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Healing from Church Trauma

PTCD is Post Traumatic Church Disorder Church Trauma

Asperger’s-Related Trauma in the LDS Church

Introduction LDS members with Asperger’s, or high functioning autism, may face difficult challenges particularly with respect to neurotypical, authoritarian priesthood leaders. In some cases, these challenges may be deeply traumatic for the Aspie. People with Down syndrome are easy to recognize from their neck and facial characteristics. Their behavior then confirms this. Autistic people are […]

Brad Wilcox, a Man of His Time

Brad Wilcox is a “man of his time” who has echoed themes from past and current hardline LDS leaders. The difference is that we have changed. We have become more tolerant of diversity and less accepting of bigotry, sexism, etc. We are holding our leaders accountable in ways that we never have before. Wilcox’s talk […]

Many Heavens, Many Truths

I have been working with a spiritual healer, psychic medium lady. I am healing from some generational trauma related to being bullied by work managers and church leaders.Here is a brief excerpt from my session from the recording she made. “He (Jesus) says that you have been searching for the truth for you whole life. […]

Life is but a Dream

Leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a tendency to teach and enforce doctrines and policies in a very stern and serious manner. As an example, President Marion G. Romney (1897 – 1988) gave the following story about his father’s counsel prior to Marion’s departure for his mission: When you are […]

The Generational Curse of Harsh Rhetoric

Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial As I wrote previously, Elder Holland’s musket talk may be a modern version of Sidney Rigdon “Salt Sermon” from June 17, 1838. Rigdon’s sermon was a stern condemnation of Mormon dissenters. “If the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”Matthew 5:13 (See also Rigdon’s July 4th oration where he took a militant stance against Missourians). _________________________________ Lindsay Hansen Park came up with a […]

Elder Holland’s “Salt Sermon”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave a talk to BYU faculty on August 23, 2021. Complete Talk Here is an excerpt where Elder Holland quotes other general authorities: Three years later, 2017, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, not then but soon to be in the First Presidency where he would sit, only one chair — one heartbeat […]

More on Unrighteous Dominion

Some individuals make injurious mistakes even when they are trying to do good. Elder Dale G. Renlund, Infuriating Unfairness, April 2021 General Conference A particularly unpleasant form of unrighteous dominion is the expression of feelings of superiority that may arise out of an attitude that one is better than another because of education, material success, […]

My Testimony

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Psalm 137:1. I wish I could return to my childhood innocence, maybe to when I was 7 years old and preparing for baptism. I had a relatively happy, sheltered early childhood. We were in a good ward, in a […]

When Church Leaders Call the Police on Peacefully Assembled Members

LDS Church leaders in Derby, Kansas called the police to escort Natasha Helfer and her peacefully assembled supporters off of Church property tonight, April 18. Natasha had been summoned to a disciplinary council. Two police cars are shown in the middle of the image. The total number was reportedly three cars. The stake president who […]