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Mormon Diaries

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Brought up in a religious home, Sophia believes the only way to have a forever family is by following church leaders and obediently choosing the right. She goes to the right school, marries the right man in the right place, and does the right thing by staying home to raise her children. But when she starts asking questions about grace, love, and the nature of God, she real ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Createspace (first published September 4th 2012)
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Ingrid Lola
Sep 26, 2012 Ingrid Lola rated it really liked it
An engaging, honest, approachable memoir. Sophia Stone did not come off as angry or resentful .. It seems like that would be difficult. She is also a terrific writer - her style is pretty straightforward, honest, not sentimental. I was also very touched by the foreward by Pastor John Bradford.
Madeline Sharples
Sep 27, 2012 Madeline Sharples rated it it was amazing
Author Sophia Stone has created a powerful piece. Written with elegance and grace, I found Stone's story compelling and very informative for this reader. I am a complete novice about anything Mormon.

I think the heart of this book is the author's struggle with her identity as a woman. She writes that she has been itchy about being a Mormon most of her life - never understanding the plausibility of the priests' teachings and why she or other girls cannot be Deacons in the church like the boys. She
Leigh Moore
Sep 17, 2012 Leigh Moore rated it it was amazing
First, the writing is gorgeous. In perfectly chosen language and passages, Stone describes her early feelings of doubt. Then as she matures, we experience her fear at questioning her faith, her struggles to be more devoted to her family and deny herself, and ultimately her break.

The tale of her journey is so evocative, despite my not knowing much about Mormonism, I had tears in my eyes reading.

For the uninitiated, she explains what certain practices mean and why they're significant. Religion can
Jessica Bell
Sep 10, 2012 Jessica Bell rated it it was amazing
Sophia L. Stone captured my attention from the get-go. This collection of personal essays, about questioning the legitimacy of Mormonism after having faith in the religion for the first 30-something years of her life, is not just a controversial quake to a reader’s heart and soul. Stone’s voice is brave, bold and intriguing. And surprisingly relatable to someone who is not religious. For Stone, after looking critically into the strict laws of Mormonism and its origin, the religion became a hot c ...more
Laurel Garver
Sep 15, 2012 Laurel Garver rated it it was amazing
I was completely riveted by Sophia Stone's moving spiritual memoir about growing up--and away from--her Mormon faith. It's an intensely personal, never polemical story of her struggles to grasp promised spiritual rewards that remain always out of reach.

Her quick mind and sensitive heart shine through this well-paced, beautifully written narrative. As she awakens to the abuses in her church, which ties one's eternal destiny to one's earthly family, her whole world shifts. It's deeply satisying t
Aug 25, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Truly moving memoir. Sophia takes the reader through her challenge of resolving her childhood faith and her cognitive dissonance. I related to this book and her feelings she experienced throughout this book. It presents the viewpoint of former Mormons in a loving tone while keeping in tact the confusion, angst, & worry that naturally occur with those who "fall away". I highly recommend this book for anyone who is falling away from Mormonism; wanting to understand what it's like for those who ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
How do you critique a memoir? I certainly don’t have the chutzpah to say one person’s story is better or worse than another but Sophia’s story truly spoke to me and in many ways healed me. I think my anger is gone – I’m sure it will come and go intermittently but it is gone and I owe that to supportive friends who have stood by me and also to this story. I want to have Sophia’s courage and to reach out to the people I’ve hurt and offended over the years by my ridiculous judgment and possibly get ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, e-book, 2012
Recommended on one of my Mormon feminist blogs, so I read it, but Sophia Stone is no Joanna Brooks. The writing was just OK and the story wasn't terribly compelling. It was $3 for Kindle and a quick read, so . . .
February Grace
Sep 12, 2012 February Grace rated it it was amazing
Masterfully written, poignant and heartrending in its honesty, this book is a testament to courage the likes of which most cannot even begin to imagine. An inspiration. Five well deserved stars.
Sep 20, 2012 Gold rated it really liked it

Absolutely lovely telling of a woman's spiritual journey. My only regret was that it wasn't longer. I sincerely hope to see more of Ms. Stone!
Jan 27, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
An eye opening book that in many ways broke my heart. Well written and easy to read.
Nov 16, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the raw, simple honesty in it. While I did not have the over-zealous mother and I'm not married, I still related so much to Sophia's journey and her feelings of self-discovery. While I really love Joanna Brooks, I like Mormon Diaries better thanThe Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith. I felt the writing and story were clearer and more concise. It resonated with me more. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: (I read it on my kindle, and can't provide pag ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Al rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2012
Although well done, my initial thought about Mormon Diaries was that its appeal would be limited to a small niche of readers, possibly just those Mormon women who have had a crisis of faith and want to know that they aren’t alone.

