Kate Kelly joins hundreds outside Mormon headquarters for mass-resignation event

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Kate Kelly, foreground, who later spoke on " Finding Joy in Authenticity" marches past the Salt Lake LDS temple along with others on their way to deliver resignation letters to the Church office building. Prominent dissident Mormons held a rally and mass resignation from the LDS Church, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Photo courtesy Scott Sommerdorf , The Salt Lake Tribune

Kate Kelly, foreground, who later spoke on " Finding Joy in Authenticity" marches past the Salt Lake LDS temple along with others on their way to deliver resignation letters to the Church office building. Prominent dissident Mormons held a rally and mass resignation from the LDS Church, Saturday, July 25, 2015. Photo courtesy Scott Sommerdorf , The Salt Lake Tribune

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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) With a signed letter in hand, Stephanie Engle joined roughly 100 current and former Mormons -- including Ordain Women co-founder Kate Kelly -- at a mass-resignation event a block from the church’s downtown headquarters.

  • Bernardo

    And the Sun finally is shining in Utah. Three cheers and hopefully the start of the dismantling of this business cult. Next, all religions being sent to the myth pile!!

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  • Tom Johnson

    Bernardo, your comment just reinforces the view of believing Mormons that the people out to attack the LDS Church are really out to attack all religion.

  • Bernardo

    Indeed they all as all religions have analogous flawed theology and history

  • Bernardo

    Indeed they “are”.

  • Amy

    It’s ironic that the Religious News Service only publishes only negative things about the LDS Church and never anything in a positive light. It might as well be called the Anti-Mormon News Service for their spin.

  • Dan

    There is nothing anti about publishing truth. The church always taught me that only telling part of the truth is still not being honest, yet that is what they have done with history for decades on purpose. It doesnt even matter that they now tell more of the truth in that’s to some controversial topics, they still knowingly lied with half truths. Hey, does anyone want to know more about the auto pen signatures that is on each missionary call? Some are black, some are blue. They frequently change the signature and ink color to make it appear like each missionary is getting a personally signed copy. Most people would call that deception.

  • I respect the freedom of people to leave the Church. For me, membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ongoing blessing. My faith has never been stronger! I stand by Joseph Smith and modern day prophets and apostles and find that analysis coupled with prayer and obedience lead to a confirmation of the truth.

  • Rick

    Half truths and deception… Like the title of the article stating there were “hundreds” present while the article states “roughly 100”.

  • Dan

    I don’t know what analysis told you about the book of Abraham, the Kinderhook plates, polyandry (Joseph Smith knowingly married 11 women who were currently married to living men), the scandal behind the Kirtland bank, the marriage of 14 year old Helen Mar Kimball, the mountain meadow massacre, baseball baptisms, BYU using shock therapy to “cure” homosexuality, making nearly 4000 changes to the book of Mormon after it was supposedly translated correctly by a stone in a hat (and many of the changes were doctrinal), the masonic ritual being used in the temple and calling it an endowment and temple oaths that once stated you would kill anyone that killed Joseph or Hyrum, but analysis and prayer told me none of that stuff would ever belong to the only true church upon the face of the earth and to leave it. Interesting that God would make it confusing to keep you there and tell me to leave.

  • Rick

    Christ, the apostles, and early Christians were also “attacked” for their beliefs by those blinded by the traditions of their fathers. Many doing the attacking believed whole heartedly they were doing the work of God. They followed the Law of Moses so fervently, that they refused to allow themselves the opportunity to hear something else. The next time any of you have a couple of neatly dressed young men or women come knock at your door, I would encourage you to listen, then base judgement from your experience rather than based on traditions of your fathers. At the very least, it will give you an opportunity to say, yes, I have listened to your message and I disagree with you. Then, a conversation can take place, with mutual respect, and all can be enlightened from the experience.

  • Larry

    I understand a need for people to break with their church, but doing it as a big ceremony in front of a religious administrative building is a bit melodramatic. 🙂

    In the grand scheme of things, the LDS wouldn’t bother to notice a mass walkout on their faith. They will just portray the protesters as apostates who were either not “moral enough” or “unable to meet the standards” of the the faith.

  • Neil

    It seems to me that everyone wants to be right. All modern religions want control
    so they can feel they are the chosen ones. My understanding is we are all part of the whole, all part of “GOD” . If we are all part of the whole, and women carried us into this whole, are they not just as important as man ? It gets tiring to listen to the “he said ,she said, or she said he said”. What would ” GOD ” comment ,looking in on all of this ?????

