If You Live In Canada
On this site you will find a sample resignation letter. When you resign, you can use that letter exactly as it is, you can edit it to fit your own tastes, or you can simply write your own letter. You can edit that letter to make it work better for you, since you live in Canada.
We haven't spoken with a lot of Canadians who've resigned, but those who have contacted us have not run into any threats of 'excommunication' or even experienced difficulty getting church leaders to handle their resignations. Perhaps Canadians just generally respect the rights of others more than people do in the U.S.
One person in Alberta resigned AFTER they scheduled a church court to excommunicate him, and they canceled the court and just accepted his resignation.
Until we hear of problems with resignations in Canada, we recommend that Canadians just send their resignations to local leaders. If you don’t know the addresses of local leaders, send your letter to the nearest mission offices. If you don't know the address of a mission office, send your letter to Member Records in Salt Lake. If you send it to Salt Lake, we recommend you mail it via registered mail with returned receipt. The process will take longer because the letter will be forwarded to leaders in your area. In your resignation letter you can include the following sentence:
I am asking for a simple administrative procedure under my rights as provided for in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
a. freedom of conscience and religion;
b. freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
c. freedom of peaceful assembly; and
d. freedom of association.
The Charter guarantees certain freedoms for everyone in Canada. Canadian traditions and laws have reflected the freedoms set out in section 2 for many years. Since 1982, the Charter has given these freedoms constitutional protection.
Under section 2 of the Charter, Canadians are free to follow the religion of their choice. In addition, they are guaranteed freedom of thought, belief and expression. Since the media are an important means for communicating thoughts and ideas, the Charter also protects the right of the press and other media to speak out. Our right to gather and act in peaceful groups is also protected, as is our right to belong to an association such as a trade union.
These freedoms are set out in the Charter to ensure that Canadians are free to create and to express their ideas, gather to discuss them and communicate them widely to other people. These activities are basic forms of individual liberty. They are also important to the success of a democratic society like Canada. In a democracy, people must be free to discuss matters of public policy, criticize governments and offer their own solutions to social problems.