However, upon reflection, I realized I’d sold the book short. I remembered reading the now out-of-print Housewife to Heretic by Sonia Johnson more than twenty years ago and the impact it had on my thoughts on what it was like to be a female Mormon. I never looked at my
Nov 01, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
A remarkable book that tracks the author's progress from questioning the beliefs she was brought up to understand as absolute truths to finally accepting that what she had been taught from childhood was not what she believed. She describes the difficult relationships within her family and the pain she goes through whilst trying to explain her decision to no longer maintain her membership within the Mormon church. She vividly portrays the despair she feels when her issues and concerns are dismiss ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Brady rated it really liked it
This memoir of someone who grew up in the Mormon church was definitely enlightening. Wasn't necessarily my favorite writing style, but I did seem to breeze right through the book in only a few hours.

The most insightful thing I take away is how when anything gets added to the simple gospel of Jesus Christ - that He died for our sins so that we can live - it no longer is good news. Legalism always fosters resentment, self-righteousness, or a belief that if you just perform well enough, you'll ear
Oct 29, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
It’s not the longest or most in-depth book you will read on this subject. It’s obviously written by a nice lady who really doesn't want to hurt, upset or offend anyone and yet in all good conscience can’t stay silent. She even uses a pseudonym so as not to do anything that might damage her family. She’s not an angry, bitter or vindictive person. This is where this book is worth reading because you don't feel like you're reading someone who is out to destroy Mormonism. She's simply a woman who fe ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Stone is a fantastic writer and my daughter and I both found ourselves reading this book in one sitting without stopping. Everything she shares about her beliefs in the church and her spiritual awakening later in her life as a married woman and a mother to four children could have come out of my own diary so I felt a kinship with her. She pulls you into her experiences and you feel like you're right there with her. A good author will help you feel compassion for the main character and regardless ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sophia's journey. It's a journey of self-discovery that many would be able to relate to, Mormon or not. I was particularly affected by her descriptions of childhood anxiety over messing up. I remember that feeling so well, every tiny little mistake eating away at you, constantly worrying that you'll not be deemed good enough for the Celestial Kingdom. I'd read some of the chapters previously, when she wrote them for her blog's A-Z challenge, but their impact was not ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
I have a really hard time rating memoirs, simply because I never know exactly what to say about it - either the story resonated with my experience, or it didn't, and that obviously affects the way I end up feeling about the book. So... I guess for this book, about 1/3 of it resonated with me, and the rest was just sort of "huh, interesting." I liked it, and thought it was a good story, but it just didn't resonate with me in the way that other memoirs have. The writing was lovely, and I liked it, ...more
Medeia Sharif
Dec 24, 2012 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is a non-fiction book about a woman who questioned her faith, even though it created extreme tension among family members. The author’s honest, thought-provoking style highlighted her ambivalence, questioning nature, and emotional pain. This is a powerful read and I’m glad I had a chance to read Stone’s writing.
Oct 19, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it

It would probably be more accurate to give this 3 1/2 stars... It is sincere, straightforward, and relatable, but not quite as well-written or moving as Book of Mormon Girl. As the author's faith transition happened so recently, it reads more like the title implies-- a diary. I would be interested to read her version of the book 10, 20 years from now when the experience isn't so fresh.
John Snyder
Nov 04, 2012 John Snyder rated it it was amazing
I won this book through Good Reads. I often thought about how women feel in the more restricted religions/culture. How they deal with so much of their life being ruled over. How unfair it is. This book answered some of these questions. The truth is some of the women do resent it. Some do have issues.
Erin Mcsweeney
Sep 17, 2012 Erin Mcsweeney rated it it was amazing
Really interesting book on a persons journey growing up in the LDS church. I found it very enlightening.
Oct 12, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
nicely done. the beginning of the book is pretty opaque, and some incidents i wasnt clear on when they happened. but the peeimary exploration of her faith evolving is nicely done.
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