Thank you for the perspective, Emanuel. I believe I have a small taste of what you’re talking about, because my family culture was very open and not nearly as susceptible to the Utah culture as others, so I had somewhat of a shield growing up. Others are not so fortunate, and I wanted to give a voice to the community and cultural effects that comes with that. Perhaps more importantly though, I find that people are hurting because of a loss of the doctrine, not the culture. My disagreements, personally, with the church are doctrinal and spiritual in nature, as the community and cultural gain/loss from leaving, for me, was really a toss up. That is, I lost about as many relationships and understanding as I gained by making the change, so the incentive for me was not community/cultural-based. That part of the loss was secondary to the doctrinal one.

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