Utah Historical Quarterly. It is a fundamental, philosophical, spiritual divide of the mind and heart that, for me, is now impossible to reconcile. A number of former members have questioned whether the median age for leaving is really 19. I remember, in a discussion on the subject, one of my best friends in the world — a man living very happily with his partner, both of whom were raised LDS and returned missionaries — asked very bluntly whether this meant I'd leave the church. I couldn't make a choice on paper, and I didn't vote that day. If you are planning on reading only one or two stories, consider stories #44, #50, #56 or #125. Christina Aguilera is a singer who was raised in an LDS home by parents who met at the church-owned university BYU and married in the Washington D.C. Temple, though, Aguilera has not self-identified as Mormon. Just like that. They had invested so much more in the institution. This is a list of well-known Mormon dissidents or other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) who have either been excommunicated or have resigned from the church – as well as of individuals no longer self-identifying as LDS and those inactive individuals who are on record as not believing and/or not participating in the church. My soul couldn't fight with the church anymore and, painfully, I let the church go. For a long time, there was what some people thought to be a gray area in church policy on the status of gay members. I observed faithful LDS church members I knew to be Christ-centered and loving people make fearful, intolerant, and even alarming statements about LGBT people. Back to ex-Mormons. Gross iniquity involves such transgressions as murder, adultery, sexual perversion, or serious civil court conviction such as a felony. I joined gay-friendly LDS groups online and was inspired by the love I found there. They’ve wondered aloud how it’s possible that 93% of former Mormons report feeling primarily “freedom, possibility, and relief” after leaving the church, when the stories they see told most often are from people who report feeling sad and lost in their faith crisis. Born and raised Mormon, Mindy remained a devout member of the LDS Church until last month's "update" on LDS … I could sing songs about Jesus loving everyone, color pictures of happy families, and blow bubbles. The road was not always smooth, and it's drastically changed my outlook on life. I have read a few of your posts after discovering your channel on YouTube and just wanted to comment a couple thoughts. Editor’s note • The views expressed in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service. Born and raised Mormon, Mindy remained a devout member of the LDS Church until last month's "update" on LDS policy regarding same-sex relationships, and its greater implications on the place (or lack thereof) for LGBT Mormons in the church: Such couples are now officially considered "apostates" (a term used for those flouting "cardinal" LDS doctrine, which can lead to disciplinary action and/or excommunication) and living in sin, literally. Perry, James M., reporter, National Observer, "This Fella from Arizona", in Audubon, November 1981, pp. A dear family friend once confidently stated while in church that she didn't let her children go to sleepovers because "that's how little boys turn gay." There is a biography board at Exmobb_biography which has over 550 additional stories as of Dec 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2018. See: List of Latter-day Saints for current members of the LDS Church. Beckoning Frontiers: Public and Personal Recollections. Sometimes it made me cry. I fully realized what this decision meant to my gay friends and colleagues, but I was certain, for whatever reason, that this was what God had told the prophets, and wanted for our society. Leaving the church cost them relationships, even marriages. ‘Mormon Land’: How abortion and the Supreme Court might affect Latter-day Saint voters, Costumed dogs bring the Halloween spirit to Wheeler Farm for Dog Days in the Maze, Death of man found at Tooele fire ruled a homicide. I've answered this question for myself, and my soul wins this battle. Back in 2004, as a college student, I faced my first major moral dilemma concerning gay rights. At The Disco's frontman on being the only original member left", "Out to Win: Panic! Their road out the door was fraught with pain and brokenness. Of course it is going to take them a long time to build a life for themselves outside of the church they were always told should be the foundation of that life. And, now, the final standoff has taken place. 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