Almost everyone goes thru a period of doubt or questioning, regardless of their religious faith. Ive noticed that many anti's on this board have mormon roots. What made you leave? Was it a set of doctrines or practices? Which ones?White shirts in church.
|QUOTE (The Dude @ Aug 12 2006, 12:01 AM)|
You too, huh?
|QUOTE (beamer @ Aug 10 2006, 07:36 AM)|
I'm curious--what about him or his research caused you to leave the church?
Yeah, the mods asked for brevity but that one deserves explanation. I'd hate to think Bro. Woodward would see that and think he ushered in the great latter-day apostacy. I actually like Scott and really enjoyed an early presentation he did at BYU Education Week one year. I also, still as a TBM, appreciated his FAIR presentation on DNA a year or two ago. I don't know if that link is still active here, but that was also my introduction to FAIR.
The point of including him here is not that his findings were so damning to the church or its claims. He just represents in my mind the whole episode of jarring my consciousness to the point where I really asked, "What if it's not all true?" His significance in the whole process came from the fact that this was BYU saying this about Native American DNA. I suspect I would have discounted it had it come from any other source.
|Over time, this led to the church ceasing to be an important institution in my life over the matter of about 1.5 years as my study and new exploration of the "truth" continually lessened my basis for belief (thus proving the point of many prophets that when you are not doing all the things that a valiant member does, you risk losing your testimony).|
Yeah, you gotta love proving their point, huh? That's powerful marketing, second only to "They leave the church but they can't leave it alone."