Mormonger Exposed As Cole Noorda of Salt Lake City, Utah

Meet Matthew Cole Noorda aka “Mormonger”, 32 years old, of Salt Lake City, Utah an unrelentless queerphobe who has defended discriminatory practices against LGBTQIA people. Although Cole Noorda rejects he is racist, he uses his Mormonger account as a cover to defend racism and to tell racist jokes. A popular tactic of internet trolls, Noorda uses irony and jokes as a cover for his bigoted beliefs. A longtime supporter of DezNat, he unironically thinks he is “defending the gospel” by using the hashtag (#DezNat). Although Noorda is a returned Mormon missionary, graduate of the University of Utah and has close family connections, this article isn’t the first time Noorda has come under fire for his DezNat Mormonger account. Today, let’s get to know the person behind “Mormonger.”

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Matthew “Cole” Norda of Salt Lake City, Utah, the person behind the DezNat account “Mormonger”

Content Warning: This article contains racist and queerphobic statements, and other objectionable language. We feel it is important to show examples of this person’s hateful ideology in his own words, rather than merely describing or characterizing it. In all cases where words have letters replaced by asterisks, or have been redacted or obscured in images, those redaction’s have been added by the authors of this article, not by the person who is being quoted/screencapped.


Mormonger initially came to our attention due to the LEGO Joseph Smith avatar he uses on Twitter. One of the most well-known and longest running DezNat accounts, Mormonger is often confused with an original member of the DezNat Discord server, “Bunch of Latter-day Saints”, that inspired Deseret Nationalism. In screen caps of the DezNat Discord server another user can be seen using the same avatar [1] as the current “Mormonger” account–a LEGO version of Mormon founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr. Incidentally, the original account using said profile image was Ben McLean of Missouri while the current LEGO Joseph Smith is Cole Noorda of Utah. One should be careful not to mix up the two accounts operated by entirely different people.

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[1] Screencap of the “Bunch of Latter-day Saints” Discord server membership list showing the LEGO Joseph Smith avatar that was first used by Ben McLean of Missouri.

Cole Noorda, the person behind the Mormonger account, would like readers of his account to see him as a comedian, who is just posting jokes. The “Mormonger” account is known for using jokes to deflect criticism, which is a tactic (whether known to Noorda or not) popular among domestic extremists: using irony and claims of “just joking” to spread their message, while deflecting criticism (see NPR, How Extremists Use Irony To Spread Hate).

Interestingly, according to Cole Noorda, the Mormonger DezNat account is followed by Utah Senator Mitt Romney’s sock account on Twitter. Although we have no evidence that Romney is aware of DezNat or Deseret Nationalism, it is concerning any time a politician follows–especially secretly–those who are aligned with politics that endorse hate.

Surprisingly, Cole Noorda tweeted in July 2020 that his Stake President (Mormon ecclesiastical leader) “called him to repentance” over how he shares the “gospel” online. He states, “Stake President called me to repentance. Here’s to defending the gospel in a more kind and loving way. Wish me luck.” When another user going by the name Zachary Thornton facetiously replied, “Be aware defending the Gospel in a loving way, for some is hate speech. Good luck,” Noorda replies with a “those are the facts” gif. Additionally, Mormonger has tweeted that his own mother is worried about the content of Noorda’s DezNat account.

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sources: [2, 3]

Homophobia, Transphobia, Queerphobia

Homophobia and queerphobia is nearly universal with supporters of DezNat. Cole Noorda believes that marriage should only be understood as being between a man and woman as it is a doctrinal concept. Noorda states being gay is sinful and that the only acceptable way for a gay person to participate in sexual relations is within a married heterosexual relationship. In a later tweet he stated, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with gay man marrying a straight woman as long as he is fully transparent. And by transparent, I don’t mean a parent who is trans.” Noorda, who states he works with a married gay man, would “rather [his] gay co-worker not know [he] support[s] “traditional” marriage” because it might cause “drama in the workplace” or get him fired.

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source: [4, 5]

Noorda describes being gay as a biological defect that will be cured during the afterlife. He states concerning homosexuality, “It is my opinion that every single person is born with an imperfection or ‘disability.'” Furthermore, Noorda compares homosexuality with evil impulses, i.e. “when I get upset I want to murder people” but I don’t.

