out sessions during the mid-afternoon on Saturday. They will be led by Blair Watson, and Arza Evans. A lot of you are probably familiar with Arza'a book, The Keystone of Mormonism. It's been instrumental in leading many, many people to the truth about Mormonism. He will be addressing issues of post-mormonism, such as fear, grief, confusion, anger and freedom. Blair Watson is a long-time member of the Foundation, and has spent significant time study the issue of how being a Mormon affects one's self-esteem. These should both be wonderful workshops -- and since they will be smaller groups, there will be more chance for group discussion.
In addition, our Sunday morning session is going to be extra special this year - entitled "The Road Less Traveled". I have asked four people to give a formal presentation about their lives -- during and after Mormonism. So far, I have 3 of the 4 "on-board", and those are Dennis Farley - Salt Lake City, former Bishop and Stake Presidency member, Jarom Smith - San Diego, CA, frequent poster to the Exmormon list - who always contributes "deep thoughts" for everyone to contemplate, and Kathy Worthington - Salt Lake City, who has done such wonderful work helping people resign from the church with her website, MormonNoMore.com. The fourth party is "pending" at the moment, and I will let you know as soon as that's confirmed.
One more thing -- when I made the announcement that Arza Evans had contributed 100 of his books, and that we would be giving out one to the first 90 who registered, and saving the other 10 for a raffle, he graciously wrote and gave us 10 more so that the first 100 people who registered could have one. I am keeping track, as registrations are rolling in! Check the website, www.ExmormonFoundation.org for all the info about registering.
This promises to be as great or better a conference as we've ever had! We're hoping to break the record of 230 people we had last year!
| The search for peace is the driving force in the lives of most people. Peace, contentment, the enjoyment of a life well-ordered are their goals. The ability to feel that life is a good thing and well worth its living. Even the very beginnings of the birth of America says that we are in the, "pursuit of happiness." It doesn't necessarily say we are entitled to happiness, just that we are entitled to seek it.
Peace in the heart is a worthwhile goal. It sometimes comes easily. Other times, it must be fought for and worked out with dedication. Peace is not easily defined for individuals because each person will find peace in a different way. Some find it in a belief in a god. Others find it in the mountaintops of the beautiful earth we live in. Others in the solace of a good book or a friend or lover.
For some, peace is fleeting, coming in moments and departing. These moments are to be treasured and recreated as opportunity presents. For others, peace can stay for long periods of time with minor disruptions. Time brings its variances and I suppose that is as normal as life can possibly be. Yet, the search for peace of heart and mind is a worthwhile pursuit for all.
Whatever your definition of peace, it is appropriate to seek it outside the birthright which may have been given to you as a child. The beliefs of parents and childhood friends may not have brought you the peace you desire as an adult. It only means the search for peace has not been completed.
| It's hard to believe there are only 7 weeks to go before the annual Exmormon Foundation Conference begins again - October 13-15 at The Embassy Suites, Salt Lake City. The program has been finalized, and it has something for
everyone. Two of our featured speakers are Brent Metcalfe, Editor of “New Approaches to the Book of Mormon: Explorations in Critical Methodology, and Co-editor of American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon; and Simon
Southerton, PhdD, author of "Losing a Lost Tribe - Native Americans, DNA, and The Book of Mormon". Throughout the weekend, we will be hearing from other speakers about various subjects such as Mormonism and self esteem, the post Mormon metamorphosis, sexual abuse within religious communities, problems with the Book of Abraham, and other personal stories during our panel on Sunday morning.
We now have the full agenda up on the website, http://www.ExMormonFoundation.org. Go there for a complete overview of the weekend, and for the all the information you will need for registration and
One important fact that I always like to make note of is that every single year we have a huge number of people who are there for the first time, and many who have come alone. Don't be nervous if you haven't been before. By the time we're done with introductions on Friday night, we feel like a family. Even with over 200 people last year, we didn't lose that connection. Our weekend is a combo of fascinating presentations and hours of just socializing and trading stories. We also have a roommate co-ordinator for those who will be coming alone, but would like to share the expenses of a room with someone. Easy to do at The Embassy Suites, as most accomodations there have double beds in the bedroom, and also a fold-out couch in the living area.
Don't hesitate to write me with any questions.
| One of speakers this year at the conference is Linda Walker, one of the founders, along with Flora Jessup, of the website, childpro.org. She and Flora have worked together for years in the cause of exposing ecclesiastical sexual abuse of children, and Flora, in particular, has worked for years with the women and children coming out of polygamy. She is an escapee of polygamy herself.
I have seen Flora interviewed several times on national TV, and she seems to be one of the "go-to" people that the press interviews when polygamy issues come up. She's been interviewed several times recently with the Warren Jeffs things so prominent in the news. Here are some links to a couple of articles about her, or news pieces that quote her, etc.
Linda has just informed me that she has invited Flora to join her at the confernce, and they will be driving up from AZ together. Altho Flora will not be one of our featured speakers, having her at the conference will be a wonderful opportunity to talk with her about her experiences. Linda and I have talked about her giving Flora a few minutes of her scheduled time, and that might just happen.
I just thought that those coming to the conference or thinking about it would like to know this. I can't wait to finally meet her!
| I am still getting e-mails from people who haven't registered for the conference yet, and now want to do so. Registrations this week are more than welcome!! - but there are some caveats at this point.
1. Please do not mail any more registrations, as they will not get here in time. We will have no way of knowing that your money as been sent. If you do this, and we have no record of it, you will need to pay at the door.
2. If you can use PayPal, please use that method to pay, and then send the information for your name tag to Louwags@yahoo.com.
3. If you don't have a PayPal account, you may pay at the door.
4. HOWEVER!!! If you intend to register for the dinner on Saturday night, I need to have that information by Wed. evening, as I give the count to the hotel Thurs. morning. After Wed., we cannot guarantee any dinners, altho the hotel prepares a few extra, and they MAY be available when you come Fri. evening. Regardless, to be guaranteed dinner, you must let me know by Wed. evening, and if you commit to dinner, you will be obligated to pay, even if you don't show.
If you're still "waffling" - cut if out!! You won't be sorry if you come! :-)
On Friday, October 13, 2006, the Exmormon Foundation annual conference commenced. The Foundation is "dedicated to supporting those in transition from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints"; we provide these recordings free-of-charge for download in order to support that mission.
Disclaimer: The Exmormon Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation. The opinions of the speakers below are their own, and not necessarily the opinion of the Exmormon Foundation, its officers, or members. We provide the forum, they provide the content.
- Introductions and Announcements:
Note: The open-mic sessions will not be recorded this year, out of respect for the privacy and intimacy of the setting for those present.
- Bob McCue: "The Post-Mormon Metamorphosis: How to Maximize Creation and Minimize Destructon".
