(this letter was emailed to the High Councilmen and counselors in the Stake Presidency on 11.17.18 at 9:45 AM)
My name is Bill Reel. I joined the Church at 17, called and served honorably as a Bishop starting at age 29. The Church was everything to me and I loved it so much that I wanted to know everything about it. And like many others who dive into the history, I came across a lot of disturbing stuff ( You know the standard Joseph marrying and having sex w/ young girls 14 and 15 years old, married and sexual with other men’s wives, how the Book of Mormon contains a ton of 19th century material, how Joseph translated the Egyptian Papyri that became the Book of Abraham completely wrong (including those facsimiles) now that we know Egyptian, along with a million other things) . To the point that I had a faith crisis. During that crisis I started a podcast and it became quite popular. http://
Well, it is my Disciplinary Council being held on the 27th. And well because of me being a high profile persona, The Church handles my court very differently as well as the strings being pulled from the top. Every move now has our Stake President consulting Salt Lake and they have their imprint on every detail. How long I can speak, Extra Qualifications on the witnesses I can call, Not having an option to record the Council Meeting, etc….
The decision is already made. I will be excommunicated. There is nothing I can say that will change that. But I am writing each of you because I simply want to be treated with Human Decency and that isn’t happening and your responsibility in this court is to assure that I was treated fairly through the process.
I have 3 main issues that I am hoping that the 6 of you designated to be on my side will help me with.
#1 Your stake President has based his summons on 2 distinct lies
* One he claims that he was working with me to resolve my concerns. This simply isn’t true. He has admitted to my face and the face of others in my presence that my concerns can not be resolved. That the 1000 plus historical problems with our truth claims can not be reconciled. He also acknowledges that he has handed my questions up the chain and they too respond that they can not answer nor will not answer my questions and concerns. These questions don’t have good answers and these questions deal directly with our foundational truth claims. There are no good answers sadly. Check CES Letter or The Mormon Primer links below and then chase down the sources and study the issues yourself. It isn’t good. Sadly I have been studying Church history in depth for 20 years and the rabbit hole goes forever.
* Second is that he claimed I refused to meet with him any further. This is simply not true. You can read the summons I was sent below along with my email to him but here is the basic gist in an image ( https://www.dropbox.com/s/
As you can see I explained that I did not want to meet simply to check a box but was happy and willing to meet if there was a purpose.
#2 I have asked that the date be moved to a Saturday ( I work a lot of hours and Sundays are my only day off. This excommunication is going to be deeply hard on me. I will feel trauma being severed from my tribe and from the standpoint that I dedicated my life to this religion and have done nothing but be honest about the things I found. Nobody should be blamed when they look into their religion and discover the story their religion told about itself failed to match the historical data at every turn. ) Keep in mind nobody consulted me on what dates work for me. I am asking as an act of kindness for this to be moved to a Saturday so I can have a day to process and recover as much as possible from this. Imagine a disciplinary court for you at 8:30 pm and being severed from your tribe for being honest about what you found and then getting up at 6:30am the next the morning to go to your job. This isn’t healthy and it isn’t compassionate. Our Stake President responded to this request this way
Regarding your request to move the council to Dec 2nd: Unfortunately, we cannot move the council to this date. We spent a lot of time as a presidency looking at dates, and Nov. 27th is the only date that will work. So we will need to keep that date. There are travels and building conflicts that make moving this date really difficult.
It doesn’t matter to me which Saturday. Any Saturday from December 2 on will be fine. Notice the date is ran by each of you but seemingly no one cared about me enough to ask me what day might be best. Has he asked each of you? Has he tried to accommodate my request? Should not my emotional well-being have consideration and effort made to ensure such?
#3 is that I will be addressing the point that while the Leaders of our Church do not like what I have said, there is nobody saying that what I have said is inaccurate or untruthful. In other words I am being punished for telling the truth. Sadly though none of you likely know our history well enough to know if I am telling the truth or simply sharing false propaganda. The episode that got me in trouble is a podcast episode where I show that on 5 demonstrable occasions Elder Holland has lied ( here is the episode ). notice in the show notes that I source each lie and show that there is little room but to sense that Elder Holland has a problem with dishonesty.
I get over a million downloads a year and I am seen as one of the most honest and authentic voices discussing Mormonism. but in that room that night I will be seen as untrustable and sharing “anti-Mormon” lies. The only way for any of you to see me objectively is to get to know me and to get to know the things I speak on. Below are links where you can see the data yourself and hear my story. Please never take anything I say as truth without chasing down original sources and documents. Do the work. Ask yourself if the Church has told you the full story and if it has told its story honestly. I know we bought it. I know we felt really good about it and have had special experiences inside of it. Me too. but so do members of other faiths. The real question is does it add up once the facts are all laid on the table. Every Person has a right to have the information
Links to chase down the data
The Mormon Primer (I am the author of this and tried to be as objective as possible)
Letter For My Wife (well written and by a husband who simply wanted his wife to understand why he experienced a loss of faith
CES Letter (this one is slightly more aggressive but is full of the data and the data is forthright and real)
Links to hear my story and to get to know me as a human being
This interview was three years later The more I read the more I discovered two things #1 The rabbit hole of deep problematic contradictions that run counter to our truth claims goes forever. And That the Church intentionally designed their curriculum and narrative as to avoid you and I discovering the real story.
My being excommunicated is already a foregone conclusion. But will you please help to reduce the trauma my family is going to feel and I am going to feel that night? I welcome questions. If you read something and you want sources, just ask. I want you to read both sides. So please feel free to interact and ask anything personal or about my work.