Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story

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Judy Robertson shares her unique insider's viewpoint as a woman in the Mormon church. After she and her husband rediscovered God's truth, they faced torment and persecution upon leaving the LDS church. This reader-friendly book is one of the few Christian books that focuses first on an individual's journey from Mormonism rather than on theology or Christian doctrines. The revised edition includes testimonies of others who have left the Mormon church and what God is doing today through Concerned Christians. ...
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Overview

Judy Robertson shares her unique insider's viewpoint as a woman in the Mormon church. After she and her husband rediscovered God's truth, they faced torment and persecution upon leaving the LDS church. This reader-friendly book is one of the few Christian books that focuses first on an individual's journey from Mormonism rather than on theology or Christian doctrines. The revised edition includes testimonies of others who have left the Mormon church and what God is doing today through Concerned Christians. Readers will find Out of Mormonism a useful resource for understanding and witnessing to friends and family in the LDS church.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764209017
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 642,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Robertson and her family left Mormonism in 1973. She is an author, speaker, teacher, and cofounder with her husband, Jim, of Concerned Christians, an outreach ministry to Mormons and an equipping arm to the body of Christ. Judy and Jim live near Mesa, Arizona.
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Part I

Mormonism Looks Good

The Weakness

How can such good people be wrong? I thought. There's gotta be something there. Surely if God designed His church for today's world, it would be like this one.

Jim's account with Campbell Soup took him to the Arizona farmlands each year from May to the first of July. He needed to be there during potato harvest to oversee grading, loading, and shipping to ensure top quality spuds. Although this was my first time accompanying him with our kids, I heard my husband rave so much about Joe Jackson and his family, I'd gotten sick of it. "Judy, these are the finest people you'll ever meet."

At first, I made serious accusations. "Jim, these people just want your business," I said cynically. "That's why they're being so nice. They're snowing you."

"Judy, how can you say that? They're just sincere, hard-working people."

"Well, I have a funny feeling about them. And what is their religion? Mormon? I've never heard of that before."

"They are totally committed to it. I've never seen anything like it. Everything they do revolves around their church and family."

After a summer of observing this "all-American" family in action, I began to see their appealing qualities, too. Boy, they really do have something! Certainly something we don't. I want to know more.

My depleted spiritual life needed to be recharged, especially after a recent incident at our home church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I guess you could say my spiritual candle was flickering.

At a vacation Bible school planning meeting, I sat with my co-director in her elegant living room. I opened my heart and unfolded what I thought were innovative and fresh ideas for the kids. In the middle of my presentation she interrupted me. "We've never done it this way before, and I don't know who you think you are, trying to change our VBS!" she sputtered, eyes glaring at me. Her words stung and I sat speechless. Unable to go on, I swallowed hard, gathered my things, and left her home like a whipped puppy.

I choked back tears all the way home. Once in our bedroom I lamented, How could she be so cruel?

I knew after a good fifteen-minute sob I needed to get my feelings under control fast. The kids would be back soon from their friends' house and Jim home for supper.

After eight years of marriage, Jim's way was to try to "fix" my hurt feelings. He'd say something like "Why didn't you just tell her off?"

But I couldn't bring myself to tell off anyone. So I stuffed it in my hurt-feelings bag never to tell anyone—not even God. I didn't know how to share my hurts with God, and I hadn't studied the Bible enough to know we should "bear one another's burdens."

I'd been a church attendee all my life, listened to lots of sermons, but I didn't know how my faith should work in times of crisis. That's why I looked forward to this family trip and meeting these "fine" people Jim kept telling me about.

* * *

A cloud of dust caught up with Joe Jackson's truck as he skidded to a stop beside the still-turning props of our Twin Comanche airplane. "Hurry up, honey, I want to say hello to Joe."

"Mom, where are the bathrooms? I can't wait any longer." Janet, six, squirmed in the four-seater company plane, struggling with her seatbelt. Our four-year-old son, Steve, squeezed past my seat. He'd already taken care of the no-pot-up-in-the-air business by using the Ziploc bags we'd brought along. Our pediatrician suggested our kids could "bomb the coyotes" while in the air.

We could already smell the dusty Arizona farmland, so different from the lush greenness of our home in Arkansas.

"Jim, are you sure people live here?"

"Don't worry, you'll see. The potato shed is over there." Jim pointed to a long, tin-roofed building with a train car pulled up along one side and several trailer trucks parked on the other. "Queen Creek's down the road. It's just a post office, a few general stores, and the Mormon church. Families live on big ranches spread out all over the desert."

