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Sam Young announces he was excommunicated by local church leaders

Tad Walch, Deseret News

McKenna Denson watches as Sam Young speaks to about 45 other folks around the boulevard from Temple Square as he protests one-on-one interviews of youngsters and youths by bishops of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on what he mentioned was Day three of a starvation strike on July 29, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — A Texas guy whose 23-day starvation strike punctuated his protest of one-on-one bishop’s interviews with kids in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced Sunday that he has been excommunicated for apostasy.

Sam Young, 66, an place of business merchandise salesman and previous church bishop, gained the verdict of a Houston-area church disciplinary council overdue closing week however mentioned he did not open it. He traveled to Salt Lake City to open and browse the letter all through a press convention around the boulevard from Temple Square.

“The decision of the council (is) that you be excommunicated for conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church,” the letter mentioned, as learn aloud by Young all through the click convention broadcast via Facebook Live.

The church’s public affairs division in Salt Lake City Sunday had no remark, however referred again to its commentary closing week about Young’s disciplinary council:

“Because of the personal nature of church disciplinary matters and to respect the privacy of those involved, the church does not provide information about the proceedings,” the commentary mentioned. “Church discipline is administered by local leaders who are familiar with the individual and his or her circumstances.”

Young carried out an 18-month marketing campaign calling on church leaders to prevent the observe of bishops protecting one-on-one worthiness interviews with kids in the back of closed doorways, pronouncing they put bishops’ careers and reputations in danger and endangered and shamed kids, a few of whom he mentioned have been abused or later dedicated suicide. Young’s website online, Protect LDS Children, collected greater than 22,000 signatures on a petition soliciting for an finish to the observe.

“The whistleblower has been kicked out and labeled with the brand of apostasy,” Young mentioned Sunday. “I’ll wear that as a proud label.”

The disciplinary council was held Sept. nine in Sugar Land, Texas, by the Houston Texas South Stake. The council’s letter mentioned Young was now not excommunicated for his opinion or place on protective kids.

“The issue is not that you have concerns or even that you disagree with the church’s guidelines,” the letter mentioned. “Rather, it is your persistent, aggressive effort to persuade others to your point of view by repeatedly and deliberately attacking and publicly opposing the church and its leaders.”

Young mentioned he has now not attacked the church or its leaders, just a coverage. He mentioned he can be competitive and outspoken and added, “I invite my church leaders to return to the covenant path.”

He mentioned he is “pretty sure” he will attraction the local council’s determination to the church’s First Presidency inside the required 30 days.

“I’m not quitting,” he mentioned, regardless that he added that he will go back to paintings as a industry proprietor after just about a 12 months of full-time center of attention at the factor that integrated a march at the Church Office Building north of Temple Square.

On March 26, 4 days ahead of the march, the church’s First Presidency updated its policies on interviews with kids or adolescence. It clarified that an interviewee can request any other grownup to sign up for an interview with a member of a bishopric or stake presidency.


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Young welcomed the replace however led 800 to one,000 other folks to church headquarters to ship books to church leaders containing three,000 tales he mentioned he accumulated of sexually particular questions or abuse.

In June, the church again updated its policies in Handbook 1, the coverage information for bishops and stake presidents. The First Presidency directed bishops to proportion a suite listing of subjects and questions with oldsters and adolescence to arrange them for a adolescence’s first interview.

To learn extra in regards to the goal and observe of disciplinary councils in The Church of Jesus Christ, click on here.

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