The freedom to see and acknowledge obvious things (such as the obvious fact that Joseph Smith was fornicating freak and fraud who lied about everything, the obvious fact that ALL of the church leaders are just guys in suits making business decisions and have no more divine inspiration than the typical manager of a a fast food restaurant, the obvious fact that the Book of Mormon is a clumsy hodge-podge of early nineteenth century ideas that were commonly discussed in upstate New York, the fact that the Holy Ghost is a fictional character that can be conveniently invoked by Church leaders whenever conveniently needed to escape from the consequences of an unraveling lie, etc., etc...)
It's hard to say which is my favorite. They're all definite quality-of-life improvements compared to the days when I was a mind-controlled Morgbot.
Skiing, playing, going shopping, going to a movie on Sunday. Not paying tithing Not wearing magic underwear Wearing pants, whenever I feel like it Having a double piercing Eating meals without saying a prayer first Drinking tea and coffee Telling the truth Talking openly about temple secrets Not having three church callings Not cleaning the church building Not being subservient to men
Y'know, not one of these Mormon "sins" things is considered a sin at the Christian church I attend. Not one!
I still try not to take the Lord's name in vain. And I try to follow the ten commandments as much as possible. I don't commit adultery, nor covet other men's wives (har har,) for the most part I don't lie or steal although I've sometimes told a white lie now and then.
But then I still believe in God and the holy bible. I just ditched Mormonism. It freed me to leave Mormonism behind. God was waiting for me in the wings to remind me that I wasn't alone on my journey. I still seek after divine guidance and blessings for my life, and those of my children's.
I am definitely not a saint however. Far from perfect. And a long ways to go before I will be ready for God to call me home.
As for leaving Mormonism, my favorite 'vices' now are tea and coffee - in moderation.
My favorite sin is not wasting Sundays or any other time for that matter sitting in boring meetings and/or working with primary, young women, or relief society wasting my time.How wonderful it is to be free.
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Being an enemy to God--a natural man--which covers everything that makes Mormonism so sanctimoniously unnatural. Well, except God is a lousy adversary since the last sighting was a bush that had caught fire, unless you count the *cough cough* open robed appearance to JoJo.
There's a scene in a Mr. Bean movie where an older bald fat guy playing the Anglican priest of England moons the crowd with a graffiti sign written across his behind that reads: "Look Busy, Jesus is Coming!"
It cracked me up.
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My "ex" is gay. We've been "separated" for 23 years or more. I knew when I married him. The leaders told me it was up to me to save him. He left me a single mother with age 10 twins without any support. Now we are friends and live together in the house we bought, but I paid for for 20 years myself.
The nonmormon guy I dated at age 20 got a divorce 14 years ago and we've been together since. So I'm an adulteress according to "the law." I wear the badge with pride. I was your extremely devout, extremely naive mormon girl who saved herself for marriage and then the leaders told me to experiment to see if my gay boyfriend could get turned on by a woman. I couldn't deal with it. Eventually, we got married and one reason is because we needed those leaders OUT OF OUR LIVES (including Boyd). They were destroying me. They'd already done a good job on my husband.
I also enjoy alcohol now and then. I love going places on Sunday in Utah as the restaurants and movie theaters aren't crowded. Only problem is that I usually walk my dogs around the local stake center (2 blocks away) and on Sundays, I won't. AND my daughter is TBM. That's the big problem.
Dave the Atheist Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I don't get this jello shots thing.
You know how you make jello with the package and stirring in water? You just use vodka instead of some of the water when you are making the jello. So it is like eating jello but it has vodka in it. As I understand it. Things could have changed though.
This is one of my favorite all time comments on RFM, kathleen. The big empty room speaks of so much. I wouldn't even try to define it but it's just one of those images that gives me hope. Can't really explain it except it makes me believe that even as old as I am, I can still play dress-ups and make up games or draw on the walls with no one telling me I can't. Or at least love watching others to it.
I Left TSCC and went back to being Catholic, HAPPILY. I drink coffee, tea, and alcohol on CHURCH GROUNDS. At our church picnic every year there is bound to be beer and wine floating around somewhere. My children were baptized Catholic so we just went back to our old routine. My daughter was too young to ever remember the short time we spent in TSCC and my son wasn’t born until I came back to the Catholic faith. I visited TSCC a few times with him when they tried to pull me back in but he’s too young to remember and was baptized Catholic almost immediately after, I for sure called it quits. I teach CCD on Sunday mornings and attend mass and get to go home and nap. I’m not forced to attend multiple meetings in order to be in good standing with the church. Do I have expectations to meet in order to be considered a practicing Catholic? Sure. Is someone knocking my door down to make sure I meet them? No. No one is blowing up my phone if I miss mass which is rare honestly but If I choose to attend another parish from the parish I am listed as a member, no one is jumping on me and telling me I need to be attending there and not somewhere else. No one is asking me when was the last time I went to confession or if I give up meat on Fridays during Lent (I do by the way.) The point is, no one worries about my business but me and doing these things make me happy so I do them, not because if someone catches me not doing them I’m going to be put under some sort of church disipline. I’m not scared into obedience because others will be calling upon me making sure I live my faith the way they think I should. My tattoos are ok. My piercings are too. I also don’t have to be rebaptized and go through a year of scrutiny to be a member again. I just went to confession and continued on. Life is good on this side... no matter what others think. No one judges the coffee pot being on every morning before work WHILE I read scripture. My underwear being from Target is ok too. Life is good.
You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
* I don't pray to anything but there are plenty of things that I find valuable.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
* It took me a while to learn how to swear properly but nowadays I think I uses the name of the Lord your God perfectly.
You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
* Sunday is important and I make sure that I have one every week.
Respect your father and mother.
* My mother has passed from what was a miserable life. My father holds a lot of fault for my mother's miserable life. But I still speak to him regularly and I haven't distanced myself from him like I have most of the rest of my family. I think I'm good.
You must not commit murder.
* I killed my faith. Does that count?
You must not commit adultery.
* I don't think I was really committed it was really just a one time mistake.
You must not steal.
* Not in a long time.
You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.
* Never once, although my Mormon neighbors are guilty of this.
You must not be envious of your neighbor's goods.
* Nope, my house is nicer, my cars are nicer, my kids are cooler, nothing to covet.
You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.
* Well his wife doesn't belong to him so I think I'm skirting by on a technicality.
Seriously though, coffee, beer, wine, whiskey, vodka, brandy, gin, tea, sex, naughty words, self respect, and all that. But my favorite?
Speaking ill of the lord's anointed. I fucking love that shit.
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