Noorda, who uses the umbrella emoji as an anti-LGBTQIA hate symbol in his display name on Twitter, is opposed to showing support for or solidarity with queer people. He tweets, “I can’t help but notice that none of the brethren have gay pride flags or pronouns in their bios…” Additionally, in his bio on Twitter Noorda also uses a rainbow emoji with the words “Old Testament Ally.” An early DezNat anti-LGBTQ+ phenomena, “Old Testament Ally,” or #OldTestamentAlly is an attempt to reappropriate the rainbow from the LGBTQ community in order to “steal it back for God.” It refers to the rainbow shown to Noah after the Old Testament God destroyed the world in a flood because of wickedness. The DezNat user going by the psuedonym DeseretAussie is credited with starting the hashtag (see The Official DezNat Guide, Old Testament Ally). In December 2020, Noorda changed his Twitter header to include a European-associated neo-Nazi anti-LGBTQIA flyer customized for DezNat.

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source: [6, 7]

Unsurprisingly, Noorda states that discrimination against LGBTQIA people is acceptable, for example one should be able to discriminate against having gay roommates. When others point out that Noorda’s argument is homophobic and discriminatory, Noorda rejects the notion.

A black ultraconservative Mormon influencer who is often the target of DezNat was the subject of an offensive homophobic tweet by Noorda under his Mormonger account, “[REDACTED] is gay as AIDS.”

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source: [8]

In late August 2021, Noorda responded in favor of a speech given by Latter-day Saint top official, Jeffrey R. Holland, wherein Holland called for “musket fire” against pro-LGBTQ politics at Brigham Young University and their allies by stating “Elder Holland is #DezNat confirmed” and, “Jeffrey R Holland did nothing wrong,” the latter which is a common memetic phrase that DezNat supporters use and is a play on the memetic phrase “Hitler did nothing wrong.”

Noorda also changed his banner image on Twitter to reflect a man holding a musket with the text “A little more musket fire, coming right up…” a direct response to Holland’s speech. That same day he also tweeted, “Elder Holland woke up in the morning and chose metaphorical violence.” A few days earlier he had tweeted the same image while stating, “Elder Oaks: ‘I would like to hear a little more musket fire from this temple of learning.’ #DezNat: [image]” The same week of Holland’s speech, a BYU student and DezNat supporter, Conner Ray Murray of West Plains, Missouri, defaced a pro-LGBTQIA chalk mural at BYU. On September 10, 2021 it was revealed that Murray was no longer a student at the Mormon church owned university.

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source: [9, 10, 11]

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source: [12, 13]

Racism and Religion

Although Cole Noorda rejects that he is racist and has stated he would call out others within DezNat for racist remarks, Noorda has no problem defending racism, making flippant remarks about racism or making racist jokes or comments.

In 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially changed its position on prohibiting black male members from holding the priesthood (see LDS Church, Official Declaration 2). Noorda has apologized for the Mormon church’s historical practice of racial discrimination by reasoning that it’s plausible “God had morally legitimate reasons for excluding blacks from holding the priesthood.” According to the Mormon Church, “Over time, Church leaders and members advanced many theories to explain the priesthood and temple restrictions. None of these explanations is accepted today as the official doctrine of the Church,” — something Noorda seems to understand (Further reading: LDS Church, Race and the Priesthood).

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source: [14]

Noorda believes that people should only marry within their race and states that it is acceptable to discourage against interracial marriage. “I do believe (and I think psychologists would agree) that many difficulties arise when people of different nationalities / cultures get married,” Noorda states, “Statistically, your chances of divorce go up if you spouse is a different race.

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source: [15, 16]

The argument that black people are inherently more violent than other races has been used to justify racial prejudices against black people for centuries. A loaded phrase, “black on black crime”, which Noorda uses here in yet another tasteless joke, has been used to defend this notion. Additionally, the phrase “all lives matter” which Noorda has used repeatedly has also been used to counter the phrase and movement Black Lives Matter. Noorda appears to understand this, yet continues to justify its use. Noorda has also used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

As mentioned earlier, Cole Noorda makes racist jokes. Noorda tweets, “I have a joke about the Lamanites but it gets pretty dark.” According to the Book of Mormon, the Lamanites (along with the Nephites) are a group of people descended from ancient Israelites who settled in the Americas several hundred years before Christ was born and who are the ancestors of some American Indigenous peoples. The religious text states that the Lamanites, who were wicked, had a “skin of blackness” placed upon them to make them undesirable to the more righteous Nephites. In another racist joke directed at a black extreme anti-abortion activist who is also a DezNat associate and has made racial jokes referencing African American stereotypes herself, he states, “Let me get this straight @spinachtyrant99… A KFC employee asked for your hand in marriage – potentially providing you with free chicken for life. And you rejected his proposal. Are you even black?

