I left the Catholic Church ignorant of what I had. I did not fully understand Transubstantiation. I did not understand the differences between Catholics and Protestants. I did not fully understand the CoJCoLDS.
After over a year of investigation and many missionaries I joined the CoJCoLDS with a weak testimony. It seemed to make sense and it surely didn’t seem that Joseph Smith could have done this by himself.
I digested anti-Mormon material with trouble, but placing the explanations beside the evidence. Anti-Mormons are “loosing the battle and don’t know it” – Owens and Mosser
As I struggled with some things, I emerged with the somewhat spiritual, somewhat logical conviction that God the Father wanted me to be like him. He wanted to deify me. God became man that I might become God, deified.
I was already wondering in Catholic circles at this time, but when I found the above truth solidly put forth in the modern Catholic Church I began a more concentrated search.
I have emerged without the ability to tell Catholics that they should become a LDS, but firmly convicted that God wants me to be a LDS.
If your message is associated with how to prevent exodus from the Catholic Church, this is what I say.
Teach transubstantiation, clearly and boldly. How could anyone who understands this leave(especially if they FEEL).
Love everyone. Some Catholic Churches are very impersonal. Catholics must believe in the faith of the community and its salvic power or they cannot justify infant baptism (in my opinion). Make this a real community of LOVE.
Get people involved. It is no reason to throw away something as wonderful as the Catholic Church, but one of the reasons I did was that I thought so many Catholics were Catholic for 1 hour every Sunday and totally non-Christian for 167 hours. This is a combination of lack of involvement and lack of true conversion. We will have wheat and tares, but you are your brothers keeper, go help him!
You are welcome to pray for me. I am convince I am following God, but I see no reason that I cannot tell Catholics how incredibly wonderful I consider the Catholic Church to be. I am not trying to deceive you, I really feel this way, I just feel I must walk towards the light I think shines brighter.