A persons name remains on the LDS roles until
The LDS church may claim to be a fast growing church
with millions of members, but is this the truth? Many who have
left this church or who are inactive are still counted as members
but think themselves separated because they simply quit going.
If one has come to the place of separating ways with Mormonism, it
is a very good idea to send a letter to the LDS church so
that his/her name will not be included in the membership numbers
which may be out of balance with actual "active members". This is
called a formal resignation.
I do not believe that one can have their foot in both
Mormonism and Christianity, we either serve one or the other but it
is impossible to serve both.
The following are links and helps for those who are
ready to develop their exit letter from Mormonism.
An example letter:
Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT 84150-5310
This letter is our formal resignation from the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately. We
hereby withdraw our consent to being treated as members and we
withdraw our consent to being subject to church rules, policies,
beliefs and 'discipline'. As we are no longer members, we want our
names permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls
of the church. We also insist that our minor children are removed
from the membership rolls of the church or as “members of record”.
We have given this matter considerable thought. We understand what
you consider the 'seriousness' and the 'consequences' of our
actions. We are aware that the church handbook says that our
resignation "cancels the effects of baptism and confirmation,
withdraws the priesthood held by a male member and revokes temple
blessings" We also understand that we will be "readmitted to the
church by baptism only after a thorough interview". (quotes from the
current Church Handbook of Instructions)
Our resignation should be processed immediately, without any
'waiting periods'. We are not going to be dissuaded and we are not
going to change our minds.
We expect this matter to be handled promptly, with respect and with
After today, the only contact we want from the church is a single
letter of confirmation to let us know that we are no longer listed
as a member of the church.
We have determined after reading all the evidence that the Book of
Mormon is not inspired by God. We do not believe that Joseph Smith
was a prophet of God, or that he received direct revelation from
God. We also believe that we will be judged someday according to our
faith in the Savior, not Joseph Smith. We believe that he taught
false doctrine, and that he has led many good people astray, and
away from the true teachings of Jesus Christ that are taught in the