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Tom Hopkins, Musician, Composer, Ex Mormon

 

My name is Tom Hopkins. I’m a father, humanitarian, composer, music producer, and guitarist. This is the story of my own journey growing up as a Mormon and finally breaking free.

I was a sincere, knowledgeable, believing, and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for most of my life. I grew up in a loving, active Mormon family environment. My parents were strict, but good people. I don’t remember seeing my parents fight, or raise their voices at each other in my presence. My father and brothers were scholars in the church. Our home was a well-stocked library of Church books, and my father’s goal was to read every book ever published by the Church and its leaders. I love that he tried to answer our questions and concerns about our Mormon faith, and could show us the source material for the information. He was a long time Gospel Doctrine teacher, Choir Director, and a counselor in the bishopric. He was also one of my best friends.

Even as a teenager I read the scriptures constantly. Before going on my mission, I studied the Book of Mormon from cover to cover at least 6 times. I also studied it throughout my life after that. As a sixteen-year-old priest, I was the assistant to the Bishop, and I proselytized, influenced, and baptized several people. I was a hard working full time missionary in Thailand and I meticulously obeyed all the mission rules. I loved my mission. Before I arrived in Thailand, I was told that the average baptism rate was one convert baptism per missionary, per mission. My average was at least one convert baptism per month. My missionary friends told me that the mission president never missed an opportunity to ‘motivate’ the other missionaries, by telling them stories about me. You can imagine how that affected my social life with some of the other missionaries. :)

After my mission, I proselytized and baptized the girl I married in the temple in 1985, and we have 4 children. I was a Gospel Doctrine Teacher, a Scout Master, a High Priest and 2nd counselor in the Bishopric, a counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, and Stake Mission Presidency, and many other callings… and of coarse, I was a faithful home teacher and tithe and offering payer.

Despite all this, certain doctrines or aspects of my Mormon faith never felt right to me. But just like every other faithful member of the Church that I knew, I accepted some things on faith, expecting that some day, perhaps after I die, it would all make sense. Though I studied literature that answered many ‘anti Mormon’ arguments, particularly those from other Christian faiths, I didn’t give my own concerns, questions, or negative feelings much energy or credibility. Why?

Throughout my life, I was taught, and I taught others how to ‘gain a testimony’. According to the Book of Mormon, gaining a testimony requires a “desire to believe”, and letting that desire grow in you like a seed. Skepticism and a thoroughly open and honest investigation into the extraordinary claims of the Church are not part of the process.

“When considering the truth of a proposition, one is either engaged in an honest appraisal of the evidence and logical arguments, or one isn’t. Religion is one area of our lives where people imagine that some other standard of intellectual integrity applies.” (Sam Harris)

I was taught and indoctrinated to believe that the Mormon Church represented everything in life that was good and true, and the only way to eternal happiness, and anything that was contrary to the teachings of the Church was false, evil, ‘of the devil’, and leads to unhappiness. So, this means in effect, if I want to be a good person, and live a happy life, and I do, then according to what I was taught, I have to believe in the Mormon Church, and bring myself in alignment with it. And if I don’t, then I am either evil, or ignorant.

Like all the believers I knew, I thought there was something wrong with any person who didn’t believe. I judged them. I assumed that they must not be praying or reading the scriptures enough, or that they didn’t understand the gospel properly, or they were not obeying the commandments, and therefore not worthy of the ‘spirit of the Lord’ to receive inspiration and revelation.

Perhaps the most powerful reason I didn’t want to give credibility to my feelings of doubt about the church, is that I love my parents, family and dear Mormon friends; they are good people, and I wanted them to love and accept me, and be proud of me.

So, whether or not it is true that God is a glorified man living on a glass ball near the planet Kolob, as described in the Pearl Of Great Price and D&C 130, or if any of the supernatural events and incredible claims described in the Church actually happened or not; I felt stuck. I felt like I had to play the game, and believe in these extraordinary events and theology, and dedicate my life to the Church. To give any credibility to my doubts would not just rock the boat, it would be a total upheaval of my peaceful family life. If I decided to act on any conviction contrary to my Mormon faith, I would have to muster the courage to be willing to have my whole life turned upside down.

