I think all ex-Mormons should share their exit stories to counter what appears to be an increasingly powerful influence of the church. Because my spouse is an active Mormon, I see the near-daily Mormon Times newspaper. It's clear that the church has become much more sophisticated about its "brand".
hmm... interesting... well, I have made it clear. I guess, part of the reason as to why they want me back so badly is because my husband left with me, and he is a 5th gen. Mormon... Apart from that, back when I was contacted on the street it was actually the Mission President ! ;) Maybe it's a combination of everything ?
same here... I told them, If they didn't stop with what I felt was harassment, I was going to first of all contact the police, and second of all, contact Church Headquaters in Frankfurt Germany, for I'm sure they'd like to know what's going on.. !
No worries! Thank you for the nice welcome! I call my hair my old grandma blue hair. I feel twenty most of the time but I am indeed a grandma to a seven year old boy who I have custody of. Thanks again and have a beautiful day!
Please excuse me for being so late to respond to your welcome and your question. :-( I'm not usually so cavalier about checking my mailbox, but sometimes I just sort of ignore it for a while, and for the last few weeks things have been rather hectic.
I became an ex-Catholic before I became an ex-nun I left in the height of Vatican Council Two, in the early wave of what became today's mega-shortage of clergy and religious. I stayed past the time when I stopped believing the doctrines of the Catholic church because I was a year away from my undergrad degree, and I figured that after ten years I deserved a B.A. The church was getting a little skittish about people beginning to leave, and the vatican reps weren't giving easy approval for release from final vows. A couple of my classmates were told to wait a year; I only asked permission for my parent's sake; had they said no I'd had left anyway. My reason was I didn't believe in God any longer, so they gave me their seal of approval. The early seventies were a wonderful time for me of coming to understand the meaning of "sisterhood is powerful" in the face of the oppression of women in the church and in society. I went on to explore a dozen different religion and spiritualities, finally sort of settling in to an eastern non-duality niche.
I became interested in the mormons when one of my litereacy students told me she was being visited by missionaries and asked me to give her some information. I told her I didn't know much, but I did think that her being black, bisexual and a single mother wasn't quite wasn't quite state-of-the mormon art. I started reading and couldn't stop. That was five years ago, and I'm still fascinated.
So that, in a little bit more than a nutshell, is why I became an ex-nun. I figure I have something in common with ex-mormons