Well Salt Lake has struck again. In its continual efforts to silence those who publicly question the leadership of the church on various issues, the LDS church held a disciplinary hearing for Bill Reel on November 27th. Instead of giving the verdict to the accused at the end of the hearing, as has been the standard practice until recently, the new modus operandi is to delay for several days in order to avoid bad publicity. Instead, a verdict letter is delivered to the accused several days after the proceedings. This was the case with Bishop Sam Young just weeks ago, and now Bill Reel got the same treatment when he received his letter on December 2nd. Here is a link to the letter:
And here is Bill Reel’s statement on the letter: https://mormondiscussionpodcast.org/2018/12/bill-reel-statement-on-excommunication/
Another recently established practice for Mormon excommunications is that the church forces the accused to sign a document saying that they will not record the disciplinary hearing. If they refuse to sign they will not be allowed to attend their own hearing and defend themselves. Of course, this letter has no real legally binding power. Bill Reel recorded it anyway and posted both the audio and a transcript. Some of the audio is hard to make out so I recommend you follow along with the transcript. I recommend right clicking on the audio link and opening it up in a new window, then go back to this window and click on the transcript link so you can follow along while the audio plays. It gets better at about the 7-minute point so don’t give up early.
During his time to speak on his own behalf, Bill discussed many of the problems he had discovered about the LDS church including the serious historical problems. Bill had obviously done his homework, presenting these issues briefly one by one to the members of the disciplinary council. One of the more interesting takeaways from the hearing was that the council admitted that Bill had told the truth, even when Bill said that current-day LDS apostles deceived the flock. Unfortunately, pointing this out publicly was grounds for excommunication.
The bottom line is that telling the truth about Mormonism will get you kicked out. Supporting the leadership, even when they are wrong, is more important than the truth. Just ask Elder Oaks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxyiHLg59ks