The fundamental difference that sets the Mormon Church apart from all truly Christian churches is the sinister and self-serving distortion of the very personality and character of the Lord Jesus Christ. For Mormonism to be true, Christ Himself must be corrupted into one who authorized horrible behaviour, thus rendering the past Mormon Prophets completely blameless concerning the motivations for their unspeakable actions.
Within the formal teachings of the Mormon Church, Jesus Christ Himself, and not the Mormon Prophets, is the author of polygamy, polyandry, and blood atonement. Under His direction alone, Joseph Smith Jr. was “commanded” to take some thirty wives, two as young as fourteen years of age. Mormons are instructed that it was the Lord, and no one else, who required Joseph to take the wives of eleven other men as his own (known as polyandry), as well as two sets of sisters and a mother and her daughter as his wives, while at the same time attempting to become president of the United States of America.
Brigham Young, as the living prophet of God, taught through “Divinely inspired revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the core values of blood atonement. Reportedly under direction from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Brigham instructed that some sins of this world require the neck of the sinner to be slit from ear to ear so that the sinner’s blood could atone for certain violations of Mormon doctrine. Mormons are taught that Brigham young also was commanded by the Lord to take fifty-five wives, including some previous wives of Joseph Smith.
Defense of these disgusting misrepresentations of the very nature and character of the Lord continues today within the walls of Mormon chapels and Mormon temples throughout the world. This book examines real-world examples of how these beliefs are covered up so that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints might better hide among true believers in the compassionate Savior of all mankind, Christ Jesus. He and His holy name have been disgracefully used so that self-centered men might gain some measure of power, prestige, and perversion.
This book recounts the true-life experiences of a Mormon Bishop, who for thirty years was a High Priest, Elders Quorum President, and a member of three High Counsels for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. He has participated in hundreds of Mormon Temple Endowments and witnessed firsthand the practices of ceremonial rituals in which the taking of human life was mimicked, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
The true and graphic story of a former Mormon Bishop, Lee B. Baker, now a Christian, who with his wife teach the True Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Mormon People. For this he was arrested, charged with 3 Felonies and Jailed with Murderers. During his 6 days of incarceration with the worst of the worst, he was able to bring several Prisoners to Jesus Christ by teaching and preaching the Word of God. The deception and deceit of the Mormon Church is captured within this account of the corruption between the senior Mormon leaders who abuse the Courts and their Government positions to safeguard the false teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
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As a Mormon for a few years now I have heard only rumors or hallway talk of many of the things that Bishop Baker speaks about. Now that I have seen them in print with the detailed references from the Church itself, I have looked up many and found them to be TRUE. This book has changed my life and I hope that my family will read what I have as it is better to know for yourself than to live a lie or just turn your back on what your heart tells you to learn about. I still do not understand why my leadership would lie to me about what is within the records of the Church itself.
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest, inside look into being LDS, November 1, 2010
Being LDS myself and having many of the same issues with the church that Lee Baker has, this book has shed light on a dark corner of the faith that many simply choose to remain ignorant on. It’s easy to see where Baker is comming from if you’re a member of the church, if you’re not…he’s telling the truth about how the membership perceives their own history. The most important thing that I have read so far (stil reading) is how the church is broken into 3 groups of understanding of the doctrines and history of the church…the only problem is that 80% fall into the group that really has little knowledge of the Church’s OWN written history of the actuall facts/events of both doctrine and the leadership’s dark indulgences. It’s a rough road to try and travel down to search for answers and truth about your own religion if you’re Mormon…my heart goes out to those who have gone through the ringer of soul-searching and seeking help from the leadership of the church to find what they have found…thank you Lee for you and your wife’s struggle to find the truth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Mormonism from a Former Mormon Bishop, November 6, 2010
Mormonism: A Life Under False Pretenses by former Mormon Bishop Lee Baker, is an intriguing story of the author’s search for truth regarding LDS doctrines and practices. Over the course of several years, Baker repeatedly went to church leaders asking them to explain some of Mormonism’s troubling teachings. As he sought answers to sincere questions, trying to reconcile discrepancies and set his concerns to rest, he found only resistance by local LDS authorities, who either ignored or stonewalled his requests.
Questions about Joseph Smith’s involvement in polygamy and polyandry, what teachings were to be regarded as authoritative, and J.W. Marriot’s (of the Marriot hotel chain) profiting from pornography were swept under the rug. Rather than eliciting answers or receiving thoughtful responses, Baker incurred the anger and disdain of the majority of those whom he went to for help, including his stake president, who emailed him to say he was no longer welcome at church.
I found Lee Baker’s book to be thought-provoking in many respects. Two of the author’s observations had especially powerful impacts on me. The first is that Mormon leaders have effectively absolved themselves of any responsibility for all of the reprehensible doctrines of Mormonism and horrendous actions by early LDS leaders by laying
them at the feet of Jesus Christ. Essentially, they are telling members, “Look, if you have trouble with a particular doctrine or the actions of past leaders, take it up with God, he’s the one who commanded it.” Therefore, according to Mormonism, polygamy, taking other men’s wives, lying, and blood atonement (slitting the throats of “covenant breakers”) were all authored and commanded by Jesus Christ himself!
Baker’s other astute observation is that the integrity and character of “rank and file” Mormons is much superior to that of their leaders. It’s tragic they must defend Mormon leaders for doing appalling things they themselves would never do. In addition, members are often left on their own to come up with justifications for the criminal activities of the founding LDS prophets and apostles. As the author keenly reasons, “how much official history or official doctrine can one subjectively discard for personal reasons? At some stage, individual membership in a church, any church, becomes pointless when a significant portion of doctrine is personally rejected” (p. 60).
The book documents many hypocrisies, inconsistencies, and outright falsehoods within Mormon history. One prevarication documented in the book, which I found somewhat humorous, was in regard to Abraham Lincoln. In a formal church-sponsored fireside the Mormon speaker described Lincoln as a friend of the Church, but real history reveals that “Abraham Lincoln campaigned forcefully against polygamy and slavery (both practiced by the Mormons) and was the first of several presidents to sign a federal law against the Mormon Church” (p. 139).
While the author admits “the narrative style of this book at times will seem very irregular, unpolished, or disorganized” (p. xxxiii), his angst and personal struggle can be felt throughout his writing. All in all, I thought Mormonism: A Life Under False Pretenses was both interesting and absorbing, bringing to light aspects of Mormonism not usually addressed in other books on the topic. The inclusion of emails, recorded conversations, and photocopies of documents adds a personal touch and credibility to Baker’s account, “The True Story of a Mormon Bishop’s Journey of Discovery.”
By Tracy Tennant
Equipping Christians Ministries
A Great Book written from the Heart, January 21, 2011
Lee Baker has scored with this tremendous look at the deception of the Mormon Church and has done it right from the very hearts of its people.
It is one thing to read straight facts, but Lee’s soft and tender heart for his own people has broken through the veil of secrecy and darkness enshrouding the LDS people. His hurts are the hurts of many thousands and his journey is a long and painful one that other thousands have quietly suffered.
The difference here is that LDS Bishop Lee Baker and his wife did something about it. They have told the world the truth and have done so with solid credentials, courage, integrity and power.
This is a must read for every Mormon, every LDS convert or investigator and for anyone who has a loved one lost in the tangled web of Mormonism.