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Daniel S – Ex-Mormon

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I am an average male who was born into the Mormon Church.  I was baptized in 1951 at the age of 8 by my next-door neighbor in California.  He later became my Stake President who sent me on my mission.  My father never became a member, but he allowed my mother who was a member to take my brother and me to the LDS Church.  Since it was a fun place to go and I had friends there, I went and fully embraced the Church.  Instead of going on a mission at age 19, I had to wait 2 extra years to talk my father into allowing me to go.  My mother was the catalyst, challenging him until he relented. Continue reading Daniel S – Ex-Mormon

Scott – Ex-Mormon

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For the majority of my life on earth, I have been around the LDS Church. My father was born and raised Mormon and his family has deep roots in Mormonism dating back to the Brigham Young days. I remember my grandmother’s stories of her family’s journey from back east to the Salt Lake Valley. Although we did attend Church occasionally for special Sundays like Easter, I was inactive from the Church for most of my youth. When I was 13, my Father decided that his family needed to have the Word of God in the home, so he turned to Mormonism — the only religion he really knew and the only one I was familiar with as well. Continue reading Scott – Ex-Mormon

Ron – Ex-RLDS

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An Eastern proverb states that “Devastation Exfoliates Providential Efficacy.”  It was likewise, through devastation, that I found the humility and sheer confusion sufficient to shake me loose from the grip of doctrinal perception I’d known my whole life.  My view of God and His grace had been formed by the doctrines of Mormonism.

I was a fifth generation member of the RLDS faction of Mormonism (now called Community of Christ).  Every childhood memory was formed in a home-life of deep commitment to the teachings of the Book of Mormon.  My great-great-grandfather was converted to the church in the latter half of the 19th century and later rose to the office of Apostle.  I therefore grew up with the experiences of a family history that validated and reinforced my faith. Continue reading Ron – Ex-RLDS

Phillip – Ex-Mormon

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I was born to parents who had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I was raised as a Mormon in a non-Mormon environment in rural Kansas. This presented many challenges including the exclusion from most activities that were not comprised of Mormon participants.  I was thoroughly rehearsed in the mantra of defending the Church, its doctrines, and its leaders long before my mandatory baptism at age eight. I was never given the opportunity to compare my beliefs with other beliefs or to investigate other viewpoints.  I was taught to “know” these things were “true,” because it was the prescribed process of indoctrination, now referred to by neuroscientists and psychological experts as “brainwashing” or “mind control.” Continue reading Phillip – Ex-Mormon

Bonnie – Ex-Mormon

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My journey into Mormonism began when I was very young… I grew up in Protestant churches – Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian, to be specific.  Although we were in church every Sunday, I don’t remember really being taught God’s word by anyone at any church.  I also was not getting any teaching at home…. In fact, although my parents were staunch “church goers”, I don’t recall them ever using God’s word to guide me in any way whatsoever.  As a result, when I got to my senior year in college and started feeling a need to understand God, I didn’t have any foundation to draw on.  When I finally became desperate for answers, I made appointments with five Protestant pastors and one Catholic priest in hopes of getting answers, but not one of those men opened a Bible in my presence and said anything like, ”This is what God’s Word tells us.”

So it’s no wonder that when I ran into some Mormon missionaries and they had instant and very confident answers (although a bit odd sounding!) to my questions, using the Bible to answer me, that I became intrigued.  Six months later, I became engaged to a young Mormon returned missionary and slid quite easily into joining his church.  Continue reading Bonnie – Ex-Mormon

Lee Baker – Ex-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.

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