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Mormon Discussion: 353: Those Who Leave and the Stories We Tell

Today I sit down and examine the systemic trait in Mormonism to label those who leave as broken, less than, bad, or deceived in some way.  In Mormonism when a believer stops believing we creates stories about that person.
1.) They were lazy
2.) They lacked faith
3.) They wanted to Sin
4.) They were deceived by Satan
5.) They have petty reasons for leaving
6.) They were offended
7.) they lost the spirit

Mormonism as a system gives these explanations for why people leave.  Symonds Ryder and his misspelled name, Thomas Marsh and those damn milk strippings, the Three Witnesses and their being offended or deceived.  Yet what happens when we stop hijacking the story of another and allow them space to tell their own story?  What is the cause and what is the effect?  Why does your loved one show up in the world differently then they used to?  This and more is today’s episode.


3 thoughts on “Mormon Discussion: 353: Those Who Leave and the Stories We Tell”

  1. As time goes on I find myself letting go more and more of the LDS belief system that I was raised in. Some core things I keep that work in my personal daily life, love others, don’t kill etc. I attribute so much of thinking out side of the Mormon box to people like Bill Reel, thank you! That being said, I also apply the same critical thinking towards Bill (and others) in the same fashion. I agree with much of what I listen to here but also enjoy the freedom of saying “ha, that part is bullshit to me”, which I do quite a bit (I hold onto that free agency part). Being duped by religion has made me suspicious of everything even discussions here and the like. Keep up the good work Bill and thanks for keeping me thinking.

  2. Thank you for this informative podcast. You helped explain in detail the reasons why I could no longer live the Mormon life. The box was to small for me. I also liked the song at the end of the segment and wondering if you could give credit to your listeners of who this artist is.

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