- Bob Part Deux: The Lunch Session.
- Linda Walker and Flora Jessop: "The Church, Child Abuse and the Law: Case Studies of Civil Complaints".
- Simon Southerton, Ph.D.: "Losing a Lost Race: From Radishes to DNA and Outer Darkness".
Saturday Breakout Sessions:
- Blair Watson: "How Mormonism Wounds Self-Esteem and What You Can Do About It".
- Arza Evans: "Post-Mormon Feelings, Challenges, and Freedoms".
- Bryan Johnson of Bacchus Bartending: "The Art of Fixing and Mixing"
- (Not recorded; we could only record two breakouts at the same time. And besides, a class on how to mix drinks? That's a hands-on activity!)
The Exmormon Foundation Business Meeting was not recorded.
- Brent Metcalfe: "Re-Visioning the Book of Abraham: Criticism Beyond Apologetics andamp; Polemics"
Note: At about nine minutes into Brent's presentation, we began receiving significant interference on our FM radio gear. Unfortunately, this tainted the source recording, and there's just no effective way to remove it. It sounds like a commercial of some sort. It goes away a minute and a half later.
- Panel: "The Road Less Travelled", with Jarom Smith, Dennis Farley, Sandy Crain-Gilkeson and Tracy Bachman
| We need your help!
During the 2006 conference, The Exmormon Foundation began production of a video documentary featuring interviews with several individuals who explain their reasons for leaving Mormonism. The generosity of these individuals is greatly appreciated!
This documentary will soon be available on DVD for general distribution for a nominal fee to cover the costs of production. Each interview will also be available on the website for free at a significantly lesser quality but without compromising the actual content of the interviews.
At this time, however, The Foundation is in need of your financial support in order to complete the production of the DVD. If you feel this is a project which you can support, please go to the website at http://exmormonfoundation.org/donate for assistance in making a contribution. A mailing address is provided for donations by check and a PayPal link is provided if you wish to donate via credit card or PayPal.
As The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are generally tax deductible for this project. Check with your CPA for specifics about your personal situation.
As always, please only contribute within your means. The Foundation does not wish for you to overextend yourself financially for any Foundation cause.
The Exmormon Foundation
| A few weeks ago we announced to several of the Ex-mo lists that the Foundation had made a decision to fund and produce a documentary that would be viewable on our website, and also in DVD form. We are about 2/3 of the way through that project which is being produced to assist others who have just left the church or thinking about making that leap. There are many stories on the internet, but we believe being able to "see" a person as they tell their story will be even more powerful.
Today, our videographer flew into Salt Lake again to do some background shooting that he wasn't able to do when he was there during the conference -- he was too busy doing several interviews. This week he has been in Seattle to capture several more interviews (which I've been told went smashingly)!
A couple of interviews I had scheduled have fallen through just today -- so I'm putting this out to all of you with the invitation that if you are in the Salt Lake area, and would be interested in telling your "exit" story for the cameras, I would love to have you contact me immediately. This process is really not a "Barbara Walters" type of interview -- it's more like a few initial questions and then allowing the interviewee to "free-flow" their story and tell what is important to them.
Bob is especially interested in a couple of more interviews from people who were converts -- not born in the church -- but that's not mandatory. Bob will be there until Tuesday morning, so we can schedule time Sat., Sun., or Monday.
If you are interested, or would like to ask me some questions about it, send me a quick e-mail with your phone number, and I will call you.
Let me know!
| Some of you may have heard that the Exmormon Foundation is in the middle of new and exciting project. Last October at the conference, we began the filming of a documentary which will eventually be placed on our website for free viewing, as well as DVD's produced for purchase at a very reasonable price. This documentary is a compilation of Ex-mo's personal stories. Most of the interviews have now taken place and the filmmaker is in the process of the final compilation and editing. We hope to have it ready within the next 6 weeks or so -- no promises, however! :-) But soon. We've already had queries from others outside the Exmo community about wanting to acquire a copy. For your info, I'm posting here a link to a short trailer the filmmaker made for us to give us an idea of what's coming! I think you'll enjoy seeing this - you'll recognise some of your favorite people! We're very, very enthused about this project, and hope it's just the first of many we can do in the future. Here's the link - enjoy!
| We have a "new publication" brewing over at the Exmormon Foundation, which we have named "The New Expositor". Following is a request sent tonight by the editor, Ed Bliss. I told him I would copy it over here:
As many of you know, the Exmormon Foundation board has approved the
publishing of a newsletter, and a committee has been appointed to get it up
and running. It will be known as The New Expositor. Anyone familiar with
early church history will understand why the name was chosen.
We are now in process of gathering material for the first issue. If you
have suggestions concerning content, please send them along. We will
publish a list of all local and regional Exmormon groups we are aware of,
and would welcome news from or about any of them. If you are a member of a
group not listed on the Foundation website, please let us know. And if you
have any thoughts about what should be in an Exmormon newsletter, send them
At the last Exmormon Foundation conference a number of photos were taken. I
would appreciate your sending me, by email or snail mail, any you have that
you think might be worth considering for publication. We will not, of
course, show photos of anyone without their express permission.
We believe the New Expositor will be a useful adjunct to the Foundation's
informative website. Your input can help make it happen.
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| Elections for board members of The Exmormon Foundation has concluded. Per Sam Mikel, |
"Good afternoon everyone.
The time for voting has come to a close. We had 36 Foundation members participate in the election of your new Board.
Your new officers are:
I believe I speak for all of the board when I say that the board of directors of The Exmormon Foundation hopes to accomplish a great many things during the upcoming year!
I add my congratulations to the members of the board and I look forward to working with all of you!
The Exmormon Foundation
| Hi Everyone!
I'm pleased to give you the first detailed information about what is in store for those attending the next Exmormon Foundation Conference, October 12-14, at The Embassy Suites in Salt Lake City. We've been working on the agenda for several months now, and the Foundation is excited about what we've lined up. I think you will agree that this will be another interesting and entertaining conference. The agenda is almost 100% complete, and here is the line-up at this point:
A return performance by Bob McCue -- as last year he left everyone hungering for more of his steller scholarship and philosophy regarding the Ex-Mo experience. He has titled his presentation: "Damage Control, Healing and Growth in Post-Mormon Relationships: Sisyphus, Icarus and the Holy Grail"
Since it is the 150th Anniversary of the darkest moment in Mormon History - the Mountain Meadows Massacre - we have asked Brian Patrick (U. of U. Film Studies Professor) to return to talk about his experiences filming the first documentary made about the MMM, and to show us his film. With the non-mormon community finally beginning to find out about this horrible event. hearing Brian's experiences with church authorities and the Fancher family while filming his documentary should be especially interesting.
