Shelby knows that if she wasn’t born into the church, there’s no way she would believe it. Tradition keeps many people in the church. Luckily, her husband stumbled on the CES letter and she didn’t take much convincing after reading it.
“I’d always said ‘If I wasn’t born into it, I wouldn’t believe it.’ I wish I’d listened to myself then, but you don’t know you’re in a cult until you know you’re in a cult. The CES letter however, which my husband stumbled upon on Reddit, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I couldn’t unread what I had. Once Joseph Smith was revealed as truly a treasure-hunting conman with a history, once I learned where he got his Book of Mormon stories from, once I learned more about his many, many young (often married) wives that he acquired sometimes under threat of death, I didn’t need any more.”Shelby
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