In order to find answers to his questions, he began a podcast called Morrmon Stories about 10 years ago.
In this series, John went to all the people he could think of who had studied Mormonism, believers and non-believers, life long members, converts and non-Mormons. He asked questions and listened to their answers. John made these podcasts available to anyone who wanted to listen. People told their stories. What is it like to be a Mormon today? What obstacles do we face trying to live in the 21st century?
His local leaders talked to him on a regular basis, everything was fine, until last summer. Suddenly he and another questioner were publicly threatened with ex-communication. Kate Kelly was excommunicated in July. John was on Sunday. My heart is full. It's very sad that asking questions carries such dire consequences.
John and his wife Margi, at his trial.
If you are gay and want to remain a member of the Church, you must not have any serious relationship with another person of the same sex. Speaking as someone who has been alone for almost 20 years, that's a very lonely way to live. If you want to have a relationship, then you are out. Again, I believe we are all made in God's image, are his children, and he loves us all. We should do the same. I keep wondering, is there a place for ME in the church feeling the way I do about this issue? I am still trying to find out.