After lifelong devotion to the man, the LDS Church finally lost faith in Jeremy Runnells after reading the CES Letter, which Runnells penned.
“The CES Letter was finally what did it for us. We’d held out hope for so long, hoping that something would change. However, we came across the CES Letter and dormant thoughts and feelings rushed in. The CES Letter was very persuasive–we couldn’t believe some of the things we read in there. It was immediately clear that it was our last straw of faith in him, and we can thank the CES Letter for that,” said Michael R. Otterson, managing director of Public Affairs.
The church plans to hold its court of love on the day of love, February 14th–at least, of course, until tides of support for Runnells rise high enough for the church to conveniently postpone the proceedings.
According to Runnells’ website:
“[He] has been summoned to a disciplinary council by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on charges of apostasy. CES Letter represents Mr. Runnells’ sincere attempt to obtain answers to legitimate questions and doubts through proper church leadership channels. (…)
CES Letter began as a letter Mr. Runnells wrote to an LDS religious instructor (CES Director) outlining his questions, concerns, and doubts about LDS Church foundational truth claims (e.g., Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham historicity, Joseph Smith’s polygamy and polyandry, LDS priesthood restoration, multiple first vision accounts). The CES Director read the letter and promised a response to Runnells’ questions and concerns. No response ever came. (…)
CES Letter has been downloaded an estimated 600,000 times to date, and over 12,000 LDS Church members have reached out to Runnells after reading the CES Letter. (…)
Runnells reports that he met twice with his LDS Stake President, Mark Ivins, in the fall of 2014. (…) President Ivins assured Runnells that he wanted to help, and that he would obtain answers. (…) On February 8, Ivins reversed his decision and informed Runnells of his disciplinary council scheduled for February 14, 2016. (…)
A public press conference has been scheduled for Runnells on February 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm Mountain Time at 50 West Club & Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City (50 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT). The venue is open for dinner prior to the press conference at 6:00pm. Parking is available in surrounding lots. All interested media, along with supporters of Runnells, are invited to attend and show support. (…)
A vigil for Jeremy Runnells is being organized on Sunday, February 14 at 7:00 pm at the American Fork Utah East Stake Center (825 E 500 N, American Fork, Utah).