An Atheist (Who’s Still Officially a Mormon) Reminds Us That the Church’s Membership Numbers Are Inflated April 10, 2015

An Atheist (Who’s Still Officially a Mormon) Reminds Us That the Church’s Membership Numbers Are Inflated

Last week, the Mormon Church announced that its total membership was 15,372,337.

The problem with that number is that it’s *really* hard to leave the Church. They make you jump through a lot of hoops, and it’s a lot easier for some people to just walk away quietly without ever telling anyone.

Justin is one of those people who remains on the Mormon membership list despite being an atheist, and he wants to remind everyone what some “Mormons” really believe:

I am one of those 15,272,337 million people, though I pay no tithes.

I am one of those 15,272,337 million people, though I know the LDS Church lied for decades about Joseph Smith’s polygamist past.

I am one of those 15,372,337 million people, though I do not revere Thomas Monson, nor any of his peers, nor predecessors as prophets, nor seers, nor revelators.

I am one of those 15,372,337 million people, even as I believe that Joseph Smith was a known treasure-hunter who plagiarized the text of The Book of Mormon from many contemporary sources, including The King James Bible, View of The Hebrews, and possibly Manuscript, Found.

There’s a lot more where those came from.

How many ex-Mormons are on the Church’s membership list? You’d think a more secure organization would make it simple for people to exit.

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