What did the Mormon religion bring to your life?

Mormonism was good for me for the first portion of my life, it was a comfortable structure that taught me many good things. I came to a point where I realized that what the LDS church had taught me about church history, was an exercise in apologetics, that the truths of things were more nuanced.

I see Mormonism now with gratitude for what I learned, including that organized churches can really mess with a person's head and can hinder people's growth.

I view organized religion as a lesson module I had for this lifetime. It's like having a past job where you learned a lot and dang it was hard, but you're grateful you had that learning. It was good, and it was bad -- and I'm grateful for the lessons I learned.

Religions are products of men's writing and speaking (good things get tinged), of myths that become sacred stories, of rites and rituals.

God is Pure and Simple and we can commune Directly (no church required :).

I enjoy Community of Christ for the honesty they've had with restoration history, for their evolution and who they are -- and the community of people I interact with, and differing ideas are welcomed. I see church simply as a means to help us in this life. Not everyone needs a church, particularly as we grow spiritually.

It doesn't matter which church or tradition we are born into, God has many names, we are individuals with respective personalities, and God guides us in. An iron rod is your path, and the building of people scorning can include the religiously dogmatic and narrow people.

My life, brain and stress in my body -- are so much better off now. It takes time to process, but the key is not the mind -- it's the releasing of energy. we're here to learn and experience, and contrast is what gives us appreciation. Yes it's releasing -- but it's really focusing positively on what we want. our positive thoughts/intentions become our manifestations (when we aren't cross-talking ourselves with what was or what isn't). It's sitting with something without judging it, but thanking it for what it taught us -- and focusing on what we do want. We become what we want.

God is the Infinite Teacher and Giver. We can learn from the sources we ask to learn from (religions, spiritual practices). God gives liberally to those who ask.

shawnmatheson

Though I had a painful exit, I did gain a lot from my "Mormon Period." I was taught leadership, another language, living in a foreign country, public speaking, friends (though most dropped away once they married), and the need to care for others. In that last one, I took Home Teaching very, very seriously, and needed to make sure my families (or individuals) were okay.

jim-adlhoch

The church did bring me a tight-knit community. I moved wards several times growing up, and I never had to worry about finding friends. It also brought extreme expectations of conformity and severe social consequences when the expectations were not met. Leaders "care" about you and are "interested" in your well-being, but they only care about keeping you in the church. This was very damaging to me, and I am trying to unlearn this fact; I am trying to learn that people can be nice just because they are nice people. Growing up in the church gave me a frame through which to see the world. Now, I'm having to dismantle that frame and see it from a more objective point of view. The church has brought challenges into my life, and I wish I had never been involved in it.

I will never deny that in the 10 years I was a Mormon, I experienced many positive, happy, and uplifting times. I met so many wonderful and kind people; I found a strong and selfless community. I learned many ways and means to be a good person, to develop and maintain strong and healthy family relationships. Much of what the Mormon church teaches and preaches is positive, wholesome, and good.

But there is much about it that troubles me, and even scares me. There are insidious problems in the church, in its gospel, and in its doctrine. The church can bring a lot of happiness to people's lives; it can also bring sadness and the complete opposite of the Christlike love they preach.

There are so many well-intentioned people in the church, but I had even become so blind to how my words and actions could hurt others. There's an inherent pride in believing you belong to the "one and only true church on the earth;" the belief that what you have is right and what everyone else has is wrong or inferior; that you have a duty and obligation to educate and save anyone who thinks differently than you. I'm sorry for anything I said or did to anyone that hurt them, or made them feel judged or less than.

kelly0408