Who Am I and Why the Change?
Hello world! My name is Chris Koerner and I am the new owner of Millennial Morms! I’m a happily married dad of 4 small kids and live in the Dallas area. I have been a huge fan of the site since it first began back in 2014. I visited the site often and frequently participated in the comments section. The founders did a great job at adding great, original content on a consistent basis.
As time went on, the founders of the site appeared to have somewhat of a falling out, and one of them left the site altogether. But for the next while the site continued to do a pretty good job at retaining it’s original vision. I didn’t agree with everything I read, but that’s okay, right? I don’t agree with everything I read on any site that I visit, and that’s a good thing! But overall I felt that it was a good, entertaining site that was fulfilling a need in the Mormon community.
After some period of time, the remaining founder’s belief structure started to depart from core doctrines of the church. I don’t say this as a guess or as an inference, but rather because he was very clear in articles he wrote that this was indeed the case. He was very open about this, and I appreciated that. It’s not my place to judge him, and I don’t know what happened in his life to cause this change to come about. I can only assume that it wasn’t a decision he made lightly or on a whim.
After this happened, the site took a different direction, that many other loyal readers likely noticed. New articles were posted much less frequently, and the topics were noticeably different. They began to more reflect the opinions of the founder, which were increasingly more and more at odds with core church doctrines. To be honest, this upset me somewhat. I was upset that the site began as a site centered around core doctrines of the church, but then morphed into the new opinions of a person leaving those core doctrines behind.
I understood that the founder was well within his rights to do as he wished with the site. I also knew that the site’s original founder was free to write and post about whatever he deemed fit, but I was upset that the site had strayed so far from it’s original vision. To me it felt like a long-term bait and switch. Like I was lured in with content that was in-line with the church, and then over time I got something different entirely.
Now let me be clear, I do not think that this was either founder’s intention whatsoever. I truly believe that at the beginning the intention of the founders was to have a site that posted content in line with church doctrines. But because these core beliefs changed so much, the site changed with it. And to me, that was upsetting and unfortunate. I wanted to do something about it for a long time, but I didn’t know what.
Although I have been close to many in the church who have fallen away from these core doctrines that us Mormons hold dear, I haven’t been through that trial myself. It is not my place to judge or condemn anyone for leaving these doctrines behind, and so I want to be sensitive to that. I think that people who make that decision deserve our love, prayers and continued friendship.
When the site went up for sale last month, I saw it as an opportunity to do something about this disheartening change of direction that the site had taken. I reached out to the owner and we came to an agreement. He has been very helpful with the site transition and we maintain a good relationship.
I want the site to be as it used to be! I want it to be a place for Mormons and non-Mormons alike to find uplifting and entertaining content that will help strengthen their faith and share the Gospel more easily. But I need a lot of help. The most common downfall of any blog or website is when it fails to add new, original content on a consistent basis. We need contributors – as many as we can get! If you or anyone you know is interested, please message us on Facebook or email us at [email protected].
Thank you for reading this, and for willing to be a part of the new Millennial Morms. Over the next couple of months you will see a lot of changes on the site, and hopefully these are all for the better.