Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT 84150-5310
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.
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.
The reasons for this resignation are simple. The church has found it necessary to prejudge, and generally shun our family, and discriminate against me specifically. I've had one visit from my home teacher since moving to the El Camino Ward. I get no other visits, emails or telephone calls to see how my family is doing. Even the JW's visit more often. I disagree with the practices of preaching political agendas from the pulpit, with the ongoing doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings, and with the violation of basic human rights perpetuated by the church against those in the LGBT community.
John E. Benedict