My experience with leaving the Mormon church

This cracked me up!

I find it funny

Whenever I drink a cup of coffee, I think to myself, this is why I left the Mormon church!  LOL!

Eight more days

December 8th will mark my 60 days since the church acknowledged my letter of resignation. I hear that is when they can remove you at HQ without going through the local channels. I will call then and see.

Ran into a sister, from the ward I used to attend, at the grocery store. Was very awkward. Still, we said hi to each other and said a few words. Nothing about church, just that it’s been a while. I barely recognized her without makeup!

Another sister messaged me on Facebook about meeting to read Preach my Gospel. I haven’t seen her in months, of course. I suppose it’s another tactic to get me back into the church. I should block her on Facebook. I don’t know how she is able to contact me, when I set it up to block all non-friends. All I can think of, is that she still has my messages in her inbox and is able to reply to them. :-/

I left a few groups on Facebook having to do with Mormons and Christians discussing Mormon theology. I had to, as I’m very weak, spiritually, right now. I should probably start reading more of the Bible to become rooted in the Gospel. We’ll see. Right now, school comes first for me.

Now everyone can view LDS Church stances on social issues | The Salt Lake Tribune.

The new Mormon church handbook is out and they’ve made some changes to their policies on Homosexuality.  I don’t have much to say on the topic, but here is a link to the actual blog entry I found:

Mormon Church Changing Policies On Homosexuality

There’s also a copy of the handbook on the site I linked to.

Otherwise, nothing to update.  No word on if they’ve removed my name from their membership records, even after I sent a second letter threatening that I’d seek legal action.  I haven’t even received the confirmation certificate back from the letter, but it did say it was received when I checked the USPS website.

 

Luther’s Small Catechism

My brother found a brand new copy of Luther’s Small Catechism in his house, while cleaning it out, a while back.  So, I’m taking a break from writing my paper and glancing through it.  I grew up Lutheran, but never knew we were supposed to confess our sins to the pastor!?!  I thought that was only for Catholics!?!  I don’t even recall being taught that when I was in catechism class!  It talks about the Office of the Keys, which is a special authority which Christ gave to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent!?!  So the Mormons stole the whole key idea from Luther!?!  LOL!  Anyway, does this mean, as I was growing up Lutheran, that I was never forgiven of my sins, because I never repented to the pastor!?!  WTF!?!  Apparently this is in the Bible, in John 20: 22-23:  “And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.'”  Wow, just WOW!

Not much of an update

My second letter was accepted at the LDS HQ, yesterday.  I did fax it in, too, but haven’t received acknowledgement of it, like I did the original fax.  It’s just a waiting game.  I haven’t sent any emails to my former VT, even though I got one from her the other day.  I’m just ignoring it.

As far as my spirituality goes, I’m at a standstill.  I read the Gospel of John, but no more of the Bible.  I did download some Bible apps to my smart phone.  One, you can listen to the daily reading plan.  It’s nice, but I’ve only used it once.  I have a friend who is praying for me and trying to find a local church that I should attend.  She’s suggested a few, but one her friend is a preacher of.  She is willing to go with me, too, just for the one service, as she has her own church.  I don’t know, I’m quite overwhelmed with the idea of school.  I feel quite content just being a good person, for now.