I chose the last option, though it was too strongly worded. It comes the closest.
Me too. The facts are what ultimately lead me out, but the apologists on the then named FAIR board(before they went completely MA&D) were catalysts.
In a nutshell, I went to FARMS to ask about a horse(in the Book of Mormon) and was sent to the FAIR to ride a papyrus gunny sack down the slippery slide of lost testimonies.
One of my many Google searches landed me one late night at the FARMs website.
The few articles I found on the problem with horses in the Book of Mormon confused me and left me wondering why they could just answer the question. A few other searches on the FARMs site lead to my initial curiosity about the Book of Abraham and the papyrus. Befuddled by the wordsmithing and lack of direct answers from the FARMSers I hit Google again.
One of the Google hits on the Book of Abraham was the FAIR site, which lead me to the message board. Another hit lead me to my first realization that the papyrus was in fact NOT lost in a fire, like I had been taught for many years.
One of my first encounters on the FAIR boards was with DCP. I was fresh into the real history and a Google search landed me there at the steps of the FAIR boards. After reading for a few hours, I signed up.
I simply asked why I was not taught about the rediscovery of the papyrus in 1966.
One of the first replies was from DCP. Something along the lines of "oh here we go again!!" and then a condescending followup of how I would have known about that if I were diligent in my mormon studies..
I said I was a four year seminary student and very active member but found little free time outside of seminary and sunday services to study beyond what was presented there.
"I even knew about Joseph Smith polygamy at a very young age", he boasted, "How can members not know these things?"
"Joseph Smith polygamy???", I asked surprised, "Joseph Smith was a polygamist??"
It was either a apologist dog pile or feeding frenzy that ensued lead by good ol' Daniel. So I went back to the great whore of truth, Google. She is a great listener too.
Days later I had new knowledge about the papyrus and how the translation did not match, Joseph Smith polygamy, the temple ceremony, and many other things.
All of this new knowledge essentially displaced my testimony which fell to the floor with a loud thud.
Like I said above, Daniel was a catalyst to the destruction of my testimony. The condescending attitude he and his posse of wannabees sent me packing back to Google which lead me to answer ALL of my questions.
Even though I was mentally out of the church, for grins I did take many of these answers to FAIR just to see their responses and came to the conclusion that mormon history was like reading the bible. Everyone has a different "interpretation" of it depending on where they needed to be.
I soon realized the FAIRboard posse of Peterson wannabees was more about defending their own apologetic ego and bumping chests with their idol.
To be fair, I would have eventually found the truth which would have the same outcome of me leaving the church. However, my encounter with the apologists on FAIR accelerated it.