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What Should You Do When Someone You Love Leaves the Church?

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It can feel like the air has been completely squeezed out of you; like your world has turned upside down and fallen apart all at the same time. When the shock of it subsides, the pain of it still resonates long after. It can be hard to cope when someone we love decides to leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After seeing some of my friends and family leave the Church, I have learned a few things about what we should do. Don't Let Anger Get the Best of You After the shock is gone, many who experience a loved one leaving the Church begin to feel angry. You may feel angry towards God, towards the loved one, or even towards yourself. You might feel justified in your anger, but being angry can create rifts and schisms in your relationships. Anger is a secondary emotion. That means that when you're angry, your anger is really a mask for another deeper, primary emotion you're feeling. healthypsych.com says: Typically, one of the...

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