“Excommunication is the most severe judgment a Church disciplinary council can take. Excommunicated persons are no longer members of the Church” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Sept. 1990, p. 16). With a great degree of effort an excommunicated person can be restored to church membership.
Dictionary of "Mormonese"
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