Losing Mormonism and Finding Faith in Christ
Faith and religion have always been the central theme of my life. I am writing down my history with respect to spiritual matters, hoping that they will be of some value to at least one person who might read it and identify with my experience. I am not recording here a comprehensive account of my life, but I am highlighting the things most pertinent to spiritual matters.
My earliest memories are of my mother teaching me about God and His “One True Church” that I was privileged to have been born into. As a young boy of four, her teachings included: the Plan of Salvation, the three degrees of Heaven, the work to redeem the dead through vicarious baptism and temple work, the sacrifice that our oldest brother, Jesus Christ made for us by volunteering to fill the role of Savior, the rebellion of Satan (our second oldest brother), our pre-existence with God and Jesus and Satan, the war in Heaven, my future calling and privilege to become a full time missionary, etc.
The Mormon perspective of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after death was the setting in which I identified myself. It was my reality from the very beginning.
I grew up feeling so thankful that I was in the One True Church, that I knew the truth whereas so few of my peers were so fortunate.
The imperative to choose good friends resonated so much in my mind that by the time I reached the seventh grade, I had observed enough of the behavior of my classmates that none of them seemed to fit the bill of a friend who would be a good influence and I began to isolate myself socially from the other kids. This created a tremendous conflict within me, because I experienced loneliness so intense that I was overwhelmed by it. I would find places to be alone and weep bitterly at my plight of being so alone. I forgot that it was essentially my own choices that created my situation, and I blamed the cruelty of my classmates for being so impervious to my very existence. I spent entire semesters in classes in High School with the people around me never even knowing my name because I virtually never spoke, mostly out of shyness and low self esteem.
Life at home was not good. My father spent most every hour during the week, and sometimes weekends, at the office. My mother was chronically ill, in extreme pain, and was bedridden most of the time. Many of my nights as a youth were spent trying desperately to block out the sounds of my parents yelling and doors slamming until 3am. This went on night after night for years. To be sure, we did have our good times, but unfortunately the painful memories have a tendency to overshadow the good ones.
It was so strange to go from the unhappy environment at home, to church each Sunday, and hear the lessons about “The Gospel” bringing love and harmony to our families. One of the most popular hymns went “there is beauty all around when there's love at home”. It was such a strange contrast with my reality.
In spite of my struggles, I never let my faith waiver in the LDS Church or in the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith or in the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I would pray and read the Book of Mormon, and I always came away feeling good about it. I read some from the Bible, but it was a lot more work to decipher the King James Version of the Bible than it was to make sense of the relatively clear and easy to understand Book of Mormon, so I spent most of my time sticking with the Book of Mormon.
I had a strong testimony, which was primarily strong feelings that I was taught were from the Holy Ghost testifying that the Church was true. I read only Mormon literature and avoided the “anti-Mormon” literature like it was written by the devil himself, since that was essentially what we were taught. I always humbly accepted the counsel of my priesthood leaders and Bishop since they were called of God and I should listen to their inspired guidance. I never smoked or let a drop of alcohol pass my lips. I listened with disdain to my classmates talk about their sexual exploits and the latest party they went to. I was so much happier because I knew the truth (I thought).
My own imperfections and sins weighed heavily on my conscience with a huge crushing weight. My attempt at being as obedient as I believed God expected me to be was failing miserably. I felt like such a failure. I despised myself and felt like most everyone else did, too. At the same time, my family thought I was such a great person. I felt like a fraud.
