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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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Emily you're right about the conditioning. I have to admit I know the rest of the song. In fact, I could easily sing along to any hymn if I was to end up in a church.
Hey, remember this one? Sing along! "I hope they call me on a mission, when I have grown a foot or two. I hope by then I will be ready to teach and preach and learn as missionaries do!" HA HA HA. I can't believe that's still in my head. What effective indoctrination they use!
I like to say "You can take the girl out of the Mormon Church, but you can't take the Mormon Church out of the girl". I haven't been active since I was 17, and I'm about your age now. My mom is a soprano in the MoTab Choir, I was raised SUPER-Mormon. The conditioning, I find, is still there. I am still programmed in ways I never imagined. I think that the best you can do is get as far away from their thinking as you can, and delve deeply in other ways of thinking so you can see just how skewed and weird their beliefs are in comparison. I never realized how totally wacko crazy the gospel teachings were until I had something to compare them to. But the programming....oy...I still am unconsciously looking for that magical return missionary who will financially support me my whole life. When's that gonna happen? Oh yeah. NEVER.
I feel kind of bad because for a while after I stopped going to church I still got food from the bishop's storehouse for my wife and I. She is not Mormon.I was super up front with the bishop too. I told him I was an atheist and had no intention of ever paying tithing or going to church again, and he still allowed me to get food orders from the Bishop's storehouse. I want to get myself removed from the church records and I probably should since I no longer use the church for that need. But the economy is bad and I could lose my job at any time. So I have a bit of a moral conundrum. Keep using the church for my survival or lose that safety net by doing the right thing and getting my records removed.*Le sigh*
Hi Everyone - glad to have found this group.
Had my name and the names of my three children removed from the church roles 11 years ago. I credit those "passive-aggressive" primary and youth leaders for helping me to take the plunge. I sympathize with those going through the process! It's life-changing to have your entire family/social enviroment shattered by a you're-dead-to-me sentiment. My husband couldn't hack it...he still has his name on the rolls.
My best advice would be to "hang on"...your healing WILL come, and you'll be stronger than you were before!
Warm regards to everyone out there...I'm please to be numbered among you.
Selina, the ex mormon website I frequent is lifeaftermormonism.net/
I've started writing my exit story, but I don't know how long it will take or how engaging it will be.
There are many very active ex mormon websites with bulletin boards out there. Several of the sites have many stories of people leaving the church. I am sure you could get many responses to a request on the boards.
Mormon expression is a great podcast and they have a very active facebook group. There is also a private facebook group that is even more active.
Mormon stories is also another good podcast resource. Best of luck with your book.
I am writing a book on leaving your religion. I am a former muslim and my story will be in there as well. getting people to contact me is like pulling teeth. If anyone here has an engaging story of how they became an atheist after being a religious mormon I would like it. It can be anonymous or I can include your name.
Kevin: Yes. I resigned years ago and was still contacted when my exwife wanted to get remarried. I kindly told them that I resigned and so there was no reason I would have to be involved. She then told me that the approval process was going to take awhile, so they got married civilly and plan on getting sealed in a year.
My son is starting to get little passive-aggressive primary gifts at the door....so it won't be long til the hubby and I do so as well. Congrats!
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