A Little About Me

Heavenly Father has richly blessed me with a wonderful husband, three daughters, three step-daughters, two grandchildren, five sugar gliders, two amazing cats–one is a Bengal and the other a Cheetoh, twenty-seven chickens, five bunnies, numerous wild pheasants and quail, plus all the other wild creatures that live on our land. Yes–I love animals.

However, the love of my life is Jesus Christ, my Savior! He did for me what I could not do for myself. He gained forgiveness for all of my sins! Every breath I take is in praise of my Savior, my Lord and my God!

I spent 36 years not knowing how to gain this forgiveness that comes only through belief in the shed blood of Jesus. I was born and raised in a prominent Mormon family and married in the Temple. All my life I was taught by LDS leaders that gaining forgiveness was dependent upon my own actions and works. For many years I struggled with the process of repentance only to fail over and over again.

Praise the Lord that He sent a Christian neighbor into my life. She was only six years old but she enticed me to come with her to church and hear the truth! I learned that even though I failed time and again, Jesus never once failed and He lived a perfect life for me–in my place! The day I learned about my complete forgiveness through His shed blood was November 11th, 1994! The moment I believed in this forgiveness, I received it (Acts 10:43). Today, nearly 14 years later, I still live every moment in awesome thankfulness to Jesus!

When I was Mormon I was a “Latter-day Saint” by name. Now that I have been made perfect through faith in Christ Jesus, I am a Saint, and I live in the latter days. I have a strong testimony of the truthfulness of God’s living Prophets and Apostles. I love to compare their Words (fruits) with the words (fruits) of Mormon Prophets and Apostles, especially those found in Relief Society/Priesthood and Gospel Doctrine lessons. I take to heart Christ’s words stating that God literally speaks to us when we read His God-breathed scripture (Matthew 22:29-32). It’s so amazing to receive personal revelation from Heavenly Father whenever we need Him!

God has placed in my heart an unquenchable passion to share my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with Mormons. I invite you to join me as I boldly write of the wonderful and unconditional gifts that Jesus and Heavenly Father have given to us, especially complete forgiveness through Jesus!

“Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 1:5-6)

If you would like to email me personally, you can do so at Latterdaysaintwoman.wordpress@HisHealingNow.com

43 Comments

  1. jeremycares said,

    October 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    What a tremendous testimony of love and faith. May Jesus continue to shower his grace and forgiveness on you. Jesus’ love shines through you.

  2. jessicasheley said,

    October 25, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Wow! Awesome blog! I am so excited to learn more from you. I am adding you as a link on my blog. I look forward to reading your posts.

    Your Sister in Christ,

    Jessica

  3. heathershairdos said,

    January 3, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I’m so glad to find your blog! I wish I “knew my stuff” more so that I can defend my faith better, and your blog is inspiring. Thank you for your insightful posts, I’m enjoying reading and learning from them.

    Heather

  4. March 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  5. not2bright said,

    July 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Very, very helpful blog. I look forward to each post and pass them along to my friends, many of whom are LDS. God bless you! (P.S. This might show an avatar of my husband, but I’m Judi)

  6. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    July 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Judi,

    Thanks for your words. I absolutely love my people–the Mormons! My hearts desire is that many, many Mormons will hear and believe the wonderful message of free and full forgiveness through the blood of Jesus. I sometimes get discouraged because I see all the comments from Mormons who are rejecting the Jesus who did everything for them. When I don’t see many Mormons coming to faith very often, I wonder if my efforts are fruitful. I often forget that conversion is the Holy Spirit’s job. I also forget that loving Christians like you will be taking the Words of God that I write, to other Mormons. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring many of your LDS friends to faith.

    May God bless your witness of Him!

  7. rblandjr said,

    August 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Becki,

    Thanks for that amazing testimony. That gives me hope that our great God is working in lives of my son and his wife. They have three little ones that are always on my heart. Thank you for sharing your experiences that will help me to share with them in love the real grace of Christ.

    Thank you,
    Richard
    2Tim 4:2

  8. ckuhrasch said,

    April 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Thank you for your loving work. May God bless you richly!

  9. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    You’re so welcome. Amazingly, I can’t take any credit for anything. All I do that is good is really God working through me. God has so richly blessed me, even though I have never deserved it. That was one of the most amazing things I learned when I really started doing Bible studies. God blesses us with eternal life and forgiveness of all our sins—-when we were still sinners! Our obedience to Him comes as a result of all these amazing blessings from God.

    I had always believed the LDS scripture: “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

    I never realize how false this scripture is! LDS prophets have it completely backwards. God blesses us first, and then, out of gratitude, we give Him our feeble attempts at obedience because we love Him more than anything else.

    What a blessing it is to be free to serve God out of love, and not because I am trying to gain something for myself.

  10. ckuhrasch said,

    May 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I can’t tell you how helpful your blog is to me personally. I had a friend who was Mormon with whom I shared a love of Christ for many years…we set aside our differences and grew together in the love and truth of Christ. But recently her husband has begun to question her need for deep relationships outside of marriage. Her response has been to feel weak and guilty for her need and to submit to the priesthood of her husband and her church. I am grieving the loss of a friend and the loss of a soul to Christ. Your blog, and the truth within is so assuring of the real truth and of the possibility that God will continue to seek my friend as His own. I have found myself having to answer many of the same questions raised by your responders and I wish I would have had the gift of teaching with which God has blessed you. I am learning more and more about how to effectively witness to other Mormons through your work and I welcome the chance to do so. Thank you so much! Yours in Christ, Cindy

  11. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Cindy,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. It is wonderful to hear that all my efforts are helping someone. I sometimes get discouraged when all I hear from LDS members are negative arguments.

    What is amazing is that I do not consider myself a good teacher and I certainly do not have the gift of writing. It just goes to show that everything I do is merely God working through me. Paul’s words to the Corinthians are certainly truth for me:

    “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.”

    And, Paul finishes with the reason that God chooses the weak and foolish:

    “That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26

    Amen to that truth from God!

    Hey, I volunteer with a Christian Ministry that reaches out to Mormons. One facet of our Ministry is a Prayer Ministry ran by a wonderfully compassionate Christian woman by the name of Lori. You can email her with a prayer request for your friend. She will send out your prayer request via an email to hundreds of loving Christians the world over. They will go to the very throne of God on behalf of your friend! Prayer is powerful because we have such a powerful God!

    You can email her at our Ministry website: http://www.truthinloveministry.net and click on “Contact” and “Prayer request“.

    Thanks again, Cindy. God’s blessings.

  12. August 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Aloha! my name is Suzanne,

    I have a different kind of story than most…
    I was born in Salt Lake City Utah into a 5th generation LDS family.

    My Father and his siblings were raised part of their lives on Joseph Smith’s farm in Palmyra New York. Their Parents, my Grand Parents were missionaries there.
    My Mother was a convert to the church as a young adult.

    As a young child my Mother and Father moved us to California and I was raised outside the church. My parents were (Jack Mormons)
    Yet if anyone ever asked what religion we were, I would always reply… Mormon!
    My thinking and theology were also Mormon.

    My older siblings were raised on and off in the church. My brother was sealed in the Salt Lake City temple to his 1st wife and my sister was a Sunday school teacher at her local LDS church.

