From 30 years Mormon to Forever Orthodox

by Isaac Bell I was raised Mormon, as was Rachel, my wife. Early in our marriage we had a stillborn son. Our bishop called us into his office to tell us that God had not yet revealed the point at which a fetus becomes alive and the church therefore does not consider our son to be a person. This shocked me. I thought the whole point of having a prophet was to provide guidance from God on important moral issues, and given how much time legislatures spend debating when life begins I figured that would be an important topic for a prophet to speak on. Over the next couple of weeks, while Rachel was reeling from the bishop’s lack of empathy, I … [Read more...]

Utah’s Largest Newspaper Interviews “Mormon to Orthodox Christian” Convert

by Cameron Davis Editor’s Note: A couple of weeks back, a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune contacted us on the O&H Facebook page to get in touch with former Mormons (LDS) who had converted to Orthodoxy. One of those who responded to this inquiry was Cameron Davis. He was one of several interviewed for this piece (which is well worth reading). Like all newspaper interviews, most of what he said in the interview is not included in the final product. Cameron has generously provided O&H with the full text of his interview answers. The interviewer is Bob Mims, the reporter who wrote the piece. Tell me about you. Age, what you do for a … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy: What I Was Born For – Part 3

by Anastasia & Joseph GuilianiThis is the conversion story from ocultism in the Jehovah's Witnesses  to Orthodoxy, and it is not a light read. The account presented here has been edited, but reader discretion is advised. This is a strong story. We are grateful for Ravyn Anastasia and Lee Joseph for permitting us to publish it.A Traveling Partner On The JourneyI met Lee through a mutual friend online, while I was in Southern California and they were in Attleboro, Massachusetts. I had started a flirtship with his friend Ian in an AOL role-playing chatroom and we had spent a few nights talking on the phone all night and finding out how much … [Read more...]

Liturgy, Sacraments, & All That Jazz: Ten Reasons I Joined the Orthodox Church

  by Jamey Bennett I am asked fairly regularly to share my conversion story. I haven’t really written out my journey into the Orthodox Church in a full narrative. I hinted at some things related to my Mormon heritage here, but even that doesn’t quite tell the story. Honestly, I’m not sure I am interesting enough to put my story down on paper, so for now, we’ll settle for some glimpses into the journey. I leave this unedited and unvarnished. I was received into the Orthodox Church at Pascha (Easter) of 2009. This doesn’t come as a shock to most who know me, but definitely has ruffled some feathers of a few people I love and … [Read more...]