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Years ago, when I was deciding whether to leave the Mormon church, one of the recurring thoughts I had was that, by continuing to associate with the Mormon church, I was (mis-)representing to the world that I shared all the same beliefs and the same ordering of values as the Mormon church. I felt that, the Mormon church no longer represented me, so it was disingenuous for me to go on representing the Mormon church. To put it bluntly, I was embarrassed to be Mormon. I was attending law school and I was increasingly sympathetic to the three perceived “threats” to Mormonism identified by Mormon apostle Boyd Packer: homosexuals, feminists, and intellectuals. It got so that I stopped telling people that I had attended Brigham Young University for my undergraduate degree.
After leaving the Mormon church, I slowly came to realize that the Mormon community is not as homogenous…
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