    Even though my parents didn’t live the ways of the church, they were still indoctrinated in their thinking, so growing up with them and my siblings that doctrine, theology and thinking were instilled in me untill….
    In 1993 at the age of 38 I gave my life to the
    Lord Jesus Christ Of the Bible and everything changed!

    I began to see where my thinking was off
    (which took years to discover and dispel)
    I realized that the LDS church was based on lies!

    Two years ago I began to study the teachings, history, doctrines and theology of the LDS church and now I have discovered what mormonism truly is… a hoax!
    I go on line now wherever I can to share the truth with anyone who is willing to listen!

    I have hundreds of relatives and friends that remain faithful LDS members in Utah and through out the country. I am praying for them to see the truth and be freed from the lies and bondage they are living under
    and come into a personal relationship with the One True and Living God… Jesus Christ.

    Praise God you have been set free and are now reaching out to others with the True Gospel of Grace! Keep sharing the Truth in Love my Sister!

  13. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    August 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    Praise the Lord for bringing you to faith! I also have many relatives and friends who don’t know their Savior whose blood has washed them clean. Isn’t it painful, having the truth that will set them free, but not one of them will listen to you? Prayer is powerful, and I will pray for your family as I continue praying for mine. I live in Boise, if you are anywhere close it would be wonderful to meet you.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Becki

  14. boogmenot said,

    October 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    A couple questions. I am trying not to doubt your sincerity, but the name of your blog is misleading. I’m sure you have your reasons why you think that is not the case, but that’s what blogs are, opinions.

    Second, I’m curious if you give much thought or effort to Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, idol worshipers, Hindus, et al., who seem to be going to hell based on the criterion you have laid out. Is it that Mormons are so close otherwise that you want to focus on them? Do you think Mormons are worse than others who are differently ignorant (if so, is one ignorance better than the other–it sounds like Mormons are ignorant, and so are most Muslims, Jews,, etc.).

    I confess that many Mormons misunderstand the power of grace, and can overdo it on their rhetoric about works. Many are way too hard on themselves and think they have to be perfect. The focus in on part of the equation and forget the rest (and you have plenty of quotes to back that up). Much of these debates are semantics anyway–we all have different definitions for salvation, repentance, and even works, so sometimes we agree more than we realize (and vice versa). However, I appreciate knowing that God will not simply condemn almost all who ever lived to hell because they don’t understand Christ’s grace exactly the way that you do. It always boggles my mind that many who talk about God as love in the same breath condemn most of the people who ever lived to hell for not understanding and accepting (in not too explicit of a way or it will be condemned as a work) Christ as having suffered for their sins. I’m glad God has a more profound plan in place than that.

    I’m sure I’m missing something and am wondering how you in your mind can condemn Mormons and not Muslims et al. without basing it on ignorance, since Mormons are ignorant too–unless you actually do condemn them, which seems like you would have to based on…I already said all that.

  15. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    October 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Hi boogmenot,

    I appreciate that you are trying not to doubt my sincerity. The desire of my heart is to share what I have been given by my Savior with Mormons.

    I pray that I can help you understand why I do what I do.

    First, you wrote: “A couple questions. I am trying not to doubt your sincerity, but the name of your blog is misleading. I’m sure you have your reasons why you think that is not the case, but that’s what blogs are, opinions.”

    In the page that you have left your comment, I explain why I call myself a Latter-day Saint: “When I was Mormon I was a “Latter-day Saint” by name. Now that I have been made perfect through faith in Christ Jesus, I AM a Saint, and I live in the latter days.”

    Not only am I a saint who lives in the latter days, I have also been called to serve as a missionary to Mormons. Using “Latter-day Saint Woman” for my blog name is something that is Mormon friendly and will hopefully draw Mormons to read what I write. I do not believe I am being deceitful, on the page “A little About Me” I clearly explain that I am no longer a Mormon, where I give the purpose for my blog:

    “God has placed in my heart an unquenchable passion to share my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with Mormons.”

    Now, to answer your next question:

    “Second, I’m curious if you give much thought or effort to Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, idol worshipers, Hindus, et al., who seem to be going to hell based on the criterion you have laid out. Is it that Mormons are so close otherwise that you want to focus on them? Do you think Mormons are worse than others who are differently ignorant (if so, is one ignorance better than the other–it sounds like Mormons are ignorant, and so are most Muslims, Jews,, etc.).”

    The Church that I am a member of does send out missionaries to reach Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, idol worshipers, Hindus and many other groups of people. But, so does the LDS Church. Mormon Missionaries are sent out to convert Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, idol worshipers, Hindus, and yes; members of the Lutheran Church that I am a member of. In fact, LDS missionaries are sent out to convert members of every Protestant, Lutheran and Catholic Church in the world.

    As well, the LDS Church teaches that every person who is not a Mormon will not gain eternal life or dwell in God’s presence. Gospel Principles, Chapter 47, Exaltation, explains: “What is Exaltation? Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives.” The Lesson then gives the “Requirements” which state, among other things, that a person must be baptized and “confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ”.

    Link to the Lesson: https://www.lds.org/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-47-exaltation?lang=eng

    I have been called to be a missionary to those of the Mormon faith, by both God and my church. I do so because I couldn’t stop myself if I wanted to. It is God who walks in me, compelling me to share His love with my people. I simply can’t stop myself from testifying of the truth about forgiveness; the truth that it is gained solely through faith in Christ’s blood, and not by our works.

    I do not believe that Mormons are worse than anyone else; in truth, I confess that I am the chief of sinners; just as the Apostle Paul believed of himself. God does not grade sins, or sinners. In His eyes there are only two groups of people in the world: 1. those who have been made 100% perfect through their faith in Christ alone; and 2. everyone else in the world who are still in their sins because of unbelief!

    God does have a much more profound plan in place, and Jesus revealed it to us many years ago:

    “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

  16. June 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I am a mormon woman 32 years old. I was just looking into a local lutheran kindergarten that was recommended to me when I saw a link to TILM. I respect others who live their religion and love and worship God. There is one thing that SURPISED me from TILM and that is how much I read that Mormons are going to Hell. Wow! I guess I’m naive but I didn’t think people still talk that way. Does that mean the wonderful Lutheran friend I have, thinks I’m going to Hell? That is awful. I already sent an email out to this school asking about tuition and if they have an opening for my daughter. How can I send my daughter there when they think our family is going to Hell? That is so, so crazy. I think God will judge us by our hearts. I do believe in the Book of Mormon and a modern prophet and 12 apostles who hold God’s priesthood, but even if I die and find out my religion is fabricated, how could a loving God send me to Hell? I believe all who desire to love and follow God will be able to follow Him no matter what religion or non religion they had on earth. If my religion ends up not being the “right” one or my friend’s Jewish, Muslim, or catholic religion ends up being incorrect, God will NOT send them to Hell. I could not believe in a God that would do that. If I truly believed something so awful. I would be a very sad woman thinking so many of us will burn in a fiery awful Hell. Does anyone really believe that? I believe in a loving, merciful Heavenly Father who is just and all-knowing. Also, I think the works vs grace issue has been blown way out of proportion. I BELIEVE in Christ which means I have fresh hope for every day. I know the atonement allows me to repent of my sins so there is no need to be depressed or dragged down because of my weaknesses. I read somewhere that you believe a criminal who hurts others and knowingly makes wrong choices will be held accountable if they do not change and follow God. That sounds like you do believe in accountability and repentance to save us. I KNOW I am not saving myself. It is only through Jesus Christ that I am saved and can return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus. I think we agree on quite a bit! We can love each other and rejoice together in our knowledge of our savior. Of course we naturally will want to share our beliefs with each other and bring more members into our respective church. For us we do it because we believe the Book of Mormon and prophet add more knowledge upon the Bible and we love other’s and want them to have the same knowledge to strengthen their faith and families. It is also because we believe it is prophecy that the gospel (as we believe it) it must be spread across the entire earth before Christ can come again. I sincerely respect your religion and the good people in your church. That is why I was so surprised with the talk of mormons going to Hell.

