Allow me to tell my story!
John 8:32 (ESV)
“and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (the key to my story)
The following post was from an group I’m a member of on Facebook. It was me sharing how I left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint’s and what that was all about. This is about telling Truth! God has always had his hand on my life, I am just his servant. I’m nothing beyond that. Nothing special!
And my story begins!
Hello New *NAMES BLOCKED TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT*
My name is Kenny and I am new to the group. I wanted to tell you guys my journey since I hope to attend get-togethers and get connected with you all. Having joined the Mormon church at the age of 19. I grew up in the charismatic/Pentecostal faith (and kinda reset back to there) and eventually because my great aunt who raised me died, I had to live with my Aunt and Uncle.
A Heritage of Faith
I preached my first sermon in their church at the age of nine. Later I was an ordained Youth Pastor by sixteen. I enjoyed God. But my Aunt and Uncle were more of the Christian Fundamentalist bent. No TV, No Radio, and hardly contact them. I’d work, come home, they’d leave a plate out and they were already in their bedroom doing whatever they do. So when a group of Mormon missionaries started doing service at my job, I challenged them doctrinally. I had seen God Makers and other films, but really I think I was calling out for friends.
I was looking for a way to leave my fathers house and go to yonder country and live frivolously!
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.Luke 14:11-14 (NIV)
The Missionaries went from Adversarial types debating doctrine to friends. I saw their church as a means of escape from the life I was at. And I plunged in head first, I got baptized. I served a mission to Macon GA before a short Navy career and once my time in the Navy was done I came back to Denver.
God Kept Me! I always knew the Truth!
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I always knew that what was being preached to me, and what I was vouching for was not true. Inside I knew I would not die and become a God, but I believed that as long as I kept speaking it, It would become true to me. I did this for a long time.
Thank God for a Saved Wife!
I met my wife Rachel and she became my best friend. We were sealed in the Denver Temple. And I thought the ceremony was beautiful, I hated that my mother and my family all had to wait outside.
Learn from my past! Never be double minded!
James 1:8 (KJV)
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Now for the past five years, I had been engaging in Ministry here where I live on the side. I did not feel to tell the GA’s because I felt I was just doing service. But I mean actual ministry. Holding services, doing community service, becoming a part of a denomination, being elected to be consecrated a bishop of that denomination (way different from what being a Mormon bishop is, more like a stake prez), and more.
I was living two lives. But I was begging God to show me what way to take. I was not ready for the answer. I was an Executive Secretary and LOVED the calling. Bishop was and still is a close friend though its a source of agony because I need to separate for a season from friendship with him.
God will answer your prayer’s according to his will! Not your wants!
Life started going crazy for me, and then all of a sudden because I was having a bad day at church and actually texted Bishop what was going on, I got a call into his office and was released, no warning.
So life had been going crazy for me and my wife and then the bottom fell out for me. I had been released. Then I realized that it was Yeshua answering my prayer. I had nothing connecting me to the Mormon church, Also happily, I could walk away and stop leading a double life and go HAM single in purpose. I was no longer a double-minded man.
That afternoon WE went on
I want to thank *NAME REDACTED* my good friend for adding me to this. Because I think this is the first time I’ve been completely honest with anyone, either my parishioners in my church (non-Mormon) or LDS friends. This group and your posts just skimming them are VERY refreshing and I hope to become a positive part of the group!