Who We Are – Ex-Mormons for Jesus

Who We Are

.:AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR MORMON FRIENDS – ANSWERING THE QUESTION: “Who Are You? Are You Anti-Mormons Who Hate the LDS Church?”

The Mormon (LDS) Church has a lot to offer families and individuals. In addition to structured spiritual activities, the Church offers wholesome family events and moral entertainment.  In a culture where traditional family values are under attack, many find the moral support of the LDS Church invaluable.  Given the many positives of this religion, many wonder why a ministry that calls itself “Christian” would seek to discredit this Church. They often wrongly assume that our people must have had a “bad” experience in the Church that has left us angry and bitter. Continue reading Who We Are – Ex-Mormons for Jesus

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Blind fools! Why don’t you all come home?

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.:OUR RESPONSE TO A MORMON CONCERN: BLIND FOOLS! YOU HAD A TESTIMONY! WHY DON’T YOU ALL COME HOME?!”

“Blind faith, brain washing, catchy songs. You are all fools! Your ambivalent clichés on Mormonism are neither founded nor respected. Chuck, if you truly were at one time Mormon, why were you such a push over? Don’t you know part of the faith is to question the norm and challenge the truth? You tormented soul! Your angry and victimized tale is hardly proper indignation for a religion that didn’t bring you happiness.

I wonder how you managed to stay in as long as you did. Let me guess, the Christian faith has somehow brought happiness you could never find in being the “worker Bee” Mormon? Well, continue your fable life of blindness and enjoy your new faith.  Your slander and condemnation only strengthen the one and only true Church that has been brought forth in “these latter days!”

I cannot believe you would be so foolish as to imply that the Bible is the only true source of God over the Book of Mormon. How can you say, “A book! A book! I have a book and it contains the word of God!” on the one hand, but on the other, you denounce the latter-day miracles of its author? Where did you get that book in the first place? Was it not from the mouth of a Jew? Who are you that you would question the witnesses of God? Could there not be more than one book from God?

I testify to you, sir, that there is more than one, or the Bible would lack credibility and your “God’s word” would not be believed. Witnesses come in two’s and three’s. Surely you can remember that! I beckon you, Chuck, return your tired spirit home so that you may again find peace in the happiness of the true and only gospel! I wish you well, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!” Continue reading Blind fools! Why don’t you all come home?

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Why do you deter others from the simple LDS gospel?

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.:THE LDS GOSPEL IS SO SIMPLE! WHY DO YOU DETER OTHERS FROM IT?

A MORMON WRITES:

“I have many issues with the statements you pose on your site.  …The gospel of Jesus Christ is very, very simple.  The Lord is not the author of confusion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord’s Church.  I know this because I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of the Lord to the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent brought to light in our days as an additional witness to the divinity and reality of the Son of God as the Savior of the world. …After reading what Chuck had to say, I felt sad.  Come back to the Church, Chuck!  If you don’t want a calling that’s fine. You don’t have to do anything, but come and develop your relationship with the Savior and your family’s relationship as well. There is a great difference between those who believe in Christ and those who try to deter others from the light of the Gospel.  I urge you not to continue to be the latter.” Continue reading Why do you deter others from the simple LDS gospel?

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I Bear You My Testimony – A Reply to a Mormon Testimony

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.:I BEAR YOU MY TESTIMONY THAT THE LDS CHURCH IS NOT TRUE.OUR REPLY TO A MORMON TESTIMONY:

jesuschristA MORMON BEARS HIS TESTIMONY:

“I respect individuals who are determined in their beliefs and their love for Jesus and his gospel, because I find myself in that same path. So, I hope that you don’t regard me as part of a ‘counterfeit Christianity’ by being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know for an absolute surety that it is the only entity on this earth that has all of the saving ordinances necessary to inherit eternal life. To know Jesus is to serve him, to do as he did and to listen to his prophets.