  17. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    June 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Lindsay,
    I appreciate your comment and understand why you would feel the way you do. I was LDS for many years and believed as LDS prophets taught–that God would not send people to hell. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that the God of Mormonism has already sentenced over one-third of all his children to Hell. According to LDS teachings, he did this in the Pre-existence when he sent all those who chose Lucifer’s plan and not Christ’s. These children didn’t even have the opportunity to repent of their sin, and yet they will spend eternity in the same domain as Satan. How does that fit into your beliefs that a loving Heavenly Father could never send any of his children to spend eternity in Hell?

    Interestingly, only false prophets make the claim that only a handful of people will go to Hell. The prophets and apostles of the Bible are very clear that anyone with any sins remaining on Judgment Day will be sent to Hell for eternity. Jesus Himself taught in Matthew 25 that people who merely committed sins of omission would spend eternity in the very same dwelling place as Satan:

    “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

    Jesus also told us that even people who sincerely thought they were following Christ (but weren’t) will be sent to Hell. Only those who did the will of Heavenly Father will enter the Kingdom of Heaven:

    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

    The reason that God will send all unbelievers to Hell is because He abhors sin. Having even one sin means you are cursed to spend eternity in Hell. No unclean person can dwell in His presence. That is why Mormons are not considered Christian. LDS Prophets teach that while Jesus did pay for every person’s sins, that does not mean that a person has been forgiven of their sins. While Jesus paid the debt, he merely re-financed each persons debt of sin. Now, every person owes their debt of sin to Jesus, not Heavenly Father.

    If you are LDS, then you have been taught that every time you sin you must repent to gain forgiveness for that sin. Repentance has been redefined in Mormonism and according to your prophets; you must do many works to gain forgiveness for your sins. You are forgiven only if and when you complete the many requirements. Because of this false belief, Mormons are still in their sins. They do not believe in what their Savior has already done for them. (If you would like to read the words of your prophets and apostles, go to this Post, which provides all the quotes and links to lds.org

    Click here:

    The true Savior of the world paid for every sin when He gave His life on the Cross. At that moment, every person who will ever live was forgiven of all of their sins:

    “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:19-21)

    “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Colossians 2:13-14)

    Anyone who does not believe that all their sins were forgiven by Christ’s work, rejects this wonderful gift given freely by our Savior. The Apostle Peter testified that all who believe in Jesus, receive forgiveness the moment they come to faith:

    “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43).

    I pray that you also believe that all your sins were forgiven through Christ’s work, and not your own. Your Savior loves you so much, He died for you. If you already know that He has forgiven all your sins, you can give Him all the glory; and praise Him with every breath you breath–just as the Apostle John testified:

    “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6)

  18. jordandl said,

    May 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I love your blog. Subscribing NOW! It is always encouraging to hear the testimonies of Mormons who have left and accepted justification through true faith in the power of Christ.

    We’re a new blog, and ever evolving. I’ve written some posts as I have been researching LDS teachings.

    Thanks so much

  19. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    May 19, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Your welcome, jordand, amazingly it was nothing that i did myself–all the Holy Spirit’s doing. God is amazing and I am thankful to fellow Christains like yourself who reach out to my people-the Mormons. God’s Word is powerful and it is the only thing that brings a person to faith in Jesus. With your new blog, remember that and God will work through you mightily! May God bless your witness of Him, Becki

  20. chelseamckell said,

    June 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I’ll keep my comments brief, since obviously you won’t publish them, as I see you haven’t published anything but anti-LDS commentary. And I have no doubt I’m not the only faithful one who came across this blog and felt moved to comment – especially with your deceptive blog title, posts, tags, etc. Tricky, tricky snare!
    You are further proof that, as the cliche goes, “people may leave The Church, but they never leave it alone.” Ya just don’t see that happening when confused wayward members of other faiths leave their churches! Spending your whole life trying to drag others down with you? Really? That’s what fills you with joy – trying to destroy the faith of your brothers and sisters? I can think of one other being who spends his life doing that.
    Only THE true church of our Savior Jesus Christ would be so assaulted by the adversary. My testimony is strengthened today – though my heart is saddened, because I have love for you as a fellow daughter of Heavenly Father, and it’s sad to see you so deceived. But I don’t know you, I don’t know your circumstances, and I just pray for you and for me that we may both come closer to our our Savior.

  21. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    June 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    chelseamckell,

    You wrote: “I’ll keep my comments brief, since obviously you won’t publish them, as I see you haven’t published anything but anti-LDS commentary.”

    It’s sad that you would judge me and say that I would not publish your comment. It’s also sad that you didn’t really read all the comments. If you had, you would have seen that only two commenters previous of yours is from a faithful Mormon–Lindsay Lewis. And, the one before hers was also from an LDS woman–boogmenot. The only comments I do not publish are ones that are outrageously rude or slanderous.

    You also wrote: “especially with your deceptive blog title posts, tags, etc. Tricky, tricky snare!”

    I do not believe I am being deceitful, on the page where you left this comment: “A little About Me” I clearly explain that I am no longer a Mormon, where I give the purpose for my blog:

    “God has placed in my heart an unquenchable passion to share my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with Mormons.”

    And:

    ‘When I was Mormon I was a “Latter-day Saint” by name. Now that I have been made perfect through faith in Christ Jesus, I AM a Saint, and I live in the latter days.”

    Not only am I a saint who lives in the latter days, I have also been called to serve as a missionary to Mormons. Using “Latter-day Saint Woman” for my blog name is something that is Mormon friendly and will hopefully draw Mormons to read what I write. As well, I follow the Lessons in the LDS curriculum and compare its teachings with Gods Words that are taught in the Bible. In this way I hope that the Holy Ghost will bring those who are reading God’s Words to faith in the true Christ.

    Sharing God’s Word does bring me great joy! Jesus is the love of my heart, because of all He has done for me. Mormonism trods what Christ has done for you in the muck. It claims you have to do what He has already done for you. The truth is that Jesus’ works have already won the forgiveness for all your sins. This joyous message I will share as long as I have breath.

    Chelsea, “my heart is also saddened, because I have love for you” “and it’s sad to see you so deceived”. I challenge you to read your Bible with the eyes of a child. God is so loving and amazing, and He desires to shed His blessings on you. Please, don’t reject the gift that your Savior offers to you: free and full forgiveness through faith in His shed blood. Believe it, and receive it.

