The Bishop Says
The bishop (or someone else) says ...:
I HAVE TO WRITE A NEW LETTER OR I NEED TO 'SIGN SOMETHING'
WRONG. If you've sent a resignation letter that states that it is your formal resignation from the church, and that it was effective immediately, you do NOT need to sign anything else and you don't need to write a new letter. You do NOT need to agree to any interviews and you don't have to accept phone calls or visits to your home. YOU are in control now, THEY have no power or authority over you, they are just guys who belong to a church you USED to belong to. If a Catholic, Baptist, or Jehovah's Witness came to your door and said you NEED to talk to them, would you feel you have to agree to that? OF COURSE NOT. The same thing applies here. These men are no longer YOUR leaders when you make the decision not to follow them. Don't accept any phone calls, visits or invitations unless YOU want to. It's YOUR choice, not THEIRS. They are going to keep acting like they have some power or authority over you as long as you allow them to. Please don't do that, or they'll try the same thing with the next person who resigns. Please be assertive, be courageous and take a stand.
I CAN'T RESIGN, HE HAS TO 'EXCOMMUNICATE ME'
WRONG. If you've already sent in a resignation letter, you are already NOT a member and he should NOT be treating you as a member. Contact member records. If you sent them your original letter, they should take care of the situation and they usually resolve the problem the same day you call them or fax them. If you didn't send your letter to them, fax them a copy of your letter, or send them a new letter, using the sample letter on this website.