Last Updated on January 1, 2020 by Jason Harris
Jason N. Harris, DOB: XXXX, Record Number: XXXXX
50 E North Temple, Room 1372
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310
This notarized letter is my formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is effective immediately. I hereby immediately withdraw my consent to being treated as a member of the LDS church in any fashion whatsoever. I want my name permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the LDS church.
I left the LDS church over one year ago after years of extensive thought, study and prayer. I believe there is absolutely good within the LDS scriptures and institution, and know without a doubt there are many members of the LDS church that have pure hearts and serve with selfless love and devotion. For that I am grateful. That said, I absolutely do not believe the LDS institution or any of the scriptures unique to the LDS church are what they claim to be. Since the days of Joseph Smith I believe the LDS institution has fallen far short of the standards of honesty, transparency and integrity it expects of its lay membership. Coming to this conclusion over the course of many years of intense study and prayer has been exceptionally traumatic emotionally. Particularly as I have been instructed repeatedly from the LDS pulpits not to trust my own heart, mind, conscience or answers to prayer that don’t align with the “right” answers as advocated by the LDS Church. Additionally, I believe numerous LDS policies and attitudes are often harmful to people the church claims stewardship over. I believe this is particularly true of many women, children, the LGBTQ community, minorities (especially in the past) and those who no longer hold literal belief paradigms. I will no longer have my name associated with the LDS church.
I understand what you consider to be the seriousness and consequences of my actions. I am aware the church handbook says my resignation cancels the effects of baptism, confirmation, priesthood ordinations and temple blessings. I also understand I can only be readmitted to the LDS church by baptism after a thorough interview process.
After today, the only contact I want from the LDS church in regards to my membership and LDS activity is a single letter of confirmation that I am no longer listed as a member of the LDS church. I intend to continue to maintain contact and relations with local LDS church leaders and members as appropriate in regards to the church activities of my family.
I trust my resignation will be handled promptly and respectfully, without any attempts for additional “run-arounds” interviews, etc. Should any such attempts ensue, I will pursue formal legal representation. Thank you for your understanding and prompt handling of this matter.
Jason N. Harris
(I sent this certified mail and received notification from the LDS Church a few days later.)
Jason Harris is a Neurologist/Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Dad and Husband who shares his experiences leaving the Mormon Church and reconstructing a new World-View. He believes all religions and scripture are man-made and believes there is Divinity in all of them.