"Welcome, folks. You look like you could use a drink." Joe was the grower Jim bought most of his potatoes from.

That's putting it mildly, I thought. My teeth crunched the dust that stirred from his truck. This is the hottest air I've ever felt in my life—it's like a blast furnace! My skin felt gritty. I think standing under a faucet would be more appropriate!

* * *

The Jackson family put us up in an apartment house they owned right off Main Street, near the center of the city of Mesa. After we had a welcome shower to get the accumulated dust off, they took us out to dinner.

Our kids enjoyed the apartment complex's swimming pool. Across the street from our summer home was a lush green park, and we were only a block away from the gleaming white Mormon temple. Its acres of cool grass, tall palm trees, and sparkling fountains were an oasis in the desert.

They treated us like family, taking us out to eat and to church and to family cookouts. "I'll have to admit, Jim, any people I've ever been around that I've thought were really Christians have these same attributes. They are good, loving, family-oriented people." In no time, I forgot the unpleasant experience with the church member back in Fayetteville.

Jim and I agreed before we married that we would join a "neutral" church if we couldn't agree on his Lutheran background or my Disciples of Christ upbringing. We believed that if our family prayed together we'd stay together.

After hopping from church to church to find our niche, we finally settled on the First Christian Church. I had attended it as a college student at the University of Arkansas.

We jumped right into the activities. Jim was on the church board and eventually became vice chairman. One summer, I co-directed the vacation Bible school. It was during this time I felt the sting of the sharp words of my co-director criticizing my ideas. Even though I attended church regularly, I didn't adequately know how to call on God for my needs. Perhaps you could call me a social Christian.

I never searched the Scriptures I'd learned about, sung about, and heard every Sunday during my entire life. I was president of Christian Youth Fellowship, played piano for Sunday school, attended church camp every summer, and sang in the choir with my mother.

Jim received "proper training," too. Raised in the Lutheran faith, he learned many Scriptures to be able to pass the exam for catechism. "I didn't continue learning Scriptures and eventually forgot all I'd been taught," Jim recalled.

Satan is subtle, catching us in our weakness. Nursing my wounds from the sharp tongue of a less-than-tactful church member, the kids and I traveled with Jim on this fateful trip into the desert of Arizona to buy potatoes. Little did we know this journey would change our lives forever.

 


Excerpted from:
Out of Mormonism by Judy Robertson
Copyright © 2001, Judy Robertson
isbn: 0764226045
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    I loved this book

    I found this book to be very insightful!! I too used to be a Mormon and although I never went into the temple and I can't confirm what the author says is true, the rest of the book is extremely accurate . I'd been a member of the church for 29 years and last year, after much praying and searching the truth, I decided it was in my best interest to leave the church, as I didn't agree with the doctrine. I really enjoyed your book Judy and I appreciate your honesty and admire your faith...

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Not too impressed

    If the author didn't agree with the doctrines of that church, then leaving it was the right thing for her. If you are going to join a church you really ought to join it because you believe it's doctrine, not because anyone else's opinion. However, spending her life trying to persuade others to leave just because she didn't like it is dumb in the extreme. What a waste of time and energy.
    This is just another book about someone that is disgruntled about something in a church she didn't understand. I wouldn't read it as a source about what Mormons believe anymore than I would use any book about any religion written by someone that didn't truely understand and believe what their church teaches.

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    Marketed Wrong

    I read this book as part of my research on religious conversion in America. I was expecting a much broader perspective to her reason for conversion to LDS. However, the entire book was about her evangelical Christian faith versus her short conversion to Mormonism. It categorized under ¿cults¿ however, the book does not give any comparison to other Christian faiths or perspectives, just a bias account of her opinion and using the Bible as a reference. Then I was shocked that she did no talk to others that found Mormonism right for them, or gave other reasons why other have left the church. I found much more information about conversion to and from Mormonism in other peer-reviewed books.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    not the source

    Go to the source!! Another book making money off popular fear of unknown. I am sorry, I know too many Mormons to not learn from those who practice instead of one who quits and harbors negative feelings. When I learn about Judaism, I speak with someone who is Jewish, when I learn of Buddhism, I speak with a Buddhist. Usually if someone leaves a church with something to say than there is a reason they left. However, perception is reality but not always reason and logic.

    7 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    OK but the title was a little misleading

    The reviews claiming that you can only learn about Mormonism from Mormon sources are pretty funny. So the only way to learn about Scientology is from those controlled by it?