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source: [17]

In another yet another tweet referencing race, Noorda jokes, “I’m a white male, so my DNA results from just say “Apologize.

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source: [18, 19]

Identifying Cole Noorda of Salt Lake City, Utah as Mormonger

Cole Noorda left many clues that led us to and confirmed his identity as the person operating the Mormonger account on Twitter and Instagram. The biggest clue he left is that he previously linked to his “mormie” (aka normie) Twitter account bearing his real name. He has also used his DezNat account to amplify his mormie account.

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source: [20] note the link in bio bearing his in real life name as Cole Noorda

Additionally, the authors of this article were able to use other details the Mormonger account revealed to confirm the ID including Noorda’s marriages, information about family members, his location, and where he went on his LDS mission, and the school he attended.


Mormonger has tweeted a lot about Brazil and speaks Portuguese as a second language. He has rode a bus in Brazil, lived in “the Amazon”, and states at least twice [21, 22] that he served his Mormon mission in Brazil. He also said he once mistook the Portuguese word condom for small shirt while on his mission. Eventually, we were able to locate a tweet that gave the specific location of Mormonger’s mission as Manuas, Brazil which is also the same mission Cole Noorda served in according to his Facebook account.

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source: [22, 23]


The Mormonger account tweeted that he graduated from the University of Utah. Cole Noorda graduated from the University of Utah in 2015.

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source: [24, 25]


The Mormonger account has stated that they’ve been married twice, the first marriage ending in divorce and the second wife being a returned missionary who he married in Arizona. They also state that they moved from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City in 2017. Comparatively, Cole Noorda has also been married twice, his second wife being a returned LDS missionary for the Mormon church; they were married in the Gilbert Arizona Temple and moved to Salt Lake City from Las Vegas.

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source: [26, 27, 28]

For some reason, Cole also tweeted that his first wife watched porn because he is not very good at sex (the tweet has since been deleted).

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source: [29]

“Mormonger” has also stated that his father’s name is Matthew which matches the name of Cole Noorda’s father. Mormonger also stated that he has a sister with pink hair which matches an image on Instagram that Cole Noorda is tagged in.

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source: [30, 31]


The Mormonger account has stated that they have only lived in three areas: Salt Lake City, Utah, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Manuas, Brazil. Incidentally, these are the same places we were able to confirm that Cole Noorda has lived.


If there is any doubt left to the identity of the person behind the Mormonger account, their friend was kind enough to name doxx them:

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source: [32]

And then confirm their date of birth:

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source: [33]

Cole Noorda aka Mormonger of Salt Lake City, Utah:

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Calls To Action

1.) Report the Mormonger account on Twitter for hate. @Mormonger

2.) UPDATE: Cole Noorda is no longer employed by Podium HQ after being connected to the Mormonger DezNat account. Cole Noorda works for Podium, a reputation management company based in Lehi, Utah. Kindly, but firmly, reach out to Podium and let them know their employee is a homophobe who makes queerphobic and racist jokes online with their Mormonger account.

Employer – Podium Co-Founder and CEO

3.) Cole Noorda is a member of the Olympus Hills Ward of the Salt Lake Mount Olympus Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Let Cole Noorda’s bishop know that he is a homophobe who makes queerphobic and racist jokes with his Mormonger account. Use the information in the image below:

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If you have additional information to share regarding Cole Noorda , please email exposedeznat at riseup dot net. We do not share sources of tips with anyone.

