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Sample Resignation Letter 1

Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT 84150-5310

This letter is to inform you that as of DATE I have terminated my membership in the Church Of Jesus-Christ Of Latter-Day Saints.

Please remove the name YOUR FULL NAME (birth date YOUR BIRTH DATE) from the records of the LDS Church immediately - as dictated in the General Handbook of instructions.

Throughout the years I have had strong objections to the doctrine and teachings of the LDS church. Further disclosure is unnecessary.

These instructions to you state that you, as the Bishop, are to be certain that I understand the following:
  1. That withdrawal of a name cancels the effect of baptism.
  2. Withdraws the priesthood from a male member; and,
  3. Suspends temple sealing and blessings.
I do understand these things, and make this formal, written request that my name be removed from the records of the church immediately.

Therefore, I ask you to promptly complete the form "Request for Administrative Action", and forward it to the Stake President. You will need to send me a letter telling me that you have done so. Furthermore, I formally demand that the 30 day holding period be waived and that the Stake President will forward this letter and the form to the Office of the First Presidency.

  1. I will NOT participate in church court or disciplinary councils as I have done nothing wrong. I am exercising my freedom of religion and I am requesting the administrative procedure for membership removal.
  2. I do not wish to be contacted by anyone except by mail confirming that my name has been remove from the records. This includes home teachers, visiting teachers and church leadership trying to visit or call by phone.
  3. My decision is not based on personality conflicts with other members nor is it a result of immorality or other action deemed fit for church courts.
A copy of this letter has been sent to the LDS Church Membership Records Dept., the Stake President, the Bishop and my Attorney. Should the church refuse to remove my membership, I will seek legal council.

Signed YOUR FULL NAME
YOUR FULL ADDRESS- (important for them to send you back confirmation)

WHERE TO MAIL LETTERS

Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT 84150-5310

801-240-2053 - Phone
801-240-1565 - Fax
1-800-453-3860 ext 22053 - Toll Free
Difficulties with resigning? Member Records now has a voice mail system and it is sometimes difficult to get through to a real person. Faxes seem to work, but actually talking to a real person can be more satisfying and they will usually tell you they will call the stake president or bishop about the situation. You can just talk to whichever clerk answers the phone, or you could try asking for Gregory Dodge. On letters from member records they list Mr. Dodge as the supervisor of the 'Member and Statistical Records Division'. Feel free to call often until you get results.

PLEASE NOTE: The Ex-Mormon Forums has a forum dedicated to Name Removal/Resignation. You can get instant help from those who have been through the process. Get help in having your name removed from the records of the LDS Church. Post your questions or your updates on your journey out of Mormonism. Get help with stubborn Bishops or Stake Presidents. Interact with those who have already had their names removed.
  CLICK HERE to visit the Ex-Mormon Forums.