I wish I could go back and tell myself where I’d end up “going”. If I could, this is what I’d say.

You’ll let go of the anxiety of a “last days” mentality, and realize that although there are terrible people (as there have been all throughout history), overall, the world is getting better.

Yes, you’ll lose some friends. But, you’ll also find out how many people love you just because you’re YOU, and unconditional love is a beautiful thing. Not only that, but once you realize that the group you were born into doesn’t have a special claim on truth, you’ll feel more connected to humanity as a whole.

“Faith” and “grace” will take on completely new meanings, and you’ll finally learn that YOU ARE ENOUGH.  You’ve tried to tell yourself that for years, but through this awakening, you’ll actually come to feel and believe it.

Don’t get me wrong, it is extremely hard…but the peace that comes from being honest about what you think, feel, and believe will be worth it. I promise.


Hannah in Phoenix

These are stories of health and happiness outside the Mormon church.

Join the discussion and submit your profile here.

Losing my religion wasn’t the end

The Mormon faith has always been a strong influence in my life and upbringing. However at a young age, I chose to become inactive. I was a very confused young adult with a lot of questions. The answer I was given: to pray... which I did but I still felt very unsure...

Freedom and Actual Happiness

After being raised Mormon, going on a mission and marrying a Mormon, I gathered the courage to leave it about two and a half years ago. Though consequently it resulted in a divorce, I have never been happier. I am now free to live, think and feel how I want to. I live...

Losing My Life and Finding It

“Where will you go?” long before these words were uttered from the pulpit, I had them written in my heart, and they were terrifying to me. The youngest child of an extremely devout, conservative LDS family, the Church was my reality. I never missed Sunday School or...

Oh hey, it’s me.

I have nothing but fond experiences growing up in the church. I grew up in a family that loves the church deeply. I was so grateful for it! It wasn't until after I got married in the temple at 19, that certain things didn't feel as right or at home like they had used...

The world is richer and fuller than you can possibly imagine

The world is richer and fuller than you can possibly imagine. Culture, food, and whatever you feel you need to experience it is yours and no one elses. Go out of your comfort zone. Leaving has opened a whole possibility and discovery of beauty you will miss if you...

I will go where the Spirit Leads

I was ushered out of the church 30 some odd years ago when I came out at Ricks (BYU Idaho). I wasn't ex'd, I was just no longer Mormon. I floundered for a very long time, because back then there wasn't a network as there is now. Over the years I have found love and...