Email: exposedeznat at riseup dot net

Cole Noorda’s social media accounts:


  • Display Name: LEGO Joseph Smith ☔️
  • User Name: Mormonger
  • Twitter ID: 1408886100
  • Created: 5/6/2013


  • Display Name: Cole Noorda
  • User Name: ColeNoorda
  • Twitter ID: 1071528222108446720
  • Created: 12/08/2018



Facebook: ID: 689358156



John “Jack” Jerman – Mormon Missionary Exposed As Racist, Homophobic DezNat

In September of 2019, the Twitter account @ContextDeznat tweeted a link to a Google drive containing 41 screenshots from a Discord server called “A Bunch of Latter Day Saints.” (Additional screenshots were later posted by Twitter user Evan Worthen.) The images showed conversations involving several users of the #DezNat Twitter hashtag, among others. Even though some of the Discord users were self-described Twitter trolls intent on resisting “political correctness,” the difference between the language and ideas in their public tweets and the discussion in the Discord server was shocking. Racism and other hateful ideologies were promoted and casually discussed, with no apparent dissent from the server’s owners or moderators. Some of the most consistently disturbing content in the screenshots was posted by a user calling himself “Brother Jerman.”


Content Warning: This article contains racist and misogynistic statements, antisemitism, numerous racial and other slurs, and references to violence such as school shootings and sexual assault. As disturbing and repulsive as this content is, we feel it is important to show examples of this person’s hateful ideology in his own words, rather than simply describing it. In all cases where slurs or other offensive words have letters replaced by asterisks, or have been redacted or obscured in images, those redactions have been added by the authors of this article, not by the person who is being quoted/screencapped.


Identifying John “Jack” Jerman aka “Brother Jerman,” “Gethsemane Sam”

This user was easy to identify, because he didn’t bother to use a pseudonym – his last name is Jerman. He also posted a clear picture of his face in the Discord, which allowed us to confirm his identity as John “Jack” Jerman, of Salt Lake City, Utah. We were able to find other social media profiles he created on Quora, Medium, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under his own name, as well as fragmentary archives of multiple suspended Twitter accounts.

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sources: left, screenshot from Google drive; right, Jack Jerman’s Instagram pfp

Jack Jerman – DezNat Racist and Antisemite

By the time he found his way to the “Bunch of Latter Day Saints” Discord server, Jack Jerman was already well on his way to being a racist and an antisemite. In April of 2018 he claimed in a Quora post that he wasn’t a racist, but said he wouldn’t really care if someone called him one; Twitter archives from 2018 show him re-tweeting neo-Nazi podcaster Alex McNabb (see SPLC post on Alex McNabb) and white supremacist Stefan Molyneux (more info about Stefan Molyneux here).

In the DezNat Discord chat, Jerman posted a parody of Gary Jules’s “Mad World” lyrics, dedicated to his old high school, describing his anger and sorrow at seeing “mestizo” faces all around him at school every day. “The dreams of mass school shootings are the best I’ve ever had,” he wrote, adding, “I can’t help but to blame jews” for the “Brown world” around him. He even fantasized about carrying out a racially-motivated attack himself: “I dream of a terror attack occurring in the cafeteria of my old highschool […] I could almost guarantee no white kids would be harmed.”

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source: screenshot by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

In March of 2019, he openly declared in the DezNat chat that he was “a yuge racist.”

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source: screenshot by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

Jerman’s claim that Jews are responsible for the presence of non-white students at his high school is part of an antisemitic conspiracy theory promoted by neo-Nazi Kevin MacDonald. The theory posits that Jewish people are “genetically driven to destroy Western societies,” and have made strategic alliances with black, Hispanic, and Asian people in order to do so. In the Discord, Jerman further explains the Jewish “plot”:

“I think a majority of leftist Jews […] actually do sincerely believe in multicultural leftism not even as a plot but because they’ve been indoctrinated into their own propaganda. Though of course the Jews that actually are in on the rouse[sic] will influence them enough to still care enough about ‘Jewish identity’ but at the end of the day they aren’t actually in on the plan.”

He also offers that “someone” should call their state legislator and ask them “Have you gassed the k*kes yet?”

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source: screenshot from Google drive

“Brother Jerman” also used numerous other slurs in the DezNat Discord chat.

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sources: screenshots from Google drive and from Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter. CLICK HERE to see the unredacted version of this image, showing the slurs Jack Jerman used on Discord.

