Provo, UT—Alex Garcia, a gay church member was recently excommunicated because he chooses to identify as “Mormon.”

The Church insists the word Mormon was created by Satan in order to lead members astray. “People choose to label themselves in many ways,” explains Elder Bednar. “For example, they may identify as feminists, communists, or homosexuals. But unlike these labels, choosing to identify as ‘Mormon’ shows a deep misunderstanding of God’s plan of happiness.”

Alex says he is disappointed in his excommunication, but says he cannot change who he is. “I can’t help who I am. I was born this way: I’m a Mormon.”