I belong to an amazing group of people who have been or are going through a faith crisis related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Uplift Community of Faith is a Facebook page, with subsequent groups to discuss concerns with changes in Church policy, historical details that they never learned before, or cultural experiences that have left them hurting, to name a few. Our purpose is to help others discuss these issues in a respectful and faith promoting way.
I am an administrator for the organization and we are seeking to help others in their journey. Read a description of the organization and then look at the groups available at the end of this post.
Uplift is a safe haven for active members, former members, lapsed members, and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are seeking greater fellowship and faith. We seek to encourage mature discipleship in ourselves and others through honest conversation, genuine kindness, and personal ministry. This is a community where sincerity and vulnerability are met with compassion and empathy, where skepticism and testimony are both embraced, and where we can joyfully share our struggles and our triumphs as we progress along our journeys. We seek to interpret the words and actions of others with charity, acknowledging that we all fall short but are generally acting in good faith. Rather than labeling or criticizing others (past or present) we seek to see them as real and complex people doing their best to live up to the light they have received. Many of our members feel like they are currently in crisis as questions, doubts, and confusion have overcome their personal sense of peace. Uplift offers us a chance to discuss our concerns and fears openly—without judgment—and learn from others who are or have been in similar circumstances. Others in our community have come to Uplift for guidance as we bear the burden of watching a loved one in crisis. It is often easier to show true compassion to a stranger in need than to overcome the guilt associated with watching someone close to us in a similar struggle. Uplift provides us a chance to learn how to better reach out and strengthen bonds of love where our first inclination might be to correct, reprove, or instruct. We want Uplift to be a place of rest for weary souls, light for darkened minds, hope for broken hearts, and healing for wounded spirits. Wherever we may be on our faith journey, we recognize that our understanding is limited, and we come together not to preach, but to learn from one another. In Uplift we don’t seek to fix the problems we see in others, but simply to minister, lightening burdens, mourning with those who mourn, comforting those in need of comfort, and standing as faithful witnesses of a loving and generous God. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” – President Thomas S. Monson “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” (1 Cor 13:1)
Pleas click HERE to watch the introduction video.
With love, the Uplift admins
If you have found yourself navigating through any doubts and questions related to your association with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are not alone and you can find community with those who have walked similar paths. Many of us have once left and returned to the Church and some are still in the midst of their crisis, but holding on to faith and hope. Click on the picture or caption below to join our Facebook groups.