I belong to THE Church of Jesus Christ. I have prayed earnestly to know the truth of the things I have so diligently searched, and God in his infinite wisdom and love shared His truth with me through the power of the Holy Ghost. Nothing can take this knowledge from me, for it is knowledge and not faith. I am past faith on this. Faith is hoping for things that you have not seen, but knowing is having a validation by the power of the Holy Ghost that what you have had faith in is true. It is validated! Continue reading I Bear You My Testimony – A Reply to a Mormon Testimony

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Why do you attack the LDS church?

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.:THE LDS CHURCH DOESN’T ATTACK YOUR CHURCH, SO WHY DO YOU ATTACK OURS?

I would like to ask why it is you challenge the correctness of the LDS Church? Doesn’t that mean you are condemning its validity? I know that my LDS Church outright says that it is the only correct religion. I can most definitely see how that can be taken as offensive, but it at least doesn’t single out any specific religion (even if some of its members do). I just think that a religion or religious group shouldn’t focus attacks or challenges on another, but rather, should explain why theirs is correct. I don’t think that a group should have to say that another is incorrect, but show how theirs is correct. I don’t have any problem with your ministry saying how it believes that it is correct, but I do feel slightly attacked when it condemns my Church as wrong. …I guess the point of my email is to ask you to tone down your attacks on other groups, yet DO promote the reasons why your ministry is correct without demeaning others.” Continue reading Why do you attack the LDS church?

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Why do you hate Mormons? Didn’t Jesus Teach us to love our neighbors?

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.:WHY DO YOU HATE MORMONS? Didn’t Jesus Teach Us to LOVE Our Neighbors?

A MORMON RESPONSE TO OUR WEBSITE:

“Out of curiosity, I am wondering, do you have nothing better to do with your time? Why do you hate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and take your time to select random quotes from Joseph Smith to attack the Mormons.  Jesus Christ did not vehemently attack the Pharisees.  You seem to go against the very basic teachings of Christ by not LOVING your neighbor into your religion instead of trying to deceive them with selected quotes from Mormon literature. Now, I’m not saying you’re trying to be mean, but I am saying don’t be a hypocrite by attacking someone that Christ would love into His Gospel. Jesus Christ is about bringing people together, not tarring them apart over beliefs.

I believe that God is a God of mercy and second chances. He will provide a way for all of his children to return and live with him; if not in this life, the next. I also believe that God will judge us according to our consciences; that is to say that He will judge us according to the laws and ways we have been taught.  If we live the ways we believe to be correct, then that will be pleasing unto Him. I mean, how can he punish us for something we didn’t know was wrong? That just doesn’t seem just.

Now, as to people falling away from the LDS Church, every EX-member who is writing will have a problem with the standards of the Church and that is why they are Ex-members.  The standard was too high for them. Much is given; much is expected.  So, why don’t you leave the Mormons alone and find something better to do with your time?  May your hate for Mormons and Mormonism will be replaced with true tokens of worship and the fruits of the love of Jesus Christ.”  Continue reading Why do you hate Mormons? Didn’t Jesus Teach us to love our neighbors?

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Why is the Mormon Church the only religion being picked on?

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.:WHY IS THE MORMON CHURCH THE ONLY RELIGION PICKED ON?

“Ever wonder why only the Mormon Church is picked on?  Why aren’t people and churches bashing Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans or even Pentecostals? How about Episcopalians or Catholics? No one bashes them. They only pick on Mormons.  Are all these churches right and only the Mormons wrong or bad?  Satan knows which church is real—the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So, he will have anybody and everybody gang up on it to try and destroy it.  He doesn’t waste his time on the others because they aren’t a threat.” Continue reading Why is the Mormon Church the only religion being picked on?

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Why don’t you get your own testimony?

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.:OUR RESPONSE TO: “WHY DON’T YOU GET YOUR OWN TESTIMONY OF THE MORMON CHURCH?”