    God’s blessings,
    Becki

  22. wyomingwilly said,

    June 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

    latterdaysaintwoman, your love and concern for chelseamckell was
    evident in the way you corrected her poorly reasoned comments.
    She applied to you the cliche : “people may leave the Church but
    they never leave it alone”. Well, you’re in good company because
    Paul had such a concern to reach his people for Jesus that he never
    left the synagogue alone ! She also missed the point by saying that
    you just don’t see this behavior when members of other faiths leave
    their churches .Really ? My wife is an ex-JW , she and others who
    discovered that the prophet they had been following was false left
    and begin to reach back to her former friends . This was’nt to just
    see others leave but that these people would come to Christ and be
    free . We even had a support group for them . Lastly, as far as the
    term “Latterdaysaintwoman is concerned , do Mormons really believe
    that they have the sole possession of that term? I think that if you
    had called yourself ” Mormon woman ” then chelseamckell might
    have a reasonable arguement , as it is she was only exhibiting a bias
    towards you . But this behavior by well meaning Mormons like
    her is not unusual , she has been faced with evidence that she is in
    a false prophet led organization hence emotions can play a part in
    her responses to your work . May God give her strength to consider
    what you say .

  23. Heather said,

    June 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’m so thankful to have found this site! I am also saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. The burdens I carried were lifted at Calvary! I had a lot of bitterness toward my parents and the LDS church when I realized all of the doctrines I had been taught were utterly false. But the God’s Spirit has healed me and I now have such a burden to reach the LDS people. I have been saved for nearly 15 years and have yet to see any of my family leave the church. I will continue to witness and pray as I know that God is faithful, just and longsuffering. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. I won’t give up until the day of His return. What a blessing and encouragement to find like minded believers who understand what it means to come out of an organization like Mormonism. Thanks you so much for speaking up and sharing your testimony! ~Heather

  24. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    June 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Heather, it is a blessing to hear from you also. The Holy Spirit brought me to faith almost 18 years ago and I have prayed often for my family also. Just three years ago my little brother came to faith! Your faith is in the God of love.

    I understand the process you went through because that is what I did. I had so much anger inside of me after I left the church. Nine years later the Holy Spirit brought me to faith and healed my heart and replaced my anger with love. Only God could have done that.

    I volunteer with an awesome Ministry that reaches out to the LDS in love. If you would like to know more about it and/or get involved, email me at: Latterdaysaintwoman.wordpress@HisHealingNow.com.
    ____________________________________________
    Jesus taught: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

    Your sister in Christ,
    Becki

  25. September 3, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I am a Mormon and unlike you, I DID find forgiveness and my heart’s desire in the Mormon church. I thank God every single day of my life for helping me to find the true church. I’ve been saved and I’m born again!

  26. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    September 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hi David,

    I appreciate that you took the time to comment. I would guess you are a convert to Mormonism? If you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a few questions.

    Did you find forgiveness through the LDS process of forgiveness, or through the shedding of Christ’s blood on the Cross?

    What is your heart’s desire?

    What does it mean to you to be saved?

    In what way have you been born again?

    Thanks,
    Becki

  27. Deseret High said,

    September 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I just wanted to share my testimony that I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one true Church. I know that Thomas S Monson is a prophet called of God. I know that Heavenly Father speaks to the church as a whole through his prophets, and I know that we can all seek personal revelation according to our faithfulness. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and atoned for the sins of all mankind, making repentance and forgiveness possible and I know, without a doubt in my heart, that through obedience to the principles of the gospel, every son and daughter of God who comes to earth may gain salvation and return to live with our Father and His Son in the kingdom in heaven.

    I sincerely hope you find the right path again.

    All the best,
    lds – rockchick 🙂

  28. wyomingwilly said,

    September 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Thank goodness we have Jesus’ warning about false prophets who
    would come in the latter days —Matt 24:11— so that we can Beware
    to look out for them —Matt 7:15. We see these scriptural warnings come
    alive with the advent of Mormon prophets . It is sad that good sincere
    people striving to serve God can be detoured by prophets who look
    and act like true prophets , but who offer a imitation gospel . Today
    we can test the “gospel” these prophets offer and see if it is the
    original authentic gospel of salvation that Jesus’ apostles preached —
    Rom 1:16, or if it is “another gospel ” —Gal.1:8 , Successful false
    prophets alter the true gospel of salvation recorded in the New
    Testament by mixing in their own ideas with it and then promoting
    that as the true gospel of salvation. May the Mormon people exchange
    their apostles for the ones Jesus’ appointed to preach His gospel , that
    gospel is simple and profound not cluttered with a long list of rules
    and laws . John 3:15-18 ; Eph 2:8-9 ; Rom 10:1-4; Eph 3:9.
    latterdaysaintwoman, you are on the right path because you are
    walking with Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord , no longer
    giving allegiance to false prophets of the latter days . Jesus is your
    Temple recommend —-He alone has given you access to God’s house
    in heaven , and eternal life—Eph 2 :18; John 14:1-6; Heb 7:25
    ,

  29. Sarah Baxter said,

    January 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Becki,

    I am so pleased to have found your blog. I am a convert of 20 years and have just now come to the conclusion that I need to find may way back to Christ. The Christ I knew as a child. I was raised Baptist and was baptized into the Mormon church at 18. I have 5 children, 4 of which have already been baptized. I am now married to a church -going Baptist and want to start going back to that church. I found your blog because I was very confused about the feelings I get when I go to the Mormon church. I read your thoughts and I know now that the “feelings” I was getting are not the true Holy Spirit. I have now found the true spirit and I want to thank you for that.

    Maybe you can help me with my next step. How to break it to my 17 YO daughter that the teachings of the gospel that I have taught her all her life are false. I don’t want to lose her but I do want her to walk on the right path.

    Thanks so much

  30. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    January 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I am so thrilled to hear from you! Praise the Lord that the Holy Spirit of truth has opened your heart. As far as your daughter is concerned I think a simple hearfelt discussion would be the best. Let her know that you realize you were led astray by a false spirit. Introduce her to her Savior—a relationship with Him is so much more than anything “the church” has to offer. Let her know that the Christ of Mormonism is selfish and unforgiving–he is a false Christ who expects to be paid for what he did. Introduce her to the true Savior who did everything for her simply because of love. He has already covered all of her sins with His blood–no strings attached. Point her to the Adams Road band website to hear of other LDS youth who have found the true Christ: http://adamsroadband.com/?section=home

    Just remember the most important thing that so many people forget. The only thing that will bring her to the truth is the hearing of God’s Word–that is how the Holy Spirit works the miracle of faith. The ministry that I volunteer with is Truth in love Ministry (TILM). It has a website which provides help in transitioniong out of Mormonism and into Christ’s arms: TILMTogether.com. It also has many other resources available to you at the tilm.org website.

    Just to let you know, I have a debilitating disease and have not been feeling well the past month. However, I would love to interact wih you personally, if that would work for you. You can email me at Latterdaysaintwoman.wordpress@HisHealingNow.com.

    Your sister in Christ,
    Becki

  31. lightmom7 said,

    January 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    What a beautiful testimony of Christ. We must do whatever we must to do find Christ. What brave diligence you have exemplified in searching for that truth.

