Life after leaving the Mormon Church
Congrats! I sent you an email with a few more personal comments.I am proud of you!
I don't comment very often on blogs, but I have liked your comments on poetrysansonions. I am glad that other people recognize that you are a good writer, and that you got to share more about what you think.I read your article. I don't think you can just send a letter to the Mormon church to not be a Mormon. My cousins are Mormon, and only a few of them go to church, but the ones who don't go to church are still members, at least I think they are.I learned a lot about Mormons from a couple of conversations with Julia, who writes poetrysansonions, so she might be good to ask her if she knows what you have to do to stop being a Mormon.Tina - Georgia, USA
Hi Tina,Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. If commenting publicly makes you uncomfortable, you can also e-mail me. (My e-mail is listed on the right, in the About Me section. Julia did tell me a bit more about what it would take to get my name removed permanently and the process sounds too invasive, so for now I will just have to accept that my name is listed on the membership rolls. Although, to be fair, they have been leaving me alone, so it is not too bad.
Tina, Glad to see you commenting! Is it easier to post while you are on vacation and don't have to worry about someone knowing exactly where you are from, since your ip address can't be tracked? Hopefully you will still comment when your visit is done. I really am proud of you!!Julia
Congratulations! That's excellent!
I don't know you name or how to start , do I just say post mormon girl?I wanted you to know I emailed the link to your blog to one of my cousins who doesn't go to church. He says he doesn't think he would ever resign, since he might want to come back someday, but he does agree that he would ask Julia what to do. Ever since we were kids she has always been able to find out answers no one else would be brave enough to ask. Thank you for being as nice as Julia is about me making comments. I am shy, maybe more than shy, and so it is less scary to do something again if it goes okay the first time. Julia keeps telling me most people are nice, even if you are asking questions because you don't understand. Julia is one of my only friends who is like that. I never made friends in high school because I was afraid to talk and sound stupid. Then I got married and my husband is always nice and doesn't make me talk to people I don't want to. I think that you think about things a lot, and then explain what you think really well. It is cool that you are as nice as you are smart. Does Julia send you cards too? Or maybe I shouldn't ask you that in a comment. You don't need to answer. I only asked because she gave me some cards and I don't know what to write, but I want to write them because the best days ever are when I get a card. I just am not sure how to decide who to send one to, and what to say to them. I was going to start with one to my grandma when I leave, but Julia made me promise to only send one card to her. I don't think I even write emails this long. Is it too long? If it is you can delete it. I was just wondering if you or someone else who reads your blog could tell me who you send cards to, especially if it isn't a birthday, anniversary or Christmas card. (Julia didn't give me any of those kinds.)I hope Julia doesn't think I am not happy with getting cards, because I smile all week and I want to make someone else smile too.Tina
Hi Tina - you can call me Rachel. :) And don't worry, I understand being shy - I sometimes have to fight very hard to over-come my shyness. I am good with people one-on-one but large groups leave me feeling quite drained. And before starting a blog, I was also a person that lurked but didn't comment.I did get a greeting card from Julia yesterday! It really made me smile. Thank you cards and special occasion cards are always nice. And sometimes, if it's a good friend, a "just-because" card. Although I tend to be someone that really struggles to show her emotions, so I think having someone like Julia send me a card is good because it will encourage me to be a little more open about my emotions. We don't always stop to let the people in our lives know how much they mean to us, whether a friend or a relative. And a card is a nice way to show that. And a good way to make a person smile.All the best,Rachel
That's great! This is such an achievement.At the end of the essay, you wrote that you're still waiting for your letter. Do you plan to contact them and ask for confirmation that you were taken off the roster? That's what I had to do to get my confirmation letter when I left the Catholic church.
I'll get around to it one of these days - it's just that the last time I tried I spent a long time being shuttled from one person to another and no one could tell me anything.
Congrats on getting picked up by Salon! Very cool...
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