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Web site is refuge in Mormons' crisis of faith

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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:35 am | Updated: 1:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons struggling with doubt or disaffection can find themselves with a difficult choice: Stay in the church or abandon the faith?

Now, they can go online for advice from a community of Mormons who at some point have suffered a personal crisis of faith, teetered on the edge of quitting and then found a way to remain active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"You are not alone," an introduction page at StayLDS.com reads. "We are here to listen and offer advice. We openly discuss problems in history, doctrine, practices and culture. We also openly discuss solutions that have helped people in the community reconcile themselves, and find a new, personal path of active faith within our rich LDS tradition."

The Web site is not sanctioned or endorsed by Mormon church, nor is it staffed by experts in religion, psychology or communications. Instead it's run by and used by Latter-day Saints trying to provide comfort and support for the disillusioned.

"We're not on a crusade to change the church, we're not a reform movement and we're not a splinter group," said Brian Johnston, a 40-year-old accountant from Atlanta and a site administrator. "The main thing is to try and help find a way to integrate back into the church peacefully."

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