Thoughts on tasting Zion

Joe and Mindy — totally in love despite different religious perspectives

Most Fridays, my wife Mindy and I go out to our favorite Mexican restaurant after work. The conversation usually includes a lot about our work week, our kids, our neighborhood, and… our religion.

She surprised me when she described an experience as Zion.

She could have called it beautiful or memorable, but this religious word, Zion, more completely captured what she wanted to convey, despite the current distance she feels with our religion.

A few years ago, a good friend’s husband unexpectedly passed. Mindy’s emotions surfaced as she relived the experience of tasting Zion. …

Spanning the Gap Between LDS and LGBTQ

Rainbow Bridge Utah
Rainbow Bridge Utah
Photo by Sheeba Samuel

As a child, I loved going to Lake Powell in the summers with the Prowells or the Petersons. My dad was an LDS institute teacher, therefore we didn’t have a boat.

Waterskiing on glass. Exploring the trails and hunting for blue-belly and whiptail lizards. Jumping and diving off of small cliffs. Swimming in the clear, lukewarm water.

One Sunday, my friend Brian’s dad was trying to help us keep the Sabbath day holy by holding a family testimony meeting. …

Thoughts about wanting people back in our church.


Leaders of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, keep inviting them back. In 2013, President Uchtdorf said it like this.

Regardless of your circumstances, your personal history, or the strength of your testimony, there is room for you in this Church.

More recently, Russell M. Nelson said it as part of his first address as our church president.

Whatever your concerns, whatever your challenges, there is a place for you in this, the Lord’s Church.

Seeing… Them

Whatever their concerns? Whatever their challenges? Regardless of their circumstances?

What if seeing their concerns makes us really uncomfortable?


Dear FAIR Mormon,

Until yesterday, I thought your mission was to defend the faith.

Yesterday, I saw the fresh new face of Mormon apologetics. “Joseph Smith saw God… Deal with it”.

The fresh new face of Mormon apologetics

No, I’m not another angry anti-Mormon. I actually got re-baptized 20 months ago and had my blessings restored 5 months ago.

Some days I’m a very frustrated Latter-day Saint.

Apparently, discussions about chiasmus, tapirs, Book of Mormon geography in Indiana, and creative meanings for the word “translate” just aren’t reaching the rising generation. If pseudo-academics doesn’t do the trick, maybe funny YouTube videos will.

The joke’s on you…

One Man’s Trash…

I clearly remember losing my blessings. At the time, it wasn’t a big deal because I didn’t value them.

My bishop and I stood on his doorstep as he enumerated the blessings I would lose if I proceeded with the formal resignation from my church.

  • Church membership
  • The gift of the Holy Ghost
  • Priesthood
  • Temple ordinances

“OK,” I said simply.

Years of unresolved doubts, unanswered prayers, binary thinking, and time away from church had gradually caused me to despise things I once loved.

… Another Man’s Treasure

493 days ago, I was re-baptized into my church, reclaiming some of what I voluntarily surrendered 2,378…

Broken Heart by Davide Mauro

If you’re a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you or someone you love has experienced or will experience what has been called a crisis of faith. I believe a better name for it is a crisis of love. Thinking of it this way may help us correctly focus on the most important issue.

Crisis of Faith Is the Wrong Paradigm

A crisis of faith is defined as a person moving from a place of belief and faith to a place of doubt. It’s often assumed that the root cause is sin, rebellion, laziness, or lack of character. …

Lone Peak — From Sandy, Utah — December 27, 2019

I know this is true,
Said the man
To the group
Punctuated by fervent emotion.

This is the list
Of the Absolute Truths.
The things you can count on
And give full devotion.

This man, he’s a Latter-day Saint,
He’s a Muslim,
A Witness, a Hindu
An Orthodox Jew.

He roams all the earth
With his absolute knowledge
That he is the one
With far more truth than you.

I feel a twinge,
A hesitance.
A lack of
Gospel resonance.

I prematurely
Raise my hand.
Failing to
Convey my sense.

O, what is truth?
A thing we say? …

November 18, 2019

Today, (I guess that’s yesterday now) I attended two events. Both were large gatherings of ex-Mormons.

Ex-Mormon Group #1 — Stake Conference

The first was my stake conference. Everyone there used to be Mormon. But now we’re Latter-day Saints.

For me, the highlight of stake conference was helping set up chairs the day before. I had invited a guy I didn’t know to help. He was on my ward list and I sent him a text. He agreed. When he showed up, I instantly recognized him. We were in junior high together 30+ years ago.

After setting up chairs, we grabbed some breakfast…

Note: I originally shared this as a PDF document on April 6, 2019.

To Whom It May Concern

My name is Joe Tippetts. Seven years ago, I left the Mormon Church. For two years, I was “inactive”. In January of 2014, I formally resigned. On April 13, 2019, I will be baptized again. This is the story of why I left and why I’m returning.

I’m addressing two audiences:

To my fellow inactive and ex-Mormons. Many of us have been reading the same books, listening to the same podcasts, going to the same events, working through similar stresses to our closest relationships, learning far more…

Joe Tippetts

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