Date: February 14, 2013 06:41AM
The last time I tried accessing the church's website to get some information about where I could go and who I could talk to about attending church again (it's been about 20 years inactive) I came up against a VERY exclusivist "members only" website and I couldn't even get as much as a phone number.
LDS is a Christian church? When I was a full member the church would cram contact info anywhere it could fit. We were always encouraging people to call or write us.
Mormons reading this: nothing says "cult" or "pay website" (i.e. porn) like the "members-only" system you have set up now. This is Christian? I really did want to start attending again. Now, I'm with a church that doesn't hide it's contact information in the phone book, on it's website, or through facebook or twitter (the LDS church is invisible through those things now). My experience could have been different.
Church members, the thing is: the church has given me no other choice but to give up my quest to stop attending. This would have been UNTHINKABLE when I was a member and a missionary. I would have been seriously offended if an investigator couldn't find a Book of Mormon to read or information about which ward to attend. We were ALWAYS giving people these things.
Now, the (supposed) Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints has closed ranks tighter than the strictest cult. Scientologists and Jehovah's Witnesses are friendlier and more accessible now.
I would love to hear the mealy-mouthed excuse for why I can't find even a 1-800 number so I can talk to some missionaries about which church in my area I should be attending. I have to be a (well, active) member to have access to information on the website? I can only conclude that the church is a cult that is afraid of correspondence with sincere investigators. The church can keep track of troublemaking members online because members have to "login" and give their information to the church's censors if they want to access the church's website. That is not anything a church I would attend would do. I was right to leave the first time it seems.
This has made me much more curious about exmormon.org and criticism of the church. The church is much more of a cult now than when I was a tithe-paying member and missionary.
firstname.lastname@example.org (the name is pseodonymous)