The depth a parent will go to find a lost child. The pain, guilt, and desperation dominate our thoughts and emotions.
But what if the lost child is living in your own home?
Letters we receive from Christian parents whose children have turned to the false teachings of Mormonism breaks our hearts. Filled with anguish, they reach out to us for prayer, hope, and encouragement. And it seems that the vast majority of these conversions have come through dating relationships. A good example is a letter we received this past week;
“To whom it may concern,
My daughter, who will be 21 in February, was raised in a strong Christian home and was a leader in our High School department and a worship leader in High School and for our main church services. She has gone three times on mission trips through our church. Her senior year she started dating a Mormon. She hung around her Mormon friend and her gay friend and we thought they were just hanging out – the 3 amigos.
To make a long story short she became a Mormon nine months ago just prior to this boy going on his 2 year mission. She is a star struck girl and his family, ward, bishop and friends have all enveloped her into their church. The idea of being married for eternity to the one you love is quite a dream.
She has always been a girl of high morals and has never drank or had sex. Unfortunately, I feel that the whole appearance and works aspect has enticed her along with this boy and his family.
My husband has done extensive study on what the Mormon Church believes and he presented this to my daughter to no avail. He has read how to “Speak the Truth in Love to Mormons” and we have decided to just love her and she continues to live with us.
Many times she’ll be discussing something that was brought up at work and she’ll tell us what she said and we will say, “You know that is not what the Mormons believe.” In her mind she believes that Jesus died for her sins and she is saved by grace. So now her beliefs are intermixed with what she is being taught.
She doesn’t truly know what they believe and they only indoctrinate you a little at a time. She may be leaving for Salt Lake in January to some community college that promises an Associate degree in 2 years owned and run by the Mormon Church. We are not funding this but she has told us that there is plenty of money available for new converts.
We have released her to God and pray for his Holy Spirit to be at work in her life and that he will do whatever it takes to get her out of Mormonism. We choose to love her no matter what just as we would love her if she was a lesbian or a drug addict etc.
Keep her in your prayers please. She has been such a good kid and a blessing to us as a daughter. Keep us also in prayer also that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in how and when and what to say in the future as the opportunity arises. Thank you.”
At Truth in Love Ministry, our hearts ache with hers.
To comfort, encourage, and to pray for her, we are reminded of a story Jesus told; He said,
“Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Won’t he leave the 99 in the open country? Won’t he go and look for the one lost sheep until he finds it? When he finds it, he will joyfully put it on his shoulders and go home. Then he will call his friends and neighbors together. He will say, ‘Be joyful with me. I have found my lost sheep.’” (Luke 15:3-6)
We can pray for this daughter along with many others like her:
“My Shepherd LORD, Thank you for searching for Your lost sheep. Thank you for not turning Your back. Just as You never give up on me, let me not give up praying for her lost daughter and those like her. May her love for You be restored. May Your Word that’s been planted in her heart since birth shine the light of truth on what she is now being taught in Mormonism. May she see Your truth. Give her the courage and strength to walk away from any relationship that takes her away from You. And give comfort, encouragement, and hope to her parents – let them know that You love their daughter even more than they do and will never give up on her. LORD, do this for all parents who have children who have strayed from You – You are the only One that can bring peace and be that refuge of hopefulness.”
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