“Thanks so much for your reply. I am glad to hear that your decision to leave the church is not based on hurt feelings. We have appreciated your friendship during the last few years and hope that we will remain friends for the future. We will go ahead with removing your name from the records of the church. Regaining your membership in the church will now require rebaptism.
Please let me know if there is anything we can help you with in the future.
I know, I should have used the email to tell him the church is wrong, etc., but I’m really not that way. I’ll save that for the evangelicals! 😉
Thank you for the Christmas wishes!
As for your inquiry, I have nothing against anyone in the church! Everyone was very helpful and friendly to me! So, it’s not anything anyone did! I just couldn’t accept some of the teachings, any longer. I didn’t feel right being what I would term a “Buffet Mormon.” I always had a problem taking what I liked and leaving the rest, no matter what church I was a member of. I wrote back because I really wanted you to know that it was nothing you or any member of the church has done. You had always been helpful to me and for that, I thank you!
I hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas, too!
The bishop wrote me this in an email:
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I have tried over the last few weeks to get in touch with you regarding your letter requesting your name removal from the records of the church. I have stopped by your house and left several messages on your phone as I really wanted to talk to you in person. I understand that you do not wish to have further contact with the church. I just wanted to convey my regards to you and see if there is anything that we could know as a church regarding your decision. I have not been aware of any ill feelings that you have had against the church or its members in the past so I was very suprised by your request. However, I respect your agency and will proceed with your name removal if this is your wish. If so, please know that we will always be here to welcome you back or to reach out and help you in a time of need.
I wish you the most wonderful Christmas. I hope to hear from you regarding your wish.
Well, no one has been by the house as the dogs bark so loud when someone is at the door or even when a car pulls up! He has not called the house phone, either. He may have called the cell phone, as I changed my number, I’ll give him that much. My husband said to tell him to stop lying, as it’s a sin! I got a laugh out of that one!
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.