In Mormonism this is what you have to do to be saved... 1) be baptized, 2) obey all the commandments, and 3) endure to the end.
According to the dictionary, "endure" is defined as: "suffering without yielding".
What does that imply? That makes it sound like a pretty horrible journey, does it not? Do I endure a good movie, or do I enjoy a good movie? Do I endure a good meal, or do I enjoy a good meal? Therefore, anything you have to "endure" must be miserable. If you are to endure until you die, then your life must be miserable!
You are expected to suffer your entire life. What makes you suffer? The 1001 commandments that are in place to "test" you and any other challenges which come your way. Your life as a Mormon is supposed to be miserable and god has given you 1001 ways to fail the test!
But isn't being Mormon supposed to be all about being happy? Aren't Mormons the only truly happy people in the world? Here we have a contradiction: how can you be happy and miserable at the same time?
If you have to endure your life, then your life is nothing but a task, a chore. But you only get one life. Why waste it being miserable?
Don't endure your life; enjoy your life. If there is a god, he never meant for us to have to endure to the end; he meant for us to enjoy to the end.
But if you're Mormon, you can't enjoy. There are too many commitments to fulfill, too many meetings to attend, too many guilt trips over pointless things, too much time given to the church. What do you get in return? Being told that you're supposed to be miserable. You're supposed to be burdened down.
When I talk to Mormons about the huge wave of relief I felt when I left the church, nearly all of them accuse me of not being able to endure to the end. That proves what I have been saying. Mormonism is nothing but work, work, work. In the end, the church itself benefits and you are told that your suffering, on behalf of the church, will guarantee you your salvation. In Mormonism, you can't be saved unless you are miserable.
But how can the fruit of the one and only true church be misery? It's a self contradictory idea. Since it contradicts itself, it can't possibly be true.
I was miserable. How about anyone else?