I am looked upon as an apostate. An apostate is one who leaves the mormon church. It isn't enough for me to say I just don't believe, which is the truth. I have to be labeled. Why? Because the information that I carry is a threat to those who stay.
I was raised from birth to believe. I went to mormon colleges. I served a mission, I gave up 18 months of my life, preaching a gospel that I believed in. I married in the mormon temple. I was raising my children to live the same life I lived. To turn and walk away from all of that threatens those who stay. If I can turn my back on all that I once believed, can they, too?
Although I have addressed many of my reasons for leaving, one of the doctrinal reasons, I have not addressed. The very last lesson I taught in the gospel doctrine class was on this very subject. I was called on the carpet for it in class by a former bishop. I was called into the bishop's office and told that I could not teach this anymore. Although I had come to accept many contradictory doctrines, I could not accept the mormon's belief against scientific evidence against the book of mormon people being descended from the Jews/Hebrews. The DNA evidence was overwhelming. For years I tried to justify it. I could not anymore. Here is one man's journey out based on this same evidence: http://exmormonscholarstestify.org/simon-southerton.html
Cognitive Dissonance. It was time for me to join the exodus.