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Friday, November 28, 2008

Final Straw Form Letter +/- Version 1

Keri xxxxxxxx: D.O.B. 07/12/1974
Minor Daughter: Mikalea xxxxxxxx D.O.B 01/03/1992
xx X x XX xxxxxx, Washington 98xxx


11/28/2008

Member Records Division,
LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT
84150-5310

This letter is my, and my daughters, formal resignation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it is effective immediately.
I hereby withdraw our consent to being treated as members.

I withdraw consent to being subject to church rules, policies, beliefs and “discipline”.
As we are no longer members, I want our names permanently and completely removed from the membership rolls of the church. This includes being listed as ex-members, non-members or candidates for “baptism for the dead.”

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".

This will never be an issue.

The final straw was the "church's" financial and very vocal support against proposition 8.

I can no longer be associated with a group that revels in unequal rights. I am saddened that my ancestors surname, and mine, has once again been soiled, in the name of self righteous, ignorance induced discrimination.

I refuse to be a member of any group or church that tries to hide their bigotry behind their warped version of morality.

I will not allow my children to be influenced by ANY group that so blatantly and shamefully, promotes discrimination.

Enough is enough. Wrong is wrong.

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 we are no longer listed as members of your “church".
Sincerely,___________________
Keri Leigh Xxxxxxxx


I'd never cared enough to resign. I feel/felt like it was just another submissive act...one more bow to their made up rules. I'm still struggling with it, and the postage stamp hasn't been licked yet.
But sweet teenage Jeebus, Prop 8 is just seems like the final fuck up for me, in the long string of, "seriously?"
But:
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people". Author: Martin Luther King Jr.

Yo, blogger buddies, editors needed. Even though I'm quite sure no actually reads these form letters, I'd still like some input. If I'm going to actually send it, I'd like to be at least poignant in my own mind.
For example, I repeatedly added and deleted my fifth generation, Mormon surname ethos paragraph. Necessary?
Bueller?
Halp?!

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