When I heard about the makeover going on at Mormon.org, I got an idea to try an experiment. I wanted to test the boundaries of what could get approved by the church. Clearly this was a PR move by the church, so what would happen if someone tried to publish very blunt responses to tricky questions? My first honest attempts clearly didn't pass PR guidelines, as I gave legitimacy to FLDS claims to be Mormon and critiqued members for failing to obey the Word of Wisdom as given (positive use of mild barley drinks and whole grains and limiting meat consumption), instead of simply meaning no coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco. So I decided to try answering some of the FAQs with a response that a true believer wouldn't blink at, but that would make investigators squirm a little and think twice about, including incorporating some of the doctrines anti-mormons rant about.
As a result, my profile was published and is officially part of the church's new Mormon.org PR campaign. At the risk of losing the protection provided my anonymity, here is the link to my Mormon.org profile:
So, while I'm giving up anonymity, feel free to add me on facebook.
On a positive note, they are still debating over whether to publish my offensive response to what Mormons believe about homosexuality.
What is the Church’s attitude on homosexuality? Why is homosexuality and same-sex marriage important to the Mormon Church?
When I was young, one of our highest leaders, the prophet, then President Spencer W. Kimball, taught about homosexuality: “This perversion is defined as the sexual desire for those of the same sex or sexual relations between individuals of the same sex, whether men or women. It is the sin of the ages.” And later he uses these adjectives to describe homosexuality: repugnant, deviant, unnatural, abominable, evil, ugly, and curable.
I appreciate the irony that if President Spencer W. Kimball made an honest profile, his wouldn't be approved.
But it does frustrate me that this language was deeply ingrained into me as the mind and will of the Lord and that the church's stance contributed to my inability to accept my homosexuality.