Excommunicated Church Leader’s Former Missionary Shares His Thoughts


James J. Hamula was excommunicated from the LDS Church “following church disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a prepared release Tuesday, August 8.

Several media outlets covered the announcement, leading to social media comments and speculation about what, exactly, happened.

Randy McDougal, who served as a missionary under Hamula, published a Facebook post asking for understanding and mercy toward Hamula.

His full Facebook post can be found below.

Ashley Lee is a news media student with a minor in editing at Brigham Young University. Her hobbies include reading, stand-up paddleboarding, and reciting seasons 1-5 of The Office word-for-word. She hopes to be a reporter for a national newspaper after graduation.