What advice would you give to someone interested in joining the Mormon Church? Or for that matter, someone interested in leaving the Mormon Church?

The same advice you would give someone thinking of buying a car, a house, etc. Research!! Committing a portion of your time, energy, and MONEY to anything is a big decision. Especially when it comes to religion and a church that demands as much from you as the Mormon church does. So read up on its origins and practice living it before actually accepting baptism, because once you're in it's harder to get out. If it improves your life, then go for it. If it doesn't, please don't join.
Anyone who leaves should do something similar. Compare your life now to a life without the same set of beliefs and practices. Are you happy now? Is it easier to imagine you being happy without the church? Then go for it.

BW

Do not join the church; leave the church! Do not get involved in this cult! I know that the promises of the church can be enticing. Giving up the community was the hardest part of leaving for me, and it was the only thing that could make me consider returning. Once you're in the community, they expect so much of you. They expect you to give your time and money to them, and if you refuse, they chastise you. Leaders pretend to care about you, but they're just doing their jobs. This is very damaging to children and teens. The church appears helpful, but is actually toxic. Don't (keep) do(ing) this to yourself. Get out and see that there is so much more to experience than this.

If you're thinking about joining the Mormon church:

To each their own. But I will say I wish I'd listened to my parents (it kills to admit that lol) and slowed my roll; done my due-diligence; really dug in and given the decision the academic and intellectual scrutiny it required. I wish I'd understood that feelings are fickle and they don't equate to truth.

If you're struggling in the church or contemplating leaving:

You're not alone!

For the past year I have been very cautious about who I shared news of my leaving with, as I don't want to hurt or offend anyone, cause rifts, or invite debate or reactivation efforts. But as the news has slowly trickled out, I have been amazed by the number of Mormon friends I have who have confided in me that they have also left the church.

For many reasons, people often choose to leave quietly or feel they have to go it alone; I get it and there's no reason or obligation to go public. But if you are having doubts or are contemplating leaving the church, I know it can be scary and it can be so lonely--I'd recommend finding at least one safe person you trust that you can confide in! I took the plunge and reached out to people that I knew had left and it was comforting to swap stories. The main reason I'm choosing to share my journey publicly now is that I want people to know they're not alone, and there's no shame in following your own path; there's actually a ton of joy in it :) Feel free to reach out: [email protected]

kelly0408

If you're struggling in the church or contemplating leaving:

You're not alone!

For the past year I have been very cautious about who I shared news of my leaving with, as I don't want to hurt or offend anyone, cause rifts, or invite debate or reactivation efforts. But as the news has slowly trickled out, I have been amazed by the number of Mormon friends I have who have confided in me that they have also left the church.

For many reasons, people often choose to leave quietly or feel they have to go it alone; I get it and there's no reason or obligation to go public. But if you are having doubts or are contemplating leaving the church, I know it can be scary and it can be so lonely--I'd recommend finding at least one safe person you trust that you can confide in! I took the plunge and reached out to people that I knew had left and it was comforting to swap stories. The main reason I'm choosing to share my journey publicly now is that I want people to know they're not alone, and there's no shame in following your own path; there's actually a ton of happiness in it :)