Dear Mr. Spencer,
I just wanted to write you a little note and thank you for your story and sharing it so freely. I have been LDS my whole life. Born and raised. I have questioned the religion as a whole about 2 times but fell back into the beliefs each time and got married in the Temple with my sweetheart. I will be married for 2 years in August and I am 22 years old.
A few months ago I started to revisit these questions of what I have grown up with. Now that I am a little older and stronger I decided that whatever I find there is no turning back, just as you did. For these past few months I have not been able to eat or sleep comfortably. I can't help but feel uneasy to think about all the drastic changes that will take place in my life in regards to family, friends, and most of all my husband. I know he will not grasp what I will try and share, nor will my family! How did you get the strength? I have seen enough now that I can't turn back even a little to reconsider and give what I've grown up with a second chance. Your book has given me hope. I have been reading and studying the Bible constantly, and things are becoming more clear to me everyday. I have never felt so much peace in fact that by grace through faith I will be saved. I pray for the desire to keep learning and as I learn I pray for the strength to stand strong with these teachings. I know the Lord will bless me.
I am stuck as to what to do next, I just felt inclined to thank you for your words and your story. Although I do not know you, the thought of knowing others have gone through this same thing, offers me a great amount of support.
Please, if you have any more words of wisdom to offer, don't hesitate. I am fully open to suggestions and need all the help I can get. You are the only one that knows what I am going through at this time. I have not shared with anyone except for one co-worker who is of the Christian faith, and has offered me some support.
Thank you again for your help,
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The first thing I want to say to you is "There _is_ life after Mormonism."
You are probably going to have a rough road. Two things have to happen, you need to find some support. Your Christian friend is the place to start. You need to get in contact with a good Bible-believing church.
On the other hand, you need to be careful. Let me tell you what you already know: When the cat is out of the bag, your family is going to come down like a ton of bricks. Jesus will take you through, but you will have to be strong, it won't be easy. I guess what I am saying is that I would not be in a huge hurry to tell everybody what you are thinking. That will certainly come, but I wouldn't be premature.
You need to continue to read the stuff on my site and other Internet sites. There is a ton of stuff out there. I have a dozen books online you can read free.
Also, if there is a "safe" address, I would like to send you some material. Maybe you could use the address of your friend from work.
If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Jim Spencer Through the Maze Ministry jim@BeyondMormonism.com