When: Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 pm
Where: Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester Ave., Pasco
Please RSVP on Meetup.
About the speaker:
Originally from the Tri-Cities, Luna Lindsey was born into the LDS Church and left the faith in 2001, at age 26. She now lives in Seattle and writes about topics of interest to her, including psychology, mind control, culture, and autism. She also writes science fiction and fantasy novels. When she’s not busy traveling to improbable worlds, or thinking hard about this improbable world, she’s enjoying life with her large and improbable family.
About Recovering Agency:
(This will be the Reasonable Doubt book club selection for April.)
In 2012, Mormon General Authority Marlin K. Jensen acknowledged that members are leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “in droves.” Access to the internet is often credited and blamed for this mass exodus, where members learn about problematic doctrines and cover-ups of LDS history.
Many are happy as Mormons. And many are not. Those who leave, and those doubters who stay, face struggles that few others can understand. Much of this suffering is caused by manipulative and controlling techniques pervasive throughout LDS doctrines and culture. Understanding these techniques will help recovering Mormons overcome the effects of belonging to a high-demand group.
As a former Mormon, Luna Lindsey experienced this coercive persuasion firsthand. Recovering Agency presents years of research into social psychology and the science of cult dynamics, to describe 31 mind control techniques, alongside examples of their use in Mormon scripture, lessons, and from the pulpit.
Even if you have never been Mormon, chances are that coercive influence techniques have been used to manipulate you at some point. Turn the pages and learn the answers to longstanding questions about this unique American religion and about the human mind.