I notice that if you type in pretty much any phrase including (or just the word) “Mormon” into google, the first thing you see is the official web site, then wikipedia, then anti-LDS websites by the droves.
I wonder just how many results come up when a person types in the phrase “Ex Mormon”.
Wait… I can probably find out… 53,000.
And when I typed in “My Mormon Mission” you get my posting from earlier, then a “missionary mall” kind of site, then instantly, hundreds of anti-LDS sites.
I would love to argue with the claims of all of these sites, but any intelligent person knows that arguing with what already is an one sided argument ends up leading to nowhere. I doubt any of these people are prepared to say “Okay, I was wrong, I will change.” because of any sort of argument.
No, I was thinking how it’s a shame that there aren’t as many pro-LDS sites out there to see when these phrases are typed in. It would be cool if that when the word “Ex Mormon” is typed into a search engine, there would be pages written by active LDS members inviting people to come back to church. I would love to see the word mormon typed in and instantly discover thousands of people talking about how great mormonism is and their experiences and testimonies.
I mention it because I think I’m going to try to do my part to see that goal happen. In the past I have tended to shy away from writing things of a religous nature, or being bold in saying “Yes, I’m LDS and I’m proud of it!” I think that was stupid. If people can create hundred-page websites in their spare time – attacking LDS beliefs, culture, and people; then I can take the time to be positive and kind in what I do online.
And, by the way, to the ex mormon: You felt something once. You can have it again, and so much more. Come back just a while and see if it doesn’t make a difference.