.:TESTIMONIES OF FORMER MORMONS (Ex-Latter-day Saints)
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CRYSTAL'S EX-MORMON TESTIMONY
Hi, my name is Crystal and I am an Ex-Mormon, now born-again Christian. I would like to tell my story about how this came to be.
First, a little back story. I came from a very dysfunctional family. I moved around a lot and went back and forth from my father (after he divorced my mother) to my aunt. My aunt was the one who took me to church, and I was baptized when I was 11. When I was 15, my Seminary teacher fasted and prayed with me so I could feel more confident, and with that experience I dedicated my life to the Lord. It didn’t matter what others thought of me. As long as I was doing what the Lord wanted me to do, that was all that mattered. I didn’t have close friends, since I never stayed in one place long enough to do so. The church was my only stable part of my life.Read more
Converting to the Mormon Church at the youthful age of 18, I was passionate to serve my Lord Jesus Christ and the Father through many various “callings” in the LDS Church. As time passed, so did the culture of Mormonism settling within me. I married a lovely lady in the LDS Church. We went to the Temple to be sealed for time and eternity, and we started a family, which eventually became three boys and three girls. All my time, money, energy and interests were centered around the Church. It seemed to be pretty good, but was it really? I had been having some concerns and questions about the Church’s teachings and policies and by this time, I was also called to be a Bishop at the age of 23. Despite writing them down in a 20-page letter and directly handing it to my Stake President, no one sat down to seriously address them. The truth is (though I did not know it then), they had no better idea on how to answer my questions than I did.
ROCKY'S AND HELEN'S JOURNEY TO CHRIST
Rocky was raised as a 6th-generational Mormon. When challenged by his wife Helen, who came to salvation in Christ through her research into Mormonism, he adamantly refused and set out to prove her wrong. Then in 1986, while attending the Bible Studies of a cowboy preacher, Rocky was saved. He and his wife have been exposing Mormonism and preaching the REAL Jesus ever since.Read more
.:BRENDA'S EX-MORMON TESTIMONY
As a young mother, lonely for friendship and a substitute “family,” I joined the LDS Church. I embraced Mormonism and all that the LDS Church had to offer. My life was full of Church activity, but yet so empty. Why? What was missing? I wondered. When my only child committed suicide, I did not find hope and healing in the LDS Church, but in a personal relationship with the true Jesus of the Bible.Read more
.:WE WERE THE PERFECT MODEL OF AN LDS FAMILY.
My wife and I were lifelong members in the LDS Church. 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 five children of our own. Our family’s eternal salvation depended on our ability to perform and meet all obligations required and expected by the Church. So we all pressed on, putting on that Sunday face that hides the real feelings we possess from wear and tear, overextending ourselves in callings to serve, and overcommitting additional time that will eventually lead to mindless insanity. Is this truly God’s plan for happiness?Read more
In my 56 years as a Mormon, I raised four beautiful children, was born into the covenant, served a mission in South America, served as a Stake Missionary three times, a Stake Mission President, an Elders Quorum President three times, a High Council member for seven years with responsibility for the Bishop’s Store House and Dry Pack Cannery, a Scout Master, a Financial Clerk, a Membership Clerk, Ward Mission Leader, and an Executive Secretary. With my knowledge of the “Scriptures,” I was in demand by the full-time missionaries because I could usually persuade any prospective convert to accept the “validity” of the Mormon viewpoint, but it all began to fall apart when I discovered that DNA proved the Native Americans emigrated from Asia, NOT Jerusalem. With the Book of Mormon disproved, I didn’t know what to do.Read more
One day, I felt an overwhelming desire to know Christ. So, I picked up my copy of the Book of Mormon and started to read it. The first thing that I noticed was a picture of Jesus Christ with his hands on top of the head of the Apostle John, ordaining him. It was a powerful picture! I wanted what I had seen in the Mormon missionaries who had visited me. For nine years, I was active in Mormonism and even served a mission for the LDS Church. Then, I discovered the truth about Joseph Smith. I realized that I had been deceived, and that the reason I felt empty was because I was looking toward a religion to fill a gap that only a personal relationship with Christ can fill.Read more
The following is my story of how I was saved out of Mormonism. I was raised as a Mormon and lived it for about 35 years before I met the real Jesus Christ and discovered what true Christianity is all about. It is my hope that someone might benefit from my experience, recognize Mormonism as the false belief system that it is, and come out to find the true Lord and Savior.Read more
(Note: Laura is Rob B's wife)
I was born as a Navajo Indian and raised in an LDS foster family in Utah. As a Mormon, I was proud of my heritage as a “Lamanite” descendant of Book of Mormon people. But as a young adult, I fell away because I was unable to live up to all of the Church’s standards. “No one can be that perfect!” I thought. Then I started dating Rob, who was an ex-Mormon. He too had been raised LDS, but had come to know the REAL Jesus of the Bible. Through Rob’s patience and the Holy Spirit’s persistence, I accepted this Jesus into my life and found perfect righteousness in Him!Read more
One day at Sacrament meeting when the focus was on Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for us, I felt the Spirit of the Lord, but when I mentioned this to my Bishop, he rebuked me by saying that, because of my probation and inability to partake in Sacrament, it was not possible for me to feel the Spirit. In disillusionment, I left the LDS Church and everything that had to do with Christianity, but God in His Grace drew me to the REAL Jesus, and I have found the joy and freedom in a personal relationship with Him, without the control of authoritarian religion.Read more
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. Leaving the group was a traumatic choice. It left me deeply confused about God and what had happened to my life and family. For a time, it was even too painful to read from the Scriptures. Finally, the Lord touched the confusion of my mind, healed me and opened my eyes to see what he’d intended for me all along.