    The book was OK, but the part about the main character's conversion to the LDS was far more interesting, and alas much shorter, than the part about her leaving it.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Great Book!!!

    As someone who never really knew anything about Mormonism I found this book very helpful. To see a religion through ones own personal experience offers insight that can't be seen from informational books. I am very thankful that the author shared her experience with the world and helped us to see what Mormonism is like from an inside view.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Anti-Mormon hogwash!

    Just another piece of anti-Mormon hogwash-- not worth the paper it's printed on. If you want to know something about the Mormons, why not try something really unique: go to them and ask them!

    6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Average read

    Story was OK and her opinions are valid. The problem of those that respond "if you want to know about Mormonism, ask a Morman" is that most Mormons have not yet reached the "inner temple" status and those that have will not tell the "inner temple secrets" such as how Christ came to this planet from another as God thought he was a good mormen on another planet and thus gets to rule this one. Or the one that if you are a good morman and reach a certain level, you get to get your own planet to be "the christ of" when you die. Their doctrine is not put out for all to see unless you do enough for the church to get to that level.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Excellent Information

    My nephew met a Mormon girl and became a Morman several years ago. He went on his Mission and within 3 months after returning got married to this girl in the Temple in Mesa. We all came to support him - but of course were not allowed in. I appreciate this book because it made me understand more of what happend and how he was lured into this family and out of ours. I have been telling my sister for the last 3 years that you are not going to know everything in the Bible over night - but you are not going to ever know anything more than you know now if you don't read it. This book reinforced that. Great reading.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    very good book

    this book is a great place to understand from an 'insiders' point of view the allure of Mormonism and yet how inconsistent it is. If you are a Christian and want to understand then this is for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Hit the nail on the head!

    I thought this was a good and truthful book. I have many LDS friends and I am constantly amazed by the number of educated & good people who believe in Mormomisn. Joseph Smith was nothing more than a crook. As the Bible says, the false prophet will be a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    In modern day Mormonism the pressures that are put on these wives and mothers in the church are appalling. The men engage in an elitist boy's club. The children are left to raise their siblings because there are so many. The women have to have lots of kids to give human bodies to "spirit babies" that are floating around the universe. It is just plain weird.

    Mormonism has great appeal to those looking for fellowship and family values. But, if you read the book of mormon (as every Mormon will tell you to do), you'll find it's a total joke.

    That's what they all say..."Read The Book of Mormon. Then you will see for yourself." If you have a brain, you will see a false prophet who was an adulteter, a felon, and a charleton.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Enlightening Peek inside the Mormon Church

    This is one woman's story of how she & her husband were attracted then repelled by the odd practices in the Mormon Church, particularly the secrets they were unaware of, when they joined, and how shocking it was for them to learn what Mormons actually believe about God and Jesus, is not what they now believe, as evangelical Christians.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Sour Grapes

    Interesting to read some of the doctorine and practices of a religion I knew little about. While Christianity and Mormonism seem to have widely opposing points of views, this book in my opinion read as one ex-member voicing sour grapes over a doctorine that simply wasn't for her.

    This is still America, where our forefathers fought against religious oppression. While Mormomism is not the path for the author and her family, i think it is wronge to say any one type of religion is right or wronge for over another.

    We each have the freedom to choose a religious or spiritusl path that resonates best for us as individuals. While i font subscribe to Mormonism or to Christianity, I am gratefull to be in a country where I can choose what is best for me, and to study MANY various religions and texts to learn more about others.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Loved this book. The author shares her faith journey in an hones

    Loved this book. The author shares her faith journey in an honest and moving way. Excellent writing. I would recommend this book.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    eye-opener

    I really like this book and it makes you think about what you do and don't believe in and why when it comes to faith. I think quite a few people just jump into a religion without any prior knowledge or they don't check out what that particular group of people believe in before hand. I think that you can learn a lot from this book when it comes to faith.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Well written - easy read.

    One of several first-person books I have read from persons coming out of Mormanism. This was well written and an easy read. I can understand some comments from Mormans in the reviews but this is one family's journey and I love what they created with the rest of their lives with the experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    To all Mormons

    You need Jesus more than the unbelievers.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Moving

    A written account of a family's journey through the Mormon church. Interesting and thought-provoking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Know the truth

    A must read by all Christians.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    A Must Read

    For anyone curious about Mormonism it is a eye opener.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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