Immediate Positive Results from Leaving
It takes a long time to recover from the deceptions of Mormonism. There are
immediate improvements in one's life however when one discovers what really
happened historically and learns how the church, like other groups that
deceive, manipulates people. Bitterness and anger are normal though you
must not let those feelings dominate your life. I recommend having your
name removed from the church records to be free of the group. Not everyone
I have gotten to know, who realize it is all a fraud, have left Mormonism by
having their names removed, because of family pressures, but the list still
applies if they let the knowledge begin to free their lives. Your life
changes dramatically for the better even though you simultaneously
experience emotional pain because you have been lied to for so many years.
I have listed things that I have personally experienced and also verified
that others have gone through these same feelings. These are the positive
feelings and experiences that we have had and continue to expand even within
the first few months of leaving Mormonism.
- The most common feeling is the combination of the loss of arrogance and
the closer feeling one has toward mankind. This is a great feeling. I no
longer feel like I am superior to other people because of the special
knowledge that I thought I had possessed.
- I now realize, like above, I am just like the rest of mankind. My
disposition is kinder.
- I found there is a whole new world to discover. I no longer have to
measure everything to how it compares to the teachings of Mormonism. It is
exciting to begin learning so many new things with an open mind.
- It is wonderful to be free of the burden of constantly imposed guilt.
- I begin to understand that my own knowledge and skills are sufficient
without the need for a "superior" authority telling me what to think or what
to do. I can learn on my own.
- I begin learn to trust my own intuition, though this takes time to trust
my own abilities fully. I no longer have to endure the conflict between my
own feelings and what I was being told I should be feeling.
- I find I have worth outside of an organization. My worth is not
measured by statistics.
I will continue the list. This is an example of the kinds of things I am
looking for from other former Mormons as this site gets discovered.