MR says: There are many reasons for a loved one to leave the Church, and there are just as many ways we can react to their decisions. But, we should always remember to love, accept, reach out, and trust in the Lord. We can still learn and grow with each other, even if we choose to take different paths.
Here is one woman's experience with a loved one leaving the Church:
My second daughter no longer considers herself a member of the LDS Church.
This isn’t because she hates Mormonism. She had some good experiences growing up as a young woman in the Church—and some bad ones. She struggled with reconciling science and religion, but she also enthusiastically worked on getting the Young Womanhood medallion when she was still twelve years old. She read the entire body of scriptures. She went to seminary for several years.
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But ultimately, she said, she did not believe in God. . . .
What do Mormons do with those who genuinely experience no spiritual promptings, no connection to anything beyond this world?
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