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.I'm excommunicated and I have no interest in a bogus faith, in fact, I'm atheist now." They then tried to leave until one of them came back up to me and had the audacity to ask "I'm just curious, but do you mind if I ask if you feel bad that the Holy Spirit had left you and you can't get into Heaven? " They then left, but not before I said, "you better tell the Salem Ward in Virginia Beach that they owe me at least ,000 for some dumb stuff they did! What a feeling of relief that washed over me after posting the letter. I was to live the best I could and not give a rip about what others were saying about me." I said, "What part of 'I don't want to talk to you' don't you morons understand? Two weeks later, that feeling over whelming joy washed over me again when I realized that for me, ALL religions were bogus. My life job was to love me and trust others to love themselves and figure out life one day at a time, making adjustments as needed.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.
Note, this was during the eulogy he was giving purportedly for the purpose of celebrating my grandmother's life.
When I saw what I was becoming, and what the 15 Apostates had become, I realized this was not the way of the Nazari that Jesus lived by.
But I didn't stop there, investigating the origin of religion in earliest history.
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.
My reasons for leaving are found here: mangledtrump.