Nov 13 2008

Susan James, Seattle, WA - Resignation from LDS Chruch

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Bishop W.

November 5, 2008

Dear Bishop:

I joined the LDS Church in 1979 when I was 17 years old. Since my divorce from XXXX in December 1999, I have been an inactive member and have not attended church or partaken in any of its programs.

I have great love and affection for the members of the LDS Church, in particular the members of XXX Ward. I want to thank you and acknowledge all of the love and support that has been shown to me over the years. I truly appreciate it.

I am now requesting that you remove my name from the membership of the LDS Church. While it saddens me to do so, I can no longer be a member, even in name only, of a church that seeks to deny people the benefits of marriage. The LDS Church has been active in the fight to deny homosexuals the right to marry in the state of California and elsewhere and it deeply disturbs me that the LDS Church is using church funds and member’s tithing to support this hateful campaign. Even though I am not homosexual, I can no longer have my name associated with an organization that seeks to deny people a basic human right. This issue is not a religious issue, it is a human rights issue and the church should stay out of politics and instead focus on supporting the thousands of members of the LDS Church whose marriages are in danger.

Please discontinue my membership in the LDS Church and in the XXX Ward effective immediately. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best wishes to you and the members of the XXX Ward.

SJ

cc: LDS Church Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah

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