    I am an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this Christ you have found. I did not need to leave the Church to find Him. But I did not find Him at Church. I also was taught by misguided leaders and struggled to find Jesus. He is found in our doctrines and in our scripture. Misinterpretation, tradition and perception play into each of our journey to find Christ. Attempting to discredit others journey because it is not your own, or assuming Christ is not in our Church because that is not where you found Him is a judgment that does not serve you.

    One thing I found distasteful in the LDS church is the members who constantly need to remind others that we have more truth. More truth does not serve us if we haven’t found Jesus, I’m sure you would agree.

    When we have found Him, it is our opportunity to follow in His ways to abandon judgment and continue on our journey to discover more truth that lies beyond our prejudice based on our perception of our past experience.

    Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. And if you are going to abandon the false teachings of the LDS faith, I would consider abandoning the practice of criticizing others to elevate yourself simply because your journey was different. You do not need to defend yourself for leaving the church, and you need not feel the need to rescue others of the LDS faith, assuming they have not found the Jesus you now know.

    Use your gifts to teach of Him, to speak of Him, to lift others, not to correct or discredit, Become His disciple and lift, love, and include all.

    You are a beautiful spirit, and I am blessed to read your sweet testimony of our Savior. I know He lives and I know He loves me right where I am.

  32. Mike R said,

    February 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Lightmom7, I appreciate the polite tone of your comment above.
    Some of the things you said were interesting and I think need some
    light shed on them.I assume you were replying to latterdaysaintwoman
    above and so let me share with you some information concerning what
    you as a Mormon mentioned about her ministry and also about Jesus.
    First off you said that she should consider abandoning the practice of
    criticizing others .Yet you should consider how your leaders have
    viewed those who don’t go to your church but still strive to follow
    Jesus. Mormon leaders have taught that since 1830 there are only
    two churches on the earth, 1. The church of Jesus Christ , and 2. the
    church of the Devil .Brigham Young said of non Mormons , ” The
    Christian world , so-called, are heathens as to the knowledge of the
    salvation of God .” A recent Mormon apostle said that true and
    acceptable Christianity is found only in the Mormon church , all others
    are apostate part of a ” perverted Christianity ” . In fact if anyone
    does not confess that the Mormon prophet is sent by God then that
    person is ” of Antichrist” ! This is why latterdaysaintwoman and
    those who embrace the same Jesus she has found are in very serious
    trouble since one Mormon apostle has stated that there is no salvation
    available through embracing the God worshiped by ” Christendom”.
    This would include her, me and others here who refuse to follow
    the false prophets of Mormonism. I’m thankful that this dear woman
    has this ministry to reach out to a people she cares deeply about,
    but who view her as an apostate because she has walked out the door
    of her local Ward and into the arms of the true Savior , the Jesus
    we find in the Bible. Strange enough you have stated that you found
    this Jesus and that , ” He is found in our doctrine” . Now perhaps
    you may not have looked far enough into what Mormon authorities
    have taught about Jesus but I assure you He is not the same Jesus !
    You mentioned that you know He lives and that He loves you right
    where you are. That’s true He does love you right now where you are
    but don’t misconstrue that to mean He wants you to stay there.
    There is a relationship , a very personal one , containing complete forgiveness and entering into a daily one on one interaction with Him
    through prayer . Prayer is a vital part of true worship, it is a way we
    can draw close to God, yet Mormon leaders have said that LDS are to
    pray to the Father and no one else . Thus LDS are short changed
    from experiencing an intimate relationship with Jesus who asks all
    to “Come unto me” ( Matt. 11:28) . Learning about who Jesus is only
    part of how we follow Him because without taking time to directly
    tell Him our thanks and sharing of our concerns etc, we miss out on
    what the Father’s arrangement for us can be. Believers in Jehovah
    called upon His name i.e. prayer , in the O.T.—Ps.105:1; Jer 29:12
    and Jesus’ true followers did the same in His church in the N.T.—-
    1Cor.1:2. So you have a choice of which apostles to submit to :
    either Mormon apostles or Jesus’ apostles . I embrace the N.T.
    teachings of Jesus’ original apostles , they preached the only gospel
    that saves —Rom 1:16 because they knew the Jesus that saves,not
    an imitation one that later false teachers would introduce—2Cor11:4.
    Jesus warned us all to be on the lookout for prophets in the latter
    days who might be nice individuals but who would introduce
    “another Jesus , and another gospel ” —Matt 24:11; Mk 13:22-23;
    Mormon prophets/apostles fit this description. So please turn
    to the true Jesus today . God will help you make that decision.

  33. lightmom7 said,

    February 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

    What I love about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is the rich, penetrating doctrine of personal revelation. Yes, we believe that as important and crucial the Word of God (scripture) is, it is our efforts to HEAR His voice that will allow us to see beyond the philosophies of man, mingled with scripture. Yes, we get to know for ourselves, not just by what we read, but by what is spoken to us from the heavens.. It starts as faith and as we pursue this relationship with a softened heart, a desire to know God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ, through study and prayer and by aligning our daily walk with the Savior, we have the promise of hearing that voice and having complete companionship with the Holy Ghost and our Savior. I know this sounds like a different Jesus to you, but I can assure you, I know there is only one Jesus. The Jesus you know and the Jesus I know are the same Jesus, we simply found Him through different avenues, and because of His depth and breadth, and our limited view, we only know what we choose to know of Him. I do not consider your quotes from past prophets or even from recent Mormon apostles, because even though you may have correct wording, those who are conflicted with Mormonism use quotes and scripture to validate their view of what they want Mormonism to be. This behavior is generated by a human “need to be right” and not a spiritual desire to “invite others to Christ”, unfortunately it is a practice used by every religion including my own; it the human condition that can only be tempered through the power of the atonement. How frustrating it must be to know that there are valiant, tender, humble, obedient, gentle women who claim to know Christ and act in a compassionate Christian manner, filling their life with service and sacrifice with gratitude who found Christ through the Mormon doctrine, These women read the Bible daily, pray fervently, and call upon the Lord in every area of their life. It is interesting that those who do choose to see our sincere fruits and know that we are still in the LDS church can only come to the conclusion that we remain only because we have “not looked far enough into what Mormon authorities have taught.” and that we are “short changed
    from experiencing an intimate relationship with Jesus”. They fail to see that Christ has become our authority and our actions are animated through our changed hearts, which can only happen through Jesus Christ our Lord. I do not doubt that you know Christ and that you love Him, I can see it in your effort to invite others to know Him. There is no need to prove that you know Him better. The 2 churches you spoke of are symbolic of the 2 churches (motivators) within each of us. That “church” which causes us to compete, compare, defend, criticize, judge, prove, exclude etc. is the “church of the devil”. That “church” which causes us to accept, allow, embrace, include, love, serve, is the “church” of Christ. If Brigham Young meant this or not, I cannot say, nor do I care, but through my personal relationship with Christ as my authority, I know the truth behind this statement. Prophets are men and human, it is dangerous to view them beyond their authority. They are the mouthpiece for the Lord’s church, not our source of personal revelation, and no, they are not contrary to one another only upon one’s limited perspective. All apostles and prophets I follow (Biblical and Latterday) have led me to Christ, I need not choose between them. The question at the end of the day is, have I been honest in my efforts to bring others to Christ, or am I seeking to validate my view? There is only one Jehovah, He is the way the truth and the light, how you come to know Him doesn’t really matter, what is relevant is have you let His atoning sacrifice penetrate your earthly heart and caused you to love; deeply, unconditionally; have you allowed His love to freely flow through you and into the hearts of others or are you still hung up in the process? For me, it is a daily task, to know Him more, to be more like Him and to love as He loves, I can only do this through His power. For people of faith to access their full capacity to use their spiritual gifts and promote healing in our world, they must transcend prejudice and access enough spiritual maturity to put their religious differences aside and allow Truth to flow from unexpected sources. He lives, He loves us. He transforms us…..I know Him, and somewhere in your heart, YOU know I know Him and that is what really matters, is that we see Him in everything and everyone. Aren’t we better engaged in doing God’s work by voraciously serving and loving rather than defending our limited view? Oh precious one, thank you for responding to my letter, for my feet have been realigned once again and I remember, the perfection of this life, God’s precious eternal plan, and the great goodness of our dear Savior Jesus the Christ. May His love continue to abound in you without restriction.

