They never got their hooks in me but half of my immediate family succumbed. We had four brothers, my mother, and my father. Two brothers went on missions -- one became a bishop -- and my mother taught genealogy at the Mesa AZ Temple. Myself, my other brother and my father all graduated college and escaped. I don't know how my parents stayed married for 54 years until they died.
My brothers and I all grew up in the Strip Country of extreme northern AZ and southern UT. I have relatives in Bundyville and Colorado City. It's amazing how much pressure the LDS church can put on small towns and the people that live there. I'm glad to not see it any more myself. Lol.
Hi, both of my siblings and their husbands, parents, maternal and paternal grandparents(all 4 temple workers) ex and all my friends were in the LDS church when I left and still are. I left before my kids were expected to get baptized. I was a Primary President, wife of the Ward Mission leader, I married in the temple, served a mini mission, married a return missionary just like my sisters and graduated seminary. I met my ex in the singles ward. It truely was VERY hard to walk away from the culture I knew and get pleaded with to stay. I had my first alcoholic drink, coffee and tea at 31!! Now at 38 I feel like I am so free. I used to cry myself to sleep because I was worried for my soul for not having a “testimony”! It took the thought provoking questions from a coworker for me to finally realize what I believe now.