"Well, shut my mouth! Just as I was thinking of trying marijuana, I came across an articles critical of marijuana that's tilting my attitude again. It appears that there haven't been enough good studies done to reveal how good…"
"I always though coffee smelled wonderful, so after I left Mormonism, I tried coffee, but did not like it. I've tried several kinds and don't like any except some of Starbucks that has a huge amount of sweeteners and fruit flavors.…"
"Like Joan, I've never smoked a cigarette. Us kids once or twice smoked some hollow dried weed stems for a short period of time, and once a neighbor boy gave me and my brother a regular cigarette to try. I lit it, but blew instead of…"
"Grant Palmer had some good information that I can use the next time I'm arguing with one of my family members. It sounds like he has researched it quite well, but If, as it appears, he is still religious, then I don't know if I can…"
"Rats indeed! I've never eaten a ripe Fig either, as well as many other fruits I'd like to try. Avocado, Banana, Coconut, Cranberry, Date, Eggplant, Goji, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Olive, Orange, Papaya,…"
"James, I'm interested in hearing how you resolve the unopenable tin.
Felaine, I like your idea to make a shaker out of it.
Randy, I've had the problem of overabundance before and resolved it by giving neighbors some or recycling…"
"Thanks Daniel. Just like most other store produce. I should have known.
I know what your saying about your favorite garden produce. I smile.
This is my favorite time of the year also. The hard work is over…"
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.
I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.
As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.
I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55.
That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.
That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.
That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.
My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.
I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.
I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.
Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.
I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.
Being an atheist in a religious family is not easy. One is either forced to "partake" in ceremonies or decide not to participate/attend. You go to a sister's house for a Thanksgiving meal, and they "offer up" a prayer of thanks. What do you do? While others prayed in church, I never bowed (I did stand) or recited aloud. In my mind, I was a rock--solid and silent. I'm learning to accept the belief of others without being judgmental. It ain't easy!
I have the lowest package available (DISH) with no ESPN, etc. Suits me fine. In fact, I'm considering dumping all TV programming. I only have it on to keep me company. That and Big Bang Theory--my fave!