Another presenter will be Art Vanick, one of the authors of "Who Really Wrote The Book of Mormon". Art has been interviewed many times on radio programs about his book, and has lectured to groups about the research that was done for this book. F.A.R.M.S. has taken the time to write a 130-age rebuttal to the book -- must have pushed SOME buttons!! This presentation should prove to be very, very interesting.
Our dinner speaker will be Dan Fischer, D.D.S. - and former member of the FLDS church. While maintaining his dental practice, along with research and development of dental materials and procedures, he has created Smiles for Diversity, a nonprofit foundation committed to preventing hate crimes by promoting diversity and multicultural awareness. As a child, Dan was raised in a third-generation polygamous home. Eleven years ago, he left the FLDS religion, and as part of his dedication to promoting understanding among diverse cultures, he has become deeply involved in helping the young boys (some as young as 13) who are literally kicked out of their polygamous communities and abandoned by their polygamous families. Known as The Lost Boys, they find themselves on the streets of Salt Lake without education, without money, and without hope.
On Sunday we will have a presentation by Bill Gardner, former CES employee, and Janet Jacobson (former Molly Mormon, and now Liberated Lady) -- they will be talking about the way we can learn to leave guilt behind and find passion for life again after Mormonism. A significant amount of time will be given to involving the audience in questions, discussion, and interaction with the presenters and each other.
We will also be sponsoring a "First" for the conference. During the weekend, we will have an Exmormon Art Show, displaying works from our very own Exmormon community. If you're a visual artist, and would love to share your art with all of us, stayed tuned for more information on this event.
In addition to all of the above, we will have a wonderful time meeting each other, socializing, trading stories -- and just having a fun time! Last year we had approximately 250 people who joined us for the weekend -- and a very high percentage of them were there for the first time -- so don't be shy. If you've never come before, you won't be the only one! You definitely do not have to be a Foundation member to come -- I get a lot of questions about that every year. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us!
I will let you know when we've placed the necessary information about registration, fees, hotel, etc. on the Exmormon Foundation website. Embassy Suites is a beautiful facility, and the staff there works overtime to make our weekend "A Plus".
Please feel free to post to any exmo group that you belong to that doesn't receive this announcement. Thanks!
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| Please join us for our annual weekend of education, enlightenment, personal stories and a chance to mingle with a group of interesting and brave people who are exploring life and the world after Mormonism. This weekend has proven to be life-changing for many who come, and you will be energized and healed by the people you meet and the presentations you hear. It's a weekend of shared experiences, and a chance to meet some incredible people. You do not have to be a Foundation member to attend, but Foundation members do get a discount on the registration.
Embassy Suites Hotel
110 West 600 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2701
Telephone: (801) 359-7800
Fax: (801) 359-3753
Rooms have been blocked at a special rate. Be sure to ask for the rate for “The Exmormon Foundation” ($95.00). That includes a full cooked-to-order breakfast each morning in the beautiful hotel atrium. Call (801) 359-7800 for reservations. Our block of rooms will be held until the last week of September. After that, there is no guarantee that rooms will be available. Parking at the hotel is free, including for those who live locally and don't stay at the hotel.
Following is our agenda for the weekend. See below for more detailed information about our presenters and our first art exhibit.
||Registration, dinner on your own
||Social Hour, Cash Bar
||Welcome andamp; Introduction To Conference Sue Emmett, Conference Chair
Greetings Sandy Crain, President, The Exmormon Foundation
||Open Mike for Conference Attendees
||Hospitality and Socializing Time
||Brian Patrick “Burying the Past: Legacy Of The Mountain Meadows Massacre”
||Robert McCue “Damage Control, Healing and Growth in Post-Mormon Relationships: Sisyphus, Icarus and the Holy Grail”
||Lunch on Your Own
||Art Vanick “Who Really Wrote The Book of Mormon?”
||Panel A Road Less Traveled
||Exmormon Foundation Business Meeting
Everyone invited to attend and discuss future plans
||Social Hour, Cash Bar
||Dan Fischer Life as a Fundamentalist: Recovery and Rescue
||Hospitality and Socializing Time
||Bill Gardner, Janet Jacobson: “The Path from Fear to Passion”
Presentation, followed by Questions and Full Group Discussion.
Featured Speakers and Panelists
Bob McCue will be returning for his 2nd presentation,
as last year he left everyone hungering for more of his stellar scholarship and
philosophy regarding the Ex-Mo experience. He has titled his presentation
“Damage Control, Healing and Growth in Post-Mormon Relationships: Sisyphus,
Icarus and the Holy Grail”.
Since it is the 150th anniversary of the darkest moment in Mormon
history the Mountain Meadows Massacre we have asked U. of U.
Film Studies Professor Brian Patrick to return to talk about
his experiences filming the first documentary made about the MMM, and to show
us his film.
With the release of September Dawn
and the non-Mormon community finally beginning to find out about this horrible
event, hearing about Brian's experiences with church authorities and the Fancher
family while filming his documentary should be especially interesting.
Another presenter will be Art Vanick, one of the authors of
“Who Really Wrote The Book of Mormon”. Art has been interviewed
many times on radio programs about his book, and has lectured to groups about
the research that was done for this book. F.A.R.M.S. has taken the time to
write a 130-page rebuttal to the book – must have pushed SOME buttons!!
This presentation should prove to be very, very interesting.
Our dinner speaker will be Dan Fischer, D.D.S., former member
of the FLDS church. While maintaining his dental practice, along with research
and development of dental materials and procedures, he has created
Smiles for Diversity, a
nonprofit foundation committed to preventing hate crimes by promoting diversity
and multicultural awareness. As a child, Dan was raised in a third-generation
polygamous home. Eleven years ago, he left the FLDS religion, and as part of
his dedication to promoting understanding among diverse cultures, he has become
deeply involved in helping the young boys (some as young as 13) who are literally
kicked out of their polygamous communities and abandoned by their polygamous
families. Known as The Lost Boys, they find themselves on the streets of Salt
Lake without education, without money, and without hope.
On Sunday we will have a presentation by Bill Gardner, former
CES employee, and Janet Jacobson, former Molly Mormon, and now
Liberated Lady. They will be talking about the way we can learn to leave guilt
behind and find passion for life again after Mormonism. A significant amount of
time will be given to involving the audience in questions, discussion, and
interaction with the presenters and each other.
We will also be sponsoring a “first” for the conference. During the
weekend, we will have an Exmormon Art Show, displaying works
from our very own Exmormon community. If you're a visual artist, and would love
to share your art with all of us, stay tuned for more information on this event.
This year's conference is being organized by Sue Emmett.
If you have questions, please contact Sue via email at
Brian Madsen maintains this conference web page.
If you have any concerns about the content of this page (for example,
“the PayPal buttons aren't working”), please
let him know.
