Ask Permission or Claim Your Own Power?

In Polygamy's Shadow, Keynote speaker
In Polygamy’s Shadow, Keynote speaker, University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women, December 6

I recognized the young woman by her signature Mormon smile, even before she told me that she’d just left the church. During the Q&A after my presentation of In Polygamy’s Shadow she asked, “How did you get off the membership list? Did you have go to your bishop, or to a bishop’s council?”

“I sent a letter to Salt Lake telling them what I thought of the church and instructing them to remove my name from all their records. I had to write twice.”

Only later did I remember that I’d sent the letter to everyone on the leadership directory.