If this was a hate site, I would tell my readers things like:
"Burn a Book of Mormon."
"If you see a Mormon, punch them in the face."
"Go vandalize your local Mormon meetinghouse."
On the contrary, I would like to inform my readers that I love Mormons. They are my family, friends, clients, co-workers, and classmates. Yes, I think they are in a cult. Yes, I snicker inside when I notice they are wearing their holy G's. But I wish them no harm and I respect their right to religious freedom 100%.
Do I go around tooting my horn that I am an ex-Mormon? That their religion is false? That I author a controversial "anti-Mormon" blog? No, I simply inform them (when they ask) that I am not LDS. That's all they need to know. I have found that nearly all the LDS people who know that I am not LDS, are very respectful and gracious about it.
So, since this blog contains my very strong opinions against the LDS church, I thought I would throw in a change of pace and list all the positive things that exist about the church. Does the LDS church have anything good about it? I believe it does:
- The LDS wards are usually very socially oriented. They love and care for each other. One thing that I did like about going to church was the strong feeling of acceptance by the other ward members. I always did (and still do) like the people.
- The LDS church encourages its members to give selfless service.
- The LDS church teaches strong moral and family values.
- The LDS church teaches its members to be law abiding citizens.
- In my experience, the local Mormons have been accepting of my decision to no longer attend church. When they do ask me if I'm coming back, they are doing it with a sincere concern for my well being.
- I have no doubt, whatsoever, that most LDS people are genuinely trying to be good, god-fearing people.
- The LDS church is often one of the first to arrive and offer aid in times of natural disasters.
I hope that people can understand that there is a huge difference between "hate" and just sharing my reasons why religion is based on myth. Yes, I blog against the Mormon church. I do not hate Mormons. I do not condone any violence against Mormons.
My issues are not with the common LDS people but with the Mormon leaders, who, in my educated opinion, are knowingly deceiving millions of people. It is my hope that, because of websites and blogs like mine, they will someday come clean about their lies and about their past.