I grew up in the church. I was married in the temple and my children were blessed into it. I was in the primary presidency when I ultimately made the decision to no longer attend.

When I started to see the gap between the values of love and acceptance I was teaching my children versus the teachings of the church I realized I could no longer raise them in that environment.

After leaving, my marriage is still strong, my children are loved and I feel valued! My life is free, my time is spent with my family and I am happy. I never dreamed I could have lasting relationships with friends and family after leaving but I do! We communicate and we love. Hearts were broken and mended. If you think you can’t…you can. You are not alone.

There is life outside and it is beautiful!

 

A in AZ

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