Losing one's religion and subsequent faith seems to leave a massive hole in the day to day workings of ones life. It's often the loss of connections to others still entrenched in that religion or faith and the loss of trust, not only in the leaders but in the concept of God and his purported words. For most of us, those things are very difficult to let go, especially if we know nothing else. We are often set adrift with little to model our lives after and few who support our decision to go alone into that big wide world.
But now, nearly a decade after leaving Mormonism and just a few short years after releasing my dependence on a mystical arbitrary all consuming God, I have begun to find that all the happiness, all the friendship, all the support and joy in life can be had right here, right now, with the people, animals, places we have access to in this life. I don't need to wait for my eternal reward because I am being rewarded right now for all the efforts I can put into those relationships.
Heaven is right here on this earth. It's what we make of every day and how we treat others. God didn't inspire that. Goodness inspired that. Be good for goodness sake.
This blog is a pre-cursor to an upcoming book where I chronicle my experiences in the LDS church, interspersed with some well placed essays, parodies, and observations about various cultural aspects of the LDS culture and people. I do not dig into deep doctrinal issues here but offer this as an insider voice to what many creative fun loving people experience while in the LDS church.
This stuff isn't for the devout believers. For those, feel free to go to LDS.org.. They'll charge you 10% of your income. I'm just hoping for a onetime fee of $19.95 from some of you someday when the book becomes available.
Feel free to browse the titles or start in the beginning (February 2010) and read along chronologically. If you aren't having fun, you're doing it wrong.