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There seem to be a few of us ex-mo's in the Nexus and it is good to share the particular intricacies of extracting oneself from Mormonism.

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Comment by Joey on April 27, 2009 at 7:05pm
New to the group as well. Obsessed with evolution, particularly with how it informs western medicine, and married to a believer, but stuck in a little corner of BFE known as Altus, OK. I am also hopeful that my spouse will continue her gradual drift out of the church, but in-laws make it a tough road.
Comment by Markii on April 27, 2009 at 4:09pm
oops, sorry for assuming you're a male, btw (in case you're not) :)
Comment by Markii on April 27, 2009 at 4:08pm
hello anonymous. i'm in utah, married to what i would call a liberal christian/deist. i'm also obsessed w/ evolution for some reason. i find it so fascinating. evolution was one of the first things that made me question faith. some of my mormonism/evolution blog posts are here: http://onedudesms.wordpress.com/category/evolution-and-mormonism/ and my later posts on evolution are here: http://en.wordpress.com/tag/evolution/

little by little she may change her views on things. i think spouses generally move towards disbelief rather than dig their heels in their faith. good luck to you!
Comment by Anonymous on April 27, 2009 at 11:38am
Hello, I'm new to the group. Two questions: Is anyone living in Utah and are there any people married to believers? Because I am. Also anyone obsessed with evolution and/or biology?
Comment by Jon on April 26, 2009 at 3:46am
Jon: I had to "come out" when I had my son and was supposed to give him his baby blessing. I knew I couldn't fake my way through that with a clear conscious. I had my dad do it instead and I sat in the congregation while all the other male members of my family went and stood in the circle. In the end, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. No one freaked out.
Comment by Michelle on April 25, 2009 at 8:54am
Wow, Jon... good luck with everything! We're definitely all here to support you as you "come out" to your family.
Comment by Andrew S on April 24, 2009 at 11:24pm
I've also been lucky. I've had no attempts to contact, but then again, I've been at school a lot (I don't know how long that answer will "work"...especially since I don't go to any student wards here)...and my parents, even if they aren't fully in agreement, still support me.
Comment by Michelle on April 24, 2009 at 10:21pm
I've been lucky. In the 6 years since I left, I haven't had one person come try to find me. I think they might have actually taken my name off, like I requested, and my family has been good about not giving out my information.
Comment by Jezzy on April 24, 2009 at 7:27pm
I guess if something sounds unbelievable... It probably is.

That's a good point, bonzai, they do no doubt count inactive members, and I've heard (though only by word of mouth) that they are stingy about taking people off the lists, even at request.

Speaking of inactivity, they hold monthly meetings to talk about inactive members and how to pester help them. And with home teacher meetings, sacrament, mutual, sunday school, and seminary all incorporated into the typical Mormon's life, it can be pretty hard to break off at all.
Comment by Ben on April 23, 2009 at 11:46am
Another thing to consider is the vast number of inactive "members" they still include in their 13 million figure. When I was on the mission, I'd say easily 85% of people on church roles had been long gone for years but never got their names removed.
 

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