Why a never-mo hangs out here

Never Mo but raised Fundie Mar 2013

So, I'm a never-mo and my "link" in common here is that I was raised as a fundamental Christian with some beliefs in common. (Not the totally wacky version of fundamental Christian though).

Anyone else think your mission was run like a business?

rusty123 Mar. 2013

Was anyone else surprised when they got out into the mission field and realized how much the mission seemed to be run like either a military or a business instead of being run like an EFY or the one and only true church?

A loving tribute to flattop/XYZ

msmom Mar. 2013

Dear Exmo friends,

If you have been here for a while you will recall our good friend flattop. He died Monday evening. I just spoke with his partner who gave the OK to let this community know.

Mormon Missionary Murdered by his Companion

steve benson Feb. 2013

I recently received email correspondence from a family member of a Mormon missionary who was horribly and tragically killed by his companion while serving in the Louisville-Kentucky mission--which, at the time, was headed by my uncle, Reed Benson, as its president. (His assignment there ran from 1975 to 1978).

Mormon Life Short Courtships

curiousnevermo Feb. 2013

Hey all. I have (another) question I hope you don't mind answering. I love Mormon mom message boards (I know, I know), and every so often I see a thread like "How long did you date before you married?" And each of these threads seems to be a freaking competition to see who married the fastest. I'm talking "I went on two dates and then got engaged"

What was the worst part about your mission?

turnonthelights Feb. 2013

For me it was being with a crazy companion 24/7. I remember the best part of the day was when I could take an extra long shower and finally be alone! When I got home It felt like a luxury to be my own person again and not have to worry about someone else.

Mormon Cosmology

anagrammy Feb. 2013

Hi all you newbies. Welcome Mormons! Sit up straight because you will learn something new for a change.

This is my most-requested post and I get lots of requests from people who want to know if there are any space alien beliefs in Mormonism.

A tribute to RfM lurkers.

Cheryl Feb. 2013

Once someone loudly accused me of hating lurkers. Not true. I love 'em!

I think about them often when I post and I wonder what they're thinking about all of the threads and issues at hand. Once at an exmo conference a lurker told me she read and often had appreciated my posts for five years although she had never once replied or posted anything on her own.

Mormon Missionary Companions Part 3

{Admin Note: Part 3 of Mormon Missionary Experiences]

toto Feb. 2013

And now, for your reading pleasure, a female's perspective.

Mormon Missionary Companions Part 2

[Admin note: Former Mormon missionaries reflect on their companions. Part 2 of 3}

bc Feb. 2013
Re: Missionary Companions

I may have a record for the most companions.

Mormon Missionary Companions part 1

drjubhut Feb. 10 2013

[Admin note: Former Mormon missionaries reflect on their companions. Part 1 of 3}

1. I didn't know you could be a mute and serve a mission. I don't think I heard him utter three words to me the whole time we were together.

Why did Joseph Smith marry women who were already married to mormon men?

plig Feb. 2013

Why did he marry 11 women who were already married to Mormon men? He married many of these women after sending their husbands on Mormon missions.

Mormon Tithing estimated at $7 billion per year


Quite a good article. Takes financial disclosure required in countries such as Canada, UK, Australia and projects tithing at $7 billion per annum.

Ruby Jessop has escaped the FLDS

Cactus Jim Jan. 2013

Back about the year 2000 Flora Jessop was just starting her career publicly fighting the FLDS. Her 14 year old sister was about to leave Colorado City and Flora was trying to help her. But Ruby was lured back under false pretenses and she disappeared off our Radar screens. Flora came on this exmo BB and asked for help putting Ruby's picture on the internet. The result was the website

Is primary always manipulative?

rainwriter jAN. 2013

I've been in the primary for 2 Sundays, so I know that what I've observed could be the exception for our ward rather than the rule, but I'm somehow doubting that. I've seen 4 adults in the primary cry while testifying of the truthfulness of something, which at first doesn't seem like a big deal. But when it happens each week, it's clear that it's not only teaching the kids that emotions equate the spirit, but is also very emotionally manipulative.

Medical release from my mission

MS Jan, 2013

A while back I embarked on my mission after working for a solid two years to meet the worthiness bar. 6 weeks later I was home on a medical release for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Looking back on my early childhood I can vividly remember moments when I should have gotten help for mental and emotional concerns. Since being home I have wondered why and what caused me so many problems on my mission. All though I feel that my brain is just wired to worry, which causes my emotional distress at home. I can't understand why those who didn't take the church seriously even on their mission are mentally more stable.

How Mormon General Authorities are Paid

Steve Benson Jan. 2013

The Money Machine Behind the Mormon Myth: How the LDS Church Has Paid Its Top Leaders While Lying About the Supposed ”Lay Clergyness” of It All

The cult robbed me of my grief.

resipsaloquitur Jan. 2012

My first wife died after a year of marriage. I don't talk about it much because I still don't really know what to think, or how I feel about it. And it was almost 13 years ago.

Inspiring New Video Gives the Secret to Strengthening Testimonies

tecumseh Jan. 2013

I just had a link for this sent to me by the Stake Executive Secretary with a request to forward it to ward leaders. [ Admin note: This video is designed to strengthen Mormons' testimonies about cleaning the church toilets. This is over the top serious with music!! ]

My mission in hell - Suffer from Tourettes

anon for this Jan. 2013

I came home early from a foreign mission. The mission was the absolute worst experience of my life. It aggravated my depression and OCD to the point that I couldn't function and think clearly. My anxiety and snoring MTC companion kept me from being able to get enough sleep each night. I developed severe social anxiety while out that I have never recovered from.