Soon after I realized I didn't believe in the LDS church (September 2009), I talked with a fellow exmo on the phone. He has been out of the church for 5 years. As we talked about Mormon friends and family, I expressed my sadness that no one else of my close acquaintance would likely ever leave the church. I was surprised when fellow exmo countered that actually, 1)he had several friends who'd left the church since he had and 2)he didn't think it at all unlikely that many more would follow.
At the time I couldn't comprehend such an idea. It seemed like a miracle (still does) that I'd ever managed to reject the church and walk away. To think that other of my friends and family could do the same...??
Of course since then I've learned that a few old friends are going through the same thing as me.
And, the longer I'm out, the more I find myself continually thinking that surely, SURELY, they're all gonna figure it out eventually!!...and leave, just like I did.
It's like I know it's not true that such a mass exodus will take place - I know plenty (the majority) will stick with it for life - I just can't comprehend it.
Does anyone else feel this way when they're around mormons, this feeling of surreality that such a belief system can be maintained?