I am still hurt from all the deceitful behavior from Joseph Smith. My disaffection from the LDS church is fairly recent. But I do feel that God is guiding me out of it.
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It is interesting that you feel a connection to Peter. For me, as a former Mormon, it's Mary. I honestly never really thought too much about Mary in my Mormon days. Joseph Smith, as the great prophet of the restoration who was supposedly second only to Jesus in salvation history, loomed much larger in my mind. Lately, however, I have been increasingly drawn to what Mary represents in the Christian tradition. I like the idea that the most exalted creature that God created is not an archangel, emperor, prophet, or pope but instead is a woman who lived as an obscure 1st century Jewish peasant in a provincial backwater of the Roman Empire; beneath the notice of the powers of the age - a mother rather than some great king. But according to Christianity this one apparently insignificant woman became the means through which God chose to enter into human history, the hinge on which the entire world turned. As the Orthodox hymn says: “It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearer, ever blessed and most pure, and the mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.”