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Published: Monday, April 2 2012 4:45 p.m. MDT

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zabivka
Orem, UT

@cindyb--

I have conversed with hundreds and hundreds of former Mormons, and while your assessment about the reasons for them leaving might describe a few of them and is certainly typical of the types of comments you hear passed down the ward grapevines, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of them did not leave due to the commandments.

I would also add, though, that most of them don't leave to find greater happiness. For most, it comes down to intellectual honesty, even when it means sacrificing some happiness. The top reasons I've seen for people who leave: 1. Doubts about doctrines/practices/revelation that ultimately lead to a questioning of faith/Christianity in general 2. Lack of interest in organized religion, even while maintaining an interest in spirituality. 3. General mistrust of Church leadership.

I frequently hear people parrot the same things you have written, but in my experience it's probably just an easy Sunday School explanation: They started sinning. They lost the Spirit. They chose an "easier" path.

The reality is much more complicated.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

@CindyB ... You're right, of course. The 'self' is at the root of all dissatisfaction. The idea that the overwhelming majority of ex-Mormons conducted a purely intellectual, dispassionate analysis of the doctrines/practices of the Church, and departed, is far too improbable.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

@Sharrona ... May I suggest you heed Paul's advice and have nothing to do with us? I am sure we won't mind. And if we find ourselves in need of prayer, we'll find an 800 number somewhere. :)

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@cindyb
I left the church because I didn't believe in the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith being a prophet and frankly never had a testimony beyond a maybe so I removed myself from a covenant I don't believe.

"Certainly all who have been leaving in droves as you say, are not enjoying a newfound life of happiness and fullfillment."

Some are though. I'm quite comfortable attending the Catholic church with a friend of mine. Really if it weren't for a bitter 4 month long process to get my name removed from the LDS membership lists I'd have been willing to visit occasionally. The LDS church is obviously Christian, and I'm Christian, my problem was that I don't believe any church is true so being officially attached to one is overcommitting beyond what I'm comfortable with, that's why I haven't gone through RCIA to get First Communion with the Catholic church.

sharrona
layton, UT

Re: Moontan, May I suggest you heed Paul's advice and have nothing to do with us?

There are exceptions,… ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.(Jude 1:3) I left the Church when I became a Christian 25 years ago. … Except a man be born again(another,509=from above), he cannot see the kingdom of God.(John 3:3). I must continue, speaking the truth in love…—Christ(Eph 4:15). I still have several active Mormon in-laws at least, which I love.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

Moontan

Your football analogy is pointless. I never said I hated the church or religion. I enjoy talking about it and calling out those in the religion who put down non-believers. Again, I don't have the church, I just don't believe alot of the stuff it teaches. That doesn't mean I hate it. I still go to church. I just can't buy what they are selling. That is the complete honest truth. Take it or leave it. Again, that doesn't mean I can't come and comment on things and state my opinion, right?

Capella
Bakersfield, CA

Enjoy your bliss and carry on!! Light purifies and cleanses, so let the shining begin.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

@Bramabull ... Right, it doesn't mean you can't comment and offer opinions. Semantic problem with the word 'hate' in the analogy. My bad. Change it to "doesn't think much of football, football rules, football fans, and never misses a game."

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