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There seem to be a few of us ex-mo's in the Nexus and it is good to share the particular intricacies of extracting oneself from Mormonism.
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Started by Debra Stevenson. Last reply by Debra Stevenson on Monday.
Started by Debra Stevenson Jun 9.
I love your flowchart. It's brilliant!
Brandi Amari Williams
If you haven't already read the book "God Is Not Great" here is an excerpt speaking specifically about Mormons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9UzbucqHCc
Honey, I am so sorry about Stuart. I heard about him from various resources including AFFIRMATION:Gay and Lesbian Mormons which is a support group for lgbt individuals and same-sex couples that I identify as religiously or cultural Mormons as well as former members of the LDS church, non-members, their families, friends and allies. I heard he had a brother but didn't know for sure if it was you. My name is Brandi Williams actually. Debra Stevenson is my screen name that I have chosen after a dear relative of mine.
I still identify with some aspects of Mormon history and culture and would like to talk more with you about Mormonism and maybe Stuart, your family and to learn more about yourself if that is okay with you.
Debra, yes, Stuart Matis was my brother.
Free thinking general authorities:
You're Stuart Mathis' brother aren't you?
I totally agree Annie. I would often hear, "Well I love the sinner, I just hate the sin," but it's how you act towards someone that truly shows how you feel. Otherwise, like you said, it's just lip service.
What a well-written article. I think it captures the dilemma that someone can face being in the church where you feel two opposing dogmas are right and that you are meant to follow both. I certainly never went through what your brother went through, but the whole time I was growing up, my mom taught me to love everyone no matter what the color of their skin, sexuality, or religious beliefs. And then when I got older I found out that a lot of that was lip service or that it was something reserved for our friends. We liked our black uncle, but he was the exception. We liked the homosexuals that were in our family, but distrusted those without because they were not doing what God wanted. We were supposed to love all of God's creatures, but in reality if you weren't Mormon, you weren't in the right church and we weren't supposed to talk to you. It was this kind of stuff that had me out of the church in a flash. Because the number one thing I'd been taught was to be true to myself and if I hated all these people, then I wasn't being true. I was being a hypocrite.
And all this on the dawn of them telling all those little Boy Scouts that there's something wrong with them.
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