Mr. Mody, billingham
Congrats on extricating yourself from the mindset.
It took me 7 years off and on to leave Mormonism… and only with much agonzing and torment.
It wasn’t until I visited the Jehovah’s Witnesses and saw the same mental manipulations going on to bind people to their organization, to get them to serve and be whatever the watchtower dictated… much like Mormonism, that I gained strength to actually make the push to leave Mormonism.
The kicker was meeting and talking to hundreds of JW’s trying to ditch their religion. They had the same angst. They were conflicted. They were in agony. Most important there was a parallel fear that they would be doomed if they left JW.
I did not fear a Jehovah’s Witness doom in the next life.
They did not fear a Mormon doom in the next life.
It was all bullshit. Only then did I realize that I had been conditioned to the extreme. I had been manipulated with fear to be faithful to the Mormon ideal. Just like these JW’s have been manipulated to be true to the JW ideal.
It was based in fear.
I fear no more. I am free. It’s great.
Here is my comparitive analysis I am in process of doing with many cults/religions. Kind of a hobby. It’s in progress. I have become so fascinated with how religions or cults control people that I now attend these cults to view their cultish tactics from a skeptic’s POV. Here is some of my commentary/observations: