Salvation is a FREE GIFT: An Ex-Mormon Missionary's Testimony of Freedom
This is the testimony of former Mormon elder, Todd K. Olson. After years steeped in learning and propagating the Mormon (LDS) religion, he has since turned to Christ and has since been styling to become a Christian minister. In his own words: "Make no mistake about this. Mormonism is a cult." I have several dear Mormon friends. Friends that I met through choir in high school in California. They are some of the kindest, sweetest, dearest people I've ever met in my life. But they are deceived. Perhaps you think me unkind to state that. Undoubtedly, feelings are hurt when I say things like that. That is not my intention. But in the words of my spiritual father, "I'd rather you be offended, then you go to Hell!" I pray these will plant seeds that grow bountifully in the hearts of my Mormon friends and acquaintances and also that other Christians may learn the truth of this Christians counterfeit so they do not fall prey to it themselves and also so they can share the truth and love of God with another.
I spent my church life as a Mormon before I knew the Lord’s grace. My whole being is the desire to serve the Lord Jesus beyond my human abilities—even from my childhood. When I was 16 years of age, on my own I read the entire Holy Bible in 1 year. But my Mormon background deceived me for years. I thought I was following God. I served a two-year mission for the Mormon Church. I was a District Missionary for about a year of my 2-year mission. I was an Elder and served as the director of reaching out to backslidden members of the Mormon faith for about two years. I taught Sunday school to 7-8 year old children for 1 year. I taught college group Bible study for 1 year. I was District Home Teacher-Leader while attending B.Y.U. Idaho. I have also on occasion, when asked by local Christian churches, to present the good things about my Mormon background along with the unbiblical facts of the Mormon faith—many of which are contrary to God’s Word. I have recently finished my 2-year Associate’s Degree in theology through Slidell Baptist Seminary and will continue with my studies there.
Make no mistake about this. Mormonism is a cult. Masonic traditions fill the Mormon temples. Cultic symbols referring to Satan are engraved on the outside of the Salt Lake Temple. Mormon missionaries teach from the Bible to persuade new converts to join. But after joining they are taught to study The Book of Mormon and other Mormon books with less emphasis on the Holy Bible. I know the Holy Bible is a decoy to the Mormon faith. If the Holy Bible contradicts the Mormon scriptures, the Holy Bible is wrong!
Mormons claim to have a Prophet and 12 Apostles who have seen and visited with Christ on many occasions. (These men are the leaders of the church that serve until they die.) The Holy Spirit is non-important in Mormonism because they have the Prophet who visits Jesus Christ in one of their temples often. When the Prophet speaks, he overrides any scripture, even their own books.
In Genesis 3:5 when Satan says you will become gods Mormons believe they can become a God! But a woman in the Mormon Church who wants to become a goddess has to have a righteous man call them from the grave to enter into heaven, in which they will rule over their own planet. Jesus Christ was not born of a virgin in the Mormon faith. God the Father came and had physical sexual intercourse with Mary, who in turn conceived their Jesus!!!
Mormons have a lot of other weird beliefs. For example, they believe Joseph Smith was visited by Elijah who gave him the keys for genealogy and baptism for the dead. Here’s another one: They believe that American Indians are of Hebrew or Middle Eastern descent, but DNA analysis has proven this idea to be false.
I came out of Mormonism through a faithful Christian co-worker who wrote Bible verses on small pieces of paper and would hand them to me for over 5 years. I became really mad at this co-worker. I was going to prove him wrong! I studied Mormon doctrine versus the Bible, and I saw my Mormon testimony crumbling before my eyes. I got on my knees and asked God to forgive me! By His word and the Blood of Jesus of the Bible I knew God had forgiven me!
I incorrectly believed that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. As a Mormon, I understood that the fulfillment of the return of Elijah (Malachi 4:5-6) was Joseph Smith. But Jesus clearly taught that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of this prophecy (Matthew 11:13-15, 17:10-13, Mark 9:11-13, Luke 1:13-17).
I did not know how important the blood of Jesus was to my salvation, which I discovered through such passages as Revelation 1:5-6. Jesus’ blood washes me clean! We are to give God the Glory. We are not to set ourselves up to be glorified as Mormons do, even though Mormons will deny it! Mormons believe they will become a God and be worshiped as such!
Matthew 6:33 teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God. Mormons do not seek the kingdom of God first! They seek their own understanding or the understanding of their Prophet. Mormons do not believe they need God's righteousness and they believe that people are basically good, which is in direct contradiction to what Christianity teaches!
Remember Mormons have not put their trust in the Jesus of the Bible (Romans 5)! Mormons do not believe in justification by faith and total access through Jesus alone. They still need their Prophet! But salvation is a FREE GIFT! By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous (Romans 5:19). Everything is by and through Jesus Christ. We are to glorify Jesus not us. It is not about us! The Mormon faith is a “me” Faith!
It was Jesus that freed my soul not a church, not by my own works, but by Gods free gift to those who call upon the very name of Jesus. That’s how simple it is.
When speaking with Mormons, I would challenge them with the Bible verses above and also these questions:
Is your emphasis on Joseph Smith being a true prophet or salvation through Jesus Christ?
Do you find yourself good enough by your works for salvation?
Is your church going to save you or is the blood of Jesus?
Do you depend on The Holy Spirit to teach you or your Prophet?
If God preserved The Book of Mormon don't you think he preserved the Holy Bible in the same way?
Here are some additional verses to share with Mormons: Isaiah 14:12-15,Matthew 1:23, 10:32-38, 6:33, 16:18, 17:11-12, Luke 17:21, 23:39-43, John 3:16-18, 4:24, 16:13, Acts 2:47, 16:31-34, Romans 1:20-23, 2:11, 3:10-12, 23-24, 4:2-5, 5:1-21, 8:2-3, 8:14-16, 10:13, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, 2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 11:12-15, Galatians 1:8-9, 2:16-21, 3:21-29, Ephesians 2:7-10, 4:30, 18-22, Philippians 4:13, 1 Timothy 1:11-17, 2 Timothy 1:9, Hebrews 1:1-2, 9:22, 10:19, 11:1-40, 1 Peter 1:3-6. And from the Book of Mormon—2 Nephi 11:7.