Over the weekend I was fortunate to have the opportunity of participating as a panelist on the Mormon Expression podcast
I found the discussion to be lively, engaging, and challenging. The panel presented some tough questions which have pushed me toward greater reflection on some of the issues dealt with in my original research.
In any case, I do want to outline a few key points in regard to my paper for those of you who may be interested.
- My study was a preliminary or pilot study. It raises far more questions for further research than it does provide answers.
- Leaving Mormonism is a painful experience. Unfortunately we, as Mormons, have a hard time letting people go. As a result we tend to complicate the exit process. This is especially true of close friends and family members.
- Some people who have lost their faith in Mormonism may still want to be a part of the Church. My hope is that we can help people who have such a desire, find a way to retain their rich Mormon heritage.