There is good reason why humans have the ability to think, reason, and doubt. “I know of no society in human history that ever suffered because its people became too desirous of evidence in support of their core beliefs.” (Sam Harris)

In my late twenties, a few years and two children into our marriage, one of my guitar students, who was an attorney and former returned missionary, said to me, “Tom, you have opened up a whole new world for me, I would like to do the same for you”. He proceeded to tell me some very disturbing things about the Church; some of which I knew about, some I didn’t. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable, and I put up a pretty good defense. But I had to admit that what he said made sense, rang true, and disturbed me more than any other discussion about the church that I had ever had. That night, when I came home, I cried secretly, and wondered for the first time in my life if maybe the Church may not be true. But I didn’t want to look into any of the things he said. I just ignored it. I went back to doubling my efforts to increase my testimony. It took 15 years before I had the courage to look into what he said that night.

I was also taught and believed, and taught others this as well, that all of us are sinners who fall short of perfect obedience to the gospel, and are in constant need of repentance and forgiveness through the atonement of Christ, “that they might always have His spirit to be with them”.

The more perfectly I practiced my Mormon faith, the more I lived in an emotional world of guilt and shame, and always seeking forgiveness. I was obsessed with trying to be worthy to have ‘the spirit’ with me. My journals, especially my missionary journal is full of nit picky, self-deprecating, guilt driven statements. I could never be good enough! This of course, translates into being critical of others too.

My basic routine of daily prayer, scripture study, church activities, seminary and institute classes, regular temple attendance, weekly Sacrament meeting, Priesthood meeting, and Sunday School, etc… served to constantly indoctrinate and reaffirm my faith. When I took the sacrament, or went to the temple, I made covenants to be obedient to the strict commandments of God and the Church standards. But I knew as I made those promises, that I, like everyone else in the room, would fall short of perfection, and need to repent again, and again. This routine can, and often did lead to shame and hopelessness, two-faced hypocritical behavior, and a habit of making and breaking commitments lightly. It can be the perfect recipe for the creation of addictions.

When my own short falls became serious, and unwanted addictions started to form, I realized I had a deeper-seated problem that required professional help, self-inquiry, and new commitments. I began to look closer at my core beliefs that affected my behaviors. I discovered that my religious beliefs and practices were literally feeding my addictions, and when I ‘fell away’ from the Church, my addictions ‘fell away’ as well.

I was determined to be a man of integrity. With help, I got to the point where I felt like I would rather lose everything, face public humiliation, and die with my integrity, than to live without it. My integrity became more important to me than my ‘need’ to believe in the Mormon Church. Armed with this new courage to be completely honest and follow my convictions no matter what the cost, I was finally willing to deeply investigate my questions and concerns about the Church. It was a daunting task! I sometimes just threw my hands up in the air and asked, “how am I ever going to sift through all this information!? I just don’t have time! It’s overwhelming! Even the scholars that do this full-time, and are more educated than I, don’t agree with each other!” Like Joseph Smith, I felt like asking, “who of all these parties are right… and how will I know it?” I asked myself all the time, “from all that I have experienced and observed in life, what is most likely to be true?”

Not surprisingly, I could divide these scholars into two groups; non-Mormon scholars and Mormon scholars, or apologists. In addition to prayer, asking God continually for guidance, I decided to focus on Mormon Scholars, (including my father and brothers) in two areas:

1) What does the Church and its scholars have to say about this?

2) On what points do both Mormon and Non Mormon Scholars agree?

The more I studied, pondered, and prayed, the more clear it became that the Mormon Church was not what I had believed it to be. I found mountains of credible information that both sides agree with, discrediting the church in almost every subject. The Mormon apologists that acknowledged and wrote about the issues, sometimes made elaborate explanations that simply didn’t hold water for me, and amounted to conjecture and excuses, or criticisms that don’t change the basic issue. The bottom line was that I found the Mormon Church to be full of ulterior motives and deceit.

From my experience, I compare the Mormon Church to an adulterer. A male adulterer tells his wife every detail about what he did that day, saying all kinds of things that are absolutely true and verifiable. He deceives her by conveniently leaving out the most important details that she needs to know in order to make a clear decision about her marriage. The Church does the same thing; in all their literature, movies and publications, they teach some good principles, and tell their members all kinds of things that are true and verifiable, or are at least socially acceptable to the members, but they conveniently leave out the most important details that a member or an investigator needs to know in order to make a clear educated decision about joining the church, or staying a member of the church.

