Wrapping up Shawn’s Odyssey

After many months of this spiritual journey, and I’ve calculated over 1000 hours of time spent reading / researching (that doesn’t include pondering) Shawn’s Odyssey is converging to a certain standpoint.

I’ve taken the time to prepare the following video for all of my family, friends, and anyone else who is interested in this:

Here’s the description and references: 

This is a video originally intended for my family, friends and church leaders to explain why I’ve decided to transition myself from a True Believing Mormon / Orthodox Mormon to a “Jack-Mormon” (Mormon Sympathiser) and why I am, at least formally, an agnostic towards my belief in God.

After creating this video I decided to make it public to share with others who may be thinking or feeling the same thing (you’re not alone) and open any healthy, public discussion.

Please do feel free to comment on this video, but there are a few ground rules:

1) Please watch the entire video before commenting.
2) Please be civil and respectful. Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable.
3) Please address the actual topics discussed (the actual articles and arguments), and not resort to some kind of ad-hominem attack.
4) Cite your sources for what you think and why.
5) Any kind of emotional blackmail type comments will be deleted. (“you’ve broken your covenants, betrayed the bla bla bla…”)

I have created a reference list below. The numbers correspond with reference numbers in the presentation itself.

REFERENCES

[1] Jack Mormon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Mormon
[2] Loving others and living with differences, Dallin H Oaks https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/loving-others-and-living-with-differences?lang=eng
[3] Steven Peck http://lifesciences.byu.edu/~slp73
[4] Steven Peck “Why Mormons Should Embrace Evolution” http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/flunkingsainthood/2010/09/why-mormons-should-embrace-evolution-byu-biology-professor-steven-peck.html
[5] The Karate Kid (2010) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155076/
[6] On Being Wrong, Kathryn Schulz https://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong?language=en
[7] Most Successful Male Porn Star Of All Time Speaks Out On Porn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx-p9Wr6xg0
[8] Step 2: Hope – Preston’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8W5UgKHJrI
[9] Loyalty, Gordon B Hinckley, https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/04/loyalty?lang=eng
[10] True or False, Jeffery R Holland https://www.lds.org/new-era/1995/06/true-or-false?lang=eng
[11] The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God, Ezra Taft Benson, https://www.lds.org/ensign/1988/01/the-book-of-mormon-is-the-word-of-god?lang=eng
[12] J Reuben Clark http://www.azquotes.com/quote/762232
[13] John Taylor, Journal of Discourses http://scriptures.byu.edu/jod/jodhtml.php?vol=20&disc=33
[14] Journal of Discourses “not official” https://www.lds.org/topics/journal-of-discourses?lang=eng
[15] Testimony, Dallin H Oaks https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/04/testimony?lang=eng
[16] Shawn’s Odyssey, The Ant God http://shawnsodyssey.net/the-ant-god/
[17] The CES Letter, Jeremy Runnels http://cesletter.com/
[18] Gospel Topics Essays https://www.lds.org/topics/essays?lang=eng
[19] Debunking CES letter response 1 FairMormon http://en.fairmormon.org/Criticism_of_Mormonism/Online_documents/Letter_to_a_CES_Director
[20] Debunking CES letter response 2 FairMormon http://debunking-cesletter.com/
[21] “Debunking the Debunking of the Debunking” http://en.fairmormon.org/Criticism_of_Mormonism/Online_documents/Letter_to_a_CES_Director/Debunking_FairMormon
[22] Jeremy Runnels Mormon Stories interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjJJ9Rl-9_Y
[23] Brigham Young, JoD, v 13, p271 http://jod.mrm.org/13/268
[24] Brigham Young/Teachings/Moon and sun are inhabited FairMormon http://en.fairmormon.org/Brigham_Young/Teachings/Moon_and_sun_are_inhabited
[25] Joseph Fielding Smith man never go to space quote, FairMormon http://en.fairmormon.org/Mormonism_and_science/Joseph_Fielding_Smith_claimed_that_man_would_never_walk_on_the_Moon
[26] Blood Atonement Doctrine, Brigham Young, LDS.org essay (see reference 36) https://www.lds.org/topics/peace-and-violence-among-19th-century-latter-day-saints?lang=eng
[27] FairMormon response to Blood Atonment http://en.fairmormon.org/Mormonism_and_doctrine/Repudiated_concepts/Blood_atonement
[28] Mountain Meadows Massacre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre
[29] Adam-God Theory, Brigham Young, FairMormon article http://en.fairmormon.org/Mormonism_and_doctrine/Repudiated_concepts/Adam-God_theory
[30] Adam-God Theory, Brigham Young, JoD http://en.fairmormon.org/Journal_of_Discourses/1/8#50
[31] Seer Stone quote, Joseph Fielding Smith, FairMormon intro http://en.fairmormon.org/Question:_Did_Joseph_Fielding_Smith_say_that_it_was_not_reasonable_for_Joseph_Smith_to_use_a_seer_stone_to_translate_the_Book_of_Mormon%3F
[32] Joseph the Seer ensign article https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/10/joseph-the-seer?lang=eng
[33] South Park rock in a hat http://www.i4m.com/think/southpark/mormon_translation.htm
[34] Mormon Gordon B. Hinckley on Blacks & Priesthood Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-4dKmO8CSw
[35] Judges 19:22-30 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/judg/19?lang=eng
[36] 2 Kings 2:23-24 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/2-kgs/2.24?lang=eng
[37] 15+ million membership Facts and Statistics, Mormon Newsroom http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/facts-and-statistics/
[38] Estimates of less-activity rates, 60% US, 70% worldwide http://signaturebooks.com/2014/10/mormon-news-october-13-17/http://www.mormonsocialscience.org/2012/01/19/q-what-percentage-of-mormons-regularly-participate-in-temple-worship/http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/57369318-80/church-lds-percent-growth.html.csp
[39] How many humans have ever lived? http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16870579
[40] How many humans alive now? http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ (estimate / clock that counts)
[41] All church essays on Polygamy, https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints?lang=enghttps://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=enghttps://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-and-families-in-early-utah?lang=enghttps://www.lds.org/topics/the-manifesto-and-the-end-of-plural-marriage?lang=eng
[42] Church “denials” of Polygamy https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=eng reference 22.
[43] Polyandry discussion, Swedish Rescue, Marlin K. Jensen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of7HNe3cbuo
[44] Polyandry article on FairMormon http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/katich-a-tale-of-two-marriage-systems.pdf
[45] Doctrine and Covenants 132 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/132
[46] Book of Abraham & Papyri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5FAFVVv_os
[47] James H. Breadstead statement in Joseph Smith Jun. As a Translator http://www.bookofabraham.com/boamathie/JSasTranslator.html
[48] Interview with Jeffery R. Holland about Book of Abraham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNHM7I1WJIk&feature=youtu.be&t=25s
[49] Book of Commandments, 1833 http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/book-of-commandments-1833?dm=image-only&zm=zoom-inner&tm=expanded&p=23&s=undefined&sm=none
[50] Doctrine and Covenants section 8 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/8?lang=eng
[51] Preach my Gospel, chapter 5 https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/what-is-the-role-of-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng
[52] The Book of Mormon is the Word of God, Ezra Taft Benson https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/04/the-book-of-mormon-is-the-word-of-god?lang=eng
[53] Malachi 3:10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/mal/3.10?lang=eng
[54] 3 Nephi 24:10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/24.10?lang=eng
[55] KJV errors in BOM http://infidels.org/library/modern/curt_heuvel/bom_kjv.html
[56] Book of Mormon and DNA Studies https://www.lds.org/topics/book-of-mormon-and-dna-studies?lang=eng
[57] Zion’s Camp March from Ohio to Missouri, 1834 https://www.lds.org/ensign/1979/04/zions-camp-march-from-ohio-to-missouri-1834?lang=eng
[58] Apologetic Book of Mormon Limited Geography Model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_geography_model
[59] Book of Mormon Anachronisms https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeology_and_the_Book_of_Mormon
[60] FairMormon response about Anachronisms http://en.fairmormon.org/Book_of_Mormon/Anachronisms
[61] Dr. Michael Coe – an outsider’s view of Book of Mormon Archaeology http://mormonstories.org/michael-coe-an-outsiders-view-of-book-of-mormon-archaeology/
[62] Horses as an anachronism in BOM, FairMormon http://en.fairmormon.org/Book_of_Mormon/Anachronisms/Animals/Horses
[63] Richard Bushman reddit AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/latterdaysaints/comments/3dnmfn/richard_bushman_ama_3_pm_to_6_pm_eastern_time/
