If you made your non beliefs known publicly you would be visited by some elders who would give you a hard time.
Hahaha. Please, Occams, tell me how I can get this conversation to go on forever. I was going to watch an episode of Doctor Who tonight, but I think I might just try and get you to explain more about the sinister inner working of the discipline of LDS. Hilarious.
Seriously, what is it you think should happen if someone starts to fall away? Kick them to the curb? Hold a prayer meeting outside their house? Text them?
No, you’d try and visit them to tell them you love them, help them with any concerns they might have, and let them know they’re welcome back.
But if they didn’t break, you’d have to slash their tires on the way out. Or at least come back and TP their house later. I mean, it’s not a church of wusses.
Or threaten them with excommunication and to cut them off from their family.
Are you claiming that the LDS Church does not have Disciplinary Council?
Bishops and branch presidents and stake, mission, and district presidents have a responsibility to help members overcome transgression through repentance. The most serious transgressions, such as serious violations of civil law, spouse abuse, child abuse, adultery, fornication, rape, and incest, often require formal Church discipline. Formal Church discipline may include restriction of Church membership privileges or loss of Church membership.
Formal Church discipline begins when a presiding priesthood leader determines that it is necessary to hold a disciplinary council. The purposes of disciplinary councils are to save the souls of transgressors, protect the innocent, and safeguard the purity, integrity, and good name of the Church.
Church discipline is an inspired process that takes place over a period of time. Through this process and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, a member can receive forgiveness of sins, regain peace of mind, and gain strength to avoid transgression. Church discipline is designed to help Heavenly Father’s children in their efforts to be purified from sin through the Atonement, return to full fellowship in the Church, and receive the full blessings of the Church.
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