QUOTE: “If you choose to leave the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where will you go? What will you do?” –M. Russell Ballard, in General Conference, October 2016. (Full text of the talk is not yet available online, but likely soon will be.)
COMMENTARY: As is the case in any abusive relationship, Elder Ballard, it really doesn’t matter what the abused person does once she leaves the relationship. The important thing is that she leave the relationship. The truth is, the church doesn’t give people anything of value that they can’t get somewhere else. The truth is, it’s not the people who leave who will lose something irreplaceable; it’s the leaders who will lose power and control over the members who leave. The truth is, Elder Ballard, that we’re not leaving for any of the pretend reasons you stated in your talk. Your words might scare some members into staying, but the truth is that members are finding out the truth, and they are leaving because you don’t have it. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.