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| I can't believe how fast the summer is going! Today I looked at my calendar and realised how quickly October 12th is going to get here!
The plans for "Transition - Unlocking the Secrets to a Post-Mormon Life" are virtually complete. I am very excited to announce that I have completed the last segment I wanted to fill. We have two VERY interesting people who have accepted our invitation to tell their stories during the "A Road Less Traveled" panel. Our very own "A Musing Grace, Nanette Martin, has accepted an invitation to be part of the panel. When I found out a few weeks ago that she was from Oregon and lives in the same Stake I lived in for 20+ years, I knew I had to meet her! (A very interesting piece of this story for me personally is that I found out a couple of weeks ago that she is in my daughter's ward!!) I met with Nanette for the first time just two days ago after speaking on the phone a couple of times, and she has graciously accepted the invitation to come and speak.
In addition to Nanette, I have issued an invitation to Ray Hult, from Bountiful, Utah. Ray was very active in the church for years, and is both a former Bishop and spent 21 years as an FBI agent. I heard about Ray after reading a great review of a talk he presented to the Salt Lake Humanist group. I'm sure he has had a very interesting journey - and will have a story or two to tell us. This info will be added to the website in the next couple of days.
We have a very diverse and interesting program this year, and I'm enthused about what you're going to hear and who you're going to meet. Of course, the very BEST part of the weekend is the chance to meet and mingle with so many other people who share the challenges of leaving Mormonism. It's exhilarating, stimulating, and just a lot of fun!
In the meantime, all the information you need to register for the conference is on our website @ www.ExmormonFoundation.org. Hotel information is also there. Just call the number listed for the hotel and ask for the special rate arranged for the Exmormon Foundation. I highly recommend staying at the hotel if you can, as the total immersion of being there all weekend with so many others is one of the highlights of the weekend. Registrations have started to come in, and some rooms have already been reserved at the hotel. Our block will be held until the end of September. After that, availability will depend on whether the hotel can give us more rooms.
I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting all of you who will be coming for the first time. Don't worry if you're coming alone -- it won't last long! And don't hesitate to write me if you have any questions.
AND PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ANY OTHER BOARDS OR E-MAIL GROUPS YOU BELONG TO. THANKS!
Sue - Conference Chair
| Hello Fellow Exmos,
As is customary, we are announcing the new Exmormon Foundation board following our annual election. I would like to thank those who took the time to cast their vote and for those who put their hats in the ring for this election.
We would also like to express our profound appreciation for two parting board members who have served the needs of the Foundation for the past several years. Ken Roach as Membership Secretary and Brian Madsen as the Foundation Treasurer. Both gave of their time and talents in helping keep this little ship of ours afloat. We extend our thanks to them for the reverent manner in which they fulfilled their callings. I know, I know, old habits die hard.
Unlike the Mormon Church, we are an all volunteer organization and everything accomplished by the Foundation board is through hard work, caring and most important, the generous volunteering of time and talent.
Our new board this year is as follows:
We have a great board this year, and personally I am very excited to work with everyone on the projects ahead.
- Chad C. Spjut, President
- Sandy Crane, Vice President
- Kathleen Jones, Secretary
- Dianne Ormond, Treasurer
- Nathan Kennard, Membership (clerk)
- Sue Emmett, Conference Chair and voting board member
- Tom Donofrio, voting board member
- Jarom Smith, voting board member
Now that I have announced the new board, I would like to get down to more important matters, that of the Foundation and the direction and focus for the future. I am writing this as an open invitation to you to tell us your thoughts and ideas regarding the present organization and what you would like to see the Foundation do and become.
I personally would like to see the Foundation membership more involved in what happens with the Foundation and the direction you would like to see us pursue. Since rejecting any claim to my former Mormon revelatory powers, it is now not uncommon for me to seek the counsel and advice from others and this is something I am asking of you.
Please let us know what you think of the Foundation now, and in the spirit of Exmormon authenticity, please be open and candid in your ideas and comments. We are very interested in knowing what we have done well, and where we could use improvement. For those of you who are already Foundation members, I would also like to know why you pay your membership dues each year? What makes you want to be a part of this organization, and how can we continue to earn that support from you and gain that trust and support from others?
In the scheme of things, we are a very small organization, but our potential for reaching out and being an organization of support and comfort is tremendous. In that vein of thought and action, there have been several websites and organizations which have grown as a means of reaching out to those who are questioning and or who have left Mormonism behind.
We would like to see those bonds strengthened between our varied organizations to be more effective in reaching out in love and support for those who need it, and as a source of information and direction for those seeking a way out of the maze of Mormonism.
With the increasing prevalence of the internet world-wide, we are now in the process of re-designing our website to be more user friendly and offering a means of greater connectivity for all things exmormon. We are aware that not everyone uses the internet in their day to day activities, but there are ever greater numbers who are utilizing the power of this modern wonder to escape the clutches of Mormonism through the vast amount of information available to them with only a few clicks of a mouse. My personal exit from Mormonism was made possible by the power of this readily available information and connectivity. So please provide us with your ideas and insights on how we can make this tool more effective in fulfilling our mission.
As many of you are also aware, we have a quarterly publication produced by the Foundation titled, The New Expositor. Many of you are already receiving this on a regular basis, but for those of you who do not and would like to receive a copy, please contact the Expositor’s editor, Ed Bliss to ensure that you receive your copy. You can reach him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to you for the newsletter. For those of you who would like to have extra copies for distribution to local groups, please let Ed know how many copies you need and we will get those sent to you. Past editions are also available on the Foundation website as well. Interest in the newsletter has continued to grow and it has already proven to be an effective tool in reaching others who were unaware of the Foundation. If you have any input or information you would like to include in the newsletter, please contact Ed with your questions, comments and suggestions.
Sue Emmett has been hard at work preparing another excellent agenda for the Exmormon Conference to be held later this year. Expect an announcement very soon regarding the agenda and list of speakers and presentations. For those of you who have never been to a Foundation Conference, we hope this will be the year for you to join us, and for those who have already been, we hope to see you again. The Conference this year will be the third weekend of October on the 17th-19th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Salt Lake City.
For those of you who are interested in joining the Exmormon Foundation, we would love to have you as a member. You can join the Foundation by visiting here: http://exmormonfoundation.org/node/3 The membership dues are $20.00 per person or $35.00 for two persons at the same address.
In closing, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Foundation, and with your ideas and input I believe we can move the Exmormon Foundation into an ever increasing position of effectiveness in the lives of Exmormons everywhere.
Chad C. Spjut
President, The Exmormon Foundation
Please send any comments, suggestions and or ideas you have to:
Chad C. Spjut
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| It's time to send out the first information regarding the Foundation Conference coming up in October, cause we know you'll want to get your calendars marked! (It's a week later than usual this year) We have a great agenda planned for the weekend -- some exceptional speakers and activities!
