They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave the Church Alone
Brie Sweetly

Thank you for your thoughts and for sharing your emotions and a part of yourself. I appreciate your views and what you have to say. I have been thinking about it for a while now and I realized that you are correct about it sometimes being difficult for Mormons to talk with those who have decided not to be a part of the church anymore. I confess, I find it difficult sometimes. I have been thinking about why this is so because I do not find it difficult to talk with people from various religions, non-religions, or whatever it be. But when it comes to those who have left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I do have a difficult time and I believe the reason is because I feel untrusted and naked in a way. It is hard because I love the doctrines and gospel teachings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so much. They are truly something I hold dear. When I talk with people who have decided not to believe the doctrines anymore I feel as if they have taken something incredibly dear to me and tossed it aside. Not only that, they knew all the things that I have learned and love, but have decided that it’s crap. If you believe that the prophet is not a prophet of God and thus, the Church is not true, then I assume that you believe I have been swindled into believing something. I’m probably part of a cult in your eyes and that is hard for me and I don’t know how to talk about it. Not because the Church never taught me how, but because it hurts to talk about something so precious to me that you don’t hold precious and don’t mind saying so. So if you are having a difficult time with Mormons not wanting to listen to why you no longer want to be Mormon then please realize that it is a very difficult for us to listen to because we care so much about what you are fighting against.

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