When I was nineteen, I submitted the paperwork to become a full-time Mormon missionary, as I was taught all my life that I should do. I had been told countless stories about “Mission Presidents”, the adult regional leaders of the full-time missionaries. They are largely regarded as spiritual giants, full of love and wisdom. I looked forward so much to being able to be under the tutelage of one of those great men. What I found was very different. My Mission President proved to be quite insecure, proud, seeking after his own glory through the number of people that we baptized, prone to occasional displays of inappropriate levels of anger, continually reminding us that he was the first mission president from his part of the world, etc. He was a bully to the missionaries serving under him who were humble, intimidating them into following his policies, primary of which was “baptize at any cost”, passing on his bullying techniques to the people we taught. Whatever it took to get people to be baptized into the Mormon church was deemed justified, using whatever manipulation of people that might be necessary to get them to agree with us. In my one-on-one meetings with the Mission President, where I had thought to be exposed to great love and spiritual wisdom, he would regularly fall asleep in the middle of our conversation. The conversation was mostly superficial, just enough for him to be satisfied that I was fully functional in the missionary system. What I had been told to expect versus the reality was, like my home life, starkly different. To be fair, I have spoken with many Mormon missionaries who's Mission Presidents seem to have been very much the wise and loving sages that I had been given to expect. Unfortunately, that was not my own experience.
In spite of the negative aspects, my time as a missionary was the beginning of my relationship with the Savior. As a Mormon Missionary, you are expected to keep up a regimented daily scripture and topical study. For two full years, I had a full hour every day of individual study time to work my way through the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Bible (the full New Testament and selected portions of the Old Testament). This was my first experience actually reading the Bible at any length, and it turned out to be the first loosening of the Mormon church's hold on my heart.
What I discovered in my Bible studies was that the primary messages were in many instances contrary to Mormon doctrine. The most contradictory individual passages could mostly be explained away using a variety of techniques. As the prime example, Mormons believe that there are many Gods who each have their own spirit children and associated planets. The Bible clearly states in many passages that there is only one God. The standard explanation is that “well, that means that there is only one God 'for us/of our world'”. That explanation satisfies those who believe in Mormonism. Unfortunately, to make it true one has to make the Bible mean something other than what it actually says. Such an explanation is easily accepted by Mormons, especially in light of the Mormon belief that many “plain and precious parts” of the Bible were taken out, and what is left is either incomplete or maliciously modified. This belief is explicitly taught in the Book of Mormon (see 1 Nephi 13:20-29).
I accepted this as a believing Mormon, and yet when I read the Bible for myself, the context of the passages that were problematic for Mormon doctrine supported the intention of the author to express exactly what is written about things such as what is necessary for salvation, the nature of God versus the nature of man, the identity of Christ, etc., not what Mormons would like it to say. Nevertheless, I wasn't prepared to consider the ramifications of the contradictions between Mormon doctrine and Biblical teachings. At the time I did not look beyond the standard explanations provided by Mormon commentaries and apologists. At the same time, however, my observations were filed away in long term storage in my mind, with the intention of fully putting my concerns to rest at a later date when I had more information. I knew it was a waste of time to explore them too much anyway. I already knew that the latter-day prophets told us what correct doctrine was, so in the end I already knew the answer, and I wasn't consumed with worry about the conflicts.
Now that my perspective has changed, it amazes me to make that observation about my own reasoning from those days, that the contradictions I saw could be so easily dismissed without too much worry. It only makes sense with the understanding that I had long ago in my youth accepted without question the validity of the “One True Church” and the modern-day prophets that guided it. Any doctrinal “problems” could be safely filed away under the heading of things that would be explained to us at the time it was necessary for us to understand. As we missionaries used to explain it - once you 'know' that the Book of Mormon is true (via special emotions upon sincerely praying about it) then you know that all the rest of the Mormon teachings are true by extension. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God and his revelations are from God, etc. This is the broom that sweeps up and satisfies any particular concern that all other explanations fail to answer.
Another 18 years passed after I returned home from honorably completing my term as a full-time missionary when I was 19. Over the course of those years, I had time to emotionally mature and to learn a lot about myself and others. My father died a painful death at the young age of 50 due to cancer. My mother, my brother, and I did our best to move on with our lives. In a spiritual sense, I had some huge failures in my quest for personal righteousness, followed by some big victories as well. Things happened that in many ways finally allowed me to grow up. I found myself with a wife, a little one-year-old baby girl, and an eight-year-old son.
