Letter Returned Without Processing
Sometimes the LDS Membership Records will return your letter to you without processing. They will claim that you need to contact your local Bishop or Stake President in order to resign.
This is completely untrue.
You do not have to contact anyone other than LDS Membership Records to resign. Legally you can resign by handing your resignation letter to any LDS Church Representative, meaning Stake President, Bishop or General Authority.
If the LDS Membership Records returns your letter to you, you now have proof that they received your original resignation letter. This is your proof that you are no longer a member of the LDS Church. But realize that even though you have proof, you are still on the roles of the Mormon Church. The only way to avoid contact in the future is to ensure the entire process has completed - meaning, you receive a letter confirming that your name has been removed.
Never throw away any letter received as it is your legal proof of resignation.
If your letter is returned, make a photo-copy of your original letter and the returned letter stating you must contact your Bishop or Stake President, and mail them back again.
Mail all letters to:
Member Records Division, LDS Church
50 E North Temple Rm 1372
SLC UT 84150-5310
801-240-2053 - Phone
801-240-1565 - Fax
1-800-453-3860 ext 22053 - Toll Free
Sample Letter To Re-Request Resignation
YOUR FULL NAME
CITY, STATE, ZIP
Member Records 50 E North Temple, Room 1372 SLC UT 84150-5310
Please find attached a photo-copy of my original letter or resignation. LDS Membership Records received my letter on ______DATE______. Proof of this comes from the stamped envelope from the LDS Church Membership Records. I have kept a copy of this stamped envelope and letter as proof that you have received my official resignation.
I stopped being a member of your church on the day you received my letter. I do NOT have to contact a Bishop or Stake President. I do NOT need to contact anyone else except LDS Membership Records
Attached you will find a photocopy of my formal letter of resignation, which your office received on ______DATE______, as you can see from the stamp your office put on the letter. I have kept a copy of this stamped letter as proof that you received my resignation.
Legally my membership in the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was terminated the moment you received my resignation request.
As a non-member I am no longer subject to your rules and regulations or policies. I DO have a right to get a letter of confirmation from you that states that my name has been removed from the membership rosters of the church.
Not handling my resignation request appropriately may force me to involve an attorney.
Your name, printed.