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1 year ago
Claire Ferguson
Thank you Amyjo, I’m looking forward to the trip :)
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1 year ago
Claire Ferguson
Hi all and warm greetings from London! I don’t post much on RfM these days but I’m immensely appreciative of the help, support and laughter I have invariably found here in the 13 years since I left the church. The reason I’m posting today is that I’ll be in NYC on 5th to 10th October and I wondered if there were any exmo meet ups scheduled... or if anyone fancied a coffee whilst I
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Loved the book of Jurassic Park, read it just before the film came out. In fact, now that I think about it, I think I'll read it again; am just getting to the end of my current book. :)
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Greetings all, from a fellow Brit! Am London born and bred. Joined the church in 1976 in the London North Ward, Hyde Park Stake. Served mission in Leeds in 1985/86, then returned to the Hyde Park Stake and attended tbe Britannia Singles Ward. Taught institute for a few years in Hyde Park. Then, when married, attended wards in South Shields, Lincoln and Crewe. Left the church in 2004.
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
http://exmormon.org/phorum/read.php?2,1413602,1413775#msg-1413775
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
That is exactly how I would have viewed the essays when I was TBM. Scary.
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Thanks Tom. I kept the letter initially because it meant a great deal to me that he had responded. As a TBM I could see no wrong in him, or the church, despite evidence to the contrary staring me in the face. It was many years later that my doubts began. I came across the letter again recently when sorting through some personal papers. Thank you Steve for your interesting treatment of
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I'm not suggesting this is the full reason for the essays but I definitely think Tom Phillips' court case spooked them.
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Catnip, it's posts like yours that make me wish we had a 'like' button on RfM!
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I wish she'd replied "ok, you pray for me and I'll think for both of us".
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Pavlov's dogs. I recall a time when I attended church with a TBM friend I was visiting for the weekend. I sat in church getting physjcal warm fuzzies, whilst at the same time thinking what a load of rubbish. It occured to me that when I heard the familiar phrases (trigger words) my body reacted by producing the same physical sensations I'd previously associated with 'the spirit'. It was a very i
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I'm seriously considering making one this year, and will cover it with the customary marzipan and royal icing. Although I'll probably be the only one to eat it.
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I havn't been to SLC many times but I was there in August and thought it had a great vibe, I really enjoyed it. I met some fantastic people, none of whom were LDS. Might sound strange but it had a San Fransisco feel to it; as in it felt arty, happening, fun and a great place to meet great people. One of my favourite places was the Oasis Cafe, I had brunch there one time and loved it, only wi
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I'd be hesitant to use the word gay until he does, it may feel safer to him to stick with SSA right now. I think I'd be inclined to go at his pace. By coincidence I'm writing this whilst staying at the home of one of my best friends and his partner. This friend and I met here in the UK through RfM (for that I will forever be grateful to RfM). He knew before his mission he was gay, he tr
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
When I received an email from my ex-husband's bishop, asking for my comments, I replied in a similar vein. I emailed something along the lines of "I no longer believe in the Mormon church and this has nothing to do with me. I wish XXXX and XXXX well". In reality I'd had a huge and conflicted emotional reaction to the email, which came out of the blue with no prior warning, but I f
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
. . . and what have you done with him?
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
One of my missionary companions (England Leeds Mission 85-86) was told in her Patriarchal Blessing that she would still be alive at the time of the second coming, that she literally would not die before it happened. I often wonder what her husband and children will think when she dies and the second coming won't have happened.
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Hello to you too toto! As for accents, if I could sound like anyone I think I'd choose Joanna Lumley. :o) http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T0cpeKZrHtA
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I asked the same question when I left the church. I had been so used to praying about problems or decisions in my life that, without the church and the resulting belief system, I felt abandoned, alone and insecure. First off I came to realise that although I had believed I was praying to god, I had in fact been talking to myself. And it really helped. 'Praying', or in truth talking to myself
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Not over by you but not a million miles away either, am in Derbyshire. Hi Briggy, hope you are well. x
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I laughed and smiled all the way through, the first time I saw it, and cried practically all the way home. It brought up painful and angry emotions I had about the church that I thought were resolved. In particular it took me right back to my mission when I had that same innocent/naive outlook the elders in the show have. And it made me so angry that the church still does that to people. I have
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4 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Thank you, have put it on my Kindle now. Was browsing for other free Kindle books, don't think I'll be getting this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ensign-Church-Christ-Latter-day-Saints-ebook/dp/B00GI1Z1KY/ref=sr_1_42?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409344450&sr=1-42&keywords=free+kindle+books Didn't know you could get Ensigns on Kindle but, then again, there were no Kindles in
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
UK. London born and bred, currently living in Derbyshire.
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I was sad when I heard of his passing today. Have always liked him. One of my favourite films is 'Support Your Local Sheriff'; must watch it again one of these days.
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I love True Blood; both the books and TV show.
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Super - looking forward to hearing from you!
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
Thank you Michael, I'll look out for The Nook! Lorraine - I'd love to meet up; my email address is claire.ferguson@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like to get in touch.
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I'll be staying in Bangor for a few days at the end of the month. Planning to spend a day in Belfast, take a day trip to the Giant's Causeway/Antrim coast, and mooch around Bangor. If anyone fancies meeting up for a coffee and a natter please let me know, would be super to say hello.
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
This is the first year I've really liked the UK song. The rest of Europe doesn't like us very much so it will be interesting to see if we get many votes. :o) I love the Eurovision Song Contest, it's so bad it's good!!
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5 years ago
Claire Ferguson
I was 9 when the Osmonds were in their hey day in the UK and I was completely bowled over by them. Their PR for the church was v clever and I bought it hook line and sinker. I was an only child from a poor family and their lives, and the church, looked like a magical wonderland to me. Sod's law, when I started secondary school, there was a mormon boy in my class and I begged him to let me g
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