UPCI Youth Camp, once upon a time. The blonde girl in front, back to camera, glasses, hair clip. That's me.

Yes, we can get better.

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Comment by Robert Karp on October 24, 2011 at 1:28pm

Alyson you've come a long way!!!

Comment by Morgan Matthew on October 24, 2011 at 2:34pm


Comment by Alyson Mitchell on October 24, 2011 at 2:39pm

I found this about six months ago on YouTube. Blew my mind. I had no idea it existed. I'm honoured to be featured! 

Comment by Mostafa on October 24, 2011 at 3:30pm

Anybody coming from an indoctrinated religious background have these features in his or her life.  I have in my resume bending on my knees more than 17 times a day into a specific direction and whispering words that I didn't even know what they meant! When I paid attention to see what those word mean I found them the most unfounded words in whole universe. Yes I am an Ex-Muslim. What I said are the harmful parts of that belief to other human beings. I was lucky to figure out its falsehood before harming any other human beings. And believe me on that brainwashed stage of my life I would do anything the clergy would have convinced me of!! In short Bravo for the freedom from any organized religion. Long live the freedom of thought :) 

Comment by Kairan Nierde on October 24, 2011 at 9:30pm

Wow, Alyson!  You're proof that change is always possible!  Do you remember what you felt and thought during this moment?

Comment by Alyson Mitchell on October 25, 2011 at 12:00am

Sort of. I can recall the emotions and the physical sensations, but I now recognise them for what they were. 


The extreme euphoria, crying, laughing, dancing, all that... simply a relaxed inhibition brought on by the pack activity coupled with no small amount of hyperventilation. Speaking in tongues? Same thing. Nowadays I relate it to the videos you see of teenage girls at Elvis and The Beatles concerts. They're just so damn excited to be there they end up a complete mess, passing out on the floor. 

When you get 300 teenagers dancing and shouting at the same time, about the same thing, it's an incredibly powerful experience. So sad it all had to be for a lie. 

Comment by Dustin on October 25, 2011 at 10:59pm

What that young girl is going through really doesn't look very healthy... 

Comment by Charles Ashford on October 26, 2011 at 2:56pm

Your self analysis is thoroughly encouraging, no matter how bitter it's sweetness. It takes real strength to remove the self from the equation and understand the true variables present at the moments that define our beliefs whether they be entirely accurate, or sincerely convoluted. Thanks for sharing yours.

Comment by Discern on October 29, 2011 at 7:37pm

Good find!  I wish I had taken more footage of my church. It's just crazy the stuff we believed back then.

Comment by Tim melvin on February 20, 2012 at 11:56pm

Been there done that so glad its over can i get a amen 


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