Following the Mormon Church’s decision to declare gays and lesbians in committed relationships “apostates” and refusing to bless/confirm/ordain kids unless they disavow their gay parents, there’s been a huge backlash from practicing Mormons.
Now, there are plans for a mass resignation this Saturday:
[The plan is to] Walk/ March together around Temple square and deposit our letters in a mail box near the church office… bring just a personal letter to the church about why you resigned. All those simply in support are of course welcome too. We will listen to 4-5 [testimonials]/ speakers at the park while people who need to get their letters together.
A lawyer on site and affiliated with the event will be offering advice to make sure our resignations are processed immediately and without ward leader intervention.
Already, more than 800 people have said they’re attending (though not all of them will be resigning).
If you’re a Mormon and you need information on how to resign from the Church, here’s a helpful graphic:
A little background:
3 days ago, a new edition to the Church's leadership handbook-which is ostensibly private and not available to the public- was leaked by an insider to John Dehlin, a man who was excommunicated several months ago for his stand in support of gay members. Dehlin posted the information on his website and on r/exmormon. As you may be aware, the church has been stridently anti gay, not against members- as long as they keep their mouth shut- but against gay marriage. Prop. 8 in California was largely fueled by the church. The decision by SCOTUS for
Obergefell Vs Hodgeshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges
the result was a direct kick in the nuts to the Mormon church for several reasons.
The Mormon church believes that worthy members can be married in a Mormon temple for time and all eternity, taking a Celestial wife (and also other wives, vis a vis polyandry) after their deaths. Most people don't know that men can be sealed in the temple to other wives after the death of their wives, other wives' husbands, etc.. The SCOTUS decision flies directly in the face of their belief because the church does not recognize gay marriage as either legitimate or righteous. It leads to several problems: BYU, the church school, does not allow gay married people to inhabit their married dorms, in direct conflict to the SCOTUS decision.
There is also an issue with men who were married to women and had children, then leaving and finding a gay partner. What the church did was basically say that gay relations were not allowed by the church but went further: children who are members are normally baptized at age 8, pretty much automatically. The church now says that children of gays cannot be baptized until age 18- adulthood- and ONLY if they disavow their parents' gay relationship.
The firestorm that resulted was first of all because the church did it in secret and it got leaked, and they recently had their semi annual conference and made no mention of it. It also attacks children, which is a direct contradiction to the church's 2nd Article of Faith:
2 "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression."
In effect judging the child for the actions of the parents.
The shit hit the fan worldwide in the LDS Church. I am aware of two entire families that quit the church in California, a choir director a Bishop and others have quit the church.
Presently on https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon
There is a lawyer who has been helping people for free to submit resignations- over the last few weeks he as handled something like 1400 requests, and other lawyers have kicked in to help out.
How bad is this? Mormonism rates apostates as less worthy than murderers thieves and rapists.Children of gay people have been labeled as unworthy in a most shocking and brutal way.
I left the church 24 years ago this February. Needless to say I am pleased. If you want to see some outrage, visit r/exmormon for a dose.