In the end, change is never easy. Living with a core set of beliefs that completely unravel is unsettling, to say the least. We all have to decide, do we want to live in regret, suffer pain, and demonize ourselves for believing in and carrying out the tenets of the church, or do we want to look at what we gained? The "bad" had to happen. If it didn't, we would still be walking around with blinders on, not seeing the world at large. We wouldn't have been given the gift to explore new ideas, new ways of being, thinking, open to the possibilities that there are other beliefs, different paths that can bring us closer to others. We would not be able to be more solid than ever in our belief that "what is true for you is true because you yourself have observed it to be true." We all have a newfound strength, in that we will never again "believe" just because.
-- Leah Remini with Rebecca Paley, Troublemaker, p. 227-228