My Faith Journey

Hi, my name is Mark Whitley. I was born and raised in the LDS church. I was very devout and dutifully served the church for decades. However, in Spring of 2016, I had a faith crisis which resulted in the complete lost my faith. Here is a travelogue of my faith journey.

Early Years

Gaining a testimony

The shelf metaphor

The Cracks Emerge

First crack: Experiencing depression

Second crack: Serving in a bishopric

Two years of reevaluation

Third crack: The November 5th policy

Fourth crack: Learning about church history

The shelf breaks: Learning about cognitive biases

Post-crisis / Awakening

Crawling from the wreckage

Deconstructing Mormonism

Analyzing Christianity

Developing a new understanding of God

Learning about Fowler's Stages

Facebook announcement

Visiting Other Churches

Post-faith crisis, I wanted to visit some other churches to see what I had been missing out on, or to see how they compared/contrasted to the LDS church.

Visiting Community of Christ

Visiting the Unitarian Church

Visiting the Buddhist Temple

Visiting St. Paul's Episcopal

Additional thoughts and musings

Falsifying Moroni: A Second Witness of the Truth