Southern Utah Post Mormon Association

CHAPTER INTRODUCTION

The mission of Southern Utah Post Mormon Association is to provide a safe environment to facilitate and support the growth and development of those who have left or are considering leaving the LDS faith.   

We welcome you to our monthly gatherings on the first Sunday of each month excepting  June, July and August at the Red Lion (850 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah) at 2:00 PM.  

We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you!   

For further information, send an email to Skeptic at:

Our Weblog:

 

Summer Schedule

Posted by skeptic on May 01, 2016

Starting June 2016 our lecture series will be on our summer break, and will resume in the fall 1st Sunday in October. See  you then.

Total comments: 0

Coming up May 1’st 2016 - Kristyn Decker to lecture!

Posted by skeptic on April 04, 2016

Kristyn Decker was a 7th generational polygamist. She is the 12th of 23 biological children of “prophet” Owen Allred. Her mother was the first of his 13 “wives.” As a child, Kristyn never felt safe inside or outside of her polygamous culture—always feeling terrified and neglected. Yet the commandments were to “endure to the end, because your blessings will be greater in Heaven . . .”

 

While raising her seven children to believe in polygamy, Kristyn taught school off and on for 18 years in the AUB private school her children attended while also struggling with years of un-answered questions and suicidal depression. After being offered some much-needed therapy, she began to discover her authentic self.

 

In 2003 she ended her 33-year marriage and left polygamy. Decker then became the president of the Hope Organization, dedicated to assisting survivors of polygamous relationships. After publishing her first book, Fifty Years in Polygamy – Big Secrets and Little White Lies, Decker founded the Sound Choices Coalition. She spends numerous hours volunteering in many aspects of the SCC, speaking to inform society about the realities of polygamy and to advocate for its victims. Kristyn also completed and published a new, uncensored version of her book.

 

As a result of her work, Kristyn has had a wonderful opportunity to speak in many locations across our country. She has appeared on, among others, The Today Show; CNN Weekend News; Good Morning AZ; NPR Community Voices; The Fawn Rigan Show - WCCO – Minneapolis; KTAR Talk Radio; Jay Lawrence, KSL A.M. News; as well as frequent presentations at various conferences, book clubs, Rotary clubs, churches, and libraries.

 

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
Website: kristyndecker.com 

Facebook: facebook.com/SoundChoicesCoalition 
Website: sound-choices.com

Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture Series- March 6th, 2016 Author Dave Nelson

Posted by skeptic on February 27, 2016

MORONI AND THE SWASTIKA

Mormons in Nazi Germany

By David Conley Nelson

While Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist government was persecuting Jews

and Jehovah’s Witnesses and driving forty-two small German religious

sects underground, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

continued to practice unhindered. How some fourteen thousand Mormons

not only survived but thrived in Nazi Germany is a story little known,

rarely told, and occasionally rewritten within the confines of the Church’s

history—for good reason, as we see in David Conley Nelson’s Moroni

and the Swastika. A page-turning historical narrative, this book is the first

full account of how Mormons avoided Nazi persecution through skilled

collaboration with Hitler’s regime, and then eschewed postwar shame by

constructing an alternative history of wartime suffering and resistance.

The Twelfth Article of Faith and parts of the 134th Section of the

Doctrine and Covenants function as Mormonism’s equivalent of the

biblical admonition to “render unto Caesar,” a charge to cooperate with

civil government, no matter how onerous doing so may be. Resurrecting

this often-violated doctrinal edict, ecclesiastical leaders at the time

developed a strategy that protected Mormons within Nazi Germany.

Furthermore, as Nelson shows, many Mormon officials strove to fit into

the Third Reich by exploiting commonalities with the Nazi state. German

Mormons emphasized a mutual interest in genealogy and a passion for sports. They sent husbands into the Wehrmacht and

sons into the Hitler Youth, and they prayed for a German victory when the war began. They also purged Jewish references from

hymnals, lesson plans, and liturgical practices. One American mission president even wrote an article for the official Nazi Party

newspaper, extolling parallels between Utah Mormon and German Nazi society. Nelson documents this collaboration, as well

as subsequent efforts to suppress it by fashioning a new collective memory of ordinary German Mormons’ courage and travails

during the war.

Recovering this inconvenient past, Moroni and the Swastika restores a complex and difficult chapter to the history of Nazi

Germany and the Mormon Church in the twentieth century—and offers new insight into the construction of historical truth.

Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture Series February 7th, 2016- Joe Rawlins

Posted by skeptic on January 30, 2016

The Southern Utah PostMormon Association has  another great lecture lined up first Sunday in February at 2 pm at the Red Lion Hotel, 850 South Bluff Street.  We will be welcoming a guest speaker from northern Utah (Lehi):

 

Joe Rawlins is the ex-Mormon author of The Korihor Argument: A Missionary’s Journey Out of Mormonism. Rawlins grew up in Mesa, AZ as a devout Mormon and confronted his faith in Mormonism and in God while serving as a missionary in Perú.

Now an atheist and humanist, Rawlins writes and lectures on finding self-driven purpose, leaving religion and creating enduring inter-faith families. He has committed to donate a portion of the sale of each copy of The Korihor Argument to help children of Peru, where he served as a Mormon missionary in 1999-2001.

 

Joe has so many topics that sound interesting it was hard to decide what he should prepare for our group, so we left it up to him.

 

Joe is famous for secretly recording his own excommunication proceedings:

 

http://www.joerawlins.com/2015/08/21/listen-the-excommunication-of-joseph-rawlins/  

Total comments: 0

Jan 10th, 2016-Southern Utah PostMormons will present an outstanding lecture combo

Posted by skeptic on January 05, 2016

Scholars Matthew Harris and Newell Bringhurst will talk about their new book: The Mormon Church and Blacks- A Documentary History

 

Newell Bringhurst will discuss early blacks who were ordained to the Priesthood during Joseph Smith's era, polygamy and the ban, lineage and the ban, etc.  Matt Harris will discuss: Mormons and Civil Rights, BYU Athletic Protests, IRS pressure on the Mormon church to lift the ban, lingering racism after the ban, the background and context to the church's latest expression on LDS.org: "Race and Priesthood" Gospel Topics Essay.  Above all, we will cover the evolving rationales for the ban: (1) blacks cursed, (2) blacks fence-sitters, (3) "we don't know," (4) folklore, (5) ban rooted in racism from B. Young's day.

If there is time Matt will tell us about his latest research on Ezra Taft Benson! 

 

Newell and Matt will be speaking at Dixie State University the following Monday after our meeting.

 

This should be a wonderful presentation for those of us who enjoy the flavor of the hidden Mormon history.

 

Date: January 10th 2016, Time 2 PM. Place Red Lion 850 S. Bluff St. St. George Utah

Total comments: 0

Southern Utah Post Mormon Association to meet December 6th at the Red Lion in St. George

Posted by skeptic on November 28, 2015
Many of us here have found  academic rigor and critical thinking equals enlightenment. How much do we extend this thought process to what is presented us in everyday life?
 
In our search for a conclusion do we have an idea of what good evidence looks like and are we willing to continually question our "own" assumptions?
 
Our December 6th lecture is one which guarantee's to broaden the thought process. Our guest speaker Gregory Bramlet will speak on "Metaphysics and Epistemology as Tools of Thinking".
 
Greg's knowledge, wit and humor should prove to be enlightening and entertaining.
 
Lecture series will begin  @ 2 PM
 
Place: Red Lion 850 S. Bluff St. St. George Utah
 
Refreshments will be served.
 
For more info email" .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Total comments: 0

Southern Utah Postmormon Association to meet November 1st at the Red Lion in St. George

Posted by skeptic on October 26, 2015
We will hear a return and report on the October Exmormon Conference.
 
Come and enjoy a recap of the lectures and More!
 
Place: Red Lion Hotel
 
Time 2 PM (Remember the Time Change- Fall back one hour)
 
Date: Sunday November 1st
 
For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture series October 4th, 2015

Posted by skeptic on September 15, 2015
The Southern Utah PostMormon Association to meet October 4th
 
Place: St. George, Utah at the Red Lion affiliation 850 So. Bluff St. St. George Utah
 
Time: 2 PM- Red Lion Restaurant
 
Come and examine the LDS Churches admission of the Rock in the Hat story.
 
 
The need for this process was recently explained by LDS Apologist Daniel Peterson in the following Deseret News article.
 
 

Some critics of Joseph Smith mock the fact that part of the Book of Mormon translation process apparently involved dictating while looking at a stone that he’d placed within a hat.

Yet far from being damaging evidence against his claims and against the Book of Mormon, this fact may strongly support their plausibility. The Lord has said that he makes (seemingly) weak things become strong (Ether 12:27), and this seems yet another such case.

Consider a smartphone or e-reader, for instance. Their screens are very difficult to read out in the sunlight and need to be shaded. Or consider your personal computer. You probably don’t place it directly in front of a window where bright light will be streaming into your face. You need contrasting darkness so that you can see the screen without strain, and especially so if you’ll be working on it for lengthy periods. Otherwise, your eyes will tire and your head will ache.

Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture series May 3rd, 2015

Posted by skeptic on April 25, 2015
ExMormon Conference presenter and past Southern Utah PostMormon Chapter leader Arza Evans will share his journey as the author of the book THE KEYSTONE OF MORMONISM. Arza will reveal why he had to have his book printed outside of Utah, how writing the book changed his life, the personal cost with his excommunication both positive and negative reaction to the books printing.
 
Those of us who know Arza personally have come to admire his integrity and great sense of humor. He indicates he has a few books left and will sell them at his cost $10.
 
Preceding Arza's lecture, PostMormon.orgs Tapir Whisperer will bring us up to date on LDS Church membership. What do the numbers tell us, are the new missionary efforts really helping?
 
Come and enjoy a Sunday with likeminded friends. This will be the last lecture as we take our summer break.
 
Lecture will be at  2 PM in the Lexington Hotel 850 So. Bluff St. St. George Utah
Total comments: 0

Come and roll your Easter Eggs with the Southern Utah PostMormon Association Sunday April 5th, 2015

Posted by skeptic on March 15, 2015

Board poster Tapir Whisper will address:

The LDS Church's essay on the Book of Abraham is examined and why it fails to rehabilitate the book's claim of authenticity.

Those of us who have attended Tapir Whispers lecturer know they are outstanding, both in his research and presentation.

Lecture starts 2 PM, April 5th at the Lexington Hotel.

For further information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Association Lecture series March 1st 2015

Posted by skeptic on February 22, 2015
Southern Utah PostMormon Association will be March 1st 2 PM at the Lexington Hotel- 850 So. Bluff St. St. George,  Utah
 
Two outstanding PostMormon's will share their enlightenments, disclosing the events and history that changed their lives forever.
 
Come and enjoy the fellowship of likeminded questioners. Refreshments will be served.
Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture Series Feb 1,  2015

Posted by skeptic on January 26, 2015
Doug Bowen, long-time member of the Southern Utah PostMormon group, will be this Sunday's speaker.  Doug has been teaching a class on Mark Twain at Dixie State University with the Institute For Continued Learning.  Begun in September 2014, it is one of the most popular new classes ever offered by ICL, attracting over 150 students.  One of the best-attended was the November 18 session on "Mark Twain and Religion," which Doug has revised to better fit our group.  Come share laughter, fun, socializing and refreshments.  Start time is 2:00 PM, at 850 South Bluff Street in St George (Lexington Hotel).  We promise to get you home in time to watch the Super Bowl!
Total comments: 0

Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture Series Jan. 4th, 2015

Posted by skeptic on December 26, 2014
Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture Series Jan. 4th,  2015
 
An examination of the Churches latest Block Buster Essay on Polygamy.
 
Does the Essay embrace an honest effort to be open and honest with a troubling history or a clever gloss over?
 
Come and find out, 2 PM January 4th, Lexington Hotel- 850 S. Bluff St. St. George, Utah
 
Refreshments will be served.
 
For further info email Skeptic .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Total comments: 0

PostMormon.org’s Dahli-Mama to lecture December 7th, 2014

Posted by skeptic on November 23, 2014

Southern Utah PostMormon Association will host the recovering humor and satire of Dahil-Mama December 7th at 2 PM at the Lexington Hotel- 850 So. Bluff St. St. George Utah.

Lecturing at the Ex-Mormon Conference earlier this year attendee's found her humor ranging from the irreverent to downright naughty, poignant and touching.

Laughter and joy is good for the recovering soul.  Come and enjoy a very satirical and emotional afternoon with Dana.  

Refreshments will be served

Total comments: 0

November 2nd PostMormon Lecture 2014

Posted by skeptic on October 27, 2014
Southern Utah PostMormon Association will meet Sunday, November 2nd, 2 PM at the Lexington Hotel- 850 S. Bluff St. St. George
 
A lecture will examine several of the recent LDS Church web "Essay's" which address criticism's of Church doctrine. Many view the Essays were published as an effort to curb the growing apostasy within the Church.
 
 
Refreshments will be served, remember to change your clock back one hour.
Total comments: 0

October 5th PostMormon Lecture Series 2014

Posted by skeptic on September 13, 2014
Southern Utah PostMormon Lecture series/ Support Group resumes Sunday October 5th
 
Nadine Hansen will help catch us up on recent actions against members.
 
We will then as a group talk about dealing with the Magical Thinking expressed in Mormonism. Come and share your experience.
 
Time 2 PM, Place Lexington Hotel 850 S. Bluff St. George.
 
Refreshments will be served.
Total comments: 2