I am especially pleased to announce that we have booked a very special guest speaker: STEVEN HASSAN, author of "Combatting Cult Mind Control", and "Releasing the Bonds - Empowering People to Think for Themselves". Many of you have suggested over the years that we inivite him to come, and this year we're doing it!! Steven is a former Moonie (back in the 70's when they were so prominently in the news). After almost 3 years of life in that cult, he had an accident which put him back in the care of his family -- and with their help he was able to finally understand what had happened to him. In the years after his "recovery", he obtained his Masters in counseling psychology, and has spent his life educating the public about mind control. He has appeared on NIghtline, 60 Minutes, Dateline, Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Live, to name a few! This should be an incredibly enlightening and interesting presentation for all of us, and he is looking forward to meeting all of you!
In addition, the program will include, KEN CLARK - with a presentation on the effects of "Lying for the Lord"; a panel discussion by three couples who struggled (sometimes for years) with only one of them out of the church; RICHARD TEERLINK and PAUL TRANE - sharing their experiences as Gay men in and out of the church, and revealing the church's history regarding Gays; "Banking on Heaven" (documentary about the Warren Jeffs communities); LYNDON LAMBORN -- the man who gave the church lots of "free" publicity in Mesa, AZ when his Stake Pres. wanted to announce his excommunication all over the Valley (publicity they'd loved to have done without); and DR. RICK ROBINSON - talking about his experiences with addiction and how it relates to the "pressures of perfectionism", etc.
In addition, we will have our usual amount of fun, non-stop talking/sharing, good food and meeting new friends. I will let everyone know when the full agenda and hotel info are up on the Foundation website.
For further information about some of the above, you may want to go here:
Mark your calenders -- it's going to be a great weekend! More info to come!
| Line Upon Line: Mormonism Transcended - A Documentary Produced by the Exmormon Foundation
In this moving documentary, you will see some very courageous people who once lived as devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As you hear them tell their personal stories of how and why they left the Mormon church, you will learn that leaving this religion is an agonizing decision, and for most people, done only after years of questioning and study. It usually means leaving the only community and way of life they have ever known. Additionally, they are often marginalized from family and friends who remain in the church, which makes their transition out even more difficult. It is our hope that by telling their stories, greater understanding will occur.
Click Here To View The Trailer.
Buyers in the United States: Order your copy today for $10 plus $3 for shipping and handling. The most convenient way to place your order is through PayPal.
Visit the Ex-Mormon Foundation To Order.
For orders in the US, each DVD is $10, and the shipping and handling charge is $3 for the first copy and $1 for each additional. (Example: One DVD = $13.00, two = $24.00, three = $35.00, etc.)
| I'm pleased to let you know that we now have all the information about the October Foundation Conference up on our website: www.exmormonfoundation.org. Dates for the conference: October 17-19, 2008. Click on the "Read More" link on the home page to get full information.
Included in that is a copy of the full agenda, and all the information you will need to know about registering for the conference and reserving rooms at The Embassy Suites.
I think you will agree that we have an incredible roster of presenters this year! Be sure to go take a look! We are especially excited to announce that Steven Hassan will give a major presentation on Saturday. Steven has been involved for many years with educating the public about mind control tactics used by some groups, especially those who try to negate basic human rights (as a very young man, he was involved with the Moonies). He has worked as a counselor for years helping people re-train their thought processes in order to have more integrated and positive approach to life -- and has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio shows, including 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, Oprah, NIghtline and Dateline. He is the author of: "Releasing the Bonds - Empowering People to Think for Themselves" and "Combatting Cult Mind Control". Even though the Foundation will incur some unusually heavy expenses to bring Steven to the Conference, we feel it is an unusual and important opportunity.
If you haven't been to one of the conferences before, THIS is the year to do it! Please feel free to e-mail me privately with any questions or "trepidations" you might be feeling about coming. Those of you who've been before know what a wonderful weekend it is! The agenda is important, but the best part is being able to socialize with people you talk to online, and meet other Ex-mo's from all over the world.
I will keep you updated with any other information needed as time goes on.
Sue, Exmormon Foundation - Conference Chair
| Those who attended last October's Foundation Conference were introduced to two documentary film makers from Portland, Oregon. They are in the middle of filming and finishing a documentary called: "In The Shadow of the Temple". The original plan was to cover transitions of people out of several different religions. After meeting a few exmormons and listening to their stories, Dennis and Karen knew there was only one story they wanted to tell. The film became one entirely about Mormons who now or in the past had lost all belief in the church -- but needed to hide that and stay "active" because of the fear of losing their marriages and other family relationships.
I was approached at the very beginning for an interview, and was able to introduce Dennis and Karen to a few other exmormons here in Portland. It was after meeting with each of us individually and being stunned by the level of pain and fear they were hearing that they changed their plans. I will let their blog tell more about how all this evolved.
Some of us were able to view their first version of the film the October conference. Since then they have filmed more people and done more editing. In addition, they have started a blog where they are chronicling the events that led to their current focus, and some of the experiences they've had while filming. They feel strongly that the "story" is leading them, one step at a time.
The link to their blog is: http://shadowofthetemple.blogspot.com... They invite all of you to take a peek and learn a little more about the events that led to this project. I am convinced that this documentary will become a very important piece of work. Certainly every "never-mo" who sees it will come away with a completely different perspective about the Mormon church. Take a peek! Add a comment if you want. It's been a very, very interesting experience.
| Hello Fellow Exmos,
I hope this message finds you well and happy and that things are progressing well for you along your journey in your post Mormon life.
We have been working hard to make several changes to the Foundation, in particular the Foundation website to better utilize the internet as a means of reaching out to those investigating the Mormon Church, as well as those leaving Mormonism behind. We know that we are one of many voices on the internet and we wanted to ensure that our presence was one that encouraged discovery through information and connection with others as they too make their journey post Mormon.
You can see the new site here: http://www.exmormonfoundation.org We hope you will find it a little more cheery and informative. We have added a new section combining the audio and video segments from past Foundation Conferences, so if you have not heard or seen these great presentations, please check them out. These presentations have proven to be a great tool in helping others better understand that they are not alone in their journey.
Part of our mission in creating the new site is to bring a better connectivity with others and various message boards and online communities. Fortunately, we live in a time where the internet allows people from all walks of life to come together in support and love. We want everyone to find the information and support they require in their journeys so we have tried to list the major internet communities on our site to encourage this closer community and support for others as they leave. If you have any other suggestions for this community list, please let me know.
I personally have been profoundly helped by others by their love and support for me as I made my transition out of Mormonism. I am sure that many of you have had similar experiences as others have reached out and helped you along your way as well. To me, this is the most important thing we do in the Foundation. Reaching out in love and friendship for others and helping the best we can to sooth the sting of discovery, rejection and loneliness for those who seek lives of authenticity.
