Many who have a sincere desire to leave the LDS church fail to take this step right away and cause themselves further hurt.
Letting go of Mormonism was a priority for our family. It symbolized turning away from false teachings and looking heavenward. I recommend burning all of your Mormon paraphernalia—books, garments, family preparedness charts, etc. I sold some food storage items and discarded the rest.
Many have told of the great load lifted from their shoulders after relinquishing the above and acknowledging the following:
Persevere in Finding a Bible-Based Church
We needed time together as a family to get in touch with each other again and to focus on what we wanted to achieve as a family. We needed an unhurried time in the wilderness to search out God's will for our lives. We also needed other mature Christians for encouragement and examples. Thus, the importance of seeking a fellowship in the body of Christ. We prayed as a family for God to guide us to a church that pleased Him; we didn't want to be led astray again.
A life reformed, but lacking spiritual direction, is open to other false religions as Jesus taught in Matthew:
Don’t jump into just any church. Wait for God's guidance. But don't put this off. The sooner you find your church family, the sooner the healing will begin.
Persevere in a Bible Reading Program
The Bible became brand new to us because we looked at it trying to discern God's will, not trying to make it fit Mormon doctrine. It's important to have a good study Bible. The King James is only one of many versions. Many find that the newer translations make studying easier.
I began by reading the King James alongside the Living Bible, a paraphrased version, until I was able to let go of the King James. It's amazing how many habits are entrenched and hard to change. The Mormon Church only accepts the King James Version of the Bible and teaches it's the only reliable translation. Today, I use the New International Version.
The important thing is to put on the full armor of God as Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us.
Your pastor may recommend a devotional or Bible study method. A trip to your local Christian bookstore will be enlightening. There are many daily devotionals available. Some include:
The important thing is to study God's Word daily.
Persevere in Removing Your Name from LDS Membership Rolls
Even though it took two years for our names to be removed from LDS church records, it now can be done in a much more efficient way. Some suggestions are as follows:
Address your letter to:
President Gordon B. Hinckly
Send copies of this letter to your last known bishop and stake president, or if not known, to your last known ward or the town were you were last active in the church. Send all three letters by certified mail.
Include these six points in your letter:
If you have any questions concerning removal of your name from LDS Church records, please visit our Web site for our contact information.
Author: Judy Robertson of Concerned Christians. Content excerpted with permission from her book, No Regrets: How I Found My Way Out of Mormonism, Light and Life Communications, 1997.
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