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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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Comment by Jon on April 30, 2009 at 11:10pm
Michelle,

I couldn't stand it at first. BYU is just down the street and there are LDS billboards and stores everywhere. Moving isn't an option for me, though sometimes I really wish it were. I've just come to accept it. There are places in the country even worse than Utah, as far as religious influence is concerned, and I get a weird perverse pleasure out of being an evil influence in the heart of Mormonism. ;)

My girlfriend and I occasionally dress up some nearby LDS statues. Last year we put snorkels and Hawaiian lay's on Joseph and Hyrum. For Easter, we gave Joseph bunny years, a huge carrot, and a giant Easter egg.

The stuff never lasts for long, it's quickly taken down, but it's a huge laugh, relieves some the of stress, and we can only imagine the confusion members get when they see it. :P
Comment by Markii on April 30, 2009 at 3:18pm
reading your stuff, jon. i like it!
Comment by Michelle on April 30, 2009 at 9:26am
Just wanted to add my thoughts to a thread on the last page. The mormons found me every time I moved . I couldn't imagine the church putting that much energy into searching so I assumed that my parents were sending them after me. My husband was getting really pissed off at all the well meaning phone calls. About ten years ago we moved again and I flat out told my parents that they needed to keep the info to themselves because it was messing with my marriage. I haven't been found since. You may wonder why I don't have my name stricken from the records. The simple answer is that I care more about the potential for my mom's heart to break more than it already has than being counted by a religion that means nothing to me.

Also, as a note to Jon Illum, every family is different but if this offers any long-term hope, it took about 8 or 10 years but now enjoy a really healthy, respectful and loving relationship with my very devout parents. This is a sick perspective but I think it helped that they watched many temple marriages of my childhood friends crash and burn while my relationship stayed strong. They had to reexamine a few beliefs watching something holy turn out bad and something "earthly" be so right. FYI, they are Utah mormons who have no perspective outside the religion.

To Jon, thanks for sharing the link. I look forward to reading your work. Can't believe you are in Provo! I had to leave the state entirely!
Comment by Jon on April 30, 2009 at 12:25am
Thanks Jon! I'm still working on building a good readership. I don't know yet if any believers are reading... I have yet to get any comments or emails from them. I was really hoping for some hate mail!

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, let me know!
Comment by Jon on April 29, 2009 at 2:14pm
I'm a new writer for Examiner.com and cover "Freethinking" in SLC. My latest article is a defense for Korihor in Alma chapter 30. Thought you guys might enjoy it:

http://www.examiner.com/x-8829-Salt-Lake-City-Freethinking-Examiner
Comment by Jon on April 27, 2009 at 11:02pm
I'm in Provo, and *used* to be married to a believer... (sorry, that probably isn't encouraging.) Evolution rocks.
Comment by Sean Corey on April 27, 2009 at 7:28pm
I just wanted to say Hello to everyone. I'm new to Atheist Nexus and I'm glad to have found this group.
Comment by Joey on April 27, 2009 at 7:05pm
New to the group as well. Obsessed with evolution, particularly with how it informs western medicine, and married to a believer, but stuck in a little corner of BFE known as Altus, OK. I am also hopeful that my spouse will continue her gradual drift out of the church, but in-laws make it a tough road.
Comment by Markii on April 27, 2009 at 4:09pm
oops, sorry for assuming you're a male, btw (in case you're not) :)
Comment by Markii on April 27, 2009 at 4:08pm
hello anonymous. i'm in utah, married to what i would call a liberal christian/deist. i'm also obsessed w/ evolution for some reason. i find it so fascinating. evolution was one of the first things that made me question faith. some of my mormonism/evolution blog posts are here: http://onedudesms.wordpress.com/category/evolution-and-mormonism/ and my later posts on evolution are here: http://en.wordpress.com/tag/evolution/

little by little she may change her views on things. i think spouses generally move towards disbelief rather than dig their heels in their faith. good luck to you!
 

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