With that, we would like to encourage those of you who are so inclined to join the ranks of the Foundation in reaching out to others. There is something about connecting with others and supporting the efforts needed in that connection, which bring an added richness to our shared experiences. For more information on how you can support or join the Foundation, please visit here:
Another segment of the website showcases the Foundation DVD titled, Line Upon, Line Mormonism Transcended. You can see several segments from the DVD here:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list... If you would like to purchase a copy of the DVD, you can place your order through the Foundation website.
As many of you have already noticed, the Foundation produces a quarterly newsletter titled The New Expositor. Our Editor, Ed Bliss, has decided it is time to pass the editorial torch on to another. We truly appreciate his efforts and expertise in organizing and developing this publication, and frankly he will be missed. The New Expositor has already proven to be beneficial in connecting with others and spreading the realities of Mormonism, and we would like to see it continue. So, with that, we are extending an open invitation to anyone who would like to step in as the editor of The New Expositor. You would work with me as my role as the associate editor in the final copy and placement of each newsletter, but the articles and content would be your responsibility. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you are interested.
If you have anything that you would like to add or see added to the site or to be published in the Foundation newsletter, please let me know by emailing me directly at email@example.com and let me know your ideas and suggestions. We are always eager to improve, so let us know what you think.
Once again, Sue has already started organizing the agenda for our next Conference. The dates for the Conference are October ninth through the eleventh. More information will be forthcoming on the agenda as the speakers and presentations become available.
Again, I hope all is well with you and yours and that you continue to grow and develop as you spread your wings and fly. In closing I would like to share a favorite quote from Nietzsche:
“The Individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
All the best to you on your journey,
Exmormon Foundation Presidentx
| The African Exmormon Foundation which was established last year under the Laws of the Republic of Liberia is becoming popular among Christian and Non-Christians.
The Organization’s president, Mr. Darlington W. Gbee, served as full time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and left the church after he found out that Mormonism was based on fraud and lies. He established the African Exmormon Foundation last year and has helped many Mormons and non-Mormons to understand the harm that Mormonism causes.
The official launching of the organization was done last year December in Buchanan, outside Monrovia. The organization currently does not have office space but usually meet at its Vice President residence to attend meetings and other programs.
The African Exmormon Foundation has about forty eight members, 75% are formers members.
Beloved Ex-Mormons, if God exist, I do not think that He is a racist; the eyes of the Negroes are open!
| For those of you who haven't heard, the PBS news program, Religion and
Ethics NewsWeekly, has been working on a story about Mormons and Prop
8 and dissent in the Church. The story is tentatively set to air on
Sunday the 24th. If you receive KQED's digital World channel (9.3) in
the SF Bay Area, the episode should air on Saturday the 23rd at 7 a.m.
and 1 p.m. and again on Monday the 25th at 6 a.m.
Episodes are also available at the program's website:
You can find out if/when the show airs on your local PBS affiliate
from the website as well.
| Although the agenda for the October Conference is not totally complete, I wanted to let you know what's being planned up to this point. Dates are October 9-11 at The Embassy Suites, and the theme this year is:
"NO PRICE TOO HIGH"
"The Individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." Nietzsche
Following is an overview of some of what's planned:
Charles Larson, author of "By His Own Hands Upon Papyrus" - a book which has helped countless exmormons discover the real story behind the Pearl of Great Price. Charles has also published a new contemporary murder mystery, with the story located in the Salt Lake Valley, and connected to the Mt. Meadows Massacre. He will talk about both books.
William Lobdell - former religion reporter for The Los Angeles Times, and author of a new and highly acclaimed book: "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - And Found Unexpected Peace". Bill joined us for our conference weekend about 6 years ago while working for the Times, and wrote a front-page article about the Exmormon Community. Mormons and Exmormons are mentioned several times in his book. I've read it -- and it's fascinating.
Dennis Lavery and Karen DiMilia will be showing their new documentary, "In The Shadow Of The Temple". The very first cut was shown last year to a couple of focus groups during the conference weekend, and some of us have continued to be involved as it's progressed. It will be premiered professionally in Portland, OR in September, and (tongue in cheek) "World Premiered" at our conference. I believe this will be a great tool to be used in educating both the public and friends and family about the pain and trauma of leaving the church. It was shown to the Humanist group I attend, and they loved it.
Craig Criddell, a Professor and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, will talk to us about the events leading up to the work he and others did, using scientific tools to investigate the authorship of the Book of Mormon. What resulted was the publishing of a peer reviewed paper by Craig and two other Stanford Profs: "Reassessing Authorship of the Book of Mormon"
Richard Packham will present "The Mormon Endowment's Roots in the York Rite of Freemasonry", helping us understand about the origins and evolution of the temple ceremony since it's introduction to the early members of the church.
In addition this year, I will be moderating an extra "women only" discussion session on Friday afternoon before the conference formally begins: "Divine Secrets of a Much-Evolved Sisterhood". This will be a chance for a somewhat unstructured free-form discussion about the ongoing personal trauma/dramas of leaving Mormonism, and it will not be recorded. Let me know if you want to attend.
Registration and hotel information will be added to the website shortly. You may go ahead and reserve your room at the hotel, but be sure to ask for the block reserved for The Exmormon Conference.
| I'm pleased to let everyone know that the Foundation web site now has the information up about our next Exmormon Foundation Conference, "NO PRICE TOO HIGH". The dates are October 9-11, 2009, and the conference begins Friday evening and ends mid-day on Sunday. The only thing missing from the information is the actual agenda, with times for each speaker, etc. -- but all the speakers and bios are listed so you can get a good idea of what will be presented. We'll have the agenda up by the end of the week, and I'll let everyone know when it's added.
All the information about how to register, and how to reserve rooms at the The Embassy Suites is there. Again, try to reserve your rooms early because we have used up the whole block the last couple of years, and last year the hotel was completely full a couple of weeks before the conference.
When you are ready to register, please read through the instructions carefully, as it saves our Treasurer, Diane Ormond, from having to write and ask for information that wasn't sent. Feel free to write to me with any questions you might have after looking through it.
I think you will be excited to see who will be on the program this year. Hope to see you there!
| Conference registrations and room reservations at Embassy Suites have been rolling in, and I just wanted to remind everyone again about the great agenda we have this year for the Exmormon Foundation Conference. Our theme this year is: "NO PRICE TOO HIGH!" We have a very interesting mix of speakers, and there will be something for everyone. I'm pleased to tell you that Richard Packham will be at the conference, and will part of the program. There are always so many people who want to meet Richard because the information on his web site has been such an important part of their research about the church.
