You may know him as the host of the Mormon Stories Podcast. Perhaps you’ve heard of his studies on why Mormons question and on the quality of life for LGBT+ Mormons. Or maybe you’ve participated in one of his communities or have just seen him in his many media appearances as the face of liberal Mormonism.
For all of these accomplishments and more, the CoJCoL-dS finally excommunicated him in early 2015!! And, as a result, the X-Mormon online community voted him the winner of the “William Law X-Mormon of the Year 2015” award!! Congratulations, John!!
Some speculate that the reason the CoJCoL-dS excommunicates so many media personalities is to discredit them; so the faithful will know not to listen to them — and instead only listen to the official leadership hierarchy of the church. Here’s what John Dehlin had to say on that in a recent podcast:
Part of why I’m not backing down is that I don’t want to empower that strategy or tactic by going silent. So, some of you may be sick of me, but I’m not going away — just to defy that tactic alone. 0:53:21
Good for you — keep up the good work John Dehlin! And congratulations to all of the other candidates as well, who’ve all helped make 2015 a great year to be an exmo!!!