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Dec 20, 2020

The siblings read the first of Ezra Booth's letters, which were written following his short but notable membership in the LDS church in 1831. He was convinced of Joseph's prophetship after he witnessed what he considered a miraculous healing. However, after his expectations of further miraculous events and prophecies were unfulfilled, he quickly saw through the delusion he was under and sought to warn others of the deception he witnessed.

His story is an example of how one can find themselves needing to reluctantly but honestly face the facts and admit the truth of their misapprehension. This is unfortunately as relevant in our current political atmosphere as it was in the religious fervor of the 19th century.

This leads to a conversation about honesty, self-deception, cognitive dissonance, and the conundrum of attempting to live without lying. Sister Lisa provides examples she heard recently about the nature of lying, how more white matter in the brain can be an indication of ones ability to lie more effectively, and how honesty has become more important to her in her post-Mormon life.

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'Mormonism Unvailed', Signature Books - https://bit.ly/2LS6jaC

Elsa Johnson's healing - https://bit.ly/2J3nGEa

Radiolab story 'Deception' - https://bit.ly/3mzC6tq

'Lying' by Sam Harris - https://samharris.org/books/lying/

Latter-day Lesbian podcast - http://latterdaylesbian.org

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