Embattled Mormon blogger leaves LDS Church

David Twede - The Florida editor had been summoned to a disciplinary council

The Salt Lake Tribune/October 22, 2012

Rather than wait for possible excommunication from the LDS Church, Mormon blogger David Twede has resigned his membership in the Utah-based faith.

Twede - who was accused of apostasy for writing critical Web essays about LDS history, temple worship and contemporary issues - took the action during an "open mic session" last week at the Exmormon Foundation's annual conference at the DoubleTree Suites in Salt Lake City.

"While I've been in serious doubt about the veracity of LDS claims for some time, I had become so disillusioned with how my situation was handled," Twede wrote Monday in an email, "that I just wanted to be free."

Twede is managing editor of MormonThink.com, where most of his critical pieces, including ones about GOP presidential nominee and fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, have appeared.

On Sept. 16, officials in the LDS Hunters Creek Stake in Orlando, Fla., gave Twede a letter, summoning him to a church disciplinary council for "apostasy," which they attributed to his writings.

The Florida blogger initially told the news media that the threatened church action was due to his Romney remarks. Hours later, Twede told The Salt Lake Tribune his LDS leaders never brought up the candidate in their exchange with him. The next day, Twede returned to "a feeling in [his] gut" that his Romney comments had triggered the now-delayed disciplinary council.

LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy has vehemently denied that any Mormon would be disciplined "for having questions or for expressing a political view."

The Utah-based faith trumpets a strict stance of neutrality in partisan politics.

Others suggested that the action might have been sparked by MormonThink's section discussing LDS temple ceremonies.

By the end of September, the disciplinary council had been postponed indefinitely.

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