AWOL LDS to Pull Ripcord en Masse

It’s one of the more peculiar parts of the Mormon culture—no not the Golden Plates or white salamanders or the everybody-but-women priesthood—stop guessing! It’s the biannual “mass resignation” of the disaffected from Utah’s dominate faith. What seems to be a necessary rite to former Utah Mormons, is somewhat of mystery to the rest of us (Unless we are incarcerated followers of Charles Manson).


Outsiders wonder, if y’all no longer buy into your religion—why don’t you just walk away? Like Lutherans, Episcopalians, Jews, Marxists, Bronies and followers of every other belief do? What appears to be the equivalent of writing a letter to Santa to tell him you no longer believe in him, is apparently a core issue to many “jack”/cultural/fallen-away/”intellectual” Mormons.

“It’s really quite emotional for the people who are there,” Steve Holbrook, an organizer, told Gephart Daily. “It’s always hard, right down to the wire. We see people physically shaking as they sign the forms. For many, it’s just a big part of their lives [that they] are going to walk away from. And for their friends and families, who always hoped they would come back to the church, it’s the last nail in the coffin. (Resigning) is a hard thing to do.”

The mass resignation is scheduled from 2 p.m. Saturday, City Creek Park, (in the afternoon shadow of the LDS Church Office Building), SLC

(BTW, sorry Santa. It’s not you—we’ve just grown apart.)


Glen Warchol
Glen Warchol
The late, great Glen Warchol passed away in 2018. His last billet was on the editorial staff here at Salt Lake magazine but his storied career included stops at The Salt Lake Tribune, The Desert News, The New Times and others. His stories haunt this website like ghosts in a machine and we're always happy to see them. RIP Papa Warchol.

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