Considering Leaving the Mormon Church?
It’s tough, but worth it.
If you are starting to consider the possibility that some of the things you were taught as a Mormon may not be true, you might be feeling a little anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or even angry right now. Tricia (a sixth generation Mormon) experienced many of these emotions and discovered a rainbow at the end of the storm.
“After leaving the church, I had many emotions to work through ... anger, fear, sorrow, betrayal, and finally ... unspeakable joy.”
(more) — Tricia
Study the contradictions and you too will find what I found out — that me and you were sold a bill
of goods that cannot be delivered.”
Allowing yourself to begin questioning some of the beliefs you were taught as a Mormon will likely be a painful process, but you are not alone. For Dennis, the IRR email support group called MIT-talk (Mormons In Transition) helped him work through the hurt and bitterness and seek healing and find spiritual solutions through faith in Jesus Christ.
“I asked God to help me with the scriptural and emotional conflicts I had with Mormonism versus Biblical Christianity that were tormenting me.” (more) — Dennis
MIT-talk is a safe place were you can discuss, or just listen in with others like yourself, who are working to resolve doubts and questions about their Mormon / ex-Mormon experience. If you are ready to put the LDS Church on the examination table, Chris recommends you do your homework.
“If you're reading this, do your own investigation of the LDS Church. Look at it with an open mind. Research it. Study the contradictions and you too will find what I found out — that me and you were sold a bill of goods that cannot be delivered.” (more) — Chris
Online Support Group for Mormons in Transition
Although the emotional pain is real, it is possible to find healing and spiritual solutions through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from the LDS Church. Other Mormons in transition have found it helpful to discuss their feelings with former Mormons and Mormons like themselves who are working to resolve doubts and questions about their Mormon / ex-Mormon experiences by participating in the email support group called MIT-talk (Mormons In Transition). Thousands of Mormons have anonymously participated in MIT-talk since it began in 1996. Many members of MIT-talk have said they found the forum to be relevant, constructive, and beneficial in finding spiritual solutions to concerns they have with Mormonism. To join MIT-talk, go to the following webpage: http://www.irr.org/mit/mit-talk.html and follow the instructions that appear.
One-On-One Mentoring With A Former Mormon
If you would like to have a more one-on-one correspondence with a former Mormon, you can also request to be mentored by a former Mormon using only your first name. To learn more about the IRR Former Mormon Mentoring Program and whether or not it is right for you, please discover the mentoring program.
How to Find a Good Church
If the LDS Church is a false church, then what church is true? With so many churches to choose from, how can you recognize a good church? Can the Bible give us satisfying answers to these questions? It seems so.
The Bible clearly identifies the existence of false churches or false religious assemblies that we are to avoid (John 4:19-23; Rev. 2:9; 3:9). The Bible also clearly identifies the existence of true churches that have a relative absence of major doctrinal and/or moral problems (Phil. 1:3-11; 1 Thess. 1:2-10; 2 Thess. 1:3-4) and some that have serious doctrinal and/or moral problems (Gal. 1:6-9; 3:1-5; 1 Cor. 3:1-4; 5:1-2). Although there are degrees of purity among true churches, how to recognize a good church is not a shot in the dark. The following link goes to an online article entitled, How to Recognize a Good Church (downloadable PDF). This article gives some basic elements that you can look for in a church to determine if it is a good church.
Perhaps you question whether God has providentially preserved the integrity of the Bible down through the ages, so that the Bible we have today is trustworthy and the supreme authority for faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). If so, you are not alone, because most Mormons in transition struggle with trusting the Bible. The following link goes to a Bible study that presents compelling evidence for the trustworthiness of the Bible: http://www.irr.org/bc/evidence-intro.html. Or use the Bible Courses link at the top of the page to see other available free online Bible studies.
The following link goes to an article that examines four reasons why the LDS Church rejects the historic Christian position that the Bible represents the final and complete revelation of God: http://www.irr.org/mit/lostbooks.html.