""Good, or bad, the not knowing drives me nuts, ruins my sleep, & I can't think of anything else other than something is wrong."
I can relate Qiana. I'm the same. I would tell my doctor how it affects me, and ask…"
"Joseph Smith, the founder of the religion I was indoctrinated in, said "I'm like Mohammad. He said it's either the Koran or the sword. I say it's either Mormonism or the sword."
I don't think that's an…"
"Randy, nice of you to provide a feast for your hornworm friends.
I've been looking around and found parasitic wasps for sale on Amazon. I don't know, but it sounds like they work.
At first, I put the address of the wasp…"
"Carl, I probably mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I decided to not be a coward and watch when I was given a shot or blood was drawn. I noticed that the prick registered in my brain as a little stronger when I watched, but I still…"
"I have no friends or family that I can talk to about science, or gardening, or anything else I enjoy. Religion always rears it's ugly head or simmers beneath the surface, preventing me from enjoying the conversation.
Friends here on…"
"I'm very impressed with Elon Musk, and become more impressed every month, especially with his Space X program. The latest thing to impress me is how many successes he's had landing the first stage on land, and quite a few times now…"
I had loving parents, but was strongly indoctrinated with Mormon beliefs as a child.
I grew-up with a logical mind and loving science, but ignored logic and science where they disagreed with Mormon beliefs.
As the years went on, my logical mind slowly made me question Mormonism. As a teenager, I came to the conclusion that either only one religion was true, or they were all false.
I believed less and less as time went on, but I still had the fear of Satan getting control of me and deceiving me until I was about age 55. (On August 5, 2014 I became 73).
That's when I finally realized that I had never had any prayers answered that I could tell, had never felt the spirit letting me know the truth that I could tell, and never had any help from my spiritual leaders that I could tell.
That realization confirmed that Mormonism was false. With that in mind, I decided to study evolution, which Mormon brainwashing had me arguing against and refusing to study.
That study quickly made it obvious that evolution was true and proved beyond any reasonable doubt that all christian religions were false.
My study of evolution let me to Richard Dawkins, and his book "The God Delusion". That book was the final nail that convinced me that all religions were false, and that there was no evidence supporting a belief in a god or an afterlife.
I quickly realized that faith and belief are ridiculous, and now accept as true only those things that have a great amount of scientific evidence to support them.
I’m now able to enjoy learning the fascinating and amazing new scientific discoveries about life and the universe without religious dogma getting in the way.
Since leaving behind the fear and guilt of religion, I’ve overcome a great deal of depression and anxiety. I’ve become 100 times as ambitious and have lost 37 pounds of extra fat (halfway there), without any questionable diets.
I love the beauty of green growing things, and very much enjoy growing things in my garden, especially delicious things to eat.
Luckily I live very far from most of my family so it's not that much of a bother. I have one acquaintance who insists that the coincidences that happen in my life must make me question the existence of "god". She doesn't accept that it does not, that is most annoying. She attempts to play on my losses to lead me back to the flock. It does the exact opposite. We would be so much nicer if religion was not part of the picture, if people would accept this is all we have...
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