A Mormon for more than 20 years

A Twenty Year Journey To Enlightenment

Having gotten my name removed from LDS Church records about a year ago, I've taken time to reflect on the twenty years of my life I spent as a quasi-active, true believing Mormon who eventually found the resources to question what I was being spoon fed as the undisputed truth from on high. Over the past year I've been able to put my Mormon years into prospective, allow myself time to spiritually regroup and begin the process of moving on with the rest of my life. Like most former Church members who have shared their stories here, not all the time I spent dedicated to Mormonism was bad. The price I paid for the good I got out of the Church was, to say the least, inflated. In the end I came to the conclusion that religion is only a vehicle to assist the individual in achieving spiritual contentment, a means to acquire and nurture a sense of inner peace. Anyone who chooses to read this story, true believing LDS or true believing other denomination, please bear in mind that if religion works for you then by all means indulge yourself in it. After all, in the United States you have a constitutionally guaranteed inalienable right to do so. Also bear in mind that the same constitutional guarantee works as well going the other way for those who choose to be free from religion. In the larger scheme of things I realize that I am merely little more than another molecule in the universe. Given the outside chance that what I have to share may help someone who is honestly seeking the truth make an informed decision that will markedly alter the course of their life, I must tell the story of my twenty year involvement with the organization known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

I was born and grew up in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. My older brother and I were the sons of working clas