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Hello. I'm an exmormon, and...

Post by TheWayoftheFuture » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:05 pm

...I joined this forum in hopes that I can promote an event for people that have left a variety of religious backgrounds (exmormon, ex-JW, etc).

I tried to send a message to a moderator to request permission to promote the event, but I haven't heard back yet. Do I even need permission to promote an ex-[insert religion here] get together?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

As for my story, I was Mormon from birth to my mid-30's. I was raised in a very devout family, served a 2 year mission for the church (looking back I realize the mission is to indoctrinate the missionary far more than it is to actually convert anyone), married in a mormon temple and was fully believing and committed until my mid 30's. It was then that I finally started to ask questions like:

How come the leaders don't seem like they have any extra spiritual power than the rest of the world?

If this is the one true church with the exclusive power to act for God on earth, shouldn't the leaders seem different than everyone else in the world?

How come so many people in Utah are on anti-depressants?

If God blesses us through the priesthood, and only mormons have the priesthood, how come Mormons don't seem to be any different (better people, better health, fewer problems, etc) than any other group of people?

How come I've been hearing the same things repeated over and over and over and over in church my entire life? Does God really want such repetitive and mind-numbing lessons in his one true church?

Why would God have a one true church that was only a minuscule percentage of the world population?

In the end, my belief in Mormonism collapsed. It was hell getting through it, but it was worth it to gain true spiritual freedom. After a while, I started planning events for exmormons. They have been a lot of fun. But mormons aren't unique. People leave other religions for the same fundamental reasons people leave mormonism. Rather than planning an event for just exmormons, why not include people from the other 'ex' communities since we share so much in common? And that is what brought me here today.

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Re: Hello. I'm an exmormon, and...

Post by Don Carlo » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:23 am

Welcome, Way of the future. We already have some ex-Mormons who post here, and we are concerned about an ex-Mormon, President of the Church of Scientology, Heber Jentzsch, imprisoned in "The Hole" at Gold Base (Golden Era Productions on Gilman Road in San Jacinto). We do a lot of talking about recovery from high-demand groups like Scientology, and the issue of special government privileges for religion like the ministerial exemption, which CoS interprets to pay its Sea Org workers pennies on the hour. This is reminiscent of the deeply underpaid Mormon year of missionary work.

There are sites that specialize in ex-Mormon discussion, if you want a lot of discussion on LDS, but I don't know enough to recommend one. If you are interested in parallels between Scientology and LDS, like disconnection, refusal to let you participate in church services if you aren't in good standing, anti-gay issues, and high money demands, try an active bunch recovering from deep immersion, Ex-Scientology Message Board, http://www.forum.exscn.net/forum.php . For fresh hot expert Scientology news and a huge amount of reader comments, try Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker, at http://tonyortega.org .

An excellent book for those coming out of a deep, clannish and controlling religion, is Combatting Mind Control by Steven Hassan, http://www.amazon.com/Combatting-Cult-M ... 0892813113

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Re: Hello. I'm an exmormon, and...

Post by Don Carlo » Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:24 pm

Witty excommunication comments, including a Scientology joke*, on Mormons Gonna Kick It Old School By Excommunicating People, Probably, by Snipy, June 12, 2014, Wonkette, http://wonkette.com/551451/mormons-gonn ... 2g68OIO.99

This snarky piece links to a serious NY Times article, Two Activists in Mormon Church Threatened with Ex-Communication, by Laurie Goodstein, June 12, 2014, http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/us ... 2&referrer

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Fired from Mormonism?
I hear Scientology has some openings.
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Re: Hello. I'm an exmormon, and...

Post by Don Carlo » Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:51 pm

More on Mormon Church excommunicating Kate Kelly who advocates women in the LDS priesthood,
Kelly on excommunication from Mormon church: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ Salt Lake Tribune, June 23, 2014, http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58104 ... n.html.csp

Now she can't enter a Mormon Church for a wedding, and she is cut off in eternity from her Mormon relatives, by Church bureaucrats playing God.

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Post by Don Carlo » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:45 pm

Around 100 protestors gathered in Salt Lake City this week following the ousting of Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly from the Mormon faith.
Mormon Mass Resignation Held in Protest of Feminist's Ex-Communication, by Daniel Reynolds, July 25, 2014, Advocate.com, http://www.advocate.com/politics/religi ... munication

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Re: Hello. I'm an exmormon, and...

Post by Don Carlo » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:52 am

Ms Kelly was excommunicated for apostasy. Dictionaries define an apostate as someone who renounces their faith. But in Mormonism questioning church teaching and, "especially encouraging other people to take the same position," says Mike Otterson, will qualify someone as an "apostate"
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Push to ordain Mormon women leads to excommunication, Aug. 25, 2014,
By Jane Little
BBC News, Washingtonhttp://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28890069

My comment: "Apostate" is starting to be a synonym for "disobedient person" in authority-worshipping religions.

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