These Are Good Reasons to Leave the Mormon Church, Regardless of Theology
What’s stopping you? Get out while you can.
"A pro-Mormon website published a list of reasons you’d want to join their Church even if you didn’t believe any of its theology. The items included things like “Mormon teens are more optimistic and less likely to commit suicide” and “Latter-day Saints are much more connected to their ancestors.”
So it’s entertaining as hell to read this response — written by a believer, I should add — of all the reasons you might want to leave the Mormon Church even if you believe in its stories."
As a </current?/former (currently have legal counsel looking into this one)> Mormon/None I find much of this true and much of it utterly bizarre/false. I can however say that IMHO "21) Provides Family Support" is completely accurate. As a whole the family structure of Mormons, until it completely breaks down (which is often due to not accepting what it says), exceeds what I've personally seen in other religions. It's sorta baked into the foundation of it all (and not just via scripture.. they do it in practice).
That said, "1) Takes Care of Their Own" only applies if you follow their rules… otherwise you can basically fuck off and go to hell (again… looking into this /joking/not-joking/don't by into that).
Seriously though… I grew up Mormon (until my early teens) so I do have a little background on this topic. Here's the thing, if you think their beliefs are more crazy than your own you have an extreme case of cognitive dissonance. Do parts of it seem crazy? They might… to YOU… but only through the filter of your own religious upbringing, which is no more or less ludicrous – you're just seeing it through your own filters.
That said, many moons ago the main dude of the church closest to me tracked me down (it's VERY likely this was via my parents). He of course wanted to share with me. I explained I majored in philosophy, wasn't sure, etc etc etc. He graciously asked if I'd like to NOT be a member and if I'd like to not be reached out to again (which IS a little odd given that they caught flak for baptising dead people but whatevs)? I said no… likely due to upbringing, familial ties, etc. While I don't hold any ill will, as a None… I find it, like all, to require a leap I simply cannot make. So while I'm not religious, but also a legal minister in two faiths, I'm in the process of leaving the church… officially. Time will tell how my 'rents feel about this but the facts are that at this point I've been a None longer than I was a believer. It's time to be true to me.