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Published: Thursday, Sept. 4 2014 5:05 p.m. MDT

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Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

It makes me happy to hear that Katherine Heigl has moved on from her Mormon beliefs. It is nice to hear stories of people who figure out it is not true but can still live a good, honest, and moral lives! Bravo to her for having the courage and strength to leave.

Where is Waldo, UT

@ Church Member

I didn't read anything in the article that said she moved on because the LDS church was not true. It said she was not practicing but still had a lot of mormon in her.

Better luck next time.

Kellie Wood
Orem, UT

Heigle says she still has some Mormon in her. I hardly call that leaving the Mormon church so stop saying that. She even says it helped her parents. I hardly call that putting the church down either. Stop exaggerating the situation.


Church Member, too bad she didn't have the courage and strength to stay. Just a matter of perspective.

Daniel Ben
Herndon, VA

I would say it takes considerably more courage and strength to stay in the church than it does to leave. Regardless, good for her for holding on to some of those beliefs and values.

christiansburg, VA

Church Member, you make it sound so "honorable" that Ms. Heigl left the church. That only thing that is "not true" are your comments. I actually think Ms. Heigl will come back to the church one day when her children are older..and yes, as a matter of fact I do speak from experience. Twenty years of being inactive and experiencing the "world" left me empty, hollow, and in pain. The only truth I could ever come to was that I was a daughter of God and should start living my life that way. The more I study Christ, the more clarity I get about why I am here, where I came from and where I'm going. By the way, why are you still in Utah if you have such disdain for the Church? You know what they say...if you can't take the heat, get out of the frying pan! Yes, i do agree that many people live moral, honest and good lives that are not LDS...but I also believe that if they knew the truth their earthly lives would be so much richer.

South Jordan, UT

@Church Member - Katherine doesn't say that she "left" but if it makes you happy to think that then go right ahead. She also never says she figured out it's "not true" as you claim, she's just not actively practicing the Mormon faith (an many times has said she plans to return to full activity). If anything she gives credit to the LDS Church for pulling her family together and instilling in her some very sound beliefs. You are right in saying that you can live a "good, honest and moral life" if you aren't Mormon. How you live is a choice whether you are Mormon, Catholic, Baptist, Atheist, etc. Bravo on her for having the strength to admit how influential the Mormon Faith has been on her life, especially doing it in an interview that will reach the whole world and also considering the profession she is in.

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

It doesn't appear that she has completely moved on. By following teachings of her childhood faith, her life has been blessed.
And it is True!

Syracuse, UT

Church member, How come you haven't? Also can you tell us which one is true?

Tremonton, UT

It makes me happy to hear that even though Katherine Heigl has chosen to move on from the Mormon faith, she can remain positive about the church's influence in her life and the lives of her family members. It is nice to hear stories of people who decide that the LDS faith is not true for them, continue to live good, clean lives, and yet refrain from only seeing what they think are negative aspects of their prior faith. Bravo to her for having the courage to remain positive about a religion even though she is not a practicing member anymore.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Dear Church Member:

I have read two interviews of Katherine in which she stated that she wanted to get back into the church. I hope she eventually makes it. She has NEVER stated that the church isn't true. I think deep down she knows it is and she wants those blessings in her life.

I know that the Church is true. I know this for two reasons. One is that I have applied the principles in my own life and know they are the true and only way to find happiness. The most important reason I know it is true is because of personal revelation from God. I am accountable for knowing it and saying it and you are accountable for reading it.

Kuna, ID

I see that she still believes the church is true, and comments about its solid ways.

andrews afb, MD

I am happy that her and her family found some happiness by following LDS principles and sharing that knowledge with others.

I know that as people follow the principles of the gospel that they can have the Holy Spirit them and that they will be happier as a result.

Vacaville, CA

CM: Do you not see the irony in your comment? You applaud Heigl for "MOVING ON" from her LDS upbringing yet she has moved her family to Utah to join a community that embraces the core values of her youth. Those values were gained through her parent's conversion to the Church and her involvement in Church activities. I have met several struggling actors that experienced the same dilemma -- it is difficult to live in the world while living of the world. Unfortunately, these standards are not meant to be easy to live. This scenario is repeated in many Utah homes that want to raise their family in an LDS culture without a commitment to active Church attendance. They simply want the Church on their terms, not the Lords. We all need to continually remind ourselves of the purpose in the Lord reestablishing the Church upon the earth and whether we are willing to serve Him in preparing for His second coming. The expression, God will force no man to Heaven, comes to mind.

UT Brit
London, England


"and know they are the true and only way to find happiness"

It isnt though, I know many, many people outside the church that lead good, happy lives. I know many people in the church that are unhappy and depressed.

The church does not have exclusive rights on the happiness tag. Also please dont start on about "true" happiness, you will be able to hear my eyes rolling in the States.

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

Being inactive and leaving the Church are two different things. Some of the correspondents seem not to recognize that. I have a hunch these respondents have never had any Church positions of substance(Relief Society, Priesthood), of they would know the difference. I can only hope that Ms. Heigl will revisit this issue as she lives her life. Best wishes to her.

andrews afb, MD

@ UT Brit

"I know many, many people outside the church that lead good, happy lives. I know many people in the church that are unhappy and depressed."

I would agree with you on this as well.

I have debated this idea in my head myself because I have dealt with my own share of depression and anxiety.

I think a sentiment that I think is shared whether consciously or unconsciously between members sometimes is that if you are are doing everything the church tells you to do then you will be happy which isn't accurate.

Although I believe the things the Church teaches are true I think some people in the Church focus a little too much on perfection and comparing themselves to others. I think that is one of the big issues that the Church and the world in general deals with.

I would elaborate in more detail but I am constantly staring at the word count allowance and can't seem to fit my thoughts into the box that I am allowed.

West Jordan, UT

Interesting how people can read the very same words and get totally different meanings from it. I personally read that Heigl very much appreciates the Mormon Church and what it has taught her, the strength it gave her and her family. I see no animosity spoken about it.

Interesting how others read it differently, perhaps projecting their own feelings onto someone else, which says more about them, than those to whom they apply their own feelings.

Helendale, CA

"Judge not, lest ye be judged." I don't pretend to know what is in her heart, and neither do any who have commented. Decisions made at one point in life are often reversed later in life.

Red Corvette
St. George, UT

Appreciating something doesn't mean you believe it is true.

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