What Mormons Didn't Tell Me
The Story of Michelle Grim
Before I get started, I would like to begin with the King James Version of Galatians 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
We know that Joseph Smith saw an angelic vision (or Jesus, or Jesus and God) and this is the foundation of the Book of Mormon and the Morman church. I’ve read a few hubs and while I had no idea the writers were LDS (Mormon) because they didn’t write about these things (at least what I’ve read thus far), I first asked the question as to their belief in the deity of Christ. The three I conversed with do believe Jesus is God. We know that any spirit or prophet that confesses Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, right?
What I didn't know is that God the Father had a wife (or several wives or goddesses) ~ depending on which Mormon you talk to, by which Jesus and Lucifer were conceived in heaven. Some do not believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Well, based on Michelle Grim's testimony, it appears that that they have some “signs of a Christian cult” (see hub SIGNS of "Christian" Cults), I found Michelle's testimony because I decided to dig deeper to find out more about Mormonism and its comparison with evangelical Christianity, short of meeting with their missionaries to get a Book of Mormon to read and compare to the Bible. I looked up “Ex-Mormon Testimony” online and found Michelle Grim, who was a sixth generation Mormon from Utah. She spent 30 years in Mormonism (birth to age 30). Interestingly enough, she was given a King James Bible when she was eight years old, the “age of accountability”. She read it!
She said during her impressionable years, she was taught that Jesus was married to at least two wives, that the Mormon Church would one day rule America, that Joseph Smith had been tarred and feathered just for being Mormon, and that someday she would become a goddess wife to a man who would call her name to be allowed into heaven, and that her sole purpose in life was to have babies.
She was taught that she had sinned in her pre-existence for not siding with Jesus in the war in heaven. She was taught that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers. Now, considering born-again Christians know that Lucifer is an angel, how in the world could Lucifer and Jesus be brothers, if Jesus is God? Are there different “sects” of Mormonism??
I know I have a dear brother in the Lord that told me how Jehovah’s Witness prophecies continued to change over the years, and likewise, Michelle says God “changed His mind” several times as well in Mormonism:
She wrote, “In June of '78 the Church announced that the prophet Spencer W. Kimball had received a revelation from God. He said that black people were now acceptable to the Lord and allowed into the Church.” Wow, I had no idea Mormonism was ever racist?!
She goes on to say, “You see I had already been living with another change of mind of His. My great-grandfather’s children were still alive when I was growing up and attending all of our family reunions. My great-great grandfather was a polygamist. I literally have hundreds and hundreds of relatives. It was really no big thing for any multi-generational Mormon from Utah. All of us had the same testimony of the polygamous backgrounds.” Now, I don’t know if Mormonism still practices polygamy, but I can’t imagine so, since it’s illegal. I understand polygamy is in the Bible, so I can’t really hold this against them.
Michelle wrote about an experience she had when she was 16 in the Ogden, Utah Temple. She was being baptized for dead people and taking the Mormon oaths. She got violently ill, but the man performing the prayers and baptisms didn’t help her because he was in a trance-like state. I know there’s one scripture in the Bible that speaks of being baptized for the dead, but it does not mean it as it is being taught in Mormonism.
I couldn’t believe it when she said she wasn’t allowed to look at crosses as a Mormon?! She married a newly-converted Mormon gentleman who was in the military. They were not married in the Temple. When they conceived a daughter and were over-due, the child was still-born due to lack of oxygen. The Mormon Bishop told them they were going to hell because they hadn’t been married in the Temple.
I found it interesting that she met several “born again” Christians along her path. Do Mormons not call themselves “born again”?
She was so hungry for more of Jesus and the truth, she saw a woman talking to another woman on the street. The woman was wearing a cross necklace. Michelle walked up to her and said, “Hi my name is Michelle and I'm a Mormon”. She replied by saying “Hi, my name is Nancy and I will pray for you”. She ended up getting together with Nancy and said that “Nancy sure did know her Bible!”
They agreed they would go to Nancy’s church. When Michelle called Nancy to “bag”, as she says, Nancy prayed to bind Satan right there over the phone. Michelle had never witnessed anyone praying over the phone before! She went to the church and couldn’t believe Nancy was wearing pants, which she thought “abhorrent”. There were lots of people there laughing; children were running around, and all Michelle could think was, “I’ve never seen anything so irreverent in my life!”
But, as she walked toward the building, she looked up and there stood a little white cross at the top of the building. As she entered the front door she heard God’s voice saying, “Michelle, you’re finally home”. She fell to her knees an hour later crying as she’d never cried before and Jesus suddenly became real in her life that day.
She was shunned by her entire family in Utah. The loss of hundreds of relatives, she says, is no comparison to what she gained in having Jesus in her life and the lives of her family. Her husband got born-again two years after her experience and they are serving the Lord in the “Life After Ministries”. I’ve provided a link here to her story for those who may be seeking more; those seeking freedom: http://www.lifeafter.org/Michelle.asp
While I didn’t know for sure if I could, in right conscience, consider Mormonism a cult….well, the signs of a Christian cult are bolded in this hub. If the shoe fits….as Nancy told Michelle, “My name is Carrie Bradshaw and I will pray for you”. Oh my heart is so saddened. All I can do is cry for this world. I truly love the LDS people I've met, but I am incredibly burdened in my heart right now.
If you are an "ex-Mormon", please share your testimony here, or provide links to your hubs that tell your story. God bless you for stepping out to not only let young Mormons know more about what they're involved in, but also to shed some light upon those who may be considering joining the Mormon church.
Read Michelle Grim's Story
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