Coming out of a cult was never easy for me. You may not know this but I was born and raised in the Mormon church, went on an LDS mission, and even got married in their temple. It all seemed so right while I was in it. I had my family who believed in it, along with many of my friends. There were many social events like dances, which I went to in order to meet women. Even the churches had singles wards for young adults looking to get hitched, and yes, that is what it was all about. People went to these wards to scope out those they could ask out on dates. During these times, people would get up and give a good talk from the book of Mormon or bear their testimony about Joseph Smith and temples, which the girls liked. At church in these singles wards, and at my family’s wards, it was a big religious event. People acted like they were of God. The men wore clothes like shirts and ties with suits, while the women wore skirts and dresses. However, after church was over, people were entirely different. They would go and do things just as the world would, but always try to make sure they didn’t get caught. This continued for me even into my marriage. However, inside the temple walls was always very dark and dreary in my eyes. Doing works for the dead always rubbed me wrong.
I am happy that I had these experiences in the Mormon Temple, in order to really understand how dark their church really is. And then it hit me, can dead people actually receive the baptisms, endowments, and marriage ceremonies they do for them? Finding the answers in the Mormon scriptures and in their General Conference talks made sense of this, but never once did the Bible. Instead, verses like the following told me a different story. “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) Here I learned that dead people are incapable of receiving a baptism for them. This is because after death, comes judgment. There are no second chances of being saved when this life is over. So once I understood that these works for the dead were simply trying to do a work that is impossible and not called by God, I had to leave it immediately. But not to atheism, but to Jesus. He has saved my soul from the path of destruction and can save anyone else out of this cult that trusts in Him. It is just too bad that people in the Mormon church are hard-hearted towards the truth.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will lead more and more Mormons out of their cult. Help them find real peace that only comes from You, Jesus, and not religion. As for me, I am so happy that You found me and led me to real truth. It took time for me to distinguish between the doctrines of men and Your doctrines, but it was worth it in the end. You saved a wretch like me who was born and raised in the Mormon religion. I had no way out of it, as I was very strong in that faith for most of my life. Surely, what I thought was true was so false. If anybody would have told me this when I was younger, especially while on a mission, I would have debated with them. I was sold out to a religion that did not save me, but it made me happy so that is what mattered. What I didn’t realize is that this happiness was all superficial and never could last. I tried to make it last, but it never did. It faded just like storms do. I would think I was led by You one moment and then realize I was going in the wrong direction. There was never a lighthouse that I could stay on course with. Thankfully, my heart was open to change. I needed You, God, in my life, and that is what saved me. I always tell people that many people in Mormonism are on the verge of being saved. Praise God for this. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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