Although he claims pioneer heritage, Jack Jerman grew up in what he describes as an “ex-Mormon” family, and joined the LDS church as a convert in his late teens. During the time that he was posting messages in the DezNat Discord server, he would likely have attended weekly worship services primarily at a college ward. When attending his “home ward” in Salt Lake City, however, he was offended at the number of bi-racial couples and families in the congregation. Describing a “white female [and] polynesian male” couple and their children as an example of the “racial stings” he feels at church, he laments that the family’s “kids act like n*ggers. […] the boys just crawl underneath the pews and pop out, but the ward just carries on like nothing is happening.” After Jerman describes several other bi-racial couples and families in the ward, Discord user “Ghawk” remarks, “Your ward sounds horrible.” Jerman replies, “it’s kind of depressing in that respect, like I’m just sitting in one giant infected wound.”

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source: screenshots from Google drive

DezNat User Jack Jerman – Misogynist and Rape Apologist

Jerman’s social media posts about women, and particularly his rape-apology messages, are equally disturbing. He speculates on Discord that “most women who claim to be lesbians aren’t really”; rather, they are “just women that need the D[ick].” In other words, according to Jack Jerman, most lesbians are straight women who are saying they don’t want to have sex with men, but would change their minds if a man had sex with them anyway – a concept described by Discord user “Atropin” as “corrective rape.” Discussing a femme Twitter user who had been harassed by DezNat trolls, Jerman says, “She knows deep down we’re right and is probably attracted to us for going against her feminine mindset.” He appears to think that the twitter user secretly welcomes their harassment, and is “probably” attracted to men who verbally abuse her online. When Atropin claims the twitter user is obsessed with them, Jerman ups the ante, saying the woman not only “needs” but actually wants “the d.”

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source: screenshots by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

At other times he casually declares that women are “pretty stupid and utterly irrational,” “women are property,” and “women are evil.”

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source: screenshots by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

And in May of 2019, while Jack Jerman was preparing to serve as an ordained representative of the LDS church, Twitter user @DeseretDagger tweeted “I disavow any DezNat who support rape.” Although it does not appear that Jerman responded on Twitter, he did post a screenshot of the @DeseretDagger disavowal tweet on Discord. The screenshot shows that Jerman’s account follows @DeseretDagger on Twitter, but is about to block the account, presumably because of the disavowal. A few months later, Jerman would travel to California to tell people how much Jesus loves them.

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sources: original tweet archived here; screenshot by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter; photo of Elder Jerman from Instagram

Jack Jerman – Transphobia and Homophobia in DezNat

Surprisingly, Jerman declares himself open to the idea of being “considerate” to gay people, because “many of them are born in the [LDS] church” – but only as long as they act like they’re straight or asexual. “I am totally opposed to conceding any ground to tolerating people that are sexually active gays.”

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source: screenshot by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

He appears to think this attitude constitutes “tolerance,” explaining that he was “conditioned to tolerate f*gs from birth.” He is not willing to extend the same “consideration” to trans people, however, since he considers them to be sub-human. He refers to them with scare quotes, saying “trans ‘people’ are just too much,” and at one point declares, “they’re not people.”

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source: screenshot by Evan Worthen, @harambevan on Twitter

Racist, Homophobic San Bernadino Missionary Still Active in DezNat

In November 2019, Elder Jack Jerman entered the Missionary Training Center (MTC) prior to beginning his LDS mission in San Bernardino, CA. Although the “Bunch of Latter Day Saints” Discord server has reportedly been deleted, Elder Jerman has continued his social media activity while in the mission field. His Facebook page features a picture of him wearing his missionary nametag, and the caption proudly declares that he is a “Convert and volunteer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Jerman occasionally posts pictures from California; a recent post, from April of 2021, says he’s in Hesperia. And in January of this year, when the DezNat Facebook page posted a screenshot of someone tweeting that DezNat users had bullied and threatened him online, Jack Jerman left a “laughing” react on the post.


Elder Jack Jerman is currently serving in the California San Bernardino mission.

The local LDS official who supervises the missionaries in San Bernardino is Mission President Marshall McKinnon. We believe that President McKinnon is unaware of Jack Jerman’s social media activity. If you’d like to let him know that one of his missionaries is racist, antisemitic, queer/transphobic, a misogynist, and takes time out of his busy schedule to laugh at people who say they’re receiving death threats, leaving a comment at the San Bernardino Mission’s Facebook page would be a convenient way to do that.