Apr 10, 2011
Someone recently posted an interesting comment to my four year old blog post where I outlined my reasons for not attending the Mormon church anymore. The commenter said he has been troubled by “a few things in church history”, and that if he had not experienced so many spiritual experiences, that he too might have left the church. He went on to say that, “as I’ve thought about it over the years, I concluded those who leave over the reasons you stated never acquired a testimony. I believe they lived on ‘borrowed light’”.
I’m sure that there are at least some church members who continue to attend even though they haven’t had any powerful spiritual experiences with the church and are living on “borrowed light” – in my experience they are social and cultural mormons. I also know a few members who go every Sunday even though they don’t believe any longer in the foundational stories of the LDS church – they typically attend for family reasons. More