Author Archive: taylorms

Going through the temple as a non-believer

Something I read recently on Reddit reminded me of the last time I went through the temple, back in May 2014. The temple was an integral part of my faith journey. Temple worship started my journey deeper into orthodoxy and… Read more >

Joseph Smith and Pearl Curran- aka Patience Worth

  Joseph Smith dictated the words of the entire Book of Mormon, as we know it today, in about 3 months. This of course does not take into account the time to produce the 116 pages that were lost or… Read more >

The Mormon God who intervenes

  If God, especially the God of Mormonism, intervenes in our lives, how do we explain the times no intervention seems to occur? If our ways are not God’s ways, is it even appropriate to question the outcome of any… Read more >

Face to Face with Elder Holland

On March 8, 2016 there was a worldwide “Face-to-Face” event for Young Single Adults (YSA) with Elder Holland. He was accompanied by Elder Donald Hallstrom of the 70, and Sister Carole Stephens of the general Relief Society Presidency.  All YSA’s… Read more >

Generations of “Lamanites”

I just returned from a luncheon where the 45th anniversary of the performing group previously known as Lamanite Generation, now Living Legends, was being celebrated.  As I’ve navigated the path from devout, believing Mormon to non-believing humanist there are times… Read more >

Personal Revelation Part 4: How do I distinguish my own thoughts from divine inspiration?

How do I distinguish my own thoughts from divine inspiration? Literal Belief: Apparently this question arises in just about every face-to-face meeting between a prominent church leader and the young adults of the church. See several examples below. Non-Literal Belief:… Read more >

Personal Revelation Part 3: What is revelation and how do we know it is from God?

What is revelation and how do we know it is from God? Literal Belief: The only way to be constantly guided by the spirit is by keeping oneself pure through obedience to the commandments. If one is disobedient it drives… Read more >

Personal Revelation Part 2: A spiritual witness brings us sure knowledge?

A spiritual witness brings us sure knowledge? Literal Belief: To a literal believer, there is really no difference between knowing something intellectually and knowing something by the Spirit. The Spirit does not just reveal subjective truth to an individual but… Read more >

Personal Revelation Part 1: The Gift of the Holy Ghost- How important is it?

  How do we know something is true?  Is a spiritual witness a reliable method of obtaining knowledge? How can we tell if that spiritual witness originates from our own emotions or our own thoughts? Does personal revelation, always need… Read more >

“Is this the will of God or the will of man?

  One of my children asked me the other day why I study so much church history. My simple answer to him was that I want to know how things really happened, and that knowing more about the past can… Read more >