Blair Watson

Blair Watson, military critic, author and journalist, former pilot, and dear friend of many passed away on October 3, 2014.  He was only 50 and was looking forward to some exciting new projects.

Blair was a frequent contributor to the ExMormon and Post-Mormon chat boards. He volunteered countless hours over the years to provide encouragement and informed advice to thousands.  Being required to attend church since a toddler, he understood the struggle to leave the faith while maintaining family connections.  He wrote candidly about the fear, shame, and guilt associated with Mormonism. As he and his family experienced, the financial costs are also significant. 

As he researched the historical realities and financial facts of Mormonism, Blair felt his trust had been abused by the church.  His time and energy were also depleted on a difficult mission to Peru.  He struggled to break free (and happily did eventually) and felt compelled to help others.


Blair spent nearly three years researching and writing the Latter-day Saint Swindle: The Mormon Church’s $200-Billion Scam.  Although a professional work of non-fiction, he would often burst into laughter at the ridiculousness of the facts that he uncovered.  He hoped that along with being informed, readers would be equally entertained.

Blair uncovered compelling evidence of systematic deception by the church’s leadership but he held no grudge against common members. Like those of other religions, Blair saw that they are good people.  It was for them, including his niece and nephews, that this probing analysis was written.

He registered an ISBN copyright for this book and was selling the ebook.  Now that he has passed, earning a living from his book is not a concern. His work is being shared here for free to honour his memory.  He was a wonderful person who truly wanted to see people be happy and fulfilled.  Please pass it on.  If you share or quote this book, do him the honour of giving him a writer’s credit.

Download a free PDF version of Latter-day Saint Swindle: The Mormon Church’s $200-Billion Scam

Also available for free: Kindle ebook version (file format .azw)

Excerpt: "In July 2012, Businessweek published an in-depth report about the Mormon Church, including information about its many corporations, lack of financial transparency, and huge annual income.... A recent investigation by Reuters in collaboration with [University of Tampa] sociology professor [Ryan] Cragun estimates that the LDS Church is likely worth $40 billion today and collects up to $8 billion in tithing each year.”

Blair also created a webpage to share his insights into the Psychology of Mormonism

At the 2006 ExMormon Conference in Utah, Blair was a guest speaker. His presentation was posted on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.

Blair, you will be missed always by so many people who you touched in your short life.

May your words continue to touch many more.

Latter Day Saint Swindle book cover

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