One thing I recognized more and more as I got older was particularly troubling to me. I began to see a repeated pattern of a lack of true Christian spirit of love and charity among my fellow Mormons. Everyone talked the talk, but when it came down to genuine love and caring for others, it rarely went any farther than a persons assigned calling (job in the church). For several years I attributed this to particular individuals and not to the church in general, but as I moved from ward to ward through the years, I found it to be much more universal than I had at first thought. I spoke about it with my closest friends and family, who almost universally acknowledged their shared observation of the same. Jesus' words from Matthew echoed in my head: “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:17-20)
One day I finally got around to researching a topic I had heard about in years past but had not looked at too closely, which was the story behind one of the books of Mormon scripture, called the “Book of Abraham” and some surviving manuscripts from which it was translated. I am not going to re-tell all the details of the history here. What is important to understand is that this book is unique among all Mormon extra-biblical scripture in the sense that all the other books of scripture that were brought forth by Joseph Smith have no original source to refer to. Joseph claimed that the original metal plates that he translated the Book of Mormon from were taken by an angel back to heaven. The Doctrine and Covenants was received by “direct revelation from God” and simply dictated by Joseph. The Book of Abraham, on the other hand, was actually claimed to have been translated from Egyptian scrolls that are confirmed to actually exist. At the time that Joseph performed the translation, Egyptologists had not yet deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphics. There was no scholar at the time that could contradict whatever Joseph claimed was written on the scrolls. Joseph claimed that the scrolls were written by the hand of Abraham himself. He dictated his translation and produced what is called the “Book of Abraham”. It is one of the books that Mormons claim as sacred scripture.
The history of what happened to the original papyrus scrolls is a bit long to recount here, but to make a long story short, in the 1960's they were recovered and returned to the Mormon church. They were confirmed authentic by Mormon scholars. At the time there was much excitement among the believing members of the church that these would show conclusively that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, because now that scholars could understand the Egyptian writings, it could be shown that they said exactly what Joseph said they did, thus confirming his divine gift of being able to translate ancient records. Unfortunately, they showed exactly the opposite. The writings have nothing to do with Abraham, but are rather common Egyptian funerary documents referring to the gods of the Egyptians and their beliefs concerning the journey of the soul in the afterlife.
This was a bombshell for me. I researched all the attempts to resolve this finding with Joseph's validity as a prophet of God. The church itself provides no official position. A wise choice, I think, since none of the explanations stand up to reason and scrutiny by anyone looking at all the information and using common sense. The main explanations put forth by Mormon scholars and things like: 1) The Egyptian characters contain a second meaning that elude modern Egyptologists. This to me is ridiculous. I could just as easily claim that this paper I am writing contains hidden meanings and it contains the text to the Declaration of Independence in addition to what I am writing in plain language. 2) The papyrus fragments that were recovered are not the same fragments that the Book of Abraham was translated from. This can be easily shown to be false. Hieroglyphic characters in the identical order that they are found on at least one of the recovered papyrus are found in the margins of all three of the original handwritten scribal manuscripts from Joseph's dictation of the Book of Abraham, showing the correspondence between the characters being translated and the English text they were supposed to represent. 3) Another of the main theories is that the Book of Abraham was not translated from the scrolls at all. They simply acted as a catalyst of some sort, triggering the reception, by direct revelation to Joseph, of the Book of Abraham. This is also ludicrous if for no other reason than they contradict the specific statements of Joseph about the papyrus as recorded in both The History of the Church and in the preface to the Book of Abraham that is actually contained in the text, that it was written by Abraham's own hand, and that it is the Book of Abraham that was found to be recorded on the scrolls themselves.
What the story behind the Book of Abraham did to me, was that it finally shocked my mind into accepting the real possibility that Joseph was not a prophet after all. It opened a door of objectivity in my mind, finally superseding the stubbornness in me to even objectively consider that the Church might not be what it said it was. I had always believed it. It was what my mother had taught me. My father believed it, my mother believed it, my grandparents believed it, so who was I to even ever truly question it? This evidence, however, was so compelling, so objective in its' testing of the truthfulness of Joseph's self-proclaimed prophet hood, that I could not dare to ignore it.
