Mother Who Knows
Date: December 06, 2017 03:31AM
Good for you, Cutekitty! Thanks for sharing this with us. Standing up to your old bishop must have taken a great deal of energy. Mormons are a hard-nosed people. I bet you do feel good about it, though.
I told my bishop everything you told yours, but I did it tearfully. I was unhappy at being lied to and abused, and my children were abused.I also had hand-written diaries by famous Mormon-history characters, who were JS's neighbors, and among the first members of the cult. I had these on both sides of my family, and some were polygamists. The diaries had been confiscated by the church, from a feeble old aunt, who willingly "donated" them to the BYU archives, from which they mysteriously "disappeared." But I remembered what I read, and I told my bishop, along with the other facts I had learned here on RFM. He denied everything, just like your old bishop did. The anger didn't hit me until later.
The other Mormon visitors--and there were many, but always in groups, and always unannounced, always late at night--threatened and maligned me. Get on their wrong side, and Mormons are bullies!
My bishop was the nicest, and he said if I would give him a chance, that he would come back next week, and prove to me that "Next to Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith was the most wonderful man who ever lived!"
My bishop never came back. He never contacted me again. I wonder what he uncovered in his research of JS....
I explained everything in my official letter of resignation, in a concise, clear manner, documented with references, and keeping it under two pages. I still keep copies of it in my desk near the front door, to hand out, when necessary. It feels good to have it all in writing.
Cutekitty, you probably looked like a healthy, self-sufficient, strong woman, and that can be very attractive and intimidating to a Mormon bully/cowardly dweeb.