I'm new to the community, still finding my way around, so forgive me if this thread would have been better placed elsewhere.
I am among the fortunate who were born into rather open-minded, accepting Mormon families, my becoming an atheist was met by my parents with acceptance and respect, and I still have a good relationship with them to this day. The overall transition for me was, in fact, gradual, natural, and mostly headache-free. Until recently, I took for granted that many members who fall out of belief don't have it so easy, that it causes serious problems for some (I realize that is putting it lightly).
So, I'm simply here to support the community, to reach out to those who are struggling, and to offer any hope to those who need it. I cannot put a price on free, rational thought, or on the prospect of a life with higher standards for truth, compassion, and purpose. It really is better out here.
And a quick question: While I've considered myself a non-member for years now, I think I'm still listed in church records as a member, though an non-active one. What is the procedure for having my name formally disassociated with the church?