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Then they bushwhacked me into not prosecuting or suing.Then they got me to talk to the bishop the next day. , 2008 I read Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable (New Directions Paperbook) and then Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions Paperbook) followed by a recommendation of the Tao Te Ching Zen and then other beliefs spoke to my heart in a way that no longer allowed me to believe that this faith could be the one true word of God.Along the way I had my suspicion confirmed that the same basic problems infesting Morgdumb also infest Chrisitanity, Islam, and Judaism.Today I believe in myself and my experiences, not creeds or cults or what is passed off as science. Our personal code of conduct and values did not change significantly upon leaving.But these two people, whom I'll only refer as Justin and Wayne; along with another Mormon I'll call Jimmy, who the latter (no pun intended) was my roommate, forced me to throw them away. I even saw them trying to look at what was on my computer but shut it off upset that it was running Ubuntu (Linux) and couldn't find any way to login. Y'all can go to jail for this." They said that "man's law doesn't apply here, brother.I said no, and then they said to throw them away or leave. (They didn't know about going into recovery mode from the GRUB bootloader, which is documented on ) So, after they told me to carry out a huge garbage bag, which I seen a foot sticking out, I said "Put that back in my room. We're actually immune to the laws of man in this situation. they took it upon themselves to take the bag to the dumpster.There was no bogey man in the sky waiting to chastise me. , 5-6-04/6-18-07 My bride (2nd) of 22 yrs & I excommunicated the Church within two weeks of each other.No bogie man sitting on my shoulder "tempting" me... Like Paul Toscano, I was entranced by the theology, studying it for ~55 yrs, until the member abuse under Gordon B Hinckley came to a head for me.
Part of what pushed me over the edge was some of Eric Hoffer's books, starting with The True Believer and culminating with The Ordeal of Change.What I saw was not Christianity, but capitalism and Republicanism masquerading as a world religion.Oh yeah, I also started accepting the facts about the religion and about how it baits and traps you. , February 2014 Hubby, I, and 6 kids resigned 10 weeks ago yesterday. Some of the battles I was fighting early on in my discovery that the church wasn't true and during the time of our resignation have been replaced with newfound peace, freedom, and sense of well-being.The following people have officially either resigned their membership from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or have been excommunicated.
We hereby publicly release the Strengthening The Members Committee, Visiting Teachers, Home Teachers, Bishop and Stake President from their duties.As I'm grieving the death of the woman who was essentially my second mother (and who played a bigger role in raising me than my birth mother did), this obese asshole decided that this moment was the opportune time to call me out in front of the ward for being a less than stellar Mormon. I'm sure he was looking to shame me (and maybe hoped I'd return to the church), but instead it had the opposite effect.