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Posted by: lettinggo ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 04:41PM

I am in the process of moving and I don't know why it is so hard to let go of all of the Book of Mormons etc. I don't even look at them. It's like letting go of my past or something. What did you all do with all of the books etc.?

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Posted by: heartbroken ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 05:18PM

I recently visited a TBM family and was surprised to see a huge trash bin full of church books, all heading to the garbage dump. They didn't seem at all bothered by chucking them.

I still have a copy of my leather bound Bible and Book of Mormon with my name engraved in gold on the cover my mom gave to me. The bible has a cool picture an investigator artist drew for me. I will hold on to them, not because I believe they are "true" but because they have sentimental value because of my mother, who left the Mormon church before she died.

Other than my leather-bound Bible and BoM, I chucked all other church books. I donated my Miracle of Forgiveness to the Goodwill. I wish I'd burned it.

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Posted by: Nuggett ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 05:26PM


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Posted by: moehoward ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 12:04PM

I tried but books wouldn't burn. Something very creepy about this...

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Posted by: Lot's Wife ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 06:14PM

You're not using enough garlic.

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Posted by: Nightingale ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 05:28PM

I had a number of books related to Mormonism that I just gave away to a thrift store - maybe they can make a few dollars off them. Some that weren't in great shape I just threw away.

Some of them I would likely have kept but I was moving and downsizing (I had way too many bookcases full of dusty books).

I didn't have any sentimental attachment to them so it wasn't hard to get rid, other than my usual strong inclination to stockpile books.

I understand wanting to keep items that were of previous import, even if you've moved on, and certainly those that have sentimental value, such as heartbroken mentions above.

I had several related to Mark Hoffman (forger) which I sent to the Sally Ann. It's an event someone could still be interested in. Also, there were quite a few relating to Mormon polygamy. It was hard to resist the pull to keep everything "just in case" but I managed it.

I do like travelling light, except for books.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/06/2021 05:31PM by Nightingale.

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Posted by: dogbloggernli ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 06:35PM

I shredded many copies of the family proclamation. The scriptures i cut into signatures and tore for the recycle bin. It was a pleasant time of desecration.

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Posted by: Nightingale ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 06:48PM

Desecration. Hahahahaha

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Posted by: Heartless ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 07:43PM

All the art except for the resin grapes I donated.

Lesson manuals just trash.

I did keep my flannel board and some of the characters, animals buildings etc.

The regular books are a bit tricky.

I refuse to donate to Deseret Industries so I'm left with Savers and Goodwill.

Savers asked the I don't donate scriptures or modern LDS books.

Good will hasn't complained. yet.

I sold almost 200 books on Facebook. In two separate lots and got about $3.00 a book! But I was lucky to sell both lots complete.

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Posted by: Hedning ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 11:17PM

My wife has collected hundreds of LDS books and she is ready to be rid of most of them, but can't quite pull the trigger because some are valuable ( they go for $30 or $40 by used book sellers), I just can't see the point of spending a lot of time and money shipping to people and we live in SOCAL. So you sold on Facebook to people in person?

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Posted by: Hedning ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 11:19PM

Mormon feminists - intellectuals and the like.

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Posted by: Heartless ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 11:43PM

Yes. I sold in person. Cash on the barrel.

I found a few LDS groups that buy and sell books and posted on many local garage sale groups.

About half the respondents were flakes offering a dollar a book or no shows but I was able to sell the two lots in a few weeks.

Also sold a lot of non LDS books. Westerns and scifi. Just posted on the appropriate groups.

I list the rare ones separate from the others.

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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 08:19PM

If you can't throw them out, then they own you.

There is nothing in LDS scripture that you can't look up online, should the need ever arise.

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Posted by: stillanon ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 10:12PM

Give them to the missionaries that show up at your door. After the 3rd load, they won't come back.

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Posted by: blackcoatsdaughter ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 10:22PM

I kept older Institute manuals and student manuals to have a solid, uneditable reference for remembering the way they've lied.

I burned my garments and all the stuff in my temple pouch.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/06/2021 10:23PM by blackcoatsdaughter.

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Posted by: caffiend ( )
Date: September 06, 2021 10:36PM

But bury it under other things, lest some trash picker look through it and decide to "investigate" it.

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 11:42AM

LOL! Chao!

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Posted by: Rubicon ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 12:34AM

The pawn shops in Utah buy old church books and manuals. People collect that stuff. Mormon stuff can be collectible.

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Posted by: Eric K ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 08:23AM

At the time when we left the corporation, I was working at a start-up of a new paper recycle mill. I took most of our Mormon books and tossed them in a bin where they would be recycled. Book covers do not recycle well. I just wanted the feeling of those books being shredded and perhaps made into something useful. I kept a couple books for references, but found I never needed them. They are now gone too. I have a massive DVD library on Mormonism which I peruse once in awhile.

