I was watching a BBC piece wherein they spent some time with church members and leaders, and some ex-members. Church members bore witness that they had the true faith, that they had been called to share God’s message here in the last days. When the interviewer said he thought some of the church’s teachings were “weird,” they said that the secular outsider just didn’t understand them. When the BBC interviewer mentioned what he perceived as personal failings of the church’s founder, members were shocked, telling him that he was a great prophet who had brought the truth to the world at the time we most needed it. Only people with hard hearts would say such things about the prophet.
The interviewer also spoke with ex-members, who talked about how painful it had been to be separated and looked down on by their families. They said they had followed their conscience and what they believed to be right, even though it had been terribly painful. Faithful members spoke of them as “apostates” and said that now was a great time of winnowing or sifting, when the Lord was separating the righteous of his flock from the world.
I’d heard all these things before from friends and family members when I lost my faith in Mormonism, but it was kind of jarring to hear it from the Westboro Baptist folks.