"Kathy, I looked for the age in Kentucky, but couldn't find it. There may not be an opt-out age for your state.
Most states are 70, including Idaho. The form they sent me had a box to check if I was 70 or more, and didn't…"
"I'm sure I would not have been a button pusher. I think I've always been good at treating others the way I want to be treated, and I do not like being shocked or tortured in any other way.
Even when young, I was not impressed with…"
"Kathy, I don't understand why they don't excuse someone from jury duty if they've already done their share.
I've never had to serve. I was about 55 years old when I was first called, but was on the backup group, and never…"
"Randy, you reminded me of spud harvest vacation. When I was a teenager in St. Anthony Idaho, at harvest time, we had 2 weeks of no school so we could pick-up russet potatoes.
I would pick for a week, then enjoy a week of vacation and…"
"I spent 50 years studying it, and I sometimes ask myself the same question. What was I thinking?
The best answer I can give is that in my childhood, I was brainwashed to think illogically when anything disagreed with mormonism."
"Organic Dry Cleaning is a new one.
The last dry cleaning I had done was about 30 years ago, when I still went to church and had my suit cleaned. Haven't wore a suit in about 25 years, and never intend to again. I'm with…"
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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