Hi, everyone. I'm CV Rick
Since I was excommunicated I haven't been part of any organization with any ties, past-present-former-etc., to Mormonism. I've been conducting my own journey of discovery, education, and life.
A little about me: I was raised both Mormon and as a military brat (Air Force). We moved all over the world and I got to experience these two very unique worlds together, which gives one a unique perspective on the church and on the Utah/Idaho Mormons. My father retired and moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where I went to high school as something of an outsider. Then after dropping out of college I went into the Air Force myself where I eventually ended up serving both Combat and Combat Support roles in Desert Storm and other theaters.
About my excommunication: I haven't written the full story yet, but the brief version is that I was married with one very young son. I was working full-time and carrying a heavy load of night classes when my wife (ex-wife) decided that I was being unfaithful. She decided that I was having an affair and with whom I was having an affair and she went to the Bishop with her accusations.
The Bishop called me in, demanded that I cease my affair and that I repent. Me, being stubborn, refused to repent for that which I didn't do. He demanded, I denied wrongdoing. He prayed, and tried in vain to persuade me to admit to something and repent for that which I had no guilt. So, it went to the Stake where a council was called and a court convened and I was invited to attend.
I did attend, and I repeated my innocence. But prayer and guidance and a lot of persuasion from my ex and my Bishop convinced them that I was guilty and since I had no remorse, I was excommunicated.
Now call me strange, but I thought that our Heavenly Father was omniscient. Given that, I thought he'd know I was telling the truth and he'd let the Stake President, councilors, and court (quorum) know that through answering prayers. That was my first real confirmation that they're just making it all up anyway. Turns out that she was the one having an affair as I found out (and didn't care) years later.
Since the church severed ties with me, I likewise severed ties with them, studied the philosophy and science of belief, creation, and all things biblical. I'd describe myself now as a happy and well-adjusted Atheist.
I found FLAK through Sister Mary Lisa. I write a blog
that some think is decent and it's memoir-style, detailing my experiences in the military
_________________- CV Rick