Letter from former Mormon

Lisa Rae

Dear Mr. Jones,

I read the material that you handed out at the Louisville, Kentucky Temple open house.  I have been a member of the Church for 2 1/2 years now.  My husband is Catholic, as are my two sons.  My husband supported my decision to join the church, thinking as I did that it was a good church.

In the beginning everything was centered around Jesus Christ - I couldn't figure out what everyone else was talking about - the church being a cult - it didn’t make sense.......till now.  I attended a temple preparation class two weeks ago.  The teacher told us that we would learn certain token words, phrases, etc. necessary for our salvation into the Kingdom of God.  And that we needed to learn them here as opposed to in heaven if we were to pass by the angels who stand as sentinels.

I immediately felt uncomfortable.  What do tokens and secret handshakes have to do with salvation?  What happened to Jesus Christ?  I feel like I've been had.  You know?  I feel like a dummy.  I mean I was very serious about my desire to be baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ.  Only now to find that it all revolves around the temple and knowing the secret handshake and maybe being sealed to your spouse which would never happen because he is not Mormon.  It’s not fair that you don’t get the whole story in the beginning.  And if it’s right, why is it hidden?

So anyway, no one at the Church knows that I’m not coming back.  I made a lot of good friends who helped me very much there - they did do a lot of good as well - trying to be Christlike - It's going to be very hard for me because I know they all will be swarming my house and trying to talk me into staying.  But I guess it’s what I’m going to have to go through.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I don’t know what your motivation is for handing out the literature, but it was very informative and I even learned something that I did not know.  That Mormons believe the will have children in heaven that will worship them as we worship our God.

If you have any advice for me for my hard road ahead, please e-mail me - I could use some support.