Jesus Without Joseph Study Guide

A Guide to Following Christ After Leaving Mormonism

JWJ CoverMany people have left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pursue historic, biblical Christianity.  This study guide is designed for individual or group use, to help former Latter-day Saints navigate through the challenging emotional and cultural issues related to leaving familiar territory behind to find a new spiritual homeland.

Jesus Without Joseph is an excellent companion to the Transitions curriculum for people exiting Mormonism but who are still interested in Jesus. Use it to dig deeper on important issues after you have completed Transitions.

Chapters include: 1. Culture Shock  2. Dealing with Loss  3. Learning to Trust  4. New Kinds of Relationships  5. New Ways to Grow Spiritually  6. New Freedom and Responsibility  7. Worship and Symbolism  8. Finances in the Church  9. Ministry in the Church  10. Leadership and Authority

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Transitions Conference

Come out June 26-27 for this great, free conference about navigating the journey from Mormonism to a new kind of relationship with Jesus!

At Southeast Christian Church, 1881 East Vine Street, Salt Lake City.

Friday evening, June 26

The conference kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with