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What is a New Order Mormon?

New Order Mormons are those who no longer believe some (or much) of the dogma or doctrines of the LDS Church, but who want to maintain membership for cultural, social, or even spiritual reasons. New Order Mormons recognize both good and bad in the Church, and have determined that the Church does not have to be perfect in order to remain useful. New Order Mormons seek the middle way to be Mormon.

Finding the Middle Way in Mormonism

The Chapel on Temple SquareThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a complex religion with both inspiring and disturbing aspects. For those who learn about the disquieting aspects of the faith but choose to remain connected, this site offers support, information, and a community of like-minded people.

The LDS Church claims to be the "only true church," creating the perception that the Church is either all true or all false. This black-or-white dichotomy makes many members feel they have to leave the Church entirely after being exposed to new information.

Sometimes these disillusioned members feel that there must be a "true" church out there, and they jump quickly into another church without taking the time to "detox" themselves. More frequently, it seems, people turn their backs on religion in general, seeing a scam behind every pulpit or succumbing to the LDS line, "This church or no church." 

These are not your only choices!  The choice to leave the church may be valid for some, but for others staying can and does work. As part of your decision, spend some reflective time here. Our discussion board is full of messages of confusion, encouragement, and hope--messages that will remind you that you are not alone in your struggle with your faith. You'll also find essays written for and by NOMs, links to incredibly useful websites, and suggestions for dealing with family and other believing Mormons.

Whatever your course, we hope this site will be helpful as your spiritual journey unfolds.