Hi, I'm PLukeFirestoker
I write ex-Mormon poetry and parody songs and do occasional cartoons. Most have never been seen or heard, but a few are on Facebook. There is not much of a demand for these works. Such is life. I believe I am supposed to terminate this with the phrase, "I was Mormon".
I am a rather private person and do not feel comfortable sharing much with complete strangers. In a Mormon context, this would be read as, I have something to hide, must be broken and only the Church can repair me. If you do not follow the rules as well as I do, then I am better than you (judgmental). I always smile and seem happy, but it is all fake.
On my shelf
On the Mormon Spectrum
Why would anyone stay? To paraphrase Elizabeth Bennett Browning's sonnet 43, "How Do I Love Thee",
WHY DID I LEAVE THEE (THE CHURCH)
Why did I leave thee?
Let me count the reasons.
I left thee over historicity,
And not ‘cause I’m a heathen.
I left thee over Smith's polygamy and his child brides.
This does the Church indict.
I left thee 'cause of patriarchy,
And denying women equal rights.
I left thee over past racism.
When the Church claimed the priesthood was only for the Whites
I left thee over LGBTQ issues.
The Church wants gays quiet and out-of-sight.
The Church is aware of all its errors,
But in no way is contrite.
Instead it manipulates the story
And tries to gaslight.
Cognitive dissonance, guilt and shame
Was this member’s plight.
But I have left the Church forever,
To live a free and honest life.