As a 24/7 barefooter I also wanted to do what I consider the healthiest way to walk, and be able to attend Church barefoot on Sundays.
But was told I could not. The reason given was because as a priesthood leader I was expected to look like the ‘Brethren’, the General Authorities of the Church, who wear shoes.
Even though I’m the podiatrist with the medical background knowledge and also when I wear shoes my neuroma is really painful, I had to obey!
I did have one ally in a 60 year old member who had been barefoot all her life.
There are very many reasons I would have wanted to stay in the LDS (Mormon) Church. Having an influence on members attitudes about barefoot walking was a small, but important reason to stay.
Unfortunately, my religious epiphany put pay to that. Now, I have no influence, which is a real shame.