I am a convert to the Church. I grew up in a state (not Utah, thank goodness) that has a high population of Mormons. I had Mormon friends growing up. I knew they had some wacky beliefs. When I was 19, I had a run-in with some members of the LDS church and began taking lessons with the missionaries. I learned great things from them -- plan of salvation, word of wisdom, etc. I asked them about all the weird stuff I had heard about Mormonism, and they assured me that everything I had previously heard about were lies. I was very attracted to the things they were teaching me, but I still had some doubts. I told the missionaries about these doubts, but they insisted that it was Satan's way of tempting me to abandon the truth. One of the missionaries told me that he knew with "every fiber of his being" that the Book of Mormon was the literal word of God and that even though I didn't exactly have a testimony of it yet, that I should still get baptized because my testimony would probably come later. So, I got baptized. I continued praying, fasting, and reading. I longed for the day that my testimony would arrive. Still no burning in the bosom. One day, while visiting a friend in Utah, I was home alone in her apartment. I turned on the TV and came across a show called "Heart of The Matter," which basically exposes all the dirty panties of Mormonism. The host of the show is a former Mormon, so it's not like he is just some random guy pulling all of these false ideas out of his butt. I began to research the things he talked about on his show and was APPALLED. I knew about SOME of the weirdness of Mormonism, but I certainly did not know the DEGREE of weirdness. I mean, holy cow. This stuff was absolutely INSANE! I was completely shocked at how anyone could know all this crazy stuff and still believe Mormonism was true.
So, to all you fellow converts -- what was the turning point for you? What made you see the light? How long were you in the church before you realized how crazy and messed up Mormonism really is?
I don't know if I really count as that kind of convert either because I was only 11 years old and my mom joined so I saw only the good in the church really but what caused me to leave is pretty similar to the doctrinal issues everyone else has but my own personal problems with the church requiring everyone to get temple married in order to achieve highest salvation, which brings to the problem of what if someone doesn't want to be married or have a romantic life...
I started to have doubts about God's existence when I was a teenager and saw the problems with such conservative dogmatic thinking like a lot of people do when they start to study things like culture, societies, and philosophy, but you aren't supposed to let them mix, but keep them separate from what you learn in the church. However, the mind cannot go on believing in two conflicting things, pretty soon you have to choose where you stand. I couldn't believe that the Bible was wrong and that Christianity could have easily have been made along with God but believe that Joseph Smith had his vision. That is a clear conflict in the mind that one cannot rationally continue to go on believing. So after I learned more and more about the church it was over again and I can be who I really was and say screw God.