Exit Letter — Sample 1
Exit Letter — Sample 1
President R G. C.
Dear President ____,
This letter is being sent to inform you that we are officially requesting that our names, and the names of our children, be removed from the records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This request is being made after much soul-searching, and studying on our part. We did not easily come to this decision, and in fact have found it to be one of the most difficult decisions of our lives. We have a deep love and gratitude for many friends and family that are still members of the church, and wish to make it very clear that we are not leaving because of hurt feelings, or being offended by anyone in the church. We have had to base our decision on our faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the biblical scriptures and our God-given intellect. This decision is being made freely on our part, and with a full knowledge of what the LDS church teaches the consequences of making a decision like this are.
We must insist that record, and the letter notifying us that our names have been removed from the records of the church, show that the only reason that our names have been removed from the church records is that we request it to be so. We also insist that the word excommunication not be used in the letter notifying us of this action.
(Depending on the circumstances, you may wish to elaborate here, pointing out that you will proceed with legal action against the Bishop or Stake President personally, and the church corporately, if anything is done to libel your good name or cause you any loss of reputation.)
Please be advised that we are taking this action because it has been demonstrated to our satisfaction that Mormonism is in great error, and teaches false doctrines.
(You might wish to elaborate on some of the false doctrines that you are familiar with at this point.)
We want it to be clear that our decision has been the result of much prayer, and is final. We will not participate in any Church court or "trial," for we have done no wrong.
We ask that you please respect our request to have our names removed immediately, and be aware that we will not welcome any visits from missionaries, home teachers, visiting teachers, bishopric or stake presidency members. Our decision is final in this matter, and any missionary efforts on the part of the LDS church, will be considered an invasion of our privacy.
Finally, we testify to you that Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5), and the Mormon apostles, prophets and priests are false ministers (2 Corinthians 11:13), and that Mormonism is the "other" (i.e. "false") gospel that Paul warned of in Galatians 1:8 and 9.
Jesus Christ declared, "I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man cometh unto the father but by me." (John 14:6). We have chosen this day to follow Him.
CC - Bishop _______