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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 Debbie Morris on April 9, 2010 at 7:54am
Joseph Smith died in 1844 so it couldn't have been him...could have been the nephew...
Comment by LarryW on April 9, 2010 at 7:47am
Sorry... Let me rephrase that last comment. Masonic history says that he tried to start a clandestine Masonic Lodge in Illinois in the 1850's.

Q> To anyone's knowledge, was he ever convicted of a felony in the mid 1850's? Masonic history says that he was...
Comment by LarryW on April 9, 2010 at 7:39am
Thanks, Debbie. I guess my first question to the group would be regarding Joseph Smith. Let me say that I am a member of the Masonic Fraternity. I have heard a bit of Joseph Smith's history, from the Masonic point of view. I have also read his Bio. Q> To anyone's knowledge, was he ever convicted of a felony in the mid 1850's? Masonic history says that he was...
Comment by Debbie Morris on April 9, 2010 at 7:14am
welcome Larry, Hope you find what you are looking for. :)
Comment by LarryW on April 9, 2010 at 7:06am
Hello everyone and thank you starting this group. First off, I am NOT an ex-mo, as some put it, however, I am surrounded by Mormons. I actually have the Mormon religion to thank for my coming out as an Atheist. I have my stories to tell, like everyone else, but my main reason for joining this group is to get answers. I will be following this group intently in hopes of finding some of those answers.
Thanks again.
Comment by Al Jensen on March 26, 2010 at 10:00pm
Dear Utah ex-mo's. If you are young and sufficiently mobile, my advice for you is to leave Utah as soon as practicable. I left at the age of 19, thanks to the then compulsory military service (the draft). It was such an eye-opener. I met all kinds of people in the service from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries. I had a great introduction to Buddhism by being stationed in Thailand in 1954-55 - just at the unfortunate beginning of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The biggest revelation (pardon the expression) was that most people are genuinely nice and good people. I was always raised to believe that Mo's were a cut above all others, but I made better friends outside Utah than I had in Utah. I returned to Salt Lake to finish my degree at the U of U, but left the summer after graduation for good. I love most of my Utah relatives, especially one sister and her family who also have left the church. But the psychological toll of living in that environment has caused a great deal of anguish for some of the young people in my family. If you are single and plan to marry and haven't met the one yet, please at least try to get away. Men especially are prone to let their wives decide how families worship, so it would be best to try to find someone like-minded. I'm not suggesting that joining the service provides a way out, but it is always a possibility if you are young enough and find you can tolerate military service. Also, the peace corps would be a possibility. Bless all of you who struggle.
Comment by Debbie Morris on March 26, 2010 at 6:31am
is there anyone else in Ireland on here?
Comment by Gustavo Keener on March 21, 2010 at 9:41pm
I'll second that!
Comment by Jean Jacques on March 21, 2010 at 7:09pm
I grew up in church and became inactive in my mid twenties. It was my efforts at the time, trying to become active again, that drove me away. The more I tried the worse it became. I stopped making excuses for scriptures and found that prayer was pointless. Far too often we rationalize concepts we know are wrong.

I stepped outside of it and took a new look at it. It surprised me at how brainwashed I was in the past to faithfully support it. You don't have to go too far to see how wrong/hypocritical/ridiculous it really is. Religion, in general, is riddled with fallacies. The mormons are no exception.

The "brief reason" for me would be the honesty factor. I can't see how one can be honest with themselves and be religious in any faith.
Comment by Gustavo Keener on March 20, 2010 at 9:37pm
Anyone like to share some brief reasons why you left "The Church" (specifically speaking of the Utah sect). I moved to Utah in 2000, went in and out of church from 2003 to 2007 when I finally left for good. Reasons: 1) Found that sitting down and clearing my mind was vastly more effective than prayer, and 2) I decided that living my life for an unproven "eternal" future was simply delusional.

As a convert from Catholicism at the age of 20, I will be sharing my experiences with a nontheist group here in Morgantown, WV the last Sunday (evening--sleep in on Sundays) of April. Thanks to anyone who replies :-D
 

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