Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story

Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story

by Judy Robertson

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ISBN-13: 9780764209017
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 284,151
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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Out of Mormonism 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Silver_Magnolia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A written account of a family's journey through the Mormon church. Interesting and thought-provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read by all Christians.
NonnieJay More than 1 year ago
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.
RCGutz More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting story of the author's spiritual journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being from the mormon church myself this book was quite interesting, and confirmed my beliefs. A definate read if you are questioning the mormon church views or have any interest in the church at all.
bookstore_lady More than 1 year ago
I was drawn by the title and with election year hype wanted to know more about Mormonism. The story reads well about the authors life and a commend her and her husband for becoming active in standing up for their views and concerns. The only reservations I have about the book is the description of the temple rituals and wondering if this is what all mormons are called to do, why this book exposing these rituals has not received more publicity (outrage) from the media. As a Christian I found this disturbing to say the very least, but not being fully knowledgeable,I am reserving judgement until having further information.
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MIJul More than 1 year ago
Well written with good insights. We see how easy it is to fall under the spell of the Mormon cult and how difficult it is to leave it. She doesn't exaggerate or embellish, just presents the facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I am looking for more books to read on Mormonism. I admire the author for telling her story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes a look at Mormonism from a different angle. Most exposees are written by insiders. This one is from a Christian family that converted to Mormon. It is quite interesting and and reveals some information about the inner workings of the Temple that those who grew up Mormon and then left still do not reveal, mainly because of the blood oaths they took. The info is a little dated was about 30 years ago and some changes have occurred but for someone considering or seeking Mormonism its a must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye opening account of the Morman church and goes into detail of the differences beween Mormanism and Christianity. Well reasearched and documented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is TOTALLY not true in ANY way!!!!!!!!!
wfnren More than 1 year ago
My what an enlightening and interesting book! It really held my interest and it wasn't even Amish, Historical Christian or any of my second genre choices to read. I had heard some of these things about Mormonism and by reading this I am more willing to accept it as truth but I will say that you should read it for yourself and make your own decisions, do more research if you feel the need.
VickiQ More than 1 year ago
First let me say that I am sorry that this woman has such a bad experience with the LDS church and it's members. I understand many of her points and where she is coming from, but I know many women that have had just the oppisite experences with the church. I would advise that you read this book to read it for understand of this paticular person and their experiences and not as a testamony of the church as a whole. If you want to know about the church, seek out the missionaries or pray. What is right for one person is not the same for another. I have been a member of the LDS churce for 47 years and yes I have been through the temple, many things that were said in this book and in some of the comments about this book I have never heard or experienced. That's not saying I'm an expert and that I know everything there is to know, but I am saying that there are many rumors or misunderstanding out there and if you are truly seeking to know what a mormon believes then talk to one that doesn't have any agenda other then sharing what they truly believe. I have found that people disgruntled with their religion or situation usually have an "ax to grind" or want people to be "on their side." We as mormons are taught to love others as Christ loves everyone, I'm sorry to say that we don't always do that as well as we should and that just like other Christians we are all trying to but do what the Lord has told us be fall short sometimes. I hope the if you read this book and have questions that you go to the proper places for answers and don't judge all mormons by one persons experences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad is a mormon and so am i and i have one mom and my dad wanted to kids. But ended up with three. We dont beleive that kids are all that count. We beleive in the one true god. And you guys are messed up for thinking otherwise. It just breaks my heart to see all you haters!
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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.
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