At the present time, about a fourth of our hotel block has been filled, and we're just beginning! So, don't procrastinate! The complete program is on our website at: www.ExmormonFoundation.org, including bios on all the speakers. Complete registration information is there, and you can pay by using the PayPal buttons, or by sending a check to our Treasurer, Dianne Ormond. When you call the hotel for room reservations, ask for the reservation clerk, and then for a room in the Exmormon Foundation block. Do NOT call the national 800 number, as they do not have this information. You will not have to pay now -- only at checkout.
If any of you would like to share a room, let me know and I will try to match people up. If you have any questions about the weekend, please write to me.
V.P. Exmormon Foundation
| ***Just a reminder that after this coming Saturday (the 26th), the price for Conference registrations goes up in all categories. The current price holds until Midnight on the 26th.
***Our block of rooms at The Embassy was completely filled by yesterday evening! However....the hotel admin. is so pleased by the response that they have released 10 more rooms to us at our rate. If you've procrastinated, better move fast. 801.359.7800, ask for reservation clerk.
***Regarding box lunch info which I posted about several weeks ago. This plan has been canceled due to too many complications for the Foundation to handle. However, anybody can pre-order a boxed lunch for Saturday by going to the in-house restaurant, The Plum, and placing an order on Saturday morning. You will need to pre-pay for these. For all others, you will have a choice of eating "in-house", or going outside the hotel. We have given you two full hours for lunch this year, so you will have plenty of time. We will be supplying a list of restaurants that are within walking distance or easy drive -- and we highly recommend that you plan on going "outside" if you can, as the restaurant was totally overwhelmed last year by the number trying to get lunch there -- and some didn't get in until almost time to reconvene!
| Hello fellow Exmos!
I wanted to let you all know that the audio and video presentations from the Exmormon Foundation’s 2009 Conference are now online. You can download or listen to them here: http://exmormonfoundation.org/audio20... or you can watch the presentations online at the Foundation’s Youtube page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ExmormonF...
This year’s conference was one filled with wonderful insights and information with presentations discussing questions surrounding authorship of the Book of Mormon by Craig Criddle Ph.D, to Richard Packham’s presentation on Joseph Smith’s language problems in the creation of Mormon scripture and doctrines, to Charles Larson’s recounting of his journey out of Mormonism and into the world of post-Mormon authorship, and LA Times reporter and author, William Lobdell as he discuses the “Truth About Exmormons and Others Who Lose Their Faith.”
The debut of the new independent documentary “In the Shadow of the Temple” was also a great success, and more information about the film can be found on the Foundation’s website at http://www.exmormonfoundation.org or by visiting the Perpetia Productions site here: http://www.intheshadowofthetemple.com...
For those of you who were unable to attend or for those who just want to listen again, I’m sure you will enjoy all of the presentations.
All the best,
Chad C. Spjut, President, The Exmormon Foundation
p.s. If you are interested in becoming involved and helping out the Foundation, please visit here for more information: http://exmormonfoundation.org/join.ht...
| There are probably some of you who are thinking about coming to the
Conference in October, but haven't yet taken the time to go to the web site and
take a look at the program. I thought I would give you a short run-down on
Tal Bachman: Tal Bachman is an internationally recognized
singer-songwriter and former Mormon. He won two Juno awards (the Canadian equivalent of
Grammy awards) for his debut album, including one for his hit single, "She's
So High". He has appeared on numerous television shows, and has also been
profiled in publications like "Rolling Stone" and "USA Today. He was
featured in the PBS Frontline documentary "The Mormons", as well as Bill Maher's
satirical look at religion, "Religulous", in which he discussed the
difficulties in leaving the Mormon church.
James Whitefield - author of the meticulously researched trilogy - "Mormon
Delusion" - I, II , III, fast becoming a "must-have" for anyone who is
growing a library of scholarly literature about Church history. Jim comes to
us from the heart of England, where he was called as a very young Branch
President years ago, and then served in numerous callings for many years in
the church. In the "real world", he was a National Sales Director for a
financial services company.
Jeff Sharlet- Jeff is an American journalist and author best known for
writing about religious subcultures in the United States. He is the author of
“The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power”
(Harper, 2008), a national best selling narrative histor. He is also a
contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone and his work has appeared in
The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, The Chronicle of Higher
Education, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. As the issue of
separation of church and state is of high interest to all of us (especially those
living in Utah), we felt that Jeff's information would be very interesting
to the group. I have one other ulterior motive -- if being with us for a
weekend peaks his interest, who knows which group he'll write about next!!
Pamela McCreary: - Author of "Dancing on the Head of a Pin" - a book which
doesn't pull any punches about the her two-steps forward, one-step back
that was part of her exit from the church - I know we can all relate! Actor,
television producer and keynote speaker - these are just a few of the
iterations of Pamela.
Jean Bodie: Jean Bodie was born in Dorset, England in 1944 and joined the
LDS Church in 1967. She immigrated to Canada the following year. Since
officially leaving the church in 2007, Jean has been actively involved in the
ex-Mormon community, assisting those who struggle with adjusting to life
outside the church. She's also been known to stand up at the Conference and
be quite expressive with hand gestures! :-) Just over a year ago, Jean
also became involved with the Stephen Lewis Foundation's "Grandmothers to
Grandmothers" campaign - raising funds to help sub-Saharan grandmothers who
are caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchidren in destitute circumstances.
And last, but not least: A cast of a couple of hundred other intelligent,
courageous, and fun people who will be there!
All the information you need for registering is on the web site. It is automated this year!
Feel free to ask me questions, if needed.
Sue - Conf. Chair
| Just a reminder that last-minute tickets for dinner and Tal Bachman's talk will probably not be available if not ordered ahead. We order a few extras when we give the count to the hotel, but they are usually gone by Friday evening.
Of course, we want you to come for the whole conference, but if you wanted to come just for this, you should write to Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org -- she can then send you an invoice from PayPal. If you want to use a check, that must arrive at our Treasurer's mail box by Monday, Oct. 11th. (This is the deadline for checks for anything regarding the conference). Mailing information on the conference page of our website.
In adition, we are offering Jeff Sharlet's talk to the public. This is the announcement of that -- sent out to public list, blogs, free-thinking groups, etc. His information is critical for those worried about church vs. state issues.