  34. Mike R said,

    February 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Lightmom7, thanks for your reply. You said quite a lot and I simply
    can’t address everything you said , because it would a small book if I did. So let me say I believe in personal revelation , I believe in the
    scriptures as our spiritual food that God has provided to teach us
    who He is and how to be reconciled to Him .I also believe that the
    very warning given in the scriptures such as Matt 24:11 are for us
    today .We can use it to avoid being misled by those who have
    come claiming to represent Jesus and seek to introduce doctrines
    that are false.These men may be polite and moral but they have not
    heard from Jesus instead they teach their own ideas about God
    and salvation yet advertise it as spiritual truth—Gal.1:8; 2Tim 4:1-4.
    Mormon prophets /apostles are such men . It’s interesting how you
    said I must be frustrated because there are many humble, polite
    women in the Mormon church would read the Bible and who claim
    to know Christ and seek to follow Him. Actually I am frustrated but
    not for the reason you think . I’m saddened that decent people can
    be detoured by so-called modern day apostles into joining an
    organization that has made claims that just are not endorsed by Jesus.Sooner or later those women will be faced with a decision
    to make once they come face to face with the teachings about God
    and Jesus that their leaders have made , either continue to follow
    these men or not. All the good deeds and moral living can not make
    up for embracing false doctrine about God or Jesus—2Cor 11:4.
    Despite your opinion Mormon leaders have taught that the God I worship is a not the true God , the Jesus I serve is not the true
    authentic Jesus , and the gospel I have received is a false gospel.
    Please remember it’s your apostles who establish your doctrines
    not you. Listen to how they describe humble tender gentle women
    who follow Jesus that not not members of your church: One
    Mormon apostle taught that those in all other churches who receives
    baptism or the Lord’s Supper highly offend God , and they will be
    sent down to Hell unless they repent . Another apostle claims that
    LDS are the only true christians ( that would make all other christians
    to be false christians right? ) Another one used the label ” pseudo
    christian” to describe others. This should all make sense to you
    since all non-LDS who claim to follow Jesus are part of the church
    of the Devil, Babylon . Of course you tried to dodge what B.Y. taught
    about this sort of teaching but I’m afraid I have to take his counsel
    over your ” personal revelation” on this matter . You try and pick
    and choose what you want to believe from your leadership on
    important issues but you are in dangerous waters for doing so , and
    you won’t make a very good case on why I should ever submit to their
    authority as teachers . At the end of the day you have got to look in the mirror and ask yourself , have I been misled by prophets Jesus
    said would come in the latter days with an imitaion gospel ?
    Ask yourself if you can really “know” Christ on a personal level, and
    is amasing knowledge about Him and doing what He has asked us
    to do as found in the scriptures the same as a daily one on one
    interaction with Him by direct prayer ?. Is it possible to have the first
    part down pat but be short changed from entering into the other part
    because your leaders have taught that prayer is to be rendered only
    to the Father , not to anyone one else ? Bottom line is that a very
    real spiritually liberating relationship awaits the Mormon people when they experience a complete relationship with Jesus.Heb7;25

  35. lightmom7 said,

    February 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Mike R,

    Perhaps you fail to see the mirror in which you cast your stone. It is you who says I do not know the real Jesus and yet you condemn prophets you declare it is you who do not know the real Jesus. This is childish nonsense.

    I do not need to ask myself if I know Christ on a personal level, I can speak with Him directly, I do not know how more personal that can be.. I also ask Him daily what lack I yet to have His constant companionship and He leads me gently and compassionately.

    I follow those who bare His name and who speak in a way consistent with His inexhaustible love and mercy. I will take His hand and His word and have His law written upon my heart and it transforms my nature as I align my will with His.

    For those who truly know Christ, it is easy to recognize others who know Him as well. How they came to know Him is not relevant to me. I will take personal revelation over the words of a prophet any day my friend, I am not denied direct access and I do not agree with, nor do I follow the words of past prophets if they do not align with the teachings of Christ. In doing so I protect myself from the warning you mention in Matthew 24. Latter-day prophets do not fit this description, their teachings of Jesus may expound and expand our view, but they do not contradict, do you judge in fear or in wisdom? I realize this does not fit your model of a member of our Church. But perhaps you have overlooked our prophets counsel to seek that Jesus for our self. He is my king, he is my Savior and I do not place any above Him nor do I pretend to limit how others may come to know Him.

  36. Mike R said,

    February 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    lightmom7, I was perplexed at the very onset of your comments to
    latterdatsaintwoman and then to me as well about you as a Mormon
    knowing the same Jesus as we do, you said , ” He is found in our
    doctrine…” Now perhaps I should have asked you some questions like
    how long have been a Mormon etc. because if you have perused the
    doctrinal statements by your leaders since 1830 you’ll see that the
    statement you made was strange to say the least.I have to take either
    your own opinion on this or the teachings of your leaders. Quite
    frankly they won’t agree with what you stated about us. I tried to
    show you that according to them we embrace a false gospel and false
    beliefs about Jesus ( and God) that render us as outside of receiving
    eternal life and in fact we are part of the church of the Devil in these
    last days .Now if you won’t admit that they are accurate in
    their counsel on this issue then that’s up to you but listen to this
    warning : ” Any latter day Saint who denounces or OPPOSES ,
    whether actively or otherwise , any plan or DOCTRINE advocated by
    the prophets,seers, and revelators of the church is cultivating the
    spirit of apostasy …” [ Improvement Era, June 1945 ] .
    If you are a active member of the Mormon church it behooves you to
    do the right thing and test the teachings of your leaders , this agrees
    with the counsel of those in the N.T. who were leaders —1Jn 4:1 .
    Concerning your personal revelation apostle Marion G. Romney
    has some advise : ” I assure you , however that the Spirit of the
    Lord will never direct a person to take a position in opposition to the
    counsel of the First Pres. of His church…[ Conf. report 1942, p.19].
    So what has been their position on Jesus ? A few examples:
    Jesus was a polygamist; Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers; Jesus
    in heaven had to be taught how to be Jehovah God . Now compare
    those doctrines with Isa. 43:10-13 ; 44:6-8 and notice what they
    reveal about Jesus/Jehovah . This is one example of why we
    hurt for the Mormon people , they’ve been detoured by men who
    claim to be apostles in these latter days but who have introduced
    false doctrine about Jesus, in effect “another Jesus ” [2Cor11:4]. But
    only the true Jesus as revealed in the Bible can give eternal life to all
    who Come to Him and exchange their attempt to merit eternal life
    by trying to live the “restored” gospel’s rules, laws, commands,and
    policies , with His righteousness –Phil 3:9 . I love reading the testimonies of Mormons who have admitted the futility of trying to
    climb the ever changing Mormon “gospel ladder” of requirements for
    receiving eternal life , and have simply surrendered to Jesus in
    simple faith, trusting Him alone. Simply put you don’t need the
    apostles of Mormonism , they have come to late on the scene.
    If you are fully aware of their teachings about Jesus/ God then you
    will sooner or later walk out the door of your Ward . There are
    wonderful people who are just as moral and valiant outside the
    Mormon church so you don’t need Mormonism for a “christian”
    lifestyle at all but may you come all the way over to receive a
    COMPLETE , saving, relationship with the Jesus of the Bible.
    I wish you well . Take care .

