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Friday, October 30, 2009

Leave but Can't Leave it Alone?

Today's New York Times had the following article:

All I Wanted Was a Hug

It is authored by Holly Welker who was formerly a Mormon. It describes her now as a writer who lives in Salt Lake City.

I find it puzzling for a couple of reasons. It is not overtly antagonistic. It does not place her firmly in the environs of former Mormons who "leave it but can't leave it alone" although it hints at just that.

Along with everyone else she knows the restrictions on any sort of intimacy when serving a mission. This is something everyone knows about and accepts ahead of time.

She finally reveals that she has left the church.

"If you leave, of course, it’s another matter entirely — you’re nothing, you’re no one, you’re on your own — as I would ultimately discover. But at the time, it provided comfort, such as it was."

Yes, you are on your own if you leave the Church. It is difficult to cope when left to your own strength, intelligence and skills. I don't think I would want to face the trials of life without the spiritual assistance available regular Church attendance and membership affords.

Welker claims she could not reconcile religion and art. She does not elaborate. But, it begs for elaboration. I see no conflict. Numerous artists in the Church apparently see no conflict.

If she is out of the Church and glad she's out of the Church why is she writing a memoir of her mission? Maybe she is one who "can't leave it alone."

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