”Then I Became Me”: A Qualitative Analysis of Written Accounts of Leaving the LDS Church

This paper reports on my examination of 127 personal narratives of people who, for varied and complex reasons, have disassociated themselves from the Church. Of those under study, seventy-one percent had been lifetime members; sixty-two percent of males are returned missionaries; and of those married, over fifty percent are temple marriages. As I report my findings, I focus on three major themes: 1) the reasons given for leaving; 2) the process of leaving; and 3) their lives “after the Church.”

Parker Blount, James W. Ure