A woman had been with her boyfriend for a few months, and she had long since known that he was a Morman. She had never had a problem with this initially, but upon visiting the church with him one day, her perception quickly began to change.
An Unexpected Morman
When the woman first met her boyfriend, his personality didn’t really click with her. However, this all changed quite quickly. “He grew on me, so we became really good friends”, she explained.” “About a month or 2 in, I found out he was Mormon. I didn’t really see an issue with that since I didn’t plan on dating him”.
A Relationship Takes Root
At the time, the woman had been in a toxic relationship, but her relationship with her now-boyfriend grew stronger. After three years, the woman’s toxic relationship broke up, and this soon led to her new close friend becoming her boyfriend.
A Hidden Secret Unveiled
Several months into their relationship, the woman explained that her boyfriend shared something deeply personal: “He told me that he has a medical condition, that he was denied his mission in the church because of his condition. It hurt him to be denied progress in the church and he still sometimes cries to me about it.”
Her boyfriend’s disappointment led to him beginning to walk away from his faith. She supported this and related to it, as her sister had also walked away from her religion due to mistreatment.
However, the woman’s boyfriend still clung to his faith. His desire to reconnect with the church remained a part of his life, so she, being a supportive partner, assured him that she would stand by his decision.
An Easter Service
Easter festivities arrived, and the woman’s boyfriend expressed his desire to introduce her to his church community. She respected his wish and knew it meant a lot to him, so she accompanied him to the Easter service.
However, the woman felt deeply uneasy during the service. “My mind just kept screaming ‘This is a cult!’, she recounted. ‘I wasn’t going to say that though, I didn’t want to hurt him.”.
The Truth Comes Out
Despite her best efforts to be respectful, the woman’s boyfriend continually asked for her thoughts about the church service. Eventually, she shared her true thoughts and concerns about the practice, which deeply disappointed him.
Balancing Love and Concern
Thankfully, the couple’s relationship remained strong. The woman admired her boyfriend’s commitment, but she continued to witness his depressive episodes caused by his interactions with the church, and this deeply troubled her.
The woman toyed with the idea of suggesting her boyfriend abandon his faith. However, she couldn’t bring herself to do this, as she knew how hurt he would be. Regardless, she couldn’t help but think about it, pondering whether her thoughts were selfish and unfair to him.
The woman headed online with her woes, asking an online community whether she was wrong to have thoughts of telling her boyfriend to leave Mormonism for good. To her surprise, readers came to defend her. “You’re right – It’s a cult”, stated one reader. “He probably feels sad because ultimately, they won’t accept him if he’s with someone who isn’t also Mormon.”
Sadly, not all of the comments defending the woman were what she wanted to hear. “You are wasting your time”, stated another reader. “He has been fanatical about this, for years. It’s not going to magically become unimportant to him. People can love each other, deeply, but still not be compatible – I’m sorry to tell you this”.
She Needed to Tell Him
However, some commenters actually encourage the woman to suggest her boyfriend leave Mormonism. “I would just try and ease him into a conversation about it”, one commenter suggested..”Help point out how his mood and depression are getting worse and that you think the church is causing it. He probably needs to realize this if it is as bad as you say.”
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