The Passion

Passion.

The bulk of my family is trapped in a cult and I have been passionate in my efforts to extract them! If you’ve followed my story, you know this cult to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was once trapped, as well. Unlike my trapped family, the Church ejected me.

And I became free.

And my passion burned hot. I would show my family the way out! Free them.

But they don’t want to be out.

In spite of any evidence contrary to Church beliefs and teachings, in spite of historical problems, in spite of current bigotry, they want to believe. They choose this belief system instead of the tons of contrary evidence, in spite of bigotry.

So be it. They can have it.

My passion has been quelled.

But I will remain and be available when those niggling, pesky questions come up. This Age of Information almost guarantees the questions.

Almost.

8 thoughts on “The Passion

  1. Most of those niggler questions are hedged before they even ask them. My brother told me a couple years ago he was afraid. Joseph Smith was only doing what he saw beyond the veil. Wife stealing by the most righteous is truly heaven.

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    • One brother in-law is/was (he’s been ill, not sure of current status) Biology Chair at UVU (Provo/Orem, Utah) and offers an amino acid as proof of god but cannot explain how it’s proof. I look forward to the day his niggler questions begin in earnest!

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  2. As I read this, I feel like I’m seeing every angle of your story, Bruce. I understand your family’s desire to stay in the cult, er, church. When I was a believer, I didn’t want to leave, either. I was afraid of what would happen to me when I die. Hell fire and brimstone – what a great thing to teach children, right? But it was a powerful, fearful lesson and it stuck with me. For decades.
    I also understand your desire to get them out of it. To show evidence and speak logic to them. It was evidence (and the lack thereof) that woke me up, too. When I first realized I didn’t believe in this myth, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! I was so happy and free! But, no one seemed to want to hear it. My brother basically pats me on the head and says, “There, there. You’re still ‘saved.’ You’ll come around. It’s only a phase.” Now, whenever I’m with him, we avoid the subject and there’s a big elephant in the room. It’s pretty pathetic.
    I think you’re on the right track (my two cents, for what it’s worth). It’s what I’m doing, too, anyway. Just living your life as a freethinking human, doing the best you can and being there for your family if they ever come calling. You’re not alone, Bruce.

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