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Ex-Mormon Web site widens with views, questions of faith

By Patty Henetz

Eight years ago, Eric Kettunen built the Web site exmormon.org to help people who were struggling with their decision to leave the Mormon church.

He hoped to offer a dozen or so people the kind of help and support others had given him and his wife when they left the faith years earlier. It took two months to get 2,000 “hits” on the site. Now, exmormon.org gets that many in 15 minutes.

The main draw: Mormons who wouldn’t dream of questioning church doctrine or history publicly can do so privately as part of a large online community where people aren’t required to identify themselves.

“I never imagined it becoming as big as it did,” said Kettunen. “Many thousands realize they aren’t alone in their thinking.”

Exmormon.org describes itself as a Web site for former members and those questioning their faith in the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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