It’s funny you mention the word “love” in relation to the email exchange I referenced. Any guesses as to how many times he said he loved me? Three. 3X!!! in that single email.Bonhoeffer wrote: ↑October 2nd, 2023, 9:46 pmI’m surprised he didn’t tell you he “loved you” like so many say lying through their teeth with their practiced feminine smile thinking it disarms their victims.Reluctant Watchman wrote: ↑October 2nd, 2023, 12:33 pm We mailed our letter to SLC on a Friday afternoon. By Tuesday morning I received a text from my stake president. He said he considered me a friend and hoped that I'd still be his friend. His text struck me as odd. I did thank him for helping me come closer to God, but our last correspondence was not of the friendly type. I sent him a video showing how the jab was killing people. He called me to repentance from supposedly calling the PSRs liars and deceivers. Then he doubled down and called me to repentance for encouraging people to go against the counsel of these men. "Safe and effective" was all that mattered. That email was over 2 1/2 years ago. Not a peep since that email. So yeah, kind of odd that he'd reach out and ask if we could still be friends. I thought friends cared about and conversed with each other...
While I'm not surprised, the communication culture of the church is broken when you don't believe all of their doctrines.
In all sincerity though, thank you for your thoughtful post. My journey out started during Covid too and while I asked for a release from my stake calling, told my bishopric member I won’t be renewing my temple rec, the next shoe to drop will be us telling the bishop, whom we like a lot and have been good friends with, that we don’t give the church any tithing and haven’t for the past 2 yrs. Not sure what he’ll say/do as it’s out of my control, I’m kind of looking forward to educating him on the why’s. I’m also trying to prepare myself for complete rejection from him and others esp now that they’re pushing the communist dogma of only listening to their approved messages & messengers. Don’t know how much of conference he heard though since he was enjoying his sons college fb game (as was I - let’s go Blue!)
it also sounds like you’ve had a fun journey. All experiences shall be for our good. And good for you in being honest and authentic in your beliefs. As I noted in my essay, most members have to put on a false persona when they come to church, or they are simply ignorant of Christ’s teachings and how they contradict many of the church dogmas. You really begin to find out the genuinely good people on this planet when you disagree, yet can still have truly good intentions and love each other without conditions.