Yesterday’s front page of the Post Register carried the picture and news.
The caption under the front page picture says, “We are not anti-Mormon. It is not our intent to belittle others,” says Jeff Ricks of PostMormon.org, seen in front of one of his organization’s billboards on the north edge of Idaho Falls along U.S. Highway 20 on Tuesday.
Phil Davidson of the Post Register reports:
Roughly 3 percent of the world’s 12.8 million Mormons live in Idaho, yet there’s little support here for those who are thinking of leaving the church and are in search of advice.
Because of the Internet, that is starting to change.
The Web site www.postmormon.org, which began in 2002 as an online community of former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has seen its Web traffic grow from 50 hits a day to 120,000 a day in a matter of five years. In May, the Web site had 3 million hits, said Jeff Ricks, executive manager of the registered nonprofit. Recently publicity in the Deseret Morning News and other billboards account for the spike, Ricks believes.
Postmormon.org has 15 chapters throughout the world in which former members and those considering resigning from the church typically meet once a week to discuss how the impact of leaving affects all aspects of their lives. There are chapters as far away as Australia, but none in Idaho.
Ricks said he expects one to be up and running in Idaho falls within the next few months. He hopes a billboard advertising the site, erected two weeks ago on U.S. Highway 20 just north of Idaho Falls, will attract interest.
I believe this will happen.
But Ricks wants everyone to hear this disclaimer:
“We are not out to attack the church,” said Ricks, a great-great-grandson of Thomas Ricks, the namesake of Ricks College.
The postMormon community is growing along Idaho/Utah I-15, and I long to share with them the Christ of John’s Gospel who is uncomparable to the earthly general authorities and patriarchal leaders of the corridor. To see the difference is true freedom.