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Baptists, busses, and baptisms - all played a part in Richard and Melissa's Mormon story.  They candidly share about their in-and-out, up-and-down history with the LDS church. Richard talks about his culture shock going from Arizona to Kentucky for his mission, and Melissa opens up  about what it's like to have everything be fine within a performance-based religion -- until it's not.  Sometimes grace beats down the door, and other times it simply sneaks in a side window.  Either way, it brings healing and hope to spiritually hungry hearts.


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Our previous episode (155) ended with Brandy feeling doomed to a life that would never know mental healing or spiritual peace. In this episode, she finds both. Brandy talks about what God used to open her eyes and her heart to grace, and the huge relief at finding out her husband also had concerns about their performance-based religion of Mormonism.  For Brandy, grace brought mental, emotional, and spiritual healing beyond anything she'd ever experienced. 



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Performance religion defined much of Brandy's life. She was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but following her parent's ex-communication and later divorce, her family moved to Utah and as a teenager found herself a stranger in a strange land.  Drawn by friendships and family culture she converted to Mormonism. Fast forward through some rough years she finally found herself with the husband, family, and temple marriage she thought would bring her peace. Instead, her exterior world only masked growing feelings of unworthiness and despair, something she felt doomed to feel forever. But God was about to intervene and change everything.  


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As a former Mormon missionary, how do you go back and tell the people you converted to Mormonism what you taught them was a lie? With one family that Micah baptized into the LDS church after the death of their young child, helping them leave was a long, difficult, and painful process.

What is one of the most effective things we can do to reach Mormons, especially ones that are hostile to the message of grace?

How do you navigate the danger of knowing so much about Mormonism (or any other religion) that your knowledge might actually hurt the effectiveness of your witness?

Lynn, Joel, and Micah explore all these topics in this deep, rich, and at times emotional episode. Join us for a podcast full of insight and moving stories that will encourage and move your heart as you experience a grace that heals.

 



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When Ashley, a Baptist, starting dating Adam, a Mormon, her parents were not happy. Despite all their efforts, her new romance won out over her religious background, and Ashley not only married Adam she converted to Mormonism.  In this episode, we discuss why attacking Mormonism seldom works, and learn how God rescued both Adam and Ashley out of the Mormon religion and brought them both into deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus and each other. 



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Adam was a faithful 3rd generation Mormon. When a friend sent him a video of Micah Wilder's testimony, he set out to prove Micah and his friend wrong. In the process, he ran across several issues that rocked his LDS world, and discovered truth from the Bible that touched his heart. After coming to faith in Christ his biggest question was: "Where is my Mormon father who died with a testimony of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church?" Together with Adam, Lynn and Joel address that question from Scripture. Then Adam shares his transition out of Mormonism that culminated in a tearful, heart-cry to God while on his knees in his living room. Jesus answered with healing grace and Adam has never been the same. 



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Adam was a faithful 3rd generation Mormon. When his Baptist girlfriend started working with him at Dairy Queen, they fell in love, he converted her, and he married her instead of going on his LDS mission. But that's just the beginning of their story.  Adam shares candidly about deliberately keeping certain Mormon teachings hidden from Ashley, even while he was troubled himself with certain parts of LDS doctrine. He provides a fascinating inside look at life as a committed but sometimes questioning Mormon. 



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Lynn and her husband Mike have been on the road touring with Adam's Road Ministry. In this episode, she shares some of the many stories she's heard from people who have been rescued from performance religion and whose lives have been radically changed by the healing power of God's grace. Lynn also shares a Mormon temple experience that stunned her spiritually. It dramatically altered her perception of the Mormon God the Father. We also provide insights that will help you have life-transforming conversations with Mormons and others caught in performance religion.



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Charles and Mireille both concluded that Mormonism was keeping them from the relationship with Jesus they both wanted and needed. But leaving the LDS religion created its own set of relational struggles as they now had to face themselves and their marriage with honesty and authenticity.  In this candid, and sometimes raw interview, they share what has carried them through and why they have so much hope for the future.  If you are struggling with life on the other side of Mormonism this episode will provide some much-needed encouragement and direction. The grace that brought healing to them is also available to you.



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Lynn and Joel interview Jessie, whose popular Youtube channel, "It's Me Jessie" has over twelve thousand subscribers.  Her videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times and shared around the world. In this podcast, we explore what draws people to her channel and share key insights on how to winsomely present Jesus to Mormons - and anyone else who may be listening in.  If you have a heart for reaching Mormons this episode will provide the guidance and resources you need.

 
 


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When two LDS missionaries showed up at their door on a cold Colorado evening, Jessie and her husband invited them in. That started a 4-month long odyssey of sharing, caring, and learning that changed them forever. When Mormon leadership finally broke up their meetings, Jessie took her knowledge and heart for Mormons to Youtube with her now popular It's Me Jessie channel. Part 1 of her story is a mix of laughter and tears as Jessie shares honestly the joy and heartbreak of loving and sharing truth with Mormon missionaries.



