Mormon Not I Why
Comments: I was born into the church to two very devout converts.
I never gained any testimony, despite the attempts to do so.
I was pulled from public school at the age of ten, and placed into Benjamin Franklin Acadamy - a private 'cooperative-homeschool' which taught LDS based cirriculum. I was kept in this school until I was fourteen.
I learned a great deal about the history of the church during the time I was in the private school. I also learned much as I started to read detailed historic accounts online.
I began to question why the church no longer taught many of the original historical practices and doctrines. I grew more and more aware that the church had evolved into something very different from what it was when it began. By fifteen, I ceased attending church functions. I spent several more years studying and seeking out information. At the same time, I was being regularly confronted by church officials who were making great efforts to bring me back into the church, despite my instructions to cease and desist. At eighteen, I had my name removed from the church. Now, eight years later, I work with everyone and anyone who wants to further their understanding of the history of this large organization. While the church has deemed me an apostate, I do not spread lies about the religion - I encourage awareness and knowledge, and I am blatantly opposed to encouraging blind faith from those who do not know what they claim to believe. I have encountered many people who are very well educated and learned in the history of the church who continue as faithful members of the church - and I can support it. Logic and rationality prevented me from being content with pretending to believe in the church, and I left.