The Hugh Nibley book on the Book of Abraham was worth over $300 at the time. I did not know that when it was recycled. Oh well.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/07/2021 08:24AM by Eric K.

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Posted by: cl2notloggedin ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 11:07AM

We weren't sure exactly where we stood as far as the church goes, but we were well on our way out. We just didn't know for sure.

The way I see it, if someone buys a used book by one of the GAs, then the GAs aren't making a profit off of them. The mormons are going to buy the books somewhere, so just as well keep those guys from earning anything more. I'm sure my TBM daughter has no clue what books we sold. She didn't become TBM until about 2010.

I did find one thing that I was surprised to run across. When my daughter was in Alaska working a few summers ago, she asked me to find something for her in her room and send it to her. I happened upon a set of scriptures with my mom's name on them. And then I remembered. I bought some for her years ago when I was a single working girl. My parents never had a set of scriptures--just paperbacks--and I was such a good little mormon girl, I got both of them a set. And that was the one I gave my mom. I was cast out of my family at the time my parents died (just after they died my sisters threw me out) and I didn't get to go through things with them and hand them out. I was so pleased to see my daughter had my mom's scriptures. My sisters are the type who don't hang onto things and you can't believe the things I now have that they returned to our parents' house over the years (my disabled brother lives there). I even have my mom's cedar chest with my grandfather's flag that was on his casket from being in WWI. I doubt ANYONE knew that flag was in there.

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 11:48AM

If anyone exmormon resigns and is adamant about all exmormons resigning yet retains Mormon literature or sells it (even if it is a first edition BoM) I consider them hypocrites.

One should remove themselves from the church but profiting from it or even donate materials related to it doesn't line up with wanting nothing to do with the church. You are tacitly condoning the indoctrinations in donations or personally profiting from the people caught in it.

The trash heap is hopefully where Mormonism will wind up sooner than later.

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Posted by: RPackham ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 04:36PM

Elder Berry Wrote:
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> If anyone exmormon resigns and is adamant about
> all exmormons resigning yet retains Mormon
> literature or sells it (even if it is a first
> edition BoM) I consider them hypocrites.

Thanks, EB! I left the church over 60 years ago and have a huge library of church materials that I have used and added to, on which I base my anti-Mormon writings. You use a rather wide tar-brush in labelling people as hypocrites

http://packham.n4m.org/#MORMONISM

Those books have indirectly helped a lot of people see the truth about Mormonism.

As for selling such books, I fail to see anything wrong by getting something back from one's time in Mormonism.

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Posted by: blackcoatsdaughter ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 05:17PM

Heaven knows we won't be seeing any of that tithing back.

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 06:07PM

So do you advocate every exmormon resign?

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 06:08PM

Also I doubt you are doing either of these things.

"You are tacitly condoning the indoctrinations in donations or personally profiting from the people caught in it."

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Posted by: Tyson Dunn ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 11:52AM

It was actually kind of fun. I showed up dressed Mormon-style - suit, nice shoes, white shirt, tie, and an obvious crew-necked undershirt - and blended in pretty well.

I had already picked out the cloakroom of a stake meetinghouse I had been to a few times when I was going inactive, knowing that would be the most straightforward place to leave them, and it went off without a hitch.

I did keep some Mormonalia - mostly scriptures that I had had personalized for my mission - but the rest of it: hymnals, priesthood manuals, unmarked scriptures, etc., I got rid of that day.

Tyson

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Posted by: Done & Done ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 12:01PM

Whether you like it or not, those items are part of your history, part of your story. But they are also tokens signs and tokens of a lie.

The answer is in the temple ceremony. Though cautioned not to sell, they leave you with the correct option which is to trash your signs and tokens once you figure out the riddle of the ritual. The tossing out you are contemplating is a symbol that you are taking charge of your own destiny.

Your history and memories will still be with you and that is what counts as they take their proper place in the caverns of your mind and you own them instead of vice versa.

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Posted by: messygoop ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 12:13PM

As I became of age to be ordained to the office of deacon, my parents thought it was fitting to buy church related gifts for birthdays/christmas.

So like others, I received my personal set of leather bound scriptures with my name engraved in gold lettering.

And some asshat stole them during sacrament meeting. I never got to use them once for sunday school or priesthood meeting. (And my Mom went though the roof thinking I had tossed them. I got the crap beat out of me on the drive home).

So take them to church and they will stolen.

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: September 07, 2021 01:37PM

messygoop Wrote:
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> So like others, I received my personal set of
> leather bound scriptures with my name engraved in
> gold lettering.

The gold lettering made them more attractive. Who wouldn't want scriptures with "messygoop" boldly embossed on the front of them.

Like porn.

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