.:THE TESTIMONY OF LEE BAKER – A Former Mormon Bishop
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As a former Mormon Bishop and member of the Church for over 32 years, I have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. He had placed before my wife and I five years of spiritual and emotional trials, so that we may better know His grace.
The most enlightening and rewarding action a member of the Mormon Faith can do is precisely what they have been told to do: “Study the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Prophets of the Restoration”. From my personal family experience, one of the most dangerous elements of coming to know that the LDS Church is false, and certainly the most treacherous long-term effect of this knowledge, is the thought that, if I was wrong about the LDS Faith, is it possible that I have also been deceived by Christianity itself? I know the discouraging and depressing fear well from considering that as I had been so thoroughly deceived, maybe I encouraged the deception by my own deep desire for it to be true.
When one leaves the LDS Church, based on a confident witness that the very Doctrine of that Church is not in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ, that realization and the action that one takes on behalf of that commitment is only the first step to a closer more personal (and certainly a more correct) relationship with Jesus Christ. Exposing the malice in Mormonism is not the verification that Christianity itself is wrong, only that the Mormon’s distorted version of Christianity is wrong. In fact, it is the exceptionally tender and legitimate teachings of Christ Himself that will expose the enormous errors. These very teachings, chief among them; His Atonement for us, not Brigham Young’s teaching of Blood Atonement, His Grace , and not just the good works of the Mormon Pioneers, that stand as the example of His divine Mission on our behalf. The fact remains that if we, as former Mormons, were blinded for a time and yet remained believers in Him, then we have lost nothing, for He never left us and we never left Him. His guidance for us was only momentarily distorted by the teachings of Mormonism.
I have spent many years in various Leadership positions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, documenting, verifying and studying, specifically, the original teachings of the Church. I have found many of the most fundamental of these teachings to be completely out of harmony with the Lord’s teachings in the Bible.
To my former Mormon Brothers and Sisters, my testimony is this: that Jesus is the Christ and that we need not worship Him from behind the dark shadows of men who would have us believe that He is individually the author of Polygamy, Polyandry, Blood Atonement, Lying for the Lord, or a myriad of other personally motivated corruptions. He wants a direct and very personal relationship with each of us, as He has ransomed our sins. Not through a maze of changing doctrines or through the endless layers of administrative officers and clerks or executive church officials, committees, counsels or presidencies. He wants you to truly know Him. Know that a sweet and spiritually fulfilling relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ awaits you as you discard the teachings unique to Mormonism. Read and study all the Mormon Doctrine and Teachings you can, and then ask your Bishop if you get confused. By this you will come to know the Lord is not the author of Mormonism, and you will be able to leave the LDS Church to worship Him in pure truth and grace.
In my book, I discuss the fundamental difference that sets the Mormon Church apart from all truly Christian churches—the sinister and self-serving distortion of the very personality and character of the Lord Jesus Christ. For Mormonism to be true, Christ Himself must be corrupted into one who authorized horrible behavior and thus rendered the past Mormon Prophets completely blameless concerning the motivations of their unspeakable actions.
Defense of these disgusting misrepresentations of the very nature and character of the Lord continues today within the walls of Mormon chapels and Mormon temples throughout the world. My book examines real-world examples of how these beliefs are covered up so that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is able to hide better among true believers in the compassionate Savior of all mankind, Christ Jesus. In Mormonism He and His holy name have been disgracefully used so that self-centered men could gain some measure of power, prestige, and perversion.
This book recounts the true-life experiences of my life as a Mormon Bishop, who for over thirty years was a High Priest, Elders Quorum President, and a member of three High Councils for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. I have participated in hundreds of Mormon Temple Endowments and witnessed firsthand the practice of ceremonial rituals in which the taking of human life was mimicked, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
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Most Sincerely and in Christ’s Holy Name, Lee B. Baker