Jennifer, for your information here is a more descriptive view of my religious journey until now:
"babtised" in a non-denom quasi SBC Church at 7
remained in said church environment until I was 14 at which time upon reading the scriptures I determined (the only form being this fundamentalist stuff) that Christianity was a false religion.
For two years I wandered through Buddhism (American fakery more accuratly), professed athiesm, agnosticism, general newageness, wicca, and finally ended up in a quasi-cult which worshiped the late princess diana as a "reincarnation of Christ" with mother Theresa being a "Reincarnation of Mary." obviously I dispelled these blasphemies. I was amble to be all these different things in that period of time because they are not mutually exclusive. Oh I forgot to mention tauism.
At about the age of 16 (late summer '99) I happened to pick up a book by Billy Grahmm one night when I was staying with my devout Free-Will Babtist Grandmother. Having always been an avid reader (I still try and read three books containing at least 200 pages a week) I finished the book that evening and began reading other bookes. I must also admit that I stole a bunch of "Chick Tracks" from my grandma, which I did return to her in the days immediatly preceeding her death. After having read a few of these I said the prayer in the back to "get saved."
I started going back to Babtist Churches, but found them empty for much the same reasons as before. Started going ot a pentecostal Church but ran when I saw the freak show goin on there (sorry I can't think of politer terms to describe the scene of spiritual desolation before me). Finally went to the local ECUSA parish for a few weeks, but left when the female priestess said "all religions lead to the same God." Tried the Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Menonites (still frequent the bakery of hte latter), eventually despaired until a friend of mine convinced me to try the NO parish in town. Went there for a Mass, found it nice but still seemed empty. Eventually did become NO though.
Was recieved into the NO church November 20, 1999 (vigil of Christ the King on the New Calander).
Moved up here to Kansas a year later, fell in with some medjugorhite folks.
Got exposed to the Tradlat and uniate Churches about the same time. Started frequenting Tridentine Masses-went occasionally to the Ukranian Church but it was late in the day and almost impossible to maintain the midnight on fast.
was a closeted trad lat for about 1 1/2 years when in late 2001 I applied to the novus ordo seminary and was turned down when I told the bishop the best way to improve the NO Missal (his question he brough up was how to best improve the Liturgy of hte Diocese) was match.
Decided to get an assosciates before applying to a tradlat seminary (probably FSSP was was harboring thoughts about the SSPX and SSPV).
decided to go ROCOR, but decided against it because I cared more for maintaining familial relationships than the Cross-Bearing Love of Christ.
went back to tradlats, but still harbored Sedevacantist tendencies. Studied a lot and read just about everything available online(in an attempt to be extremely frugal) about the subject, and came to the conclusion after much study and prayer that I could not in good conscience consider JPII to be a valid Pope (nor any others from the time starting with John XXIII) and the NO to be invalid. However with the help of Anastasios etc. I realized that it is impossible to believe in the papal infallibility and sedevacatist positions at the same time.
waited and studied around again asking the advice of many an individual, and finally came to the conclusion to become Orthodox, but more specifically ROAC because of concerns over ecumenism and the possible reunion between the MP and ROCOR.
whew, that even made me tired. Or perhaps it is the late hour.