My Mormon Mission Made Me an Atheist

“Hello! My name is Elder Hawkins, and this is my companion, Elder Thompson. We are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we would love to share the true words of Christ with you today. May we share our message of Christ’s atonement with you?”

I can’t count how many times I uttered that phrase. Over and over again. Of course, as a Mormon missionary in the Philippines, I was required to speak the language of the people, so it sounded something closer to:

Kumusta! Ako si Elder Hawkins, at ito si Elder Thompson, ang aking kasama. Mga misyonero kami sa Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga Banal sa mga Huling Araw. Gusto naming magbahagi ng totoong salita ni Cristo sa inyo ngayon araw. Puwede ba kaming magbahagi ng mensahe namin sa pagbabayad-sala ni Cristo sa inyo?

It’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Good thing I learned how to speak the language on the fly during my stay. Gift of tongues.

As an active member and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I first spent nine weeks at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Although I was raised Mormon, most of my friends and family aren’t, which means that they are merely being deceived by the wiles of Satan, who is always getting good, god-fearing, non-Mormon Christians to follow him to hell.

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Jenny McCarthy, Who Still Spreads Misinformation About Vaccines, Says “I Am Not Anti-Vaccine”

True story: A friend of mine, who happens to be a journalist, had an interview with Jenny McCarthy (below) a while back. When I found out, I sent her a message that was along the lines of, “Ask her all about the anti-vaccine craziness or our friendship is over.”

Her response: She couldn’t do it because the “rules” of the interview said that topic was off-limits.

Turns out something similar was in place for The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove, but he tried, anyway:

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Apparently, No One Understands That Catholics Are Generally Accepting of Evolution…

Every time Pope Francis says something, it seems to make worldwide news… even when his statements aren’t all that interesting. His latest speech, about the compatibility of religion and science, is no exception.

In a speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis explained how he, like pretty much all Catholics, believed in God-guided evolution:

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Ebola Coverage: The U.S. is Doing It Wrong

Even with Ebola, a lot of skepticism is warranted.

Take a look at how the UK news channels portray the disease… compared to those (*sigh*) in the U.S.

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Veterans Rally to Defend City’s Hydraulic Cross, Claiming They’re in the Majority Faith and That’s All That Matters

Last month, I posted about a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year atop Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, Michigan:

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