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When GBH wrote his book about "standing for something", I did, and cut them all off ecclesiastically speaking. But the straw that broke the camel's back and ensured I would never return was when the bishop "presiding" over my grandmother's funeral chastised me for being a bad Mormon.Note, this was during the eulogy he was giving purportedly for the purpose of celebrating my grandmother's life.Then they bushwhacked me into not prosecuting or suing.Then they got me to talk to the bishop the next day. , 2008 I read Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable (New Directions Paperbook) and then Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions Paperbook) followed by a recommendation of the Tao Te Ching Zen and then other beliefs spoke to my heart in a way that no longer allowed me to believe that this faith could be the one true word of God.I sometimes feel I was a bonehead compared to others who woke up much sooner.I started a blog soon after to decompress all the anomalies that had bothered me during that time.

For suggestions on resigning your church membership click Mormon No , September 2011 My handle explains why.While marching with Zion’s Camp in June 1834, Joseph Smith and the brethren “visited many of the mounds” which Wilford Woodruff speculated were “flung up . In an account published as part of the “History of Joseph Smith” in 1846, The visions of the past being opened to my understanding by the spirit of the Almighty I discovered that the person whose skeleton was before us, was a white Lamanite . Perhaps, as suggested by Mark Wright, Zelph and Onandagus lived among colonies of Lamanites in the land northward which fell outside the scope of Book of Mormon history.25Ultimately, exactly who Zelph was remains a mystery today, and solid conclusions about the location of Book of Mormon places and events simply cannot be reached using his story. probably by the Nephites & Lamanites.”1 In a letter to Emma, Joseph Smith said they had been “wandering over the plains of the Nephites, recounting occasionally the history of the Book of Mormon.” Joseph even said they were “picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its divine authenticity.”2On one such occasion, several of the brethren remembered Joseph having identified the bones of a Lamanite warrior named Zelph, who had died in battle.3 Archaeologists today recognize this event as the first documented archaeological excavation in the Illinois River Valley.4Exactly who Zelph was or how his story relates to Book of Mormon events, however, remains uncertain. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Omandagus, who was known from the hill Cumorah, or Eastern sea, to the Rocky Mountains. These northward travelers “were never heard of more” (Alma 63:8).We are grateful to participate with you in the Lord’s work.You support many good causes, and we thank you for your kind donations to Brigham Young University.