Crash

June 17, 2019

On my way home from work in Centennial, CO, on I-225 just next to the on-ramp from Colfax and one mile before the I-70 split, in stop-and-go traffic (stopped at the time), a car slammed into me, pushing my car into the car ahead. Because of the safety features of my car, virtually no damage happened to the front end of my car and there was no visible damage to the rear of the car ahead.

However, the car that hit me suffered the most damage, folding up the hood and crushing the radiator and washer fluid bottle.

Front end of my car:

Closer look at slight spread of front bumper:

That’s it for the front of my car.

Now, the rear of my car:

You’ll notice the lower ends of my bumper impinge on the tires. The courtesy/safety patrol guys took the bumper off to make my car drivable and to prevent the bumper from dropping off and becoming a traffic hazard in the future.

The car that hit me:

You can tell his car submarined. He must have realized too late he would hit me and hit the brakes, hard.

It makes me grateful today’s vehicles have the safety features they do. No one was hurt.

Safety features or not, I am not protected from *ahem* “an inaccurate” statement from the driver who caused the accident. I now must deal with that and his insurance company.

My Road to Excommunication (document trail)

So, how does one become eligible for excommunication from one’s church (in my case, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka “Mormon”)? I don’t know how you might but I do know how I did. My first step, a 14-month reading project of Church published histories, journals, and scriptures. This exercise taught me all I had not known before but was hidden in plain sight in publications referenced frequently by authorities but seldom opened by lay members.

With a crushed “testimony”, I approached church leadership with questions. Eventually, a meeting in my home was set up by my Bishop (leader of a Mormon congregation) for his line leader to pay my wife and me a visit. On this particular visit, the line leader (Stake President) brought his line leader (Area Seventy). This was in July 2015.

Several months later, in October, I received the following 2-page letter from the Area Seventy.

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I responded with the following letter, after giving it some thought.

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And then I sent a letter to my family, which I will not include here (personal information). One Uncle, an educator, sent me the following in response.

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His younger brother, a businessman, former Stake President, former Mission President, responded in this fashion.

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The family rumor mill began. I started getting questions about my status with the Church, my testimony, etc. To allay the rumors, I made a Facebook post (better reach to the bulk of family members) on January 31, 2016 (see this site ). My Bishop called me in after a while and asked me to delete the post. I politely declined, citing my reason (family communication to allay rumors). My Bishop was okay with this.

For a short while. Until his line leader, the Stake President, gave him more firm direction. I still declined. The Stake President then called me in for an interview. He asked me to delete the post. I politely declined. He suggested Church discipline might become an option.

Then this arrived.

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The audio recording of this council is linked to on the same Mormon Think page I linked to above.

The results?

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And that’s how I did it!