  • Dan, I can tell you are very bright based on the deother of your post. With respect, I can see we have some significant differences. I stand by whay I said about my analysis, prayer, and obedience to God’s commandments leading to truth for me. For me, I feel blessed in the church. I respect your right to follow God in whatever way you choose. I wish you the best.

  • Derrick

    Mormonism is one of the most deceiving cults of the modern world . Totally hidden on good appearances , guided by a bunch of extremely old men, as a front men, is an interesting religious phenomenon ready to be unmasked.
    The Book of Mormon is a total fraud, the book of Abraham a major fraud , the living prophets worshiped by its members . The secret ritual from God, that is changed now every 10 years. A total brainwashed group. Mormonism is the God of Mormonism . Go to their churches and listen beautiful stories about day to day life and Mormon history. There is zero worship toGod. They are deeply envolved on a sentimental trap. In Utah they are into a sentimental cultural trap . Sorry for this people

  • Derrick

    I studied Mormonism deeply for 8 years . I am still depressed the way this cult treat their members . It’s a total lack of sincerity , mental and mind control , it’s absolutely evil. They listen leaders and members crying in their meeting houses , forcing you to adopt a certain type of behavior . They don’t ask for money , but to live with your family in eternity ( if you love them ) you must give everything to the kingdom of God , that is the LDS church on earth . Members must make vows of total devotion to the cult facing an altar at the Mormon temple . How this people don’t realize what they are doing? Where in any religious book not a obscure guide to sects , reveals this requirements ?

  • Bernardo

    The law of Moses? How is that possible when said fellow was a myth just as Moroni is a myth adding another nail in the coffin of the LDS theology.

  • Bernardo

    The law of Moses? How is that possible when said fellow was a myth just as Mo-roni is a myth adding another nail in the coffin of the LDS theology.

  • LIndaSDF

    Not too many who write against the LDS church write the truth. That’s why we call them anti-Mormons.

  • LIndaSDF

    There are answers to all those things you posted. But some people don’t look for answers, they just want excuses.

    The only reason for leaving the church is that you don’t believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God just like the Bible, or you don’t believe in God.

    Everything else is just an excuse.

  • Oh,please,LindaSDF…Mormonism has long ago been weighed in the balance and found wanting; even your own historians admit that. (The honest ones,anyway!) It would take a literal miracle to extract anything resembling truth from the fairy tale entitled”The Book of Mormon”and you KNOW it,no matter how hard you or those of your ilk try to make it true.The old adage is definitely true: DENIAL isn’t just a river in Egypt.Grow up.

  • Fran

    How many ended up resigning?

  • Ben In oakland

    Oh, you don’t need to feel extra special really persecuted. Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean that they’re not really out to get you.

    But you misunderstand the problem. The problem isn’t religion per se. Rather, the problem is Dominionism, wanna-be theocracy, and trying to tear down the wall between church and state. I don’t know any atheist who has much of a problem with liberal religion, live and let live theology, and people whose faith makes them better people.

    If the Mormon church weren’t trying to run the lives of people who were not Mormons, you would be surprised to find out how little interest you atract.

  • Ben In oakland

    You know, if I wrote something like you just wrote about Christians, you would be howling about me being some kind of religious bigot and hating God.

    But if you do it about the Mormons, well, you’re just being a good Christian. It is amazing to me how much it all depends upon whose oxymoron is getting gored.

  • Karl

    Here we go again. They can leave the church, but they can’t leave it alone.

  • Dan

    My brother wilfully left the church and intended to leave it alone. But the church won’t leave him alone!! They keep sending the missionaries over (and he went on a mission and fully well knows their intentions), they call him, leave notes on his door and the membership department even called ME about trying to figure out what to do with his records. So it’s not only people who leave and then don’t leave the church alone, but the church won’t leave people alone either.

  • Cody Quirk

    Personally, I’d rather believe in a “myth”, then believe that we came from a pile of goo and that life has no meaning and that we should live a nihilistic lifestyle, and therefore must attack anyone/everyone that believes in something, much like the former state-atheist regimes of the USSR and other soviet nations did in the 20th century.

  • Cody Quirk

    Actually they do tell the truth, and there is no deception, unlike what the critics and ex-members like to claim and lie about.

    http://www.fairmormon.org/

  • Susan Porter

    I love how this internet site-the religious news organization, use the term, “massive resignation” in its caption. That is alone is what I would call deceptive. Rick is right, and I wouldn’t exactly call 100 people (out of the 15 million Mormons across the world), massive. Some of the other 100 people had already left activity in the Church as this article stated.