The adulterer does not want his wife to know the whole truth. He manipulates her by first controlling as best he can, the information she is exposed to. But if she finds out the information and he is accused, he tells his wife not to listen to that information. He tries to discredit that information, discredit the source of that information, or the person who is giving the information. Perhaps, he just ignores that information and tells her to do the same. Quite often, he will make up another elaborate lie to explain or justify his actions. He does everything he can to restore her faith in him. Can you see how the Church does this same thing?

Why do they do this?

Though I have experienced individuals in the Church who are power hungry, or greedy, I don’t believe the Church or its leaders as a whole do this maliciously, or that they are motivated by greed for tithing dollars. I think they do it because they believe that the ends justify the means. In other words, they, like me, have also been psychologically indoctrinated to believe that the Church is true, and they can’t stand the idea of their friends and family, or anyone suffering needlessly, or going to hell, or a lower degree of glory because they don’t believe, or are not active in the Church.

That’s why Pres. Boyd K Packer could sincerely make this famously ridiculous comment; “There is a temptation for the writer or the teacher of Church history to want to tell everything, whether it is worthy or faith promoting or not. Some things that are true are not very useful…”

I beg to differ. The truth is always useful! Especially when it discredits what millions all over the world believe to be true. These millions of believers are living their lives, making all their decisions based on the faith that the current and former leaders of the Church are telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and literally speak as authorized representatives of the Creator of the Universe.

“Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Religious Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved”. (Tim Minchin)

When I realized the truth about the Church, I really didn’t know what to do. I was lost for a time. I felt duped, manipulated and angry. I asked myself, what does this mean? What about the beautiful spiritual experiences I had within the church? What about the beautiful blessings I had experienced, the goodness of my parents and others, the gifts of healing, personal inspiration and revelation I had experienced within the church? Are those things false also? The answer is no. I believe those things were real, and now I see that they are a part of nearly everyone’s life experience to some degree or another. I was surprised to discover a whole world of spiritual depth and beauty outside of the church.

I found certain books extremely helpful in my transition out of Mormonism.  I devoured book after book… I couldn’t get enough; especially books that helped me understand what I was going through. They gave me insights and suggestions for practices that support a spiritual life, and helped me see that my spiritual experiences both in and out of the Church were valid, even if the Church wasn’t true.  I think that was one of the hardest parts; the thought of not knowing what was real anymore when it comes to God and spiritual experiences. What is true, what is ‘right and wrong’, how do I really feel about a certain subject, and how do I change my spiritual practices now to support my new insights and convictions? What do I tell, or teach my children and my family? It’s like being a baby, or a teenager, and discovering the world for the first time. Sometimes I had to learn by touching a proverbial ‘hot stove’, and getting burned.

My journey as a Mormon has been a blessing to me. Very much like a wife who has escaped an abusive relationship. It helped mold me, and discover who I am. I am still grateful for having been a sincere member of the church; but I am even more grateful that I am an Ex-Mormon.

When I set aside my Mormon Faith, I awakened to a whole new world of love and appreciation for people of all walks of life. I no longer feel isolated from the rest of humanity. I no longer think of non-believers as evil, or ignorant, or in need of ‘the gospel’. I no longer think that something must be wrong with a person who is skeptical and doesn’t believe. In fact, I see that as a virtue. I no longer judge people by what positions they hold in the church, or whether they can pass a temple recommend interview, or are worthy of the ‘Spirit’. I no longer think of God as a judgmental being, or that non-believers will go to a lower kingdom of glory. I no longer suffer shame, addictions, or the feeling of constant unworthiness. For the first time in my life, I feel like I truly love my neighbor as myself.

I live a peaceful, productive, ethical and joyful life of service because that is what I want to create in the world. I love life. Is it perfect? No… or rather, it’s perfectly imperfect. Though my marriage did not survive, I love my former spouse and we are good friends, we do things together and we face the challenges of raising our children together.

