2nd Annual Mass Resignation Event from the LDS Church (2013)June 29, 7 pm – Open to the public.
Salt Lake City, Utah.
In June 2012, over a hundred people showed up to support resignation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the Mormon or LDS church). This year, they are doing it again. Former and current members of the LDS church will be marching on Ensign Peak at 7 pm, in a mass resignation event from the LDS church.
This event means a lot to the people who are involved. Resigning from the church is a milestone for some, showing that they no longer want to be associated with the LDS church or its practices. Many people never resign who no longer believe. Those who do resign do it to make a statement, either to the church, themselves, or their families. For some, that statement is simply to stop the church from contacting them to return. For others, that statement is for themselves, marking that they have moved beyond church culture and church beliefs. And, for others still, that statement is about disagreement with church history or practices, such as the Evergreen rehabilitation program, the polygamous nature of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and changing church doctrines.
For many who resign, Mormonism has been a culture and way of life. Leaving the church can be a traumatic experience, as they adjust to a world “outside the church”. As an example, people who leave the LDS church may not experience their first coffee, tea, or alcoholic drink until they have left the church, which could be in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Many people who stop believing in the church feel that they have to figure out how to live a new life.
Members can resign from the LDS church by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their full name, date of birth, and membership number. Other information such as baptism date and their ward or branch can also be included. Alternatively, a letter can be sent to Member Records, 50 E North Temple, Room 1372, SLC UT 84150-5310.