This story was originally published on May 16.
Tears roll down Emily Rennie’s face as she recalls a church counsellor telling her she needed to give up her child for adoption because he was conceived out of wedlock — one of the most difficult moments that led to her ultimately leaving the Mormon faith that she had been raised in.
There are nearly 81,000 Mormons — members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as LDS — in Alberta, with the largest concentration in the southern part of the province, according to church records.
Those who choose to leave the church say it can be a lonely and isolating experience. That was certainly the case for Rennie and two other southern Alberta women profiled in a 30-minute documentary called Why I Left that airs May 16 on CBC Radio’s The Doc Project.
“It was emotional and it was hard. But again, I would say it was no harder than sitting in church every week and feeling like I’m a hypocrite,”…