By ican2
12/22/2011 10:48:28 AM
I exposed myself to a stranger from my car. Do I need to confess to my bishop and if so will I be excommunicated? I hold the priesthood.


cut off    
"Yes confess...mostly because we all need as much help as we can get, and the Bishop is a great source of help.

I don't think this one event will get you excommunicated from the church. However, excommunication from the church happens AFTER we have excommunicated ourselves from God and his spirit. Seek earnestly to be reunited with God."
posted at 12:13:07 on December 22, 2011 by beclean
Cut off?    
"Do you think I will be disfellowshipped? I plan on talking to my bishop I just am trying to prepare myself mentally for the consequences."
posted at 14:49:34 on December 22, 2011 by ican2
I don't know what your bishop will do    
"My title "Cut off" referred to what you (and all of us) do to ourselves when we sin--we cut ourselves off from the Spirit and from God. We excommunicate ourselves. No "punishment" from the Bishop could be worse than what we have already done to ourselves.

In the same way that excommunicated people are rebaptized into the church, each of us has the opportunity to be rebaptized into communication with the Spirit every week, when we take the sacrament.

Anyway, having never been a Bishop, I do not pretend to know what your Bishop will do. I know the general guidelines for excommunication, and your action (taken by itself, without several other actions pointing towards a general pattern) is not grounds for excommunication. However, whether your Bishop disfellowships you or not probably will have a lot to do with your attitude when you meet with him; humble and wanting to change, willing to do anything to overcome (including face the consequences) is always the best attitude to have. If you don't have it, ask God for it.

Good luck! You are doing the right thing. Keep going! If you truly want to change, and you keep pressing forward, it will all work out, in the end, no matter what happens."
posted at 17:03:35 on December 22, 2011 by beclean

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