Mormonism: Questions from /Atheism/ General (February)
*** I think the exmormon site is a great resource of testimonies by people who have left the church, coupled with a forum where they try to support each other. Those who leave the church are apparently ostracized especially severely in rural Utah. There’s a story on the site about how some ex-Mormon as a kid had another Mormon visit her house, and she was criticized for drinking tea or something. If I remember right, the parents thought she was a bad influence and wouldn’t let the kid visit anymore. The overall impression being the religion is overly judgmental, and obsessed with encouraging dependency to control peoples’ lives.
The church also backtracks on things. Until the 1970’s (or 1990’s?) the church did not allow blacks to become Deacons. One of the letters on ex-Mormon was by a white person who was at church when a black member questioned if that was true. When the officials admitted it was, citing that sons of (whoever) were cursed in the Book of Mormon, he threw a fit and stormed out. She did research to try and justify this, and the research led to her finding more and more contradictions and things that didn’t add up, or things the church had covered up, and finally she left herself.
Some other things the church has flip-flopped on:
-celestial marriages for polygamy
-Coke is now allowed after decades of it as an implied taboo
-the manner in which Joseph Smith died
-the blood oaths have been phased out