My brother-in-law is now an ex-mo, but his mother (my mother-in-law) won’t stop pestering him about returning to Mormonism (he’s only been openly out for about 6 months now; he was in the closet for about 6 months before that). He called her yesterday for Mother’s Day and asked her what she wanted. She said, “I want you to re-teach yourself the missionary discussions and read 2 Nephi 9:28.”
So, about my brother-in-law… He had perfect scores on two components of the GRE – logic and math – and high scores on the reading comprehension component. He has a PhD and is currently doing a post doc at a prestigious research university. He’s 31 (same age as I am) and finally realized Mormonism wasn’t doing him any good (on top of the fact it has all sorts of problems and warts). He’s a returned missionary and is widely read on all things Mormonism. Just so you don’t have to go look it up, here’s 2 Nephi 9:28:
“O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.”
He’s been pretty patient with his mother up to this point, even though she badgers him about religion almost every time they talk. What do you recommend he does at this point?
(P.S. He’s the one who said, “Maybe she wants me to be a’Mother’s Day Mormon,'” which made me laugh out loud. I knew I had to blog it!)