It is painful to watch just how much this "church" tears people up - especially families. I know that within Mormonism that being shunned by your family is a case of "your mileage may vary" in that some families will be, "Bummer, you don't believe anymore? Oh well" to the other side of what would have to be categorized as disavowing a family member.
But wow - Scientology seem to beat out even Jehovah's Witnesses in this area by a landslide. It seems they consider your life here on this earth as only one of many, so your father/mother/siblings/children are relationships that don't mean anything when compared to the importance of the religion.
If anybody things the LDS church is "terrible", I think watching this will make you realize it could be much worse. But I might not recommend this to someone who is in the "angry at the church" stage as it can be triggering.
But this does make me think about what Patrick Mason expressed at http://www.fairmormon.org/fair-conferen ... onvictions
With lots of people leaving at least the TBM mentality (some staying with the church, such as NOM's, and some that leave) the church will either open up a bit or will close down and could move towards the direction of even more "fundamentalist". That scares me for the family I have in the church.My second fear is for the fundamentalist takeover of Mormonism. I’m not referring to fundamentalism in terms of polygamy—I’m pretty confident we’re totally past that phase of our history. Instead, this is a reference to what I think is the rather remote possibility of a process similar to what happened in the Southern Baptist Convention in the early 1990s, when theological fundamentalists took over the churches, seminaries, and governing bodies of the denomination