Transitioning from the LDS church to a new church affiliation can be a major challenge, often involving negative personal experiences that throw up a roadblock in the process.
One common type of negative experience is when family and friends oppose the new affiliation. My survey of transitioning Latter-day Saints suggests that there are typically three point of family pressure in the journey from Mormonism to historic, biblical Christianity.
The first point of tension is when a person decides to openly express his or her doubts and questions. The second is when the person stops their activity in the LDS church. The third occurs when that person makes a clear affiliation with other group or church. This step often brings stronger opposition than the others because it represents a point of no return.
For example, one of my respondents said:
“I have yet to tell my family. They know that I do not go to the Mormon church but they have no idea I have become a Christian and I am terrified to cross this bridge. How I pray when I do I will have the right words and knowledge to say what needs to be said.”