Leaving the Church can be hard, but I promise you, it will get better! When I was going through the thick of it, I needed someone to talk to.  I didn’t know who to turn to, and I felt extremely lonely.  I couldn’t talk to my wife or family about it. … It was terrible.   Find someone you can talk to! Eventually, when my wife could see that I was honest and sincere, and the information was credible, slowly she and my children began to be willing to look at the evidence discrediting the Church and talk to me about it. All of us are now very happy living outside the Church. The only thing I really miss is the sociality of regularly seeing our Church friends. I still love them, and wish the best for them.

I hope that I helped to open up a whole new world for you! I wish you good luck on your journey, especially if you are looking into leaving the Mormon faith!  I am truly enjoying new adventures, and I’m free, and it feels so good!!! May you be blessed to be free as well.

 

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Resources that Tom finds useful:

Websites:

Scholarly Books you can buy at Deseret Book

Books you used to be able to get at Deseret Book

Other Books that I found helpful

Other Books that helped me understand Spirituality outside Mormonism

I highly recommend going to the Chopra Clinic to at least learn meditation, and take the coarse, “Healing the Heart”. I also highly recommend going to Lola Jones’ 5 day silent retreat. I found these activities to be the most helpful I’ve done for healing after leaving Mormonism.

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Zack Tacorin
November 2nd, 2013 at 8:13 am

This was another wonderful vid. I especially liked that Tom emphasized the distinction between leaving the institution of the LDS Church because of its huge flaws and his appreciation for the members of the Church who are generally such wonderful people. I love the Mormon people. They are generally kind, loving, generous, honest, hardworking, family oriented souls. Their goodness makes it even more painful to see the dishonesty, control, and manipulation of the LDS Church. Congrats Tom for making it out and finding more joy!

Zack Tacorin

Jean
November 8th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Tom, I wrote this shortly after leaving the church while wading through the mire of information.

I feel like a woman who has been married for 39 years to a husband (the church) that she loved so much and then found out that he had been unfaithful to her all the time. It is unthinkable to stay with him and so I have to divorce him. I face the end of my dreams for that relationship, the regrets of believing him, the pain that divorcing him will cause our family and friends. I mourn the loss of association with him and the emptiness of life without my trust in him.
My actual marriage to the man I love has survived the turmoil fortunately. I just found it interesting that I would have written something about 6+ years ago that parallels your own analogy.

I did find support in the online community; there are thousands of us who have stopped trying to manipulate the truth to make it conform to our beliefs.
Thanks for your great video and this write up; it is helpful in so many ways.

Maor
February 17th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Anne, the purpose of life in milratoty is to accomplish as much as we possibly can. Our faith teaches that the most important things are done while here on earth, ordinances like baptism and temple blessings that can only be received here, and so if they’re not, they must be performed by people who are still here in proxy. That speaks very strongly toward doing as much as we possibly can here.You are only 50! You have so much time! Your life will be immeasurably changed by the blessings of making vital covenants with the Lord. Your children will be affected and so will your husband. The purpose of the covenants we make is to bless all the earth. Every covenant made blesses everyone around that faithful saint. We minister by word, but we also minister in inexplicable ways through making covenants. God is more free to pour blessings on our heads.If you proceed forward to make covenants that you already desire to make, God will rain blessings on your head and give you power to influence those around you in surprising ways. If you wait upon the Lord he will make you a light that shines for your family, and allow you to be a turning point in your generations. You are much more than one person, merely by virtue of the lineage you have and the covenants you make. You drive a stake in the mountain to secure both your ancestors and your posterity.Do not be afraid to make covenants. They are everything.

Just Me
November 19th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Just love your video! So heart felt and true. I’ve made it out, you made it out and so can other Mormons make it out. Long live the truth!

Tom Hopkins
November 23rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hey Zack, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I fully agree. I love my Mormon friends and family, and it’s so hard to see them be so deceived.
I love this quote from Sam Harris, “This to me is the true horror of religion. It allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions, what only lunatics could believe on their own. If you wake up tomorrow morning thinking that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is gonna turn them into the body of Elvis Presley, you have lost your mind. But if you think more or less the same thing about a cracker and the body of Jesus, you’re just a Catholic…

Wow Jean, I love what you wrote. I think you said it more powerfully than I did. It is exactly how many of us feel; like we were married to an adulterer, and a pious deceiver. I also am so grateful for the support I got online from other Ex Mormons too.

