My Resignation Letter

For those who are curious below is the text of the resignation letter I will be sending in this week.  The bulk of this came from a sample letter on http://www.mormonnomore.com

This letter is my formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately. I hereby withdraw my consent to being treated as a member and I withdraw my consent to being subject to church rules, policies, beliefs and ‘discipline’. As I am no longer a member, I want my name permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the church.

I have given this matter considerable thought. I understand what you consider the ‘seriousness’ and the ‘consequences’ of my actions. I am aware that the church handbook says that my resignation “cancels the effects of baptism and confirmation, withdraws the priesthood held by a male member and revokes temple blessings” I also understand that I will be “readmitted to the church by baptism only after a thorough interview”. (quotes from the current Church Handbook of Instructions)

My resignation should be processed immediately, without any ‘waiting periods’. I am not going to be dissuaded and I am not going to change my mind.

I expect this matter to be handled promptly, with respect and with full confidentiality.

After today, the only contact I want from the church is a single letter of confirmation to let me know that I am no longer listed as a member of the church.

If you need to put down a reason you may indicate that I no longer wish to be associated with an organization that would visit the same discrimination upon another group that was visited upon it. More specifically as history will show the church practiced non-traditional marriage polygamy (which was considered vital to the plan of salvation), other religions forced the government to put pressure on the church to remove that right. Now the church has acted in the same way by seeking to outlaw a marriage that it deems offensive.

Sincerely,

Nathan Hinman

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