Hi Roy.Roy wrote:I can only assume that getting rebaptized would allow you to engage with the ward without the stigma of being an x-ed member. That is assuming that this is important to you. For me I have a desire to baptise my children (which I can technically do without a TR as long as the bishop does not see fit to prevent it) and participate in other LDS centric milestones (baby blessings, priesthood ordination, etc.).
Again welcome. You are among friends here.
I don't feel much stigma at this point. People have been pretty good to me. When they ask me to do things, I am honest and say that I am only allowed to do some things, but to not feel bad for asking at all. It seems appreciated that I have boundaries, but also respectfully help others know, when appropriate, that some things I can do and others I can't.
Its all good for me. And,...this is important!!!! I have discovered that the opportunities for services have nothing to do with a calling. You know how many times I have been over to a friends home cheering them up because they have a frightening surgery coming up?...or helping someone move who really needs it?...or calling a friend to tell them I love them and am concerned about them?
The opportunities to strengthen feeble knees and help to shore someone up are LEGION! My bishop, who I am a friend with, LOVES me. Why?....because I am the guy who takes up so much slack where people fall through the cracks as they suffer alone. I know how to cry with someone. I don't think anyone should ever cry alone. That is not right in my book.
So, exed or not...I know how to love people. I don't need to have my name on a roll to know how to care. I've been to hell. I know what it feels like to feel utterly forsaken. To me, it makes me want to help others,..not because I necessarily have some faith or answers for them, but because regardless of whether I do or not, I do know what love is.