As a member of the church still today. I grew up in the church just as you did. I went to primary, young women's and now I am in Relief Society. I disagree with your standpoint and I feel that you are not portraying the church correctly. You are more portraying the people. Every religion as well as every non religious person will have their good and bads. However, 8 strongly testify that the people are not perfect in the gospel but the gospel is perfect. The principles taught are perfect. If you come to church more worried about the people around you and what they think, you'll find yourself in the position that you're in. The church preaches free agency on a regular bases. It is wrong to say you did the things you did because the church told you to. The commandments given by the church are laid down to help give us more freedom and allow us to have peace because I know I for one, do not know anyone who has sinned and felt good about it. Evil never was happiness. I am not saying that what you believe in is wrong because I respect your opinion but I don't think it was right for you to portray the church so wrongly.
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