Date: May 15, 2019 03:30AM
Throw away all the Mormon propaganda, memorabilia, music, books, lesson manuals, pictures of the temple, temple costumes, Mormon underwear, Joseph and Hyrum bookends, and white polyester shirts.
Keep all your missionary journals, letters, and personal stuff. So much of your life has nothing to do with Mormonism. The Mormons temporarily intruded into your life, and hijacked it! Keep the photos of the great people you met on your mission, and the reminders of the places you served. Don't lose that life experience--it was not 100% Mormon, you know. Neither was high school, neither was your wedding, or college. Don't let the cult hijack your memories!
I tend to cling to the past, but, I actually enjoyed getting rid of everything Mormon, because my present and future were so awesome! No more Mormon gloom and doom!
I started by recycling all the Mormon books--many of them written by my relatives, in our huge Mormon Royalty family. I had read them all, but I would not want my children to read them. I came to the same conclusion as that other poster who didn't want published Mormon lies to ruin good minds in the future. This cleared out about 5 shelves in my wall bookcase.
On the shelves, I replaced the Mormon drivel with my favorite books, and even some old textbooks, which had been in storage. I resurrected my children's old kids' books, to read to my grandchildren.
I also recycled the Mormon hymns and sheet music, and bought new children's duets and fun holiday songs to play with my grandchildren. I kept my classical music, Scott Joplin, Beatles, movie themes, and popular music, etc, as in, all the other music in the world!
I gave away my Mormon clothes--the long skirts, foot-punishing high heels, panty hose, and Mormon temple underwear. It was fun to go to Victoria's Secret, and buy cute, sexy underwear! I kept my party dresses, which never were Mormon-influenced. I have two church outfits to wear to funerals. I wear nice pants and tops to work, and flat walking shoes. I grew my hair long, and let it go wavy.
I dumped the old, butter-lard-sugar Mormon pioneer recipes, and the food storage--and use healthy recipes, and dishes from other cultures.
Think of it as REPLACING old junk that makes you sad, with things (both old and new) that make you happy. My house has only things I love. I gave my "Christus" to my cousin, who's new Mormon-built house in Draper actually has a nook built into the front hallway, especially for a Christus. I sold an original oil portrait of an important Mormon ancestor, for a bundle of cash, which I used for new carpet.
Out with the old, in with the new.
My Mormon past, with all the abuse, was weighing me down, and taking up space that I needed for the present--physically and mentally. My family prefer a home and a life free of clutter, too. Like my wise grandmother used to say, "fewer things to dust."
But don't throw away anything that is important to you, or that you are proud of, or that makes you happy. You are lucky that you have just a few boxes. Much of my clutter came from my parents' home, and were THEIR memories and souvenirs.
As for old diaries and letters, belonging to me and my loved ones--I would NEVER part with those! Those are irreplaceable! They reside on a special shelf, and I refer to them every once in a while.
Maybe not throw away anything, until you have something better with which to replace it.