Update 18 October: Confirmed for Nov 8 at 7 pm. A total of 6 people have committed to come, 5 of them ex-Mormon. Send me an e-mail and I'll get you the details.
I haven’t yet read your letter, and may not if it is as ” big” as you indicate it is. I see this was posted in April. Have you presented it to your family by now, July 4 th, 2012? If so, did you find that it was also too ” big” for them to read?
The family was given the letter some time ago on both my side as well as my wife’s. It was given to them in full and complete format as it is presented here. I don’t know how much of the letter each one read, but it definitely made some “waves” within the family circle. Most took it relatively well, and even commented back with the usual expected responses. However, a few family members on my wife’s side took it pretty hard and I think are still dealing with the fall out. At the end of the day, it accomplished what I wanted which is to make my position about the church and intentions crystal clear and as transparent as possible. Anyway, thanks for your comments and I guess you can form your own opinion if you decide to read it!
Isn’t it sad we have to go to such lengths to defend our personal beliefs and decisions? I do like your letter. In my letter to my parents I am also going to include the points about JS’s treasure-hunting trial, his translation with a stone in a hat, and the huge polygamy scandals. However, my parents have begged me to not discuss any of this with my siblings, so my siblings can’t ever see a letter without seriously pissing off my parents. More manipulation and brainwashing even though we’re all adults. Did anyone get mad about you spreading your so-called “anti-mormon” points in thet letter?
I did not get the chance to read all of your letter, but what I did get the chance to read was wonderfully honest and thorough. I recently—actually yesterday—gave my parents a letter (much shorter than yours) and I am now preparing for the aftermath of my honesty as well. It’s good to hear stories from others who are going through the same thing. I hope your family accepts and loves you for your decision.
Excellent letter!!! I am currently having a hard time “breaking the news” to my family and even friends that have known me since I was a baby. I really think I will use a lot of this letter and give it to them. It really helps, Thank you!
It’s so funny. For as big a deal as the church makes that it is true and you have to find it out yourself… they are very hostile to the opposite position. Further, it takes WAY more effort to get out of the church than it does to get into it. I wonder why that is…? Only reason I can think of is the church is a trap.