“Coming Out.” FB post July 21, 2018

Last Updated on June 24, 2022 by Jason Harris

I have been wondering when to share this and suppose now is as good a time as any now that my family and several close friends know. For the sake of my own integrity and so you all know fully where I am coming from, I wanted to share with you that I have left the LDS church. I believe in God. I believe most of the Bible is metaphorical and allegorical. I believe the essence of Jesus is mercy, love and compassion and I believe in Jesus and that He can be found in many places.

The question may come up, why I left. For me it came down to two reasons: 1. I no longer believe the foundational claims unique to the LDS church after extensive study for many years now. I used to “know” so much was true and now believe I was mistaken. 2. I believe several aspects of LDS culture are or can be emotionally and psychologically harmful, particularly to individuals who do not fit the LDS “mold.”

I have no desire to destroy any one’s existential narrative, regardless of their faith (or lack of faith) perspective. I also see the blessing the church can be in the lives of many and am very thankful for the lessons I learned and growth experienced while I was an active member. I am open to discussing more specifics as to why I left if you want to PM me. Sending my love to all who read this!

Thank you for your understanding.

Jason Harris lived as an orthodox Mormon for forty years. He writes about his experiences leaving the Mormon Church and reconstructing a new World-View. He believes all religions and scripture are man-made, potentially helpful and harmful. He believes there is Divinity in all of them and everywhere.