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Mormon Discussion: 353: Those Who Leave and the Stories We Tell

Today I sit down and examine the systemic trait in Mormonism to label those who leave as broken, less than, bad, or deceived in some way.  In Mormonism when a believer stops believing we creates stories about that person.
1.) They were lazy
2.) They lacked faith
3.) They wanted to Sin
4.) They were deceived by Satan
5.) They have petty reasons for leaving
6.) They were offended
7.) they lost the spirit

Mormonism as a system gives these explanations for why people leave.  Symonds Ryder and his misspelled name, Thomas Marsh and those damn milk strippings, the Three Witnesses and their being offended or deceived.  Yet what happens when we stop hijacking the story of another and allow them space to tell their own story?  What is the cause and what is the effect?  Why does your loved one show up in the world differently then they used to?  This and more is today’s episode.

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6 thoughts on “Mormon Discussion: 353: Those Who Leave and the Stories We Tell

    • Is there any chance you want to have a rational logical conversation about why the Church is demonstrably not what it claims?

    • Maybe you ought to ask someone who left, and actually listen to understand. This is from the first article you cited: “ There is no doctrine, historical event, or action by another person that absolves us of our duty to be true to what we know. ”
      What if…..what someone NOW knows because of the many historical events around the founding of the church, is that the entire religion was based on plagiarism and fraud??????
      This article and your reaction to it is more of the same, typical condescending response. Assumptions that the Mormon church is the only TRUE religion and fear based threats to “apostates”.

  1. This message still remains true and you have been preaching it for years now. Is there anything about Mormonism you miss, or hope changes?

  2. I can’t see the rest of the comments left on this episode. I see that there are comments but there is nothing for me to read.

  3. Thank you. This is so much of what I’ve felt, thought and experienced as I’ve left the church.

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