There is a wide range of emotions and feelings within this group regarding Mormonism and the church, depending on personal circumstances and experiences. They may feel isolated, as they recognize they no longer share some of the same perspectives and beliefs as those around them at church. They may feel limited in their ability to interact, make comments, teach lessons, and share their perspectives. Desire for privacy and the fear of damaging marriages, relationships, employment, social circles, and community may be a real concern. “Leadership roulette” may become a significant factor in whether or not these individuals are embraced, accepted, and supported within the church community or simply disciplined.
The church often sends mixed messages to those who identify in this area of the spectrum. On the one hand, there are leaders who proclaim inclusion to members of all levels of faith and testimony. On the other hand, there are others that frame doubts or differing perspectives in negative ways. This has the potential for added pressure on relationships and families. It can place great strain on married couples if they find they don’t share the same views, perspectives, and beliefs anymore. Navigating marriages and raising children in situations where partners view things differently can be very challenging.
Mormon Spectrum hopes to provide resources and information to help unorthodox Mormons as they navigate these challenges and help them find additional ways to feel supported.