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Leaving the Fold: Candid Conversations With Inactive Mormons Paperback – December 1, 1999
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You can take the people out of Mormonism, but you can't take Mormonism out of the people. Or so say 18 "inactive" Mormons profiled here, who grew up in the church and left it during adulthood yet still wrestle with their Mormon heritage. Interviewer and editor Ure, an inactive Mormon himself, negotiates his own place outside the tradition during the course of these engaging conversations. A three-time Utah governor admits his difficulties in accepting the Book of Mormon as literally true, while a divorced woman speaking on condition of anonymity traces her defection to her realization that the Mormon theology of eternal families left little room for the divorced. Some of those interviewed gradually, and almost painlessly, drifted away, while others tried mightily to conform to the religion's expectations (one gay man recounts enduring electroshock therapy to "cure" his sexual orientation in the early 1970s, a procedure that is no longer recommended by the LDS Church). While some of the defectors' complaints involve specifically Mormon issues, such as the veracity of the Joseph Smith story, many outside the Mormon tradition will be able to identify with more general laments, such as the strict religion's exclusivity and insularity and the guilt that many feel when they fall short of their culture's expectations. (Jan.)
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The book contains interviews with eighteen such persons. Here are some quotations from the book:
"I have a hard time accepting the authenticity of the Book of Mormon stories. On the other hand, I feel that the philosophy of the Mormon church is wonderful. I am, as most people, uncertain about the existence of God. I try to believe because I want to believe in it---I sort of make myself believe." (Pg. 6)
"In fact, I would believe more strongly in the philosophy of a Sterling McMurrin than I would the president of the church." (Pg. 24)
"See, unlike anti-Mormons, who somehow think if you can stamp out this wicked thing called Mormonism, then you're going to have this wonderful thing called born-again Christianity, which is just as loaded with irrationalities and craziness as the thing they're trying to stamp out. I'm not anti-Mormon. I'd like to see Mormonism flourish. It's got a wonderful history." (Pg. 52)
"...the church wouldn't accept kids who had long hair... They'd always be riding them. And kids who smoked, they weren't good. And yet people who drank---closet drinkers or anything like that---could go to church and be accepted as fine members." (Pg. 109)
"Active Mormons tend to have strong feelings about Mormonism, but inactives are so scattered and few that nobody else in the world shares their strong feelings... In Mormonism there are people writing books, but few of them read each other's books. There's no real culture. Active Mormons don't pay much attention and non-Mormons can't figure out what all the fuss is about. So Mormonism by itself is small and marginalized, although it's becoming larger." (Pg. 198)
"I think that BYU's course is tragic. It's not because they're trying to teach values in addition to science and other disciplines---that's wonderful. But the fact is they're not practicing good values. They're putting athletics ahead of scholarship, for one thing." (Pg. 211)