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One of the ‘Sistas in Zion’ tweets her thoughts on people who leave the LDS faith

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A short exchange with a person who left the LDS faith led Tamu Smith, one of the Sistas in Zion, to share a series of tweets about how people who leave The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to sometimes abandon their worship of God all together.

"What I've noticed from brothers and sisters of our faith who have left is they don't replace their Sunday worship with anything. ... They become unbelievers," Smith tweeted. "We cannot use the leaders of any church as an excuse for why we stopped having a relationship with God ... Our spirituality is personal, we need to treat it as such."

Smith and Zandra Vranes are African-American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and multimedia personalities who for years have been known as the "Sistas in Zion."

The Sistas have more than 11,000 followers on Twitter. They actively engage in conversations and openly share their observations about the LDS Church, as was the case July 21 when Smith shared an exchange she had with an acquaintance, along with her personal views, in a 20-tweet sequence.

When the person says he or she left the LDS Church because it was "controlling," Smith points out that "every religion has a code of conduct."

"Mistakes will be made, feelings will be hurt," Smith tweeted. "Ultimately our walk is with God."

She went on to tweet that, in the end, each person will be individually accountable for his or her deeds.

"My hope is that they stay in God's sight and find a good, emotionally safe place to worship," Smith said. "'Cause for me, it was never about 'them' and (or) what they said or did. It was always and only about him. I'm going to do what I feel moved to do. May we all find the peace provided by Jesus."

The Sistas in Zion were featured in the Deseret News in 2013 and co-authored a book in 2014, "Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons." Humor and personality are a big part of who the Sistas are, the article said.

"We like to bridge gaps. We love being in places where regardless of your faith, there is content that feels good to everyone,” Vranes said in the article. "We want a place where people can come be uplifted, inspired and laugh, no matter who you are or what walk of life you come from."

Read the rest of the tweets below.