Date: January 08, 2018 09:39AM
This whole new format for Priesthood and RS meetings is talked about as exciting and the Church moving forward. Its like the second coming to many TBM leaders. At least in this area.
As mentioned I have some health issues and still trying to figure out life and death and the passing of my wife. I have told some members of my personal struggles and all I get is "You need more faith." No I need more understanding.
So I have left my membership in the USA in my last ward. I told my friend there who is record guy not to move them forward. I told him the reason. I have a slight legal problem and want to maintain a USA contact point and felt that having my records could show the courts I still have connections there as membership in Church is so important to LDS people. He knows the reasons and has told no one, except "I think SEcular Priest might be returning." That is the exact reason.
I told the Bishop here I am not having my records transferred yet. I told the ward record guy do not ask for my records. I told them both its for legal reasons.
So we get into our TIGHT little circle before we start the discussion. Remember I am visiting and really only know a couple of people. The HP group leader comes over and looks down at me and asks me "why have you not transferred your records here." I said politely. "There is a legal reason I have not done it." He looks at me and says in front of everyone one, "A legal reason?" He is looking for an answer and that is a pretty lame excuse. I said '"yes." By now everyone is looking at me and him and I feel like crap because it sounds like a lame excuse. He then said we need to have you do home teaching so we need your records. I said they are not being transferred. He left and never talked to me again.
Folks I would have gotten up and left but I really wanted to see how this meeting was going to play out after that introduction.
Now it did not help that I had on my new $500 plus suit. I like to dress well. I am well educated and well liked in the community. But I just felt like s%$# after he talked to me. It seemed they must have talked about me in some meeting that morning because HT was a big focus as the Elders were not doing their HT.
I wish all of this was fiction but it is not. It is what it is. Very bad for people's spiritual, mental and emotional health. I go and report because it needs to be done. People really know to know what assumed power can do to people who are not learned in the ways of talking or relating with people.