A group of 150 Mormons that gathered from around the country, including some from Idaho, quit their church in a mass resignation this past weekend in Salt Lake City.
To actually resign from the church, the group had to address formal letters of resignation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asking that their names be removed from LDS records. Reuters reported the group then celebrated by signing what they called a "Declaration of Independence from Mormonism."
The group carried U.S. flags and signs that read "Finally Ex Mormon," "Research the Church" and "Transcend Mormonism." The crowd met at Ensign Peak, the same spot where church leader Brigham Young hiked to in 1847.
The reasons for the exodus vary. Some people are unhappy with the church's stance on gay rights. The LDS only allow gays in the church if they promise not to act on their "inclinations." In April, the Mormon Church lobbied to overturn Maryland's recent law legalizing same-sex marriage. The church is also known for its role in helping to pass Proposition 8, the California measure that banned same-sex marriage before it was struck down this year.
Others leaving the church were bothered by logistics. Michelle Hobbs said she was resigning because the timeline of events laid out in the Book of Mormon just didn’t make sense to her.
"It’s just all man-made. It’s very disappointing," she told the Salt Lake Tribune.