Delayed Adulthood

I remember talking to several ex-Mormons in the days after The Bishop’s Wife came out, who complained about not having learned how to be an “adult.” When the rest of the country was experiencing teenage years of experimentation with alcohol, drugs, and sex, most Mormons were being “good” and “doing what was right.” We dated in groups until after missions, committed to not doing more than kissing until marriage, dressed modestly, and didn’t even know if we liked the taste of coffee. When people leave Mormonism, many go through a delayed phase of adulthood where they may seem like teenagers who are experimenting and making stupid…

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