Date: January 13, 2020 07:35PM
"We had our ward conference today, and the entire second hour was a discussion on how to keep the youth from leaving, and how to leave the bishop alone, so he can focus his time on keeping the youth from leaving. The children are the church's future, and that does not bode well for them. HUZZAH."
Posted by u/kiwiastronaut
"I spoke with a recently released TBM bishop today and asked how many "active" members have burning testimonies of the church versus how many are on the fence or mentally out but stay active for social, family, or other reasons (AKA "PIMO"s―physically in, mentally out). He said that being a bishop had opened his eyes to the fact that most active members have at least one significant problem with the church. I asked him what percent of the members who go to church regularly were truly "converted". He said his guess was less than 25 percent. I said that seemed surprisingly low. He stood by his estimate.
"This is in the morridor."
Posted by u/cmukasey
"In 2019 my husband and I literally dropped everything and stopped attending church with our four children. We found out the truth. We were both in leadership callings and within a matter of weeks we were done. It was one Sunday all in, the next, not there. This is a wonderful ward we attended faithfully for over 5 years. Wonderful friends. Beautiful people.
"I was extremely forthright in WHY with all I came across. I made it explicitly clear we didn’t believe in the truth claims and that was the ONLY reason why.
"People are slowly coming out of the woodwork and expressing concerns to me. We discovered a good friend is PIMO but stays for his wife. Same with another. I have had two friends reach out to me to say they are struggling as well but are afraid of family backlash.
"I don’t ever push them to dive deeper or try harder. That is their journey. It can’t be forced.
"But man. The church is in trouble in a major fucking way. (Not financially of course lolololol)"
Posted by u/elemeno452
"I can't see Millennials sticking around the church as they come into their own. They live in an age where they expect transparency. Me too, and consumer reviews.
"Why would They blindly commit to a corporation with no transparency? They have demanding jobs, young children, and aging parents, they value their time and spend it more purposely. I can't see them continuing to spending 10% of their income to sit quietly for 3 hours in repetitive, meaningless temple rituals and wear ugly underwear. ...And running around doing endless church service volunteer demands."
Posted by u/1exlds
"...Here I am in my unholy, unmarked underwear. Over the last year or so I gradually started to realize that, if you sum up all of the questions and unbeliefs that I had continually suppressed over the years, I actually didn't believe in anything. I admitted to myself that none of it really made any sense. Anything that I've learned since then has just been (more) nails in the coffin.
"And turns out, I'm not even alone in this. The Church is bleeding people like me that realized that all of this was probably made up and that life isn't limited to what comes out of the (probably smelly) mouths of fifteen old men. I'm happier out than I was in and I just feel so much more free and capable and optimistic. I genuinely feel like a better person now.
"And damn if this underwear isn't 100x more comfortable too"
Posted by u/ebzinho
I could literally go on and on!! When I joined Reddit in 2009 the exmormon subreddit was in the low four figures. There are now more than 145,000 registered members. I think it took like three weeks to go from 144,000 to 145,000.
There is an r/LDS subreddit. Here's what you see when you try posting there the first time:
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I believe they are concerned the Jesus might get his feelings hurt, so ...