Ex-Mormon Shares Secrets From the Church of Latter-day Saints
By Tyler O’Neil
August 19, 2013
A Christian professor and evangelist said that after 30 years in the Mormon Church, she came to a unique realization – the Bible is more accurate than the Book of Mormon, and God is bigger than the transcendent man worshipped by the “Latter day Saints” (LDS).
“I began to feel like somebody was pulling back the curtain in Oz,” Lynn K. Wilder, associate professor of special education at Florida Gulf Coast University, former tenured professor at Brigham Young University, and author of Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of The Mormon Church, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. She contrasted the Mormon and Christian churches, unmasking LDS secrets – polygamy, racism, and a fundamental distrust in the Word and Power of God.
When Wilder and her husband, Mike, searched for a church home following their marriage, they found most churches “boring and out of touch,” she said. She had also been reading the Old Testament thoroughly and became convinced that “these must be latter days,” since Israel had returned to its homeland.
Mormon missionaries knocked on her door, spoke about the “latter days,” and welcomed the Wilders into a close-knit community. “They take you in, they love on you, they began to supplant my biological family,” Wilder explained. Joining the church gave her and her husband a higher status in the college and church communities. In 1999, Brigham Young University offered her a job.
Upon moving to Utah, however, the professor recounted new discoveries – the Mormon scriptures still preach racism and polygamy, despite LDS public denials. “The Bible doesn’t teach that the mark of Cain was dark skin,” she explained, “but the Book of Mormon does.” She noted that the mark of Cain is in other Mormon scriptures, too, besides the Book of Mormon.
It wasn’t until her son Micah left the Mormon Church, however, that Wilder considered questioning their doctrines, she said. Refusing to present him at the LDS temple for excommunication, she and her husband sent him away, and he encouraged them to read the New Testament.