Hundreds rally against new Mormon policy; many file forms to quit the faith

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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their supporters gather to resign their membership to the church in Salt Lake City, Utah November 14, 2015. Hundreds of Mormons are expected to mail letters resigning from the faith after gathering in Salt Lake City on Saturday to protest a new church policy that calls married same-sex couples apostates and bars their children from baptism. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their supporters gather to resign their membership to the church in Salt Lake City, Utah November 14, 2015. Hundreds of Mormons are expected to mail letters resigning from the faith after gathering in Salt Lake City on Saturday to protest a new church policy that calls married same-sex couples apostates and bars their children from baptism. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Protesters rallied against the LDS church's recent policy decisions involving same-sex couples and their children, and in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mormons.

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  • Dale

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the greatest thing to ever happen to my family. It has brought us peace,happiness and prosperity. I am so grateful for Joseph Smith. He was a true prophet of God and has blessed the lives of millions of people.

  • Who made him a prophet? Why is he not
    included in the Bible. Only those prophets
    listed in the Bible are the true Prophets.

  • Doc Anthony

    Dale, it sounds like you would probably disagree with all these “I-am-done-with-LDS” folks (or more accurately, these “I-was-done-with-LDS-anyway-but-needed-a-trendy-progay-excuse-to-fill-out-my-resignation-papers” folks) that this article called such colorful attention to.

    So what is YOUR opinion or assessment of this protest event? Looking down the road, does it bode good or ill for the LDS?

  • Bernardo

    When the Sunday tithe collection starts to decrease then the “prophit” and his twelve, male, all white, money mongers will start to pay attention. A quick calculation, 2500 each making ~$50,000/yr. X .10 (10% tithe tax) = $12,500,000/yr. Hmm, maybe they will pay attention.

  • DougSlug

    Why is it necessary to file papers to quit the church? If you disagree strongly enough, just walk away. In other words, the act of “filling out the forms” is clearly a cry for attention–to send a message to someone who doesn’t give a damn.

    I received some advice at work a few years back that really stuck with me: “Stop complaining; no one’s listening”. This can be taken in one of two ways: (1) don’t just complain, but be constructive and try to make changes if you’re unhappy; or (2) it’s not a democracy, so voicing your opinion is futile. Since religion is not a democracy, I think the latter interpretation applies here, and the quitters will be happier if they walk away without a fuss. When their narcissistic pleas are unanswered by the church, they will be left feeling ignored, unfulfilled and spiritually weaker.

  • Larry

    Because unlike most churches, they take the financial responsibility of tithing seriously. Legal forms indicating one is no longer a member are helpful for keeping the grubby mitts of the church out of ex-member’s income.

    In a few months the church will pretend everything has blown over and will issue some kind of nonsense dishonest tract about how the LDS welcomes gays and their families and respects them as human beings.

  • GTO

    I joined the Church at age 16 in 1962. My parents were totally inactive Jews, and the religion practiced in my home was science. The Church would not allow me to be baptized unless I had the willing permission of both my parents. They were not in favor of my baptism, but they relented, 1) because the moral code of the Church and the health laws were probably helpful to a teen and not harmful, and 2) because I liked a boy at church, and they figured I’d hop religions when I changed boyfriends. #1 proved to be true, and #2, not. Deep study of these changes to Handbook 1 (a guidebook for local lay leadership) shows this same pattern for gay parents (as it had been for ALL parents of believing kids all along. There are gay parents who were dedicated to the Church and continue to love it, who would support their kids any way they could, should their children choose to be baptized. In this situation, with supportive gay parents, children may receive a baby blessing, baptism, etc.

  • Voice of Reason

    in my opinion, the self selecting pruning which you see here is the tares separating themselves from the wheat.

  • DougSlug

    Church + Financial responsibility for tithing = BIG RED FLAG

    How naive these folks are to think that lots of money is required for practicing a faith.

  • Doug

    Joseph Smith was a known con artist and scammer.

    The whole Mormon doctrine is just another of his scams. All that is surprising is that people are still falling for it, but then again, “there’s a sucker born every minute…”.