Chuck, you had a problem from the start when you said, ‘We just did it because everyone else was doing it.’ You need to have your own testimony! As a recent convert to the Mormon Church, I understand where you are coming from with how different the LDS Church is from other Churches, but that is because the Church is blessed with the priesthood and a holy Prophet of God. As a convert, I had the opportunity to take Moroni’s promise. I know that some kids who grow up in the Church overlook Moroni’s promise as they grow up and just do things because their families have a testimony of the gospel. Remember that when you take Moroni’s challenge, you must do it with an absolute sincerity in your heart. As I was fortunate enough to be able to know of the gospel, unlike billions who have been or are one the earth today, I started the unwavering foundation of my testimony. I know the Church is True and is led by Christ through our beloved Prophet. I know that Joseph Smith restored the True Church which stands today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with sincere fervent prayer. I hope you can find these things to be true for yourself. The testimonies of others can only take you so far.” Continue reading Why don’t you get your own testimony?

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After Mormonism, what?

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confusedboy.:AFTER MORMONISM WHAT? What does an LDS person do when he or she breaks free from Mormonism?

You may be asking: “So What Do I Do Now?” You have finally broken free from the “herd” of Mormonism, but you feel hopelessly lost and without direction now…

HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

In the LDS Church, you were told what to think, where to go, what to do, and how to do it. You had your Church Handbook that was approved by the Presidency of the Church for your study and spiritual edification. You maintained faith with the Brethren and local leaders of the Church. You had been told to simply follow the Prophet and everything will be made sure.

You carried a membership card that got you into the temple. You passed your exams with the local Bishop, the Stake President, and anyone else who had been proclaimed to be an authority over you. You memorized all the songs since primary, memorized a few Scriptures from the Book of Mormon, dressed like everyone else in the Church, spoke like everyone else, served without reservations like everyone else. You were in fact, a living clone of everyone else in Mormonism. Continue reading After Mormonism, what?

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Rocky – Ex-Mormon

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Rocky was born a sixth generation Mormon and brought up in the faith. His father and mother were “Temple Mormons,” being married in the Logan, Utah Temple. Rocky lived in the Western part of the USA until he enlisted in the Navy in 1973.

Helen was born in a non-church attending family and met Rocky in the summer of 1979. Helen was neither a Christian, nor an atheist. She simply didn’t know or care one way or another if there was or wasn’t a God.

Rocky was a member of his ship’s rodeo team and most of their dating revolved around rodeos and bull riding.  Rocky took Helen with him to Phoenix on a trip to pick up a new truck and Helen was literally thrown out of his parents’ house because she was not a Mormon. This began Helen’s introduction to Mormonism. Continue reading Rocky – Ex-Mormon

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Brenda – Ex-Mormon

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I was in my early 20’s, honorably discharged from the Navy, happily married, and had my first child. My husband and I were living away from home and we soon clicked with another young couple that lived next door. We learned that they were LDS. Until that time, the only exposure I had to Mormons had been Donnie and Marie Osmond, who had a weekly TV program during the 70’s. Continue reading Brenda – Ex-Mormon

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Chuck – Ex-Mormon

chuck.:WE WERE THE PERFECT MODEL OF AN LDS FAMILY…

Link Visit Chuck’s Article Corner

CHUCK’S STORY A Latter-day Saint story worth reading…

My wife and I were lifelong members in the LDS Church. We both were born and raised within the comforts and values of Mormonism philosophy. I achieved the Eagle Scout rank in the LDS scouting program. I served a mission among the Navajo Native American people on their reservation in the greater southwestern United States. It was there I began to seriously question what my purpose was among these people for the Church… excuse me, for God. My wife went to college on a volleyball scholarship while I was away serving the Lord. When I returned home from an honorable mission, I met my wife at a Church sponsored young adult dance. We soon fell in love and got married within 6 to 9 months after returning from my mission. We were sealed in the Seattle Temple for all time and eternity as husband and wife. It wasn’t long and we were on our way to raising a family of 5 children of our own. We were the prime example of the perfect family following the perfect course for eternal happiness and Godly rewards that awaited us. We were admired by the members of the ward, and radiated the love and dedication expected from every LDS family in the Church. Each of our natural families were also looked up to and admired within the community Church circles for their prior dedication and steadfastness in the gospel.  We both came from large LDS families and fit the LDS profile to a “T”. We were everything an LDS family was to look like, act like, and be. It was all we’d ever known as it was our way of life. Continue reading Chuck – Ex-Mormon