  37. May 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I must thank you, though I’m almost positive it was not your blog or mrm.org that were my sources, still sites like yours brought me back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was inactive for 19 years. I’ve been to other churches: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, Catholic, and Quaker (the religion on my mother’s side and my earliest experience of going to church [‘meetings’]) That being said I was turned off by these churches because they would often put down Mormons, and also their teachings rang false. I would sometimes read these anti-Mormon or ex-Mormon websites, and I found tiny bits of truth mixed with lies (the most potent type of deception) and then there were just bold face lies; but mostly I found anger. I couldn’t believe how angry the people on these sites can be. (I’m cringing at what comments I will probably receive [if you even post this comment.]) But the coolest thing was that I would find myself saying, “WE don’t believe that!” or “OUR Church doesn’t do that!” and I discovered that in my heart I still believed the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I went back to the LDS Church four years ago, and my only regret is that I didn’t go back sooner. So thank you for leading me back to the one true Church. I will be forever grateful. <3.

  38. latterdaysaintwoman said,

    May 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Kimberly,

    In some ways, I would agree with you. I am appalled at the way some Christians and ministries attempt to reach Mormons for Christ. The Holy Spirit brought me to faith almost 20 years ago, but it took several years attending different churches and investigating ministries before I found my church home. I also became a part of a wonderful Christian Ministry called Truth in Love Ministry at tilm.org. I promise that you will only find God’s love and truth with these Christians.

    Concerning my Blog, you took the time to comment but it appears you’ve never even bothered to read anything I’ve written. It seems that you’ve carefully worded your statement so it doesn’t appear to apply to my Blog specifically. But, since you have written your words to me specifically, then I feel the need to address your accusation. Here are just a few of the words you wrote:

    “I would sometimes read these anti-Mormon or ex-Mormon websites, and I found tiny bits of truth mixed with lies (the most potent type of deception) and then there were just bold face lies; but mostly I found anger.”

    Reading your words I can come to but one conclusion—-you are calling me a liar.

    If you do bother to read my Blog, you will learn that I don’t lie. I don’t make statements regarding LDS beliefs without providing proof that what I have written is truly LDS doctrine. I do so by giving numerous quotes from LDS leaders, providing many direct links to lds.org. Not only do I read and study LDS literature, I was raised in a prominent LDS family and married in the Salt Lake Temple.

    One of the most amazing and wonderful gifts I have in my life is the Holy Ghost, who guides me in all I do. As well, I love to pour over God’s love letters to us to ensure I am following the teachings of the prophets of the Old Testament, as well as Christ and His Apostles in the New Testament. I do so because these prophets and apostles, as well as Christ Himself; have warned us that there are many false spirits in the world.

    The Apostle John revealed how to know whether a spirit is guiding us in truth, or in error. Every person that really knows and loves God will listen to and believe what Christ and His Apostles have already revealed. LDS leaders are not from God because LDS teachings do not agree with this revelation:

    “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)

    Every single Post I have written is a testimony of God’s truth, I promise you. I study God’s Words to make sure that what I testify is truly from the Holy Spirit. Both Heavenly Father and my Church body have called me as a missionary to Mormons. In truth, I couldn’t stop myself even if I wanted to. I love Mormons and I desperately wish for every one to find the path of truth, but mostly to find the true Christ. There is nothing that compares to a relationship with my Savior. I love Him because of all He has already done for me.

    Over the years writing on my Blog I have found that Mormons respond in different ways. Some get angry and some simply like to debate; but amazingly the Holy Spirit brings some to faith in Christ, which is such a blessing. It’s always sad to hear from someone like you, but it’s a treasure to know that I’m not the one who does the converting–that’s the Holy Spirits job. I’m simply the one God has sent to sow the seeds of His Word. Isaiah is the prophet who testified that once the seed of God’s Word has been sown, it will accomplish exactly what God wants it to:

    “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

    I pray that you will read my Blog and discover that I speak God’s truth. Don’t trust me, simply study it out for yourself. Do what the Apostle John told you to do and test the spirit of Mormonism. In doing so you will find the true Christ! Not doing so has horrible eternal consequences. No unclean thing can dwell in God’s presence, and it is God who defines who is unclean. Jesus warned us that few people will find the narrow way that leads to eternal life:

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:13-15).

    Becki

  39. Mike R said,

    May 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Kimberly,
    Becki was right when she said it’s seems you’ve carefully worded your
    statement . It reads like something that the Mormon church P.R. Dept
    would publish . It looks to be something a person would say in order to
    vent their anger — when a person is angry or hurt they can resort to
    exaggeration . You’ve been to other churches and found their teachings
    ” rang false ” ? So have I . But I realize that the answer is not in a
    church denomination , rather it’s in a person —Jesus ( Jn 14:6 ) .
    Now I have never been a Mormon , however I have heard the testimony
    of so many ex Mormons that have discovered that salvation is not in a
    particular church , but it’s found in a real encounter with the person of Jesus -Matt 11:28 . He’s more than just an example of how to live a moral lifestyle ,

    You mention that these so called ” anti Mormon websites ” only
    provided bits of truth mixed with lies . That’s close to how I would
    describe the teachings by Mormon leaders since 1830 . They have
    some truth , but it is the other things they have taught that are expose
    them as modern day imitation apostles — 2Cor 11:13 . They may be
    nice and polite men but nice and polite men can teach false doctrine .
    Now I have no doubt that there are some websites out there that are
    not treating Mormons decently but all of them are ” anti Mormon ” ?
    Sorry, but that is your anger speaking because it is simply not true.
    I’ve been on this blog for a few years ( I used to be WW , see # 28 , now I’m Mike R ) and I have never known Becki to be a hateful person.
    I’ll be honest with you and say that you need to separate the comments on some sites from the information these sites offer on
    Mormon doctrine and history because if a blog is a public forum then
    some people can say things that are harsh about Mormons . You can’t
    circumvent the information on some sites and dismiss them as
    ” anti Mormon” because SOME on them are disrespectful of Mormons .( I humbly challenge you to look into what Becki says and also
    mrm.org , since you brought that site up , and show where they are
    lying about Mormonism )

    What about Mormon leaders and what they’ve said about others :

    – Mormons like Brigham Young and John Taylor called the christian
    world a pack of nonsense who are fools who know nothing about God .
    Recent Mormon leaders have called what other christians believe as a
    ” perverted gospel ” . Mormon apostle Bruce McConkie said there is
    no salvation in serving ” the gods of Christendom ” , and that “modern
    christianity in all it’s parts ” is part of the church of the Devil in our
    day . What about a Conf sermon where a Mormon leader declared that the Jesus who some others follow today is a ” fake Christ “.
    I could go on and on with more statements ( some even more explict )
    but these should alert you to a fact about the men you follow .
    If you want references to these quotes just ask .

