… and I’m a recovered and well-adjusted ex-Mormon.
To tell you exactly how it is, I will reiterate something I said on my facebook account:
Okay, people… listen up: I’m no longer a Mormon. I don’t want to be a Mormon. Not interested in regaining my Mormon sheepdom again – EVER. I don’t want to believe in magic underpants, make believe prophets who ripped off the Bible, in certain people being better than other people, sexual inequality, and institutionalized hypocrisy.
My apologies to family members who enjoy the Morg church, but I do not stand with you in the ways of theology. I’m happy for you that the Mormon church makes you feel better. However, I’ve lead a perfectly happy life without LDS tampering for more than a decade, and plan to remain this way to the end of my days.
Yes, I believe in a great many things that give order to the universe.
However, I do NOT believe in Mormonism.
I still love all my Mormon family members – that has not changed. Whether that’s a two-way street is yet to be determined, LOL.
Thank you and have a great day! 🙂
I think I should take this a bit further…
**Follow up: What made me stop being a Mormon 11 or so years ago?**
Because I decided that I was blessed with a brain and that it would be a sin not to use it – and that is PRECISELY what Mormonism is: something to believe in so you don’t have to think for yourself.
The Mormon hierarchy tells you what you can do, what you can think, who you should associate with – hell, it even dictates what you should eat!
Why would God give you a brain capable of processing vast amounts of information, and the ability to make choices for yourself if you’re supposedly not supposed to do those very things?
I’m not an anarchist – I live my life according to the laws of the land.
Am I perfect person? Hell no.
The question is am I better person having been away from Mormon tampering and thought manipulation? Yes… yes I am.
I’m free to pursue all things – free to make my own choices and not have them made for me by some geriatric gas bag in Utah who wouldn’t know fun if it kicked them in their magic underwear.
I’m free to experience EVERYTHING this world has to offer without feeling one single iota of guilt.
Can any of you Mormons who still are blindly following like sheep say that?
Am I apostate? Sure, why not.
Should I be excommunicated? Bring it on if I don’t finish my paperwork to get removed from the church membership rolls first.
Am I afraid of Mormon Disciplinary Councils? Not overly – they have zero legal ramifications and are only a way of church drones masturbating their officiality i.e. reaffirming their belief that they are masters of the universe.
Want to send missionaries, visiting home teachers, or church publications to me? I’ll take them on – as long as they are willing to have legitimate, reality based discussions without the use of magical thinking or the ramblings of church apologists (Mormons have that down to an art).
Tell you what, those Mormons who are shaking their head while reading this: I’ll make you one hell of a deal! Give me one shred of legitimate, non-Mormon peer reviewed evidence that anything in the Book Of Mormon happened and I’ll be front row and center at the next dreadfully boring General Conference.
What’s that? The apologists are saying that The Book Of Mormon is more metaphor than historical account now?
Hmmm… if I want metaphors, I’ll stick to Star Trek – much more entertaining.
For all my non-Mormon friends out there who think this is overly dramatic, I shall provide you with the Mormon Handbook if you ask nice – the secret book only handed out to the Mormon poobahs like bishops. It’s chock o’ block full or some of the most ridiculous shit ever put to paper.
Alright… end of rant.
I still love my Mormon family members – but they should try really hard to accept my choices in life without trying to change me, or else we have very little to say – which is pretty much the status quo anyway.