The great jazz musician Miles Davis is reported to have said, “When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that you play that determines if it’s good or bad.” The next note can make the situation worse, or it can make what seemed like a wrong note sound right. This is true for music, and it is double true when you are telling your family that you are leaving the church. After the initial, “I’m leaving” or “I have left the church,” what comes next can make all of the difference between being welcomed and having the family tell you, come Thanksgiving, to imitate Judas at the end of the Last Supper. So if you are jonesin’ for cranberry sauce, funeral potatoes, Jello salad, and dry-as-western-Utah turkey come November, here is the Mormon (or maybe Exmormon) Tabernacle Enquirer guide to follow-up statements after telling your family that you are leaving the church.
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