Date: June 16, 2017 07:31PM
Met a lawyer yesterday that is working for my sister. Turns out that he joined TSCC while in college. After a year or two he realized it was not a good fit for him as he did not go for the "one true church" concept. He met with his bishop and said he wanted to terminate his membership. This was sometime in the early 1970's and his bishop informed him that there was no way to leave other than excommunication. He then asked the bishop if he could just stop going to church (university singles ward) for awhile and think about his feelings about the church. The bishop said that not going to church was also not an option. The young man just decided to stop going to church anyway but the bishop sent missionaries, priesthood leaders, FHE leaders, and anyone available to harass the man. This fellow went back to the bishop because he was so tired of being annoyed and he asked for the excommunication option. After his excommunication the bishop sent him a letter stating that he was no longer a member and that his status as an apostate put him in a category of sin that was worse than murder, rape, kidnapping, and many other horrible sins. I asked him if he responded to this letter and he said he just realized that if he had any doubts about the decision he made the bishop erased them all. He now tells anyone who will listen what a diseased religion Mormonism is.