After being born and raised in the LDS Church, Kathleen became an inactive member after a painful divorce with her Mormon husband. Even though she didn’t want anything to do with religion or God, she still wanted to believe in the LDS teachings. Then, the Lord led her to a Christian man and they began dating. He lovingly and patiently challenged her to compare the teachings of the LDS Church with what the Bible teaches. The comparison was startling. She came across teachings from the Bible that she never heard before.
The Lord led her on a long process of careful research and prayer. She told me, “God was very patient with me and showed me bits of truth from the Bible in small doses. It proved how loving God really is. He knew me so well and knew how traumatic it would have been to find out that my whole life I had believed false teachings. It had never occurred to me throughout my entire life that the Bible contradicts the Book of Mormon in many places.” When her Christian boyfriend showed her that nowhere in the Bible does it talk about the LDS teachings on the pre-existence, becoming a god, celestial marriage, etc…, she was terribly shocked. She had sincerely believed that these teachings were common knowledge to all Christians.
God eventually led Kathleen into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ only a few years ago. The same Christian man who helped her leave Mormonism is now her husband. She encourages Christians to be patient, loving, and persistent when witnessing to Mormons. A huge hurdle is discovering the contradiction between the Bible and 2 Nephi 25:23 (Book of Mormon) where it says that God’s grace is only sufficient after all you can do.
She told me, “Another thing that helped bring me out of Mormonism was learning how the Bible came about. This is not really something taught in the LDS church. I grew up in the Mormon Church believing the Bible to be good but very unreliable. Discovering just how God was able to preserve his precious Word over thousands of years is a miracle and certainly a tribute to how powerful God is (Matt. 24:35).”
Kathleen’s entire family is still Mormon. They are not very happy with her decision to leave the LDS faith. She continues to pray for them and reach out in love as much as possible. Her prayer is that one day that the powerful Word of God will break the chains the LDS Church has on them and set them free. She wrote, “The Word of God and Jesus’ unconditional love is what started the process of bringing me out of the LDS church and into a saving relationship with Jesus. My prayer is that God can use me to spread his love and word to all my LDS friends and family.”
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The following are verses that helped Kathleen come to faith in the real Christ: Galatians 2:20-21, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:14-17, Psalms 103:12, Matthew 27:51, Matthew 10:37-38, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:23, 3:28, 5:1-2, 11:6, Jeremiah 17:9.