As a transitioning Ex-Mormon I’m beginning to see this One Life we know we’ve got in a completely new & exciting way.
As a True Believing Mormon my focus was always to prepare for the Afterlife.
In the Mormon belief system this mortal earth life is denigrated as just a preparatory time in expectation of a far greater life after we die called Eternal Life.
Eternal Life is defined as the type of life God lives. It is believed to be never ending, glorious & wonderful. During this Eternal Life Mormons expect to become Gods & Goddesses themselves, to create worlds & populate them.
Mormons are taught that the First Law of Heaven is Obedience. Only those who obey all of God’s Commandments will be allowed to become Gods and Goddesses.
They believe that any sacrifice, even death, is worth making to be found worthy of this Eternal Life.
Most Mormons I know are willing to endure any hardship in order to prove they qualify for this wonderful and glorious blessing of living with God in Eternal Life.
The problem with this belief is that it distorts one’s perception of the value of this One Life we’re living here and now.
Having left Mormonism my perception of this life has changed dramatically.
Believing my existence probably ends at death has brought it into sharp focus. Every moment seems more vital and real and alive.
I feel more connected to all the other human beings and creatures on this planet earth we call home.
I feel more compassion than I’ve ever felt before. I feel a greater sense of urgency about achieving my goals, yet a sense of quiet acceptance for the expected final end when I eventually die.
Being in the Mormon Church now feels like I was in a Bubble. A fantasy world where everything was seen through the distorted lens of the Mormon belief system. Everything in life including family relationships was viewed through this lens so that extra pressures were put on us as parents to teach our children the Mormon beliefs so they could be with us as an Eternal Family. The children felt the pressure to conform or they would be letting us down.
In many ways the fantastical Mormon belief system stopped me from really accepting reality. It hijacked my chances for really living to my potential in this life because my focus was so much on preparing for the next life.
Now I’m FREE!
And this song and video is a metaphor for how I feel.
And best wishes to you on your journey through this wonderful life.