To Mom and Dad:
This is why I had to have my name officially removed from the records of the church. God may forgive and forget, but the LDS church doesn’t. If you are a birth mother, they will use it against you for the rest of your living days. And if the sealing ordinance is to be believed, for eternity, too.
I love both of you and I know my choice to leave probably hurt you, but I could not – with any fidelity to who I am as a person – continue to have my name associated with an organization that thought so little of me and continues to fail to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
(For more information about what happened in the Joseph Bishop case, please read this Salt Lake Tribune article by Peggy Stack , as well as the reports of how the LDS church responded. )