Sunday, April 30, 2006

"You're not really a Mormon.", On the accuracy of labels. —Tsuzuki

An anti on another message board told me that I didn't really count as Mormon because of my penchant for embracing other religions and occult practices. My question is, how far can one push the envelope, while remaining faithful in the church, before the label of "Mormon" stops being descriptively accurate?
QUOTE (BMD @ Apr 30 2006, 01:09 PM)

A letter to the bishop, a letter to the stake president, a phone call to SLC, a letter to SLC, all over the past seven months now--and all I have to show for it is a form letter from SLC telling me my resignation is a "matter that must be handled by local priesthood leaders" which I received about three months ago.

It's the complete lack of respect that gets to me. What's the matter with these people? Why won't they honor my request to have my name removed from the records?

QUOTE (tag @ Apr 30 2006, 12:39 PM)
Some times this action is complete respect, not lack of respect. Membeship is sacred to the active members and not only for this life, but for all life. I really don't want to be responsible for bloting out a recod in this life (Read here Matthew 16:19) for a member who in the next life comes to himself and realized he wants the membership after all. You have to work for it to get your name off, and be sure it is your decission. They may actually be honoring you in this (although this is not your perspective).

Huh? Tag, I assume this was a serious response? If so you have a seriously warped view of respect, and I hope it's not widely shared by others, LDS or not. You're also factually wrong about having "to work for it to get your name off." At least in the U.S., you're no longer a member upon notifying them of such.

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