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Jon decides to assess the evidence for the New Testament documents and in them encounters Jesus. Through a series of providential interventions, Jon discovers a world of color and warmth and freedom he never knew in Mormonism or Atheism. His challenge at the conclusion of his story in this episode gave Lynn and Joel chills. This is an episode about finding both hope and grace that heals, one you'll want to share with others who are looking for spiritual answers.

 
 


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After concluding the Mormon Church was not the true church it claimed to be and sharing this heartbreaking news with his parents, Jon explores numerous religious and philosophical options, including atheism and nihilism. With his world turning grey, Jon is exposed to set theory while studying mathematics and is challenged spiritually by his discoveries. He also discovers extensive evidence for the reliability and historicity of the Bible and learns what he was taught as a Mormon was a gross misrepresentation of the facts. Jon is drawn to reassess biblical Christianity. Will he finally find warmth for his cold soul and experience a grace that heals?



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In this episode, Jon talks candidly about the mounting pressure of going on a Mormon mission, the shame and guilt of a pornography addiction and the lies he had to tell to cover it up, and the mounting evidence he was discovering that indicated the Mormon Church was not all that it claimed to be. He also shares the one piece of Mormon history that "broke his shelf" and allowed him to finally conclude the Mormon Church simply was not true and it shouldn't have a hold on him. Jon's honesty and authenticity makes for an engaging episode that many will relate to, and explains why so many disenchanted LDS church members turn to atheism and agnosticism when they lose their Mormon faith.



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Growing up Mormon is never easy, but for Jon Kim, being on the autism spectrum added a whole set of new challenges.  In this interview with lots of laughter and a crazy connection to one of Lynn's former boyfriends, Jon shares candidly about his struggles. At the end we are left wondering - will Jon go on the expected Mormon mission? Jon's engaging style makes for a fascinating episode you don't want to miss.

 


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As a former Mormon missionary, how do you go back and tell people you converted to Mormonism what you taught them was a lie? With one family Micah baptized into the LDS church after the death of their young child, it was a long, difficult, and painful process.

What is one of the most effective things we can do to reach Mormons, especially ones that are hostile to the message of grace?

How do you navigate the danger of knowing so much about Mormonism (or any other religion) that your knowledge might actually hurt the effectiveness of your witness?

Lynn, Joel, and Micah explore all these topics in this deep, rich, and at times emotional episode. Join us for a podcast full of insight and moving stories that will encourage and move your heart as you experience a grace that heals.

 

 



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In this week's episode, Micah shares more from his new book and talks about hurricanes, the Love Elders, and how God used the leadership of the LDS Church and their missionary policies to help him see why following the Mormon religious system would never bring salvation or eternal life.  He shares candidly about how the love of God was changing his heart.  Micah shared this about the impact of the 4th hurricane:  

"I remember this sickness in my stomach that I was going to put on a white shirt and tie and try and convert people to Mormonism when I knew that people were devastated. People had lost homes, they had lost power, they had trees through their roofs, and I remember praying about it and talking it over with my companion." 
 
In the end, Micah and his missionary companion decided to put on street clothes and do what Jesus would do - not proselytize, but give people help where they needed it most.  That decision came with a price.  Listen to the podcast 

 



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We continue our series of interviews with Micah Wilder's whose book is out soon! Micah talks candidly about the Pentecostal pastor, the Baptist pastor, and the enigmatic Eric -- all people God used to draw Micah's heart to faith, grace, and the love of Jesus. His love for Jesus ultimately led to his dismissal from his mission. Over the next several episodes, Lynn and Joel talk to Micah about his faith journey and what led him to write his book, Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew.

As a special promotion, we are offering Micah's new book for a donation to the podcast. You can get your book, listen to this episode and all our past episodes, access the show notes, and subscribe to the podcast for free here: https://unveilinggracepodcast.com

 



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Exciting News! Micah Wilder's book is out soon! Micah was a zealous and committed LDS missionary when a Baptist pastor challenged him to read the New Testament with the eyes of a child. As he read the Bible to prove this pastor wrong, God pursued and captured Micah's heart with his love and grace. His love for Jesus ultimately led to his dismissal from his mission. Over the next several episodes, Lynn and Joel talk to Micah about his faith journey and what led him to write his book, Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew.



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Like her husband Charles, Mireille was a totally devout, born-in-the-covenant Mormon.  They both served missions, met at BYU, got married in the Mormon temple. Life was good till Charles started having doubts (see the previous episode). Fearing for her husband's eternal destiny and their eternal marriage, Mireille begged God to change him. God's answer rocked her world. This is part 2 of three episodes with Charles and Mireille and the God whose grace brought healing to their lives and marriage.


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