I hadn't been active in 18 years. Except for brief stints. My work schedule had not permitted regular Sunday attendance, hence no way to accept any callngs. No home teachers usually sought me out. Maybe once every five to six years. I never refused to see them: I just seem to have not been a priority.SilentDawning wrote:I suppose my question is why you resigned in 2008...resigning is a pretty big step, so I'm interested in knowing what changed since then to make it so you are considering rejoining, with only a small concern about the BoM (if I read your intro correctly).
And my questions were somewhat akin to those of one of the September Six, insofar as I saw Scripture (not just the BoM) as often more allegorical than historical. 'Infallible on matters of faith and morals', not necessarily in secular subjects. What they were calling "Chapel Mormonism" for a while was/is much more literalist and I wasn't sure if I still fit in. If I spoke up about my style of reading Scriptures, would I have faced a Bishops Court?
Meanwhile, I had other things going on religiously. I served as an at large pastor for a nondenominational Chrstian ministry. I volunteered for awhile at the local VA hospital. Felt I was doing well enough spiritually.
I had become a big coffee drinker, a moderate tea drinker, due to the long and irregular shifts I worked. So no Temple recommend, no temple ordinances. And since I was not attending, I wasn't tithing either.
My quiet low-key heterodoxy combined with my involvement in other religious groups meant I was pretty well unplugged from Mormonism, so why retain a nominal membership?