I, David Johnson, formally resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, effective immediately. As a legal adult, I have never consented to membership in the church and I withdraw any consent that can be inferred from my membership as a child. It has come to my attention that I am currently on membership records. I withdraw any consent to being treated as a member and I demand my name be permanently and completely removed from any membership records of the church.
The Mormon Church’s active campaign against civil liberties based on sexual orientation has inspired me to speak out. I once thought that distancing myself from the church was enough to demonstrate my disapproval of their actions, however, due to recent events, I now realize that my silence has been mistaken for support of Mormon oppression. My name is being used to demonstrate numerical support of church positions and beliefs. The Mormon Church’s campaign against gay persons renders it impossible to deny that this church is anything other than an extremist hate organization. I would not leave my name on the member list of the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nation simply because I had the misfortune of being born a member.
The Mormon Church has a long history of subordination and denigration of many minority groups including women, black persons, and homosexuals. These are my brothers, and my sisters, and I will not allow the Mormon Church to use my name for offenses against my family. I am acting today to reclaim my name, and I officially resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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 refuse to meet with missionaries or councilors of any sort. 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 I am no longer listed as a member of the church.