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 is a Neurologist/Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Dad and Husband who shares his experiences leaving the Mormon Church and reconstructing a new World-View. He believes all religions and scripture are man-made and believes there is Divinity in all of them.