How to remove yourself from membership in the mormon church

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How to remove yourself from membership in the mormon church
Members of the Mormon Church can have their names removed from the Church membership rolls. (VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Mormons believe that only Mormons can hope to inherit eternal life. Members who live their lives in agreement with the will of God, as members of the Church of Latter Day Saints will, upon death, sit next to God and Jesus in Celestial Heaven. Members of the Mormon Church perform evangelical work to bring as many people as possible to merit the honour of Celestial Heaven. They actively discourage members from leaving the Church, but an individual can renounce membership from the Mormon Church.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Type a letter to the Mormoan Church stating your decision to leave the Church. Request that the Church remove your name (and the names of your spouse and children, if applicable) from the Mormon Church membership rolls.

  2. 2

    Include your name in the letter, the names of relevant family members, birth dates and current addresses.

  3. 3

    Emphasise in the letter that you do not want further contact with the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) or representatives of the Church regarding your decision. Note that you will not agree to have the word "excommunication" used regarding your request.

  4. 4

    Give a 30 day deadline for the Church to remove your name from the Morman Church membership rolls. Have your letter notarised by a notary public.

  5. 5

    Send the letter to the Membership Department of the Church of Latter Day Saints' "confidential" records.

    LDS Membership Records Department

    50 E North Temple Room 1372

    Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310

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    Send your letter by Certified Mail with Return Receipt or Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, services offered by the U.S. Postal Service. This will give you proof that your letter reached the Records Department of the LDS Church, should you ever need it.

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    Send copies of your letter to your LDS Bishop and Stake President. Call the LDS Church boundaries office at 801-240-3500 for your Bishop and Stake President's name and address if you don't have that information.

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    Watch your mail for a receipt that confirms that your letter has reached the LDS Church Records. Legally, once LDS Church Records has received your letter, you have removed your name from their membership rolls. Even if they send letters asking you to meet with local LDS leaders, reconsider, or attend a Church meeting, you do not need to respond or undertake any further procedures. If they threaten to excommunicate you or summon you to a Church "court," contact a lawyer, since legally, your letter suffices to have your name removed from the Church records without threat of further harassment.

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    Watch your mail for a receipt that confirms that your letter has reached the LDS Church Records. Legally, once LDS Church Records has received your letter, you have removed your name from their membership rolls. Even if they send letters asking you to meet with local LDS leaders, reconsider, or attend a Church meeting, you do not need to respond or undertake any further procedures.

Tips and warnings

  • If LDS officials threaten to excommunicate you or summon you to a Church "court", contact a lawyer. Legally, your letter suffices to have your name removed from the Church records without threat of further harassment.

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