My Mormon Experience
By Ethan Gregory Dodge
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I grew up astonished at how blessed I was to be born into an active Mormon family; now I wonder what the chances really are of being born Mormon, and I think how wild it is that it happened to me. I grew up feeling very privileged to supposedly have a truth that few others had, but now I feel deprived of much of my adolescence. I grew up wanting to share Mormonism with everyone that hadn't experienced it, now I dislike mentioning that I'm originally from Utah. I grew up an orthodox, devout Mormon, and now I'm a skeptical, free-thinking atheist. These stories are an intimate view into my life. But I feel strongly that sharing them is the right thing to do. I share them without shame and own them completely. As Brene Brown says, "tell your story with your whole heart", and that is exactly what I plan to do.
||CleanChapter 11: Scripture Study||I once had a bishop who told me that if I read a chapter of the Book of Mormon everyday I would never leave the Church. I agreed with it at the time, which isn't the case now. But I can't necessarily argue against it, because I sure as hell...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 10: Mutual and Seminary||In chapter 7 I addressed the schedule for church every Sunday. On top of those three hours, Mormons typically have activities throughout the week, especially for the teenagers. Every week, typically on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, all the youth will go||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 9: Dating and Chastity||This chapter is one that I have looked forward to writing. It is a topic that affected so much of my life and brought so much shame and guilt. Not to mention, I personally think it is one of the most dominating and invasive parts of Mormon culture, espe||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 8: Aaronic Priesthood Leadership||In chapter 2 I mentioned some differences between the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood. To recap and give some additional context: the Aaronic Priesthood is given to young men at the age of 12 and the Melchizedek Priesthood is given to||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 7: Testimony Meetings||Mormons attend three hours of Church every Sunday. It generally consists of three, hour-long meetings that typically occur in the following order:||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 6: Preparing and Blessing the Sacrament||As I explained in chapter 5, the young men's duties concerning the sacrament change as they get older. Once you turn 14 you are no longer a Deacon and become a Teacher. The Teachers are responsible for preparing the sacrament. This entails several of th||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 5: Passing the Sacrament||Like baptism, I never would have dreamed of not receiving the priesthood once I turned 12. It was just what you did and I was quite excited for it. As a little, aspiring priesthood holder, you come revere the 12 and 13 year old Deacons who pass the sacr||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 4: Bishop Interviews||Rituals such as the sacrament, baptism, and going to the temple are very important in the life of a Mormon. But before any of these things can happen, one needs to pass a what is often referred to as a worthiness interview. These interviews are conducte||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 3: Sports||I have fond memories of attending BYU football games during elementary school years. My Dad had season tickets from the time I was seven or so and I loved going to the games with my parents. Occasionally I got to bring a friend and we'd think we were on||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 2: Age 12||There are several major ages in the Church in which important rituals and practices are performed. The first being at eight, as I discussed in chapter one, for baptism. The next one is at 12, significant for all Mormons, but especially for the boys. It||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChapter 1: Indoctrination||As I said in the introduction, I remember growing up always thinking to myself how "blessed" I was to have been born into a Mormon family. And not just any Mormon family, but one in Utah of all places! When reflected upon, the odds are quite staggering.||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction||This is a series specifically written for what we in the ex-Mormon community call the nevermo — someone who never has been baptized into the Mormon Church. Since leaving the Church, I have found that nevermos typically know very little about Mormon cu||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|