Congratulations. My sister is considering sending in a similar letter. She’s pretty tired of getting tracked down after each move, and how they keep sending people after she’s specifically said to not contact her. Since we grew up as Mormons we were taught the lies they feed the members.
I wouldn’t have nearly the same issues with the church is they were simply honest about their history. You can even find Mormons on this board who whitewash doctrine they would prefer outsiders to not know about.
I haven’t officially resigned because of the hassle of it. Until fairly recently, the Mormon church used to not simply allow people to resign and would hold church trials to excommunicate them instead. They were forced to change this policy after being sued. Since I don’t know what Japanese courts would do and thus don’t have as an effective threat of a lawsuit to make things go smoother, I haven’t done it yet.
The missionaries used to keep coming around. This was when I was living in a different part of town, and someone from the States must have sent my address since I obviously didn’t. I would tell them to go away, and to not contact me, only to have another set come 3 months later. This went on for several years.
I got home one night, very late, after a number of drinks at the local bar to find a message in my mail box from yet another new set on 19-year-old kids.
"Dear Brother Tokyo,
"We stopped by to see how you are. . . please call me at 555-1111.
“Signed Elder Whoever.”
So I call him, at 1:30 am, and ask the sleepy voice on the other end for Elder Whoever. The proper response to getting a call in the middle of the night is to ask the caller if they are out of their fucking mind, but the boys are always personally pleasant. After a couple of minutes, and slightly more awake young voice comes on.
I introduce myself and tell him I got the note in my mailbox. He’s remarkably cheery for being awaken in the middle of his sleep, and starts off on his spiel.
I ask if he knows that I have repeatedly requested to not be bothered. No, he doesn’t. I’m listed as a member and he’s new in the area.
I don’t really like to be forced to be an asshole, and I was polite the first 20 times, but good god, enough is enough.
"Elder Whoever, listen very carefully to what I say. I have nicely requested, many, many times to be not contacted and I still get hassled. This has ended now. This is the last visit from you or anyone else.
"You need to tell both the local bishop and your mission president that I will take legal action if another missionary or member steps foot on this property. I will file a complaint with the police and will pursue civil action as well.
“Now Elder Whoever, do you have any questions?”
That ended the visits.
Rhodes, if you don’t mind what started the doubts?