This year, at the annual Exmormon Foundation Conference (Oct.15-17), we are hosting a nationally known author, Jeff Sharlet, who is speaking about two books he's written regarding an extreme and very secretive Fundamentalistgroup he believes is a real threat to American Democracy. His first book, and best-seller, was "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (quite an eye-opener, extremely well researched). His second book just released is "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy". You may have seen him in the last year being interviewed on several national news shows. the church vs. state issues that Jeff covers in these books is a growing interest for exmo's, especially those in Utah. And there is growing evidence that some very capable Mormons are getting involved in the more radical, "theocray-agenda" fundamentalis. Here is a short version of his bio:
Jeff Sharlet is an American journalist and author best known for writing about religious subcultures in the United States. He is the author of “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” (Harper, 2008), a national best selling narrative history; and a new book just published: “C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy”. Jeff has been interviewed many times on national news shows. He is also a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone and his work has appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. Jeff has a new position at Dartmouth College, teaching Creative Nonfiction
He will be speaking on Saturday afternoon, October 16th at 2 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.
Hope some of you can who aren't attending the full conference can come to some of these sessions!
| Some of you might have seen the new documentary, Sons of Perdition, on Oprah Winfrey's new channel this week, but probably most of you didn't have that opportunity. It's a very moving exploration of the lives of teenage boys who leave or get kicked out of Warren Jeffs' polygamous compound.
I just wanted to let everyone know that we have "Sons of Perdition" scheduled for the next Exmormon Foundation Conference coming up October 14-16, 2011. Both directors, Tyler Meason and Jennilyn Merten, will be there to show the film and answers questions about the film, which took two years to make.
In addition, we have scheduled some great speakers: John Larsen, Emily Pearson, Richard Packham, and again we will have Music and the Spokan Word - Coffee House Edition II -- five very talented Exmo Musicians. Additional items for the program will be announced a little later.
The Embassy Suites is ready to take reservations for your rooms - ask for the Exmormon Foundation block of rooms, but do not call the national number. Call their local number: 801.359.7800.
We will have the information for Registering on the web site - www.ExmormonFoundation.org - within a week or so -- and the entire program posted shortly after that. Prices are staying the same as last year: Full Weekend with dinner -- $95.00 for Foundation Member. Full Weekend with dinner for non-Found member - $105. You can join the Foundation at any time for $20 per year. Click the" To Join" button on the Home page. Your dues help pay for the Foundation's activities, including the Conference. I will notify everyone when the registration buttons are up and running.
We're going to have a lot of new people again this year -- I'm getting lots of emails, asking for info. The train leaving the Mormon station seems to be picking up speed!
| The full program for the Exmormon Foundation Conference weekend is now up on our website, including the times for all sessions. I've had several emails concerning the times, and now you can see all the detail from beginning to end.
For those who are still considering whether to attend - and might be feeling a little uncomfortable -- don't stress. You will feel totally welcome, and within a few hours, you'll be "family". I will be sending a welcome email with lots of information about two weeks before the conference to all those who've registered by then, and I try hard to send it to everyone who registers after that. All registrations that include dinner need to be received by us (either via the registration on our website, or by postal mail) by October 10th. After that, no dinners can be guaranteed, but we will have a few for sale at the table for "first comers".
Check it out at: http://www.exmormonfoundation.org/ and click the link on the home page -- and please read the instructions carefully.
| Pleased To Anounce - Grant Palmer Speaking At Exmormon Foundation Conference, October 2012 |
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 07:50 AM
Original Author(s): Sue Emmett
Topic: EX-MORMON FOUNDATION -Link To MC Article-
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| The Board of the Exmormon Foundation is VERY pleased to let you know that GRANT PALMER, author of "Insider's View of Mormonism" will be a featured speaker at our yearly Conference in Salt Lake City. Recommendations to book him have probably been #1 on the list of requests I've received over several
years. We are very excited to have him share his story with us.
As soon as I complete one more booking for the agenda, it will be posted up on our web site. Presently you will find the dates and times, and some information about the venue. We will be at the same hotel, but it is no longer "Embassy Suites". It has changed to "Double Tree Suites. The phone number for reservations is the same, and you will find that information on the Home Page info, and the 2nd page of Conference information -- which is where you will see the full agenda within a few days. I will let everyone know when
Looking forward to another informative and fun weekend. Hope you can join us!
Sue- Conference Chair
| We are making some changes to our website, and as a result of that, I haven't been able to get the agenda for the Conference on the web site yet. I don't want to wait any longer to let you know who will be speaking. Here is a list, with a short version of their bios
GRANT PALMER Grant is the author of An Insider's View of Mormon Origins (Signature Books, 2002) and The Incomparable Jesus (Kofford Books, 2005). He has also penned articles for the Salt Lake Tribune, Sunstone Magazine, The John Whitmer Journal and the Midwestern Journal of Theology. He retired in 2001, after thirty-four years of teaching and counseling for the LDS Church (C.E.S.). He and his wife Connie live in Sandy, Utah. They like to travel and enjoy raising homing pigeon and parakeets. The title of his presentation is: “The Best “Ah-Ha” Moments While Researching Mormon History”.
TOM DONOFRIO Tom was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. He served a 2 year mission in Tempe, Arizona where he returned to live. Tom was a Church employee for 10 years as an HVAC tech. Tom terminated his employment and later resigned his membership in the Church in 2002. He has an AAS in technology, holds national certifications in commercial and industrial refrigeration, His title is “Book of Mormon Tories, Part Deux. American Colonial Influences in the Book of Mormon”.
WADE WILSON -- Wade grew up in the church in Utah, and his family came from multi-generational pioneer stock. Although church was devastatingly boring, he remained faithful and served a mission so as not to be labeled “unworthy.” After receiving his endowments in a temple session that was both horrifying and disappointing, he was “deployed” to Germany as part of “god’s army.” Wade was wounded by a fiery dart from Satan and had to come home early from his mission due to sickness. Not having" sufficient faith" to be healed and lacking regenerative powers, Wade’s mission was cut short. Although “honorably” discharged from service, Wade found it difficult to be considered equal amongst his brethren who had served “full missions.” He will tell us the steps he went through to regain some form of sanity and how he has dealt with his PTSD.
SUE EMMETT - Sue grew up in Portland, Oregon in a very devout, deeply involved Mormon family. The descendant of famous Mormon pioneers, she was steeped in the “special heritage” her family shared which only added to the pressure she felt to be a perfect Mormon girl and woman. Sue graduated from BYU with a degree in Psychology, but instead of building a counseling career, she married in the temple and became the mother of 7 children. Sue will speak about “Issues of Church vs. State in The Military, the Congress and our Public Schools”. Be prepared for some shocking information you had no idea was pushing right up against our constitutional and civil rights -- and the ways in which Mormonism is leaning more and more to a Dominionist approach to politics.
LORI FAZZINO Lori has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is continuing her doctoral work -- and has had a special interest in the consequences of leaving a religion because of her own history in a Fundamentalist congregation. Her research interests span across several sub-fields of sociology including culture, religion, social movements, and mental health. She gave a presentation to the St. George Post-Mormon Group and comes highly recommended. Lori will concentrate on the fall-out from leaving controlling religions and the tools we can use to get through the maze.
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