Growing up, I never felt wanted. My parent’s relationship with each other was not good and when my mom died when I was 12 years old, I was left alone most of the time. Although I accepted Christ three months before she died, I was unprepared for the spiritual turmoil I faced when my church fell apart. This is when the Mormon missionaries showed up at my door and told me the story of my parent’s early involvement in Mormonism. I was intrigued by it, so I decided to try it out, even being baptized for the dead and receiving my endowments in the temple. What a creepy experience that was! I moved away to try to get away from the Mormons, but even there they found me! If it wasn’t for the Christian friends, I don’t know if I would have had the strength to leave Mormonism for good.Read more
LA 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.Read more
I was born and raised LDS in the state of Idaho. My family heritage goes back to the Prophet Joseph Smith. For 40 years, I struggled to find answers to my spiritual questions … No one could answer my questions in a way that seemed right, and I was told by the Mormon Church that I did not have enough “faith” … My spiritual journey is amazing! No one can take you by the hand and show you the way except Jesus. It’s a relationship — not a religion, not a church — but a relationship with the Lord that is the way to eternal life with God!Read more
I was drawn to the Mormon religion because it had answers to the questions I was asking. Its answers seemed logical and something I could wrap my life around. The religion was very structured and that suited my personality quite well. My husband and I were sealed in the temple. For at least 13 of my 15 years as a Mormon, I carried and regularly used my temple recommend. At one point, I even served as the Stake Young Women’s President, but when I got divorced, the Church excommunicated me. Then God got my attention, and I became a true adopted child of God.Read more
.:THE TESTIMONY OF PHILLIP – How God Rescued Me and My Wife from Mormonism
Raised Mormon and born with an inquisitive mind, I had many questions about the inconsistencies I saw between Mormon doctrine and practice. When I questioned the LDS leadership about these problems, I was excommunicated for my “lack of faith,” and disowned by my LDS family. When my new wife, Cheryl, was baptized into Mormonism, I too was reinstated into the Church. Immediately my Mormon family welcomed me back, but this was short lived when doubts and unanswered questions began to resurface in my mind. After five years of research, I knew Mormonism was false, but how would I convince Cheryl?Read more
I grew up in a splinter group of Mormonism called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Community of Christ or RLDS). It taught a “feel good” spirituality. When they could not answer my questions, I gave up on “religion” altogether and believed that nobody had answers. But God had other plans. Through Bob, a Christian who took his faith seriously, I found what being “saved” and “born-again” is all about.
I was born into an LDS home and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. In my teenage years, I became disillusioned by the inconsistencies I found within the LDS Church. For many years, I believed that I didn’t need God in my life, but I still considered myself a Mormon. Finally, my search for the truth about God and what He has to offer led me to the REAL Jesus of the Bible. After I accepted the Lord, I was able to help lead Laura (my future wife at the time) to the Lord.Read more
I grew up in many Protestant Christian churches, but I was not taught God’s Word. When the Mormon missionaries answered my questions with the Bible, I was intrigued. I soon joined the Church and married a returned Mormon missionary. My dreams were shattered when the man I married turned out to be a pathological liar, an abuser, an alcoholic and a womanizer, sleeping with over 300 women in the eight years we were married. Even after my divorce, I remained active in the church for a while, until the Lord opened my eyes, and I found the REAL Jesus.Read more