My exit from Mormonism unknowingly started in early 2008 with a deepened desire to have my calling and election made sure for myself and my wife, and our place in the New Jerusalem assured for Christ's second coming. That all began with much fasting and prayer in February, and openness to the guidance of the Holy Ghost. During this spiritual journey, I never read anything online or elsewhere related to Mormonism or that would be considered "anti" material etc. What I did read and follow were philosophies and spiritual works that gave me the warm promptings and confirmation feelings associated with the Holy Ghost and a few months down the road, to the conclusion that all religions together were failing to unite the human family into a single peaceful society.
This epiphany (or "revelation" in religious terms) occurred on May 28th, 2008 and was the last day I considered myself Mormon or religiously affiliated. When this understanding dawned on me I felt the most exhilarating, freeing, and euphoric peace and freedom I have ever experienced. I had been freed from the dogma and closed minded thinking from my past indoctrination and upbringing, and awakened to the true nature, potential and beauty of humanity and creation. This experience was equal to or in excess of any spiritual confirmations or experiences I had on my mission and in Mormonism, of which I had many. During all of this time of searching I continued to read my Book of Mormon every morning, sincerely pray multiple times daily, fast, attend the temple, bare testimony and purify my life according to LDS teachings.
A couple weeks later I had another such epiphany that directed me to investigate why Mormonism in particular was not uniting humanity, but also deceptive and untruthful in its own right. It didn't take much searching online in today's information age to find many confirmable sources and events from Mormon origins and history that leave little trust in the watered down version of LDS church history as taught in Gospel Doctrine classes and a lot of doubt as to the LDS church's claims of being God's one and only true and authorized church. It was at this point that I introduced what I found to my wife who then began her own heart breaking awakening to the illusion and eventual disaffection with Mormonism.
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