On November 14, 2015, about 2500 people gathered to peacefully protest the LDS Church's latest policy change preventing children of gay couples from fully participating as Mormons. Despite clarifications, and carefully worded explanations, LDS culture was thrown into intense debate and conversation, on social media, in person, in the church pews and throughout online communication.
The mass resignation was attended by more than two-thousand individuals, but many more sent resignation letters in by mail and in person in the weeks leading up to, and following the event. I shot video as we interviewed many people, from self-proclaimed apostate atheists, to active Mormons, about why they were there, and how they were feeling.
One of the really tough things about any type of dogmatic structure, and I suppose human nature in general, is the need to be validated. Especially in Mormonism, though, there are so many things we need "permission" to do (or that are prohibited as being against God's edicts).
We asked people to say three things:
You Are Loved.
You Can Go.
Full Interviews can be heard here: infantsonthrones.com/lds-mass-resignation-interviews/