And Thank you “Just Me” for your comment. I am a huge fan of the book, “Loving What Is” by Byron Katie. Pick it up as soon as you can, and share it with all your relationships. It is profound how beautiful the truth. The truth is so much better than fiction. :-)

Brian Ballard
February 7th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Dear Tom, I think you remember me. Not everyone can be a Latter-day Saint. I do respect you for making such a difficult decision. I am a happy active LDS man. I have been very successful in my music also. I am a very successful piano technician with thousands of loyal customers and work for 4 of the big school districts in the SL valley. No other tuner has ever landed all 4 of the major districts ever. I have. May I ask you just a few questions? #1 What truth was kept secret? #2 What did your guitar student tell you? and lastly, #3 What religion are you now? Atheist/ Born-Again/Non-Christian, etc. I have had my struggles with some of the doctrines of the LDS church throughout my 57 years. I have many LDS friends like, Clive Romney, Mack Wilburg, Michael Ringwood ( an old companion and 70), Brian Jackson Fetzer, as well as friends and family who have left, just like you. I don’t slight you for leaving. We ALL get to make the hard and the easy choices in life. It is a tough and mostly unfair world. Agreed? Please reply at your convince. Remember to answer the 3 question I have asked. Enjoy the Olympics. Yours Musically, Brian Ballard

Tom Hopkins
February 24th, 2014 at 12:18 am

Hey Brian!!,
So great to hear from you! Thank you for your honest questions, and seeking to understand those who have left the Mormon Faith. Congratulations on your success. Living good principles brings good results, and Mormonism teaches some very wise and good principles regularly. I don’t believe in “throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

I want to use your questions as a diving board for inviting all my friends and family on a journey to learn the issues. I am not a scholar, but I can point you to the articles written by scholars that might be a good place to start, and that certainly need your attention if you want to educate yourself on the issues. Lets approach your questions;

#1 What truth was kept secret? #2 What did your guitar student tell you?

I want to answer both those questions at the same time, because much of what my guitar student brought up is contained in the answer to your first question.

To answer, I suggest this article by Former Bishop, and Full Time Instructor and Coordinator for the Church Education System, Ken Clark on Mormon Think, called, “Lying For The Lord”. This article is basically a list of many of the specific issues in LDS Church History that need to be addressed, and it will answer your question. http://mormonthink.com/lying.htm

Once you get an idea of the massive amounts of issues in LDS Church History alone, its time to know the issues regarding Christianity as well. Despite what other Christians may think, the LDS faith, as you well know Brian, is a Christian Faith. Have you ever researched, or asked yourself the question, “what evidence is there for the existence of a “literal historical Jesus”, and does it hold up, or does the evidence more strongly support a completely different view?

This is a whole other can of worms… But here’s a good place to start on your journey to answer that question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqlSuvAAjkM
This video is an interview with Thom Harpur about his book, “The Pagan Christ”. But if you can, I invite you to get the book and the actual video about his work. It is fascinating, and is the most easily read scholarly exposition of the issues involving an honest look at the evidence that I know of. I love this man, Thom Harpur!! He’s so cool!

Here is another vital aspect of the issues that I believe need to be considered in your quest, It is the works of Sam Harris. I absolutely love this man! He is an incredible example of compassion, integrity, and upright, spiritual living. He is a Professor of neuroscience at Harvard. He practices meditation regularly. He spent weeks and months, in total equaling over 2 years in complete silent meditation. When he speaks, he is extremely clear, concise, and brilliant, and full wisdom. Read the first 10 pages of his book, “The End of Faith”. http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/chapter-one and perhaps look at his TED talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9oB4zpHww

#3 What religion are you now?
I am not affiliated with any religion. However, I am not “atheist”, or even Agnostic by my own definition, (although some people would call me that) and I engage in many spiritual practices regularly, and I enjoy a great deal of spirituality, joy, connection, love, fulfillment, peace, blessings, and even what might be considered miracles, healings and clairvoyance. A good place to start on that journey is to learn various meditation techniques and practices, as well as Yoga and Martial Arts. As for spiritual teachers, concepts, or books, I’ve mentioned several above, but there are many more, and I’m sure you will be led by your own spiritual journey to the ones that will be most helpful to you.

