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Published: Thursday, May 5 2011 3:00 a.m. MDT

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Dennis
Harwich, MA

Not everyone likes "church". Most peoples idea of the spirit is simply guilt. A lot of young people don't like the pressure of guilt and won't respond to it. I'm about 60 and I don't either.

Juan Figuroa
Seattle, WA

As one who never left, thank you. I finally get it. I found deep spiritual connections as a teenager, and despite my weekly wrestle with the mattress (who _wouldn't_ prefer to sleep in on Sunday mornings?), and my occassional frustration with the behavior of individual members, I've never been able to justify leaving. I can't reconcile it with what I know to be true.

So here I am, more than half a century in the Church, and never inactive -- not because of habit or fear or any other nefarious reason, but simply this: I find God here.

I appreciate the insight into why others take a different path.

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

I enjoyed your article.

I would say it has been my testimony that has kept me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. First at Carthage Jail on a Seminary trip and then at the MTC while struggling to learn Japanese.

My daughter passed away at age 15, she always had a strong testimony while dealing with a severe heart condition. My oldest son will be serving a mission soon, he doubted the church until he obtained a testimony for himself. My youngest son is struggling right now but is making progress.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Brother Johnston, thank you for your article. Sometimes I had an negative little spirit, but my testimony was deep and rooted and I never doubted or questioned, just wasn't always solid. My 29 year old daughter left the church at age 20, I actually encouraged her when she left to attend some Christian Religion, she was searching for that, bet never went. Now she is into Buddhism, I have a choice, be sad about that, sad that she doesn't believe in God and her Savior anymore, or be glad that she has found some way to have some form of spirituality. I choose the latter and hope it will be a stepping stone to accepting that Savior as real and accepting that she has a Father in Heaven and once again accepting the Church again. I have to find the positive and have faith that when the time is right, she will return to Christianity and the Gospel. But now, I love her and she knows I would love her to return to the church, but she knows I love her no matter what.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"...But it's been my experience that it's a spiritual problem. And that requires a spiritual solution ..."

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Perhaps it is a spiritual problem. The problem that religious leaders are so focused on the material and the political that they forget what it means to be spiritual.

This includes LDS leaders.

Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you.

A new commandment ... love one another.

Love your fellow man as you love your god.

These spiritual concepts have gone the way of the Dodo and today's "churches" are too focused on MONEY.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

Everyone struggles for different reasons. I readily accept imperfections of members. I have plenty of my own not to.

I struggle with trying to make sense of the real history and doctrine that I was never exposed to while growing up. I had a strong testimony of the Sunday School version and am struggling to gain one of the real version.

nick humphrey
kent, WA

"When people go AWOL from the church"

AWOL == absence without leave. interesting choice of words. "my experience" is that many people do feel the church is controlling their lives. as if people need permission to leave =)

"we think it may be a social problem, or an intellectual problem"

are we to interpret this as "people who leave are intellectually deficient"? my reason for leaving was a combination of the control factor and intellectual aspects of contradictory church teachings and church teachings compared with reality and science. my bishop was trying to tell me and my wife what we could and couldnt do, intimately. most mormons will reply "he was wrong; the church has no official doctrine on that; etc", but read the contradictory evidence for this reply--do a web search for "Official Declaration of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982"

"It usually takes an individual, not an institution."

this is a straw man argument--no mention of the *essential* converting "power" of the "holy ghost"? =)

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: RanchHand | 12:21 p.m. May 5, 2011

Spiritual concepts have not gone the way of the Dodo bird.

Lehi had a dream about an iron rod, those who held on to it, and those who let go and were lost. In the last days there will be many who will chose to leave their faith behind and wander in the mist as has been prophesied.

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