    Lastly, it’s obvious that Becki never caused you to go back to the
    Mormon church . Rather if you would actually think through what she says to you and look into the scriptures you’ll come to discover that she can lead you to not some church , but to the one place you are
    are longing for and something the Mormon church does’nt offer , i.e
    the full truth about who Jesus is and how you can receive peace and complete forgiveness in this life as well as full salvation in the next life by meeting Him today .

    Take care and God bless you .

    and I have never known Becki to be a hateful person

  40. catzgalore said,

    July 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    lightmom7 and Kimberly Spurgeon–

    First of all, I believe that God can grant anyone a relationship with Himself. I do not question anyone’s faith in the Lord–That is between each person and the Creator.

    The thing is…If you are follow the teachings of the Mormon church, you cannot believe that anyone else other than Mormons believe the truth.
    Joseph Smith himself said this:
    “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.’ “He again forbade me to join with any of them.” (JS—H 1:19–20.)

    I cut and paste that from the LDS website. If you search for LDS only true church on the site, you will find several articles on the subject: https://www.lds.org/search?q=LDS+only+true+church&domains=all&lang=eng

    If you believe that others are worshiping the same Jesus as you, you are disagreeing with Joseph Smith himself! You are going against the teachings of your church by thinking the way you do. 😦 How can you be a TRUE member of the LDS church without condemning everyone else, as Joseph Smith did?

    Kimberly, could you see the venom disguised as sweetness in your post? I did. 😦

  41. Ian Davies said,

    August 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I just recently found this blog, and I have to say that I agree with Kimberly after only reading a couple of your articles. You paint your own version of the LDS Church that I do not recognize as the Church that I attend and love. Others on this blog attacking posters like Kimberly (and myself) do so because they are offended at what the Kimberlys out there are saying, for this reason, taken from the Book of Mormon: “…the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center” (1 Nephi 16:2). Though you may not like to hear it, the things that are said on blogs like this one about the LDS Church are not completely true. Now, I’m not saying that you are lying or that you are attempting to deceive, but rather, I think that your beliefs are based on the Bible, but that some of the scriptures you quote have a different meaning than how you choose to perceive them. As lightmom7 said, you believe what you choose to believe about doctrine and the Church, and neither I nor anyone else, besides the Holy Spirit, can convince you otherwise.

    Something that I do appreciate about this blog, however, is that it does prove at least one prophecy true of the Prophet Joseph Smith (and other Latter-day prophets such as Boyd K. Packer). As related in a talk given by Elder Vaughan J. Featherstone, I quote, “The Prophet Joseph Smith went through many great trials in his life. One time, you may recall that, when he was in Kirtland, Brother Behunin came to him and said, ‘Brother Joseph, many of the brethren have left the Church, and not only have they left the Church, but they have turned against the Church and become some of our most bitter persecutors. I will never leave the Church, but if I do, I will move out in the country and buy a little farm somewhere, and I promise you that I will never turn against the Church.’

    Joseph said something that was very prophetic. He said, ‘Brother Behunin, you do not know what you will do. When you join the Church of Jesus Christ, you leave neutral ground forever behind.’

    Elder Packer said this in just a little different way. He said, ‘They leave the Church, but they can’t leave it alone.’ ”

    http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=961

    I can’t convince you, and I know that this one tiny example won’t convince you, but I know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by the Prophet Joseph. You probably think that I am another “brainwashed” Mormon, but I am more than willing to discuss the Gospel further if any of you would like. Seriously, send me a message if you want to have a conversation.

  42. Mike R said,

    August 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Ian,
    Becki is’nt painting her own version of the Mormon / gospel , as you accuse her of , rather she does’nt the right by quoting your leaders
    and comparing their teachings to the Bible’s prophets/apostles. She is
    doing what is prudent and which the apostle John advised —1Jn 4:1 .
    Mormon prophets have failed that test . In bringing this to the attention
    of her former church that makes her an attacker ? or a ” anti Mormon”
    or what you implied — a ” bitter persecutor ” lumping her in with some
    of those who left Mormonism in Joseph Smith’s . That’s rather lame
    and shows you would rather play the ” persecution card ” that too many Mormons resort to . Becki loves you and all the Mormon people
    and she merely does like Paul did — reach back to her former religion to tell them about the good news of Jesus . Mormons , like the Jewish
    people in Paul’s day are striving to become worthy in hopes of earning
    eternal life —Rom 10:1-4 . Won’t make it . The answer is simple and found in verses such as Eph 2:8-9 . Go ahead and reject the truth she
    has for you and accuse her of attacking you , she’s in good company.

    As for attacking others , Mormon authorities have only resorted to the
    pot calling the kettle black . Some examples :

    – non Mormon churches / members are part of what constitutes the
    church of the Devil in our day . 1 Nephi 14 .
    – non Mormons have a perverted gospel
    – ” The christian world ” are heathens as to the knowledge of God .
    – there is no salvation in serving the ” gods of christendom ”

    – , the non Mormons on here ‘ like Becki , :
    their hope of salvation is influenced by the Devil , their baptisms are
    invalid , and their Pastors are presumptuous and blasphemous for
    performing marriages , and offering communion etc .
    There are many more examples ( references available ) .

    Lastly , you said : ” ….but I know for myself that the Gospel of Jesus
    Christ has been restored by the prophet Joseph .”

    If what you ” know” is what your leaders have taught then you were
    fooled in accepting a good imitation . Since your feelings confirm this
    imitation then the Holy Spirit was not the source . Sincere people can be fooled . Despite the claim by Mormon leaders that the church
    established by Jesus through His apostles died off soon after their
    deaths , and that the gospel of salvation they preached ( Rom 1:16)
    far and wide was altered by evil men who mixed their man made
    teachings onto it thus rendering it ineffective so that salvation was
    unavailable for 1700 years until 1830 — these claims are false .
    Mormonism’s gospel is not Jesus’ gospel “restored” , rather it is
    more like His gospel replaced .
    It’s what Paul warned would come — another gospel [ Gal 1:8 ] .

    May you one day discover what Becki has . It’s all about Jesus ! Not
    secret temple rituals , not a prophet at the top of the organization , not
    striving to climb a ladder of works to earn eternal life and it’s fullest blessings in God’s presence above . Jn 14:6 .
    Praying for you .

  43. Mike R said,

    August 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    That first sentence in my post above got mangled . It should read :

    ” Becki is’nt painting her own version of the Mormon church/ gospel,
    as you accuse her of , rather she does the right thing by quoting
    your leaders and comparing their teachings to the Bible’s prophets/
    apostles .”


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