Date: November 30, 2019 04:40PM
After reading a bunch of stuff on the Recovery Board, I was reminded of someone I used to go to church with. I've been out for a few years and recall one evening when I was living alone and still not 100% out of the church (now live with semi-active mom, but she's cool and am out of the church) when all of a sudden, the missionaries and a dude I used to go to church with popped in on me. They were obviously trying to get me to go back to church, so they sent the super intelligent mathematician that worked at the local college. I guess they thought I could bond with or him possibly not be able to out argue (Socratic style, not by yelling) him.
In any event, it was probably around 5-5:30 pm, so I was eating dinner. They showed up at my studio apartment and tried say that I told the bishop I wanted to take the missionary discussions. I told them that I told the bishop I would have to think about it. I guess that means yes to a Mormon bishop.
In any event, they eventually decided to just bear their testimonies. I was already annoyed that they interrupted my quiet dinner at home, so I let the old dude bear his to me. I more or less told him that his reasoning for believing in the church was flawed. It involved his kids, so that was probably a mistake. I basically told him that he assigned a miracle to god after he had made a bad career move. His problem was easy enough to solve, he just needed to see a different doctor, anyone could tell that.
So of course he god pissed. I was probably supposed to be intimidated by an older dude and his posse, or just go along and say yes to everything. They didn't really know what to do when I said no. So after he was visibly upset (REALLY FREAKING PISSED OFF) he insisted that the church was real because his life worked out, and that meant that god wanted him to make a bad career move so he could raise a family and be nearly dirt poor doing it. Heck, he moved to the worst place with the lowest paying job on his list of offers, and even passed up one in New York. Where is he now? Dumpy ol' Oshkosh Wisconsin.
So I'm just wondering, anyone else have a similar experience? I'm sure I'm not unique.