More than 100 Mormons declared their independence from the church and left their religion behind, largely because of the church’s traditional bigotry toward LGBT people. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Carrying U.S. flags and signs boasting “Finally ExMormon,” “Research the church,” and “Transcend Mormonism,” a crowd hiked Ensign Peak on Saturday and chanted “freedom” to the valley below.
Minutes earlier, many of them had signed a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism” and addressed formal “letters of resignation” to the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to remove their names from LDS records.
“Life is so much better. There is peace and so much happiness” after leaving, co-organizer of the mass resignation event John Larsen promised the crowd of about 120 before the hike.
The group chose Ensign Peak to mirror what LDS Church leader Brigham Young did in 1847 when, days after the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, he hiked the hill to plot out the city.
That’s a good start.