Hello old blog. I haven’t written here for almost a year because I didn’t know how to say this: Tom and I have taken a break from the Mormon Church. That only happened “officially” a couple of months ago, but this blog had become mostly a record of my struggles with my religious heritage, and as I lost (or won) that struggle, I felt so mixed about what to say.
Maybe faith should be a private matter, but being Mormon does not lend itself well to privacy, internet or no. I have also struggled with my desire to be at once honest, free and candid and also to be respectful, non-offensive and, above all else, not bitter or “anti-.”
But of course, Mormonism (perhaps moreso than other faiths) also does not lend itself well to neutrality. If we have left (and if not for sin or laziness, both of which I am incidentally guilty of), then obviously there are things we disagree with, things we find wrong, things we are “against” in the Mormon church.
Tom has decided and written about these things for himself elsewhere, and I feel that, disclaimers and professions of genuine respect in place, it would be okay for me to start to explain why we finally made a break with the church when it does have so many good things to offer. More on that later, and I’m happy to answer any questions, but today I have an actual post.