Reason #125: The Point of No Return in Deciding to Leave

The previous post used an analogy to describe the feelings that many have when discovering that Mormonism’s claims of divine origin are false. I’ll use a quote from my book, The Mormon Mirage, that describes the end of that process for me, when I was confronted with a make-it-or-break-it fact, which was the “point of no return” for me: One final acid test remained at the end of the summer. Since I had a scholarship and a writing job waiting for me at BYU, I decided to return, promising Dan that we would marry—if I came back in December feeling about Mormonism as I did then in August. As I was packing, I felt as if the summer had been a dream. Or was it the real part, and the rest of my past life the illusion? I was unhappy about leaving...

Reason #124: Emotional Impact of Discovery

When I spoke last fall at the Ex-Mormon Foundation’s annual conference, I compared the shock of discovery that Mormonism was composed of lies to pornography.  (Though that was not the theme of my speech, you can see the entire video: Out of the Mormon Mirage here.) Another ex-Mormon on the Recovery from Mormonism discussion board anonymously posted the following, which describes such a reaction much better than I did.  He said that finding out the truth about Mormonism was like: One day you have a flat tire and the only phone is in an adult bookstore. You sheepishly walk in to ask, and in front of your very eyes is an adverstisement for the hottest new video, and it is featuring your wife. Not only that but she is a famous porn star Again you reel in...