[64] L. Ron Hubbard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard
[65] Dianetics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianetics
[66] Guinness World Records L. Ron Hubbard http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-published-works-by-one-author
[67] Truman G. Madsen, Joseph Smith the Prophet http://www.scribd.com/doc/184064624/Joseph-Smith-the-Prophet-1-pdf#scribdhttps://deseretbook.com/p/joseph-smith-prophet-truman-g-madsen-2598
[68] Rough Stone Rolling, Richard Bushman http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Smith-Rough-Stone-Rolling/dp/1400077532, The Latter Day Saints’ Millennial Star https://books.google.com.au/books?id=T6BJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA300&lpg=PA300&dq=%22remarkably+free+from+any+allusions+that+might+betray%22&source=bl&ots=nW3T-d0TeQ&sig=_bm1y0F4UOW_-v2FcspK2sh-aLQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMI_MfK7tvwyAIVBfM-Ch1Xuwiq#v=onepage&q=%22remarkably%20free%20from%20any%20allusions%20that%20might%20betray%22&f=false
[69] The Book of Abraham, LDS student manual https://www.lds.org/manual/the-pearl-of-great-price-student-manual/the-book-of-abraham?lang=eng
[70] FairMormon Podcast with Steven Peck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wJ-PNq94uk
[71] 1 Nephi 14:10 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/14?lang=eng
[72] Matthew 6:24 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/6?lang=eng
[74] Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Dallin H. Oaks https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/strengthened-by-the-atonement-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng
[75] Truth does not demand belief, Dan Parker http://atheism.about.com/library/quotes/bl_q_DBarker.htm
[76] Child draws angels near president Monson during conference http://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/child-draws-angels-near-president-monson-during-conference/
[77] Children See Flock Of Turtles Bear President Monson Up At General Conference http://zelphontheshelf.com/children-see-flock-of-turtles-bear-president-monson-up-at-general-conference/
[78] Finding Something Better Than Glamour, Watchtower http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2015649
[79] 8.0 – My LDS Journey – Follow the Spirit YouTube video with multiple videos within it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycUvC9s4VYA
[80] Spiritual Witness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJMSU8Qj6Go
[81] Derren Brown – How To Convert An Atheist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51B8MzcxOX0
[82] Dr. Dave Christian on Epistemology and Orson Wright, the Polygamous Mission President http://mormonstories.org/dr-dave-christian-on-epistemology-and-the-polygamous-mission-president/
[83] Truly Good and without Guile, Michael T. Ringwood https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/truly-good-and-without-guile?lang=eng
[84] The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins http://www.amazon.com/The-God-Delusion-Richard-Dawkins/dp/0618918248
[85] Neil deGrasse Tyson, we hunger for significance http://www.azquotes.com/quote/809145
[86] Carl Sagan heart of science quote http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/901999-at-the-heart-of-science-is-an-essential-balance-between
[87] Richard Dawkins all of us are atheists http://www.quotery.com/quotes/an-atheist-is-just-somebody-who-feels-about-yahweh-the/
[88] Richard Dawkins’ tweet https://twitter.com/richarddawkins/status/633153711863398400
[89] 2 Nephi 2:11-13 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2
[90] One random example of JW persecution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB4ALpOn6Dg
[91] Christopher Hitchens Evidence http://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/3590/that-which-can-be-asserted-without-evidence-can-be-dismissed-without-evidence
[92] If we have the truth it cannot be harmed https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2LBS28aUzmY&app=desktop
[93] Joseph Smith History https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng
[94] Joseph Smith/Seer stones/”Rock in hat” used for Book of Mormon translation FairMormon http://en.fairmormon.org/Joseph_Smith/Seer_stones/%22Rock_in_hat%22_used_for_Book_of_Mormon_translation
[95] The Articles of Faith, 11 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1?lang=eng
[96] D&C 58:27-28 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/58.27-28?lang=eng
[97] D&C 137:9 https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/137.9?lang=eng

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