Why We Left Mormonism / Ex-Momons: Why We Left
Latayne Colvett Scott has made an important and innovative contribution with Ex-Mormons: Why We Left . . . Numerous flashes of insight reveal Mormons as flesh-and-blood humans — not the cardboard-cutout cultists who exist in the minds of many Christians. The book discourages the hit-and-run style of encounter that too often passes for evangelism. —Christian Research Journal
In this heart-to-heart book Latayne Scott documents the experiences of eight people, inclding herself, who left the Mormon Church. . .Their frank accounts help Christians understand why members of the Mormon Church are so fervently connected to doctrines which seem bizarre to outsiders. — WRGN Radio
It is our view that this is one of the most functional books ever written for the non-Mormon who is trying to reach out to the Mormon. . .The book is a primer for working with Mormons, and we recommend it. —Does God Exist?
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has concerns about Mormonism.–The Lamplighter (Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries)
I seldom get overly excited about a book — but this one is an exception. . .This book is one of those “must get” ones! — Cindy Kightlinger, Provident Book Finder
A former Latter-day Saint herself, Latayne Scott shares practical insight into Mormonism from the perspective of eight former members who experienced God’s grace and power. . .This is an excellent resource for Christians who want to know how to help Mormons. —Bookstore Journal
(Amazon.com Review) Not everyone who leaves mormonism does because of sin, October 19, 2004
Reviewer:Everlybr “everlybr” (California)
This is a great collection of stories about good Mormons who left the LDS church, not because of sin, but because they came to believe the church was not what it claimed. Very interesting read of the other side of Mormonism.
“Each conversion experience is interesting and easy to read. . . Anyone who has family, friends, or knows anything about Mormonism will enjoy reading the hope in this book. It is not preachy. . .” Cathy Griffith, Standard Publishing reviewer
“This is not a hateful book but one filled with testimonies of ex-Mormons that includes a former BYU scholarship student, a bishop, a great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, and a self-styled “˜super Mormon.”‘” Arthur L. Farstad, editor, Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
(From HBO Message Boards on television show, “Big Love”: Review by Jean Joseph, May 2008.
Ex-Mormons, Why We Left by Latayne C. Scott
The author documents the experiences of 8 people, who left the Mormon church and why.
These X-Mormons describe how the truth of the gospel became clear to them. The tell how Christians helped them and also how Christians hindered them in making this change possible.
The author has take time to find interesting people within the lds to respond, such as: Thelma “Granny” Geer, who was a baptized & confirmed member of the lds; she has been a practicing christian since 1947 (she was in her early thirties). She is the paternal great-grand-daughter of John D Lee (Remember the Mtn Meadows Massacre?). She lives & practices the “go and tell” method. Granny just tells it the way it is, from a Biblical standpoint. She desperately prayed for her husband Ernest to become a christian. Exactly 1 week after she made the decision, Earnest followed. They have a running joke between the 2 of them where she laughs and tells Ernest, “it took a Mormon to make a Christian out of you.” She’s currently 92y/o and continues to do the Lord’s work.
Cindy Bauer who has a deep heritage of Mormon ancestors who had crossed the Plains before 1865. Her mother was a “Daughter of the Utah Pioneers.” Her family ran the gamut from being “jack Mormons” to her uncle who was a “high priest”.
Dave Wilkins, who is a 4th generation Mormon and is now an active member of a Christian body.
Sandra Tanner, whose mother’s name was Young. Sandra is a great great granddaughter of Brigham Young.
The stories by each of these mentioned and a few more are very interesting. It is a big change for these people to leave the Mormon faith and then find a religious faith that serves their needs etc. Their stories offer a lot of insight as to what other’s can do in assisting those who want to convert to christianity. TLC
The thing I saw that each person kept repeating is John 3:16. They had no idea what this verse meant until they were allowed to really study God’s Word and put it all in perspective. They all make a happy note about their ability to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They all note, that they now only read 1 book; rather than 3 or 4.
Easy read, short, 161 pages. Review by Jean Joseph.