I stopped going to church way back in 2004. Since then I’ve been an outspoken atheist and critic of theism generally and Mormonism specifically. A family member once asked, “why don’t you have your name removed from the records of the church?” My reasoning for not doing so was that I didn’t care what the church considered to be my membership status. I stopped being a member when I stopped believing the ridiculous dogma.
I met a woman on Facebook yesterday who changed my mind. She’s an atheist who lives in Ogden, Utah. She told me she had her name removed so she wouldn’t be counted in the church statistics; she didn’t want to prop up their membership numbers.
Being counted as a member is, in a very tiny way, helping the church. I want no part of helping an organization that ruins the minds of millions. Sarah told me of her experience resigning from the church and pointed me to a terrific website, Mormon No More, for those who no longer want their membership.
I plugged my information into the sample letter, had it notarized, and sent it to Salt Lake City via USPS Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. In two days I’ll go online to verify receipt. Then I will officially join the ranks of non-Mormons.
We invite you to return and partake of the happiness you once knew.
When I read that I had to laugh. They really do think membership in the church is the only way to experience true happiness. Leaving the church has been the most liberating thing I’ve ever done. True happiness is impossible with a suppressed intellect and binary morality.
The local Mormon bishop, Dan Kenning, with his two counselors, just stopped by to let us know he will be signing the paperwork to have my name removed from the records of the church and submitting it to the stake president. He wanted to make sure that it’s what I really want to do.
He offered his support and was very gracious. He also wanted to know what Kirsten’s intentions were. She told him she’s supporting me and will let him know later how she wishes to proceed.
Hopefully I’ll soon receive my official notice from the church acknowledging my new status.
Finally, I am no longer a Mormon. And it feels so good. :)
Now it’s really official. It feels even better than the first time it was official.
Watch this space for updates.