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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

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Matthew – Ex-Mormon

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I was born and raised in Portland, OR. The city of Portland is not the most religious of cities and in fact it was in that area of America that I encountered more atheism and apathy toward God than at any other place in my life. I should know, for I was once a self-avowed atheist.

My family was not particularly religious either, with the exception of my mother who was Russian Orthodox and a born-again Christian. She had been led to the Lord early in her life and as a small child she would read the Bible to my sister and I and pray with us. I still have memories of her watching over me as I prayed with her own eyes closed. I often wonder if she was just listening or if she was also praying. Continue reading Matthew – Ex-Mormon

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Glenn – Ex-Mormon

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When I was 32 months old my family was involved in a horrendous auto accident.  My mother was killed.  My father, my brother and I survived this accident.  This happened on my younger brother’s first birthday.  It was very difficult for my father as he was then left with two little boys to take care of alone.  He moved in with his parents and leaned on them for emotional support for the next few years.

About three years after the tragedy, Dad met a nice lady through a mutual friend and very soon proposed marriage to her.  She accepted and they drove to Arizona and were married one weekend.  When they returned from Arizona, we continued to live with my grandparents for about two years until we were able to construct a home of our own.  We then became a family and my brother and I were very comfortable with our new mother because she was really the only mother we could remember as we were growing up. Continue reading Glenn – Ex-Mormon

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Laura – Ex-Mormon

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(Note Laura is Rob B’s wife)

I was born in Utah and raised in both Utah and New Mexico. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, LDS (Mormon) Missionaries came to the Navajo reservations teaching their Mormon faith and indoctrinating Navajo parents with their idea that “Families are Forever.” A program was developed that sent Navajo children to foster families in Utah who would give them a year of education at school as well as teach them the tenants of the Mormon religion. This program was called, “The Lamanite Placement Program,” named after the “Lamanite” people in the Book of Mormon who the Mormons claim are the principle ancestors of Native American Indians. Continue reading Laura – Ex-Mormon

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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

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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

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Jennifer – Ex-Mormon

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From a very young age, I felt as though I was a mistake and unwanted. My parents were always fighting with each other, whether it was over going to church or money or my dad’s drinking habit. When I was three years old, I remember going into my parent’s room where I saw my dad hit my mom in a fight.  That night while he was working, she packed our things and took us to stay with a man, whom I later learned was a leader in the Mormon church (a Bishop). We lived with him and his family for a little bit, until my mom gave in and listened to the bishop and we went back to live with my dad. Continue reading Jennifer – Ex-Mormon

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La Vonne – My journey out of Mormonism to freedom in Christ

lavonneLA VONNE – My journey into Mormonism and then Finally Freedom in Christ!

It is interesting how patterns repeat themselves and either pulls one into a false religion or maintains that false religion if they happen to be born into it. People are creatures of habit and will often mindlessly repeat patterns without searching out the choices they make. This is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, he tells us through His Word the Bible to search and test all things.  As you listen to my journey look for the repeated patterns until truth set me free.

My journey began as a young girl being raised by a mother that loved me but didn’t know how to show it. She did not have God in her life and so did not know how to guide me to follow God’s will in my life. She was very controlling and often had rules that didn’t make any sense. Rules like you cannot wear jeans or eat certain foods. Her many marriages would cause me to feel excluded and unloved.  Her ridiculously strict rules would eventually cause me to seek freedom outside of her control at an unprepared and early age. Continue reading La Vonne – My journey out of Mormonism to freedom in Christ

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