Hello could you please clarify for me exactly what a formal defection from the faith is? On one hand I have heard that it is merely when a person joins another faith; on the other hand I have heard that it is the ~intent~ of that person when they joined the other faith. Long story short: I was baptized Catholic, joined the LDS church at 31 and want to return to the Catholic church at 45. I joined NOT because of the doctrine taught, but because I was a young widow with a young daughter and needed a social group for support(which I was not finding at my local Catholic parish).I have not been “active” in the LDS church almost from the beginning. I confessed regarding this situation and received absolution. Please tell me if this was a formal defection and I am now welcome back or if I am not able to return. Please, this is VERY important to me.