I am a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And this website is a hurtful thing to everyone who believes in The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, all of the former Prophets, and most of all people who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His life for all of us, including all of the members on this website. All of the members on this website know deep down that this is the true church. You know it. And no matter what you do, say, or post, out Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will love you no matter what.

John 3:16-

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Comment by Queen Lamoni on April 11, 2011 at 11:15am

Hi Proud, I am proud of you for at least being loving and Christ-like. I once felt like you do now, I was very hurt when friends and family totally left or fell away. I didn't understand how anyone could do that, how can someone leave the truth? I only understood after a series of events and knowledge came into my life. Most of us that are here were very devote and very much doing all we could to live the gospel and really truly believed it. After I had studied some of the history of Joseph Smith and read from the Journal of Discourses, I didn't understand why there was such a difference between what I was taught in Church: Primary, Sunday School, Young Women's, Seminary, Institute, and Missionary Prep Classes, Temple Prep Classes. I wasn't reading "anti-mormon literature"! I was truly trying to understand certain principles, because they didn't make any since to me. Church apologist sites, such as FARMS astounded me! I could not understand how a loving Heavenly Father would allow such abuse to his daughters under the hands of his prophet. I believed that a prophet was better/more righteous than I was! So, how could a prophet of God abuse His daughters like that? I think it was Helen Mar Kimball who really sealed the deal for me that Joseph really was not a prophet, and it put everything else into question. After so much time praying and researching (would've fasted but I have a serious health condition that doesn't allow for it) I thought of Occum's Razor: the simplest explanation is more likely to be the truth! 

 

It was deeply painful to admit this to myself! I cried for days! I am still working through the anger and hurt, and many us on here are too. WE need sites like this, a safe non-judgemental place to go and express our thoughts and feelings and work through them. We have found that to express these with family members, friends, and ward members and leaders to be unhelpful at best and very abusive at worst! Most of us didn't arrive here because we 'hated being mormon' but came here because we really did care, we really did believe, and really did suffer. It's an ignorant assumption to think that we are taking the easy way out! If you only knew!!! So, until you walk a mile in our moccasins you need to think twice before opening your mouth and making comments!

Comment by Steve Dubois on April 12, 2011 at 5:48pm
All I can say, buddy, is you have a need for SORE repentance.  The Bro thern have consistently commanded good little TBMs to stay away from exmormon sites.  It's a commandment, not a suggestion.  You are in open rebellion to the Mormon gawd!!
Comment by pollypinks on April 12, 2011 at 6:40pm
Proud Mormon, The 2nd commandment dude.
Comment by ain't no mo no mo on May 4, 2011 at 11:50am

With all due respect, Proudmormon, I do not appreciate anyone telling me what I believe.  I didn't appreciate it when I was a believing member of the Mormon church, and I do not appreciate it now that I am not. 

Comment by Alta on May 4, 2011 at 1:12pm

I just read through this discussion and realized that ProudMormon never came back to see the effect of his call for repentance. I made me think of a saying (sorry for my language): the original post was "a fart in the water" - loud and pointless.

It was designed specifically to disturb this community, to bring out negative feelings. It was insensitive, cruel, and absolutely pointless. I wonder if ProudMormon felt proud for his missionary-act-of-the-day. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2011 at 1:52pm

Whenever I see a heading such as ***Must Read!!!*** on the internet, it means don't waste my time reading.  It's almost certainly going to be a childish and worthless post.

This one, however, is interesting, if for nothing else, as a reminder of how horribly the church brainwashes people.  Of course, the replies by ex-mormons are well worth my time reading.

I was thinking of telling proudmormon (btw, doesn't the church teach against pride?), that her post was a waste of time, but then I thought, maybe I shouldn't say that.  Let her waste all the time she wants, here, where she is the least likely to have influence, rather than doing her missionary work where she might convert someone to the cult.

I like the way Alta put it: "a fart in the water - loud and pointless."

Comment by pollypinks on May 4, 2011 at 2:58pm
Proud Mormon's not coming back.  He has to do his home teaching.
Comment by UtahissunnierthanOregon on May 4, 2011 at 5:50pm

Hey, I am sorry you are hurt.  Try not to take it to personally...your spirituality is not dependent on us. 

 

Comment by UtahissunnierthanOregon on May 4, 2011 at 5:52pm

The other former Mormon Forum I read gets these types of posts once in a while, they usually don't hang around or come back. 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 5, 2011 at 6:40am
Chief Joseph, I think you are correct.  Most people feel like they have to tell people what to do when they themselves cannot even manage their own lives.  That's always bothered me.  My sisters act that way to some extent, but more so since I left the church.  Your story reminds me of mine, except you have had it much worse than me.  I feel for you Chief.

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