Bless You in your journey,

Love and Blessings,

Tom

Leo
July 13th, 2015 at 5:07 am

Where can I get the guitar arrangement you played at the ALMA awards for Contigo en la Distancia? :) winespark@gmai.com

Tom Hopkins
January 3rd, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Hey Leo, very kind of you to ask… I made up the arrangement of Contigo based on listening to several versions… I honestly played it better and with fewer mistakes in rehearsal than the actual performance… I was actually nervous… which doesn’t really happen to me that often… 😉

Tom

Michael Romney
March 7th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hey Tommy, it is great to read your story. I always had a feeling that you would never make it your whole life as a saint. Glad you’re finally free and happy! Cheers, Michael Romney(trumpet player)

Tom Hopkins
March 24th, 2014 at 9:34 am

LOL MIchael! Cheers to you too!!

David Van Slooten
May 24th, 2014 at 1:04 am

Tom,
In this journey we call “life” there are too few who live by those profound words, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” As I happened upon your story and listened to and read about your odyssey, my admiration for the Tom I know only grew. In my mind’s eye, you will always be the great Elder Hopkins. Thailand was never the same! We all knew you were destined for greatness professionally when you put on those impromptu post-concert concerts working your magic on the guitar in Ubon and elsewhere. You are a good man (and you haven’t aged a bit).
All the best,
Dave

Katrina
February 17th, 2016 at 8:58 pm

JosieHi AnneI am a convert of alsmot five years and was 53 when I did convert. I am a single parent of three children, two boys and a girl and only my daughter converted with me. My sons have, over the few years I have been a member, gone from being self confessed atheists to having increasing levels of respect for the Gospel and this would not have happened had I not converted. When you accept the fulness of the Gospel into your life the Light that is in you will influence those around you. There are many of our members in the situation that you would be in. Our Relief Society president is married to a non member, who while not a believer is fully supportive of her choices; I hold a calling as a Young Women President and one of my counsellors is married to a non member very successfully, as are a few other both sisters and brothers in our Ward. Would you husband be supportive of your choice to convert? While your husband might not be ready to convert now he may well be in the future especially with the example that you set him.I sense that you know that this is the right thing to do and that the Lord is showing you the way you should go. If so, accept His invitation with both hands and pray for your husband’s heart to soften so that he too can be part of your amazing journey in time.

Steven Hassan
October 21st, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I am an ex-moonie and counselor, author, activist. I spoke at the ex-mormon foundation conference a few years ago and am interested in communicating privately with you, if you are interested. I hope you are family with my books and my work. If not, my web site is freedomofmind.com. Thanks, Steve

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David
September 18th, 2015 at 3:36 am

“Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kcgnmO2Aho
“Book of Mormon Archaeology in North America” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnWAqV-eqa4

David
September 18th, 2015 at 3:36 am

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Chrissie
September 29th, 2015 at 3:47 am

Hey tom, I just read your life after mormon, and can feel what a great person you are, regardes being a mormon or nonmormon. I do believe that you are a person of integrity and says alot.i’am a person who trys to do the right thing by god, and have hope in my heart always. Thankyou for sharing your thoughts, but I dont understand why you have to let people know you are happy to be an ex mormon. I can see that you are a good person and kind to others. Those are godly attributes, and what I like about you.. you may not remember, I met you on the osmond world tour.. I’am sorry that I did’nt get in touch with you earlier, as I hoped , but this is the first time I haved allowed myself to reach out to frindship, this way. I hope you will be my friend. Better late than never , right? Take care, and hope you will keep in touch. Best of wishes chrissie

Tom Hopkins
January 3rd, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Thank you so much Chrissie, Of coarse I’ll be your friend!
One of the tactics used by the Mormon Scriptures, my Stake President and other leaders is to suggest that if one leaves the faith, he will not be happy… And it is scary. I felt like I was jumping into unknown territory. So many of my Mormon friends who stay with the faith, do so because of a fear of the unknown, and wondering if they will be happy. I want to reassure people that YES, you will be the happiest you have ever been leaving behind negative beliefs and living in Integrity.

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