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What religion to you identify as?  
Atheist 25% 2  25% 
Basic Christian (Protestant-Methodist-Baptist-Just Christian) 25% 2  25% 
Roman Catholic 0% 0  0% 
Active/ InActive Mormon 0% 0  0% 
Ew-Mormon Christian 13% 1  13% 
Islam 0% 0  0% 
Buddhist 0% 0  0% 
Hindu 13% 1  13% 
Other/Not Listed 13% 1  13% 
Non-Religious 13% 1  13% 
Total votes : 8

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AlexOfMalice
  Post  Post subject: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:03 pm
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I know that many teenagers in the LDS church often feel oppressed and challenged during their journey of questioning their faith, I'd like to offer help and my own experience. To start that, I'd like to introduce some surface-level information about myself.

My name is Alex. I no longer lived with my parents who are still strong members of the LDS church, once fo them even working for the church itself. I began to question the church and even the idea of god since I was young. Even when baptized my father asked me if I knew what I was doing. I replied "not really" and we did it anyway. I never had the official conscious thought of " But I don't believe in this" when I was 11. Which, is still a pretty young age. I am still a teenager now and debating theism is really interesting to me. I currently identify as an Atheist. More specifically an Agnostic Atheist who leans more to the idea that there is no god.

I'm not here to shove beliefs down your throats. This is what happened to me growing up, as well as fear of being away from my family, and I understand this is not the proper way to debate. If you have any questions, I'd love to have an open conversation and we can discuss, debate, and give ideas.

So, that's me! If you'd like to contact me directly, please message me and we can discuss matters. I look forward to speaking and discussing with you!


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joseph's myth
Post  Post subject: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:07 am
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If I were you, I'd be an atheist agnostic too. Try and be a bit easier on yourself, I mean, you're coming from a really tough spot. What you're going to run into a bit is sincere careing and compassion from those that know, from those of us that have been there or are maybe still there.

We all want you to try and lift up someone far far down the line, try and be someone inspiring, be someone that we that are here now won't be able to be. Be gentle and pursuade with a tender heart. We'll have our time for a time, and then that time will have passed. My bet is that you're not quite ready yet. You'll get there, and don't worry, there's really no rush.


Hi and welcome home Alex because this calming and (new) home-like feeling is a place where you are truly and sincerely understood.

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AlexOfMalice
Post  Post subject: Re: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:25 pm
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You brought up a point that I hadn't really thought about. Me being super rushed to these types of thing, thinking I can help people because I'm super concerned with the way my situation ended up, and I'm only 16.

Thanks for the warm welcome, and you're right. I'm much happier in my new home so realizing how much it's helped me kind of realize what was even wrong in the first place. I look forward to having more discussions with people and learning what other people think.


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joseph's myth
Post  Post subject: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:14 am
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AlexOfMalice wrote:
You brought up a point that I hadn't really thought about. Me being super rushed to these types of thing, thinking I can help people because I'm super concerned with the way my situation ended up, and I'm only 16.

Thanks for the warm welcome, and you're right. I'm much happier in my new home so realizing how much it's helped me kind of realize what was even wrong in the first place. I look forward to having more discussions with people and learning what other people think.


Oh yes your new physical home, of course, but but but here too. Here, where ever that place on the Internet comes to happen to be. Try and maybe learn who the FLDS LostBoys eventually sometimes become, who they grow up to be, whom they eventually lead and protect through positions in law enforcement. You're going into a passionate arenas like that, you are being given the role and the tools and resources to maybe become activated into this new role. Just take it easy. Be gentle and kind, extra kind to yourself because you're gonna need it.

Mormonism was not nice to you, and yes, we all here get that, all of us here understand.

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Melanie
Post  Post subject: Re: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:02 pm
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Welcome Alex :)

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AlexOfMalice
Post  Post subject: Re: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:13 pm
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AH, I see! I'm going to look more into that. And thank you for your advice!


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joseph's myth
Post  Post subject: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:10 am
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AlexOfMalice wrote:
AH, I see! I'm going to look more into that. And thank you for your advice!


You have all of our genuine and sincere trust, plenty of admiration too!

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erin119
Post  Post subject: Re: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:21 pm
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Welcome Alex! It's nice to meet a fellow Atheist in internet land.
You sound like you are well on your way toward understand yourself and working toward the kind of person you want to be. I was raised with the mindset to question everything, which was part of what led me to question the Mormon faith.
AlexOfMalice wrote:
Even when baptized my father asked me if I knew what I was doing. I replied "not really" and we did it anyway. I never had the official conscious thought of " But I don't believe in this" when I was 11.

Isn't it funny how when we're younger we jump through the hoops to please people, and then wonder why we're jumping through hoops? I was like this as a kid, and it's part of how the Mormon church brainwashes children into sticking with their cult. I wasn't allowed to learn about other religions/faiths, and I wasn't allowed to question anything. That's how they maintain their control. Its impressive that at 16 you've realized this and are standing up for yourself. Not many 16-year-olds that I know have the strength to do this. Good for you!
Never lose your curiosity or your willingness to go out there and learn. Whether it pertains to religion, or just life in general. It's something that's rare, and is hard to maintain as an adult. If you keep at it, you'll make great strides in your life, and will learn a lot about what you're capable of.


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AlexOfMalice
Post  Post subject: Re: Teen Ex-Mormon  |  Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:39 pm
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Thank you so much! Yeah, learning that there's the world outside of what I'm used to sparked my love of learning. But thank you so much! I try my best and honestly their seminary that I was forced to go to didn't help much either, haha.


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