005: Carolyn – The of Sadness of Disfellowshipment and Excommunication

Carolyn discusses her disfellowshipment and excommunication from the church.

4 comments for “005: Carolyn – The of Sadness of Disfellowshipment and Excommunication

  1. Judy
    August 24, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Q: Carolyn,
    You mentioned in your video about being excommunicated that you were afraid you wouldn’t be able to feel the Spirit or help people anymore. I would really like to know if you still can (even though that seems like a stupid question to me on many levels). I have managed to stay “under the radar” of the Church and wonder if it is possible to keep the spirit after being excommunicated. I have always been a very spiritual person and would not want to lose that.

  2. Carolyn
    August 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Judy,

    That is not a stupid question at all. I was afraid that I would never feel the spirit, however I have learned that I can feel the spirit. I am also able to do good things and think of others better than I have before. Sometimes I think it is becuase I’m doing it from my heart rather than what “I am supposed to do”. I wish you peace in your journey, as I know it is a hard one. Please write again if you have any other questions.

    Carolyn

  3. Rebecca
    September 1, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    People always say in their testimonies, “I don’t know where I’d be without the church.” It’s amazing to me how people become so dependent upon the church for their spiritual growth. I definitely believe it provides us with tools that help us grow, spiritually. But it seems horrible to me to allow the church to make or break one’s spiritual life. We get to work out our own salvation. What an amazing gift! And it comes with a lot of personal responsibility. Many in the church get lazy and live on borrowed light. For them, the dim lamp in the dusty den is fine enough. Let’s please, take responsibility, and develop a relationship with God and a love for God that can stand on its own! I am grateful to the church, for helping me to form my ideas of who God and Christ and others are. Of course, God’s spirit stayed with you, Carolyn, after you were excommunicated! You are God’s child and obviously a spiritually developed person. God is not withholding any of those great blessings from you–those blessings of being inspired on a daily, hourly basis. Thank you, Carolyn, for being so open and honest. Thank you for speaking out and helping the rest of us along our amazing, difficult journeys. Life is so amazing! I love all the opportunities given to me to learn and grow, to love my God and my fellowman…and woman. 🙂

  4. Carolyn Ball
    September 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    Your words are wonderful! I agree with you that sometimes we rely on others or the church to be our spiritual source. I love what you wrote that we work our own salvation out with the Lord.

    I wish that I could have felt that and known that before I was excommunicated. I am thankful that you feel that way and can share that with others. Thank you for sharing your heart felt feelings also.

    You are right that life is amazing! We certainly can love and learn from each other. Thank you for helping me to learn something new today.

    Carolyn

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