I went back and studied much more about the evidences for and against the truth of the LDS church's claims. I discovered much about the contrasts between LDS doctrine and biblical teachings. I discovered much about the evidence for and against the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I discovered contrasts in many cases between the teachings of the Book of Mormon and even LDS doctrine itself. I think the final nail in the coffin of my holding out any possibility in the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is simply the overwhelming lack of archaeological evidence that any of the civilizations and cities described in the book ever existed. Not one coin, not one city, nothing has ever been found to corroborate the book. No one has ever been able to match the geography in the book to the real geography of North, Central, or South America. Every single theory out there for a location/region has some features that match to some parts of the descriptions in the book, but they can never find a place that totally matches the geography described in the Book of Mormon.
I thought to myself that if the Book of Mormon can be so easily demonstrated to be false, then maybe the same might be true about the Bible. I began to research the history of the Bible. Somewhat to my surprise, the weaknesses displayed by the Book of Mormon are not shared by the Bible. Archaeological digs have discovered the existence of literally thousands of the ancient cities and civilizations described in the Old Testament, including their structures, coins, etc. I studied about it's internal consistency, about the fulfillment of it's prophecies, about the preponderance of ancient manuscripts that remain consistent with each other. I studied about the consistency of the Old Testament manuscripts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and how they are virtually identical to the other manuscripts that are from thousands of years later. Every way that the Bible can be tested, it stands up to scrutiny. I studied regarding the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts. I studied the arguments of atheists who had approached the Bible to prove their own position, only to have been convinced of its' truthfulness and subsequently to have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
One of the questions I needed to answer was what was God's way for us to identify what is truth about Him and what is not. It took me a number of months to understand the subtle falsehood in the Mormon method of discerning truth from error. But first, let's look at the biblical method for determining truth from error, and especially concerning the truth of someone's claim to speak for God.
Allow me to quote at length someone who has expressed this much better than I can, Floyd McElveen. This is a very important question that deserves sufficient treatment.
When God's people were enticed to consult the mediums and wizards who could perform wonders in the name of God, they were told, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa. 8:20)
The law and the testimony [...] referred to the Word of God.
[...] Consider this: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).
These and many other Scriptures tell us that the Bible is the very Word of God. Fulfilled prophecy, historical and archaeological accuracy, unity and harmony beyond compare in a book with some 40 authors and written over a period of some 1500 years, lack of scientific errors common in other ancient books, the life and resurrection of Jesus, and its life-transforming power all combine to reinforce this claim.
This same God who gave the Word is well able to preserve it. He has promised to do just that; He has done it and He will continue to do it. God does not lie. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:35). To cast doubt on the Word of God is to take the side of atheists, unbelievers, skeptics and cultists down through the ages. It is to take sides against Christ and true Christians.
Jesus told us to search the Scriptures, in John 5:39, even to proving His claims: “Search the scriptures; ... and they are they which testify of me.” When Paul and Silas went to Berea with the claims of Christ and of the gospel, the Bereans were praised because they “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things [that Paul and Silas were teaching] were so” (Acts 17:11). The Bereans were using the Old Testament which ... had been translated from the Hebrew into the Greek in a translation called the Septuagint. They did not quibble about the Bible being “the Word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”
Whereas the Bible teaches that we are to test the authority of preaching and Scriptures by other Scriptures, Mormons are taught to test the truth of the Book of Mormon by their minds, their feelings and by prayer.
McConkie says, “The spirit of revelation consists in having thoughts placed in one's mind by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 502). But the Bible has something else to say about one's mind. The Word of God says that we cannot trust our own thoughts because we have “reprobate” minds (Rom. 1:28), “carnal” minds (Rom. 8:7), “vain” minds (Eph. 4:17), “defiled” minds (Titus 1:15) and our thoughts continually lean toward evil (see Gen. 6:5; Matt. 9:4; 15:19).
In trying to verify the authority of Mormon teachings, Mormons sometimes declare that they had a “burning bosom,” such as is mentioned in D&C 9:8: “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind, then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right”. This feeling, this burning bosom “proved” the Holy Spirit was testifying to them of the Book of Mormon and Mormonism.
In addition to their minds and their feelings, Mormons are told to test the Book of Mormon by prayer: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4, Book of Mormon)
I have prayed about it and I got a different answer than others did. Others pray about the same things and get still an entirely different answer. If prayer were the solution, then Moslems, who pray five times a day, should get the same answer I do; however, their answers are all different than mine.
I know that my prayer is sincere, and I do not doubt that many other prayers are sincere too. Yet each thinks he is right. Prayer, sincere prayer, does not solve the problem. Moslems are certain they are right. I am certain I am right. You are certain you are right. Then how can we have different answers? Obviously, we must have a better test of truth, better proof than prayer, than “testimony,” than feelings.
The Bereans did not depend on these things – they searched the Scriptures. [...] Reading the Book of Mormon and letting the Holy Spirit testify of its truthfulness to oneself is not God's approved way. [...] This substitutes another test, another way, for God's way of determining truth or error. [...] The Holy Spirit is not the only powerful spirit in this world. You might be deceived by trusting only in prayer and feeling or experience. The mighty evil spirit the Bible calls Satan is posing as an “angel of light” and deceiving all he can to an eternal hell. When we set aside God's prescribed way of finding truth, we are totally without protection and open to Satan's delusions.
Someone well asked, “Could a false church appear righteous? [...] What would be the purpose of a wrong church if not to deceive? If someone were going to make counterfeit money, would they use red ink?”
Notice Satan's program: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13-15)
[A conversation with a Christian man named Allen and several Mormon missionaries] went something like this:
Allen: “How do you know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God?”
Mormon: “I have prayed about it and I have a testimony that I know that it is true and that Joseph Smith, to whom it was given, is a prophet of God.”
Allen: “What is your evidence that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God? How do you 'know' it to be true, in either case?”
Mormon: “I know it is true because I have prayed about it and feel that it is true. I also know that it is true because the Mormon church has a living prophet to guide us into all truth.”
Allen: “How do you know that this living prophet is a prophet of God?”
Mormon: “I have a testimony that our living prophet is a prophet of God.”
Allen: “Can Satan give good feelings to deceive? What happens when your feelings say one thing and the Word of God says another? Which is more reliable and which do you believe? I have good feelings about receiving Jesus Christ by faith alone and being saved instantly and being sure of heaven, and this good feeling has already lasted 20 years. Why should your 'good feelings' be any more conclusive than mine? Don't you think the Bible is a much more reliable standard than my 'feelings' or 'testimony' or your 'feelings' or 'testimony'?”
Biblical faith permits and demands objective, evidential reality, as well as subjective experience. [...] Millions of Christians can testify to a tremendous “testimony” of certainty that the Bible is the only Word of God, that they have been saved instantly when they trusted Jesus, and that they are now sure of heaven forever with Jesus Christ. They have peace, joy and transformed lives since their conversion. However, any such testimony must be in full accord with the Bible and its truth or it is false. Feelings can be and have been manipulated. God would not leave our eternal destiny to be decided ultimately by “feelings” or “testimony” of fallible human beings. This is why He furnished so much tremendous evidence in the Bible that it is indeed the Word of God. This is why all claims of truth must be measured by the Bible.
-The Mormon Illusion, by Floyd C. McElveen, pp 137-144
The only things I could add to the question of identifying truth is this: Mormons love to quote James 1:5 - “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Let me just point out a couple of things here. First, note that James is referring to lacking wisdom not knowledge of the truth. Wisdom is not knowledge, it is the proper application of knowledge, which is a very different thing. Floyd McElveen says we shouldn't pray about the Book of Mormon. I do agree, we should not pray to God asking the truth of anything independent of how it compares to the existing Scriptures in the Bible, planning to place our trust in our emotional response, trusting that the feeling is a message from God. I do, however, feel that we most definitely should be praying to God, asking for wisdom in our investigation of the question, just as James tells us! However, the ultimate answer about whether anything is of God or not can be found in the Bible.
I went back to the Bible to look at it with a fresh perspective. I had a golden opportunity at that point to be objective about it. I no longer felt like I had to defend LDS doctrine and Joseph Smith's calling. I didn't have to read it through the lens of already established beliefs that I had to make fit with what it had to say. Rather, I let go of whatever beliefs I already had, and tried to make my mind and heart a blank page. I said to God, “OK, I'm going to read the Bible simply to understand what it has to teach me, not to try and defend any particular position.”
I can tell you that this is what changed my life forever – making myself available to be taught by the Word of God. I say making myself available, but I truly must give all the credit to God. The Holy Spirit had been leading me and teaching me what I was ready to receive throughout my life. It was He that finally brought me humbled and broken to His Word. It was He who showed me the futility of trying to earn God's grace through my own personal righteousness. When He finally, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the teaching of His Word, brought into clear focus and understanding to my mind and heart the relationship between faith, salvation, grace, and righteous works – when the realization of it hit me, it was like a 1000 watt bulb being suddenly turned on in the dimly lit room I had lived in all my life. The realizations kept coming like waves from the sea. Christ wasn't our firstborn spirit brother, he is literally God (John 1:1), being one with the Father in a much more fundamental way than just one in purpose – being not just one “God-head”, but literally being One God. God didn't just create our planet/solar system. He created EVERYTHING – the whole universe and more. There aren't an infinity of Gods, but rather there is one and only one God, who has ALWAYS been God, and always will be God. He was not at some point a sinful human living on another earth like ours, committing sins, needing to repent and be saved, etc. He has ALWAYS been God, perfect, and Holy in every way. We are not his literal offspring. We are not Gods in embryo. We will never be Gods with our own planets, with our own children who worship us, etc. We are God's creation, not his literal children. He loves us so much that He came down and took on human flesh and through His perfect sacrifice on the cross made it possible for all who have true faith in Christ to be reconciled to Him. Those souls who accept Jesus and His glorious sacrifice for us, are cleansed from all unrighteousness, and are adopted (if we were already His literal children, why would we need to be adopted?) as “sons of God” (Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6), sharing in some unfathomable way in His Glory and living with Him for all eternity.
Understanding what the Bible has to teach about the true biblical God and the true biblical Christ, He suddenly became infinitely more worthy of literal worship as God, not just veneration, which was more how I felt toward God as a Mormon. Now I can worship God for the first time, “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). I love Him with all my heart. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross suddenly means so much more to me than ever before.
I pray that those who read this may read the Bible with open eyes. Don't read God's Word with an agenda of defending what you already believe – that is like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. It is like going to class only to confirm that the teacher has things right, since you already know them. Read it with an open mind and heart and He will show you The Way and The Truth, and He will give you the true Life, so long as you are willing to put aside your fear of leaving Mormonism and to embrace the Jesus of the Bible with all your heart. Whatever the consequences may be, the reward far outweighs them.
I cannot close without mentioning my wife, Crystal. I have been so greatly blessed that she is my wife. Her unfailing honesty about her own spirituality was an example that helped give me more courage than I would have otherwise had. I am also so fortunate that my choice to leave the LDS church did not result in a split marriage and family. I have purposely kept her experience out of this account, as her story is her own to tell. Let me just say that, like myself, she found true spiritual Life for the first time after also leaving a lifetime of Mormonism and embracing the biblical Christ.
God is great. Never underestimate what He can and will do in your life if you exercise genuine faith in Jesus.
— David Knight