Mission Statement

Welcome to Mormon Transition.

If you’re here because you’re experiencing a shift in the way you think or feel about your Mormonism, please know that you’re not alone. Thousands of Mormons have walked the path you are walking now. Because we have walked that path, we know that faith crises or transitions can be traumatic and painful and that isolation can make them worse.  No one should have to go through them alone. This site has been created to help people in faith transitions connect with resources developed by those who have gone before.

Our goal is not to convince anyone to stay in the LDS Church, leave the LDS Church, or make any particular decision in regards to church activity or doctrine. Our goal is to alleviate pain and isolation and to provide support and perspective. Additionally, we hope to be able to connect you with resources and insights about how to handle some of the issues that stem from faith transitions, including mixed-faith marriages, divorce, strained relationships with extended family members, and child rearing after faith transition.

Faith crises begin for many reasons. For some of us, our faith crises began after we encountered information about LDS history, the Book of Mormon, or Joseph Smith.  Others of us started allowing ourselves to feel pain about the way that our Mormon communities treat people who are different, whether they be LGBT, women, liberals, intellectuals, non-Mormons, or people of color.  Some of our faith crises began for other reasons. Regardless of how our crises began, each of us found we could not deny the pain we felt, shut out new realizations, or disregard new information.  In order to be whole, we needed to face ourselves and our new realities honestly.

As our crises progressed, we felt a wide range of emotions including anger, sadness, disappointment, and fear.  Perhaps you are feeling some of the same things. During our crises, many of us needed to hear that we were not alone, or crazy, or bad.  With that in mind, we would like to assert that whatever your reasons, you are not alone.  You are not crazy.  You have nothing to be ashamed of, and this is not your fault. There are disappointing, challenging, and complicated aspects of Mormonism, as there are of all religions.

During our crises, we were fearful of losing family, friends and Mormon community, and we know that you may be fearful of the same.  Faith crises or transitions can put tremendous stress on your family relationships and friendships and can raise questions about your relationship to the LDS Church.   Many Mormons find that our wards and even our families are not necessarily supportive places to explore our questions about faith.  We have found it necessary to reach out for support and comfort elsewhere, places for speaking honestly about our experiences as Mormons and for gaining the perspective and resources we need.

Many of us have also found that the most difficult times in our faith crises lasted about a year before we transitioned to a new, more comfortable normal.  For some of us, the process took longer.  And some of us find that the new normal is a state of permanent transition:  of living in the question, rather than having all the answers. Our own faith crises and transitions have taught us that the answers are rarely black and white.  In fact, most of us find that faith ends up being more complicated than we once expected, and that growth and healing happen in unanticipated ways.

 

With love,

John Dehlin
Joanna Brooks
Anne Peffer
Brian Johnston
Natasha Helfer Parker
Ashley Merback
Michael Ferguson
Scott Holley
Sara Begley