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Website is refuge in crisis of faith

Website is refuge in crisis of faith



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are struggling with doubt or disaffection can find themselves on a difficult path and wondering whether to stay or abandon their faith.

Now there's an online community trying to help. StayLDS.com is run by Church members who have suffered a crisis of faith, considered quitting, and found a way to remain active members of the church.

Founder John Dehlin says the goal is to provide a supportive arena for the discussion of problems in history, doctrine, practices and culture.

The site is not sanctioned or endorsed by Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since its debut in October 2008, StayLDS has received about 9,000 monthly visits by an average of 2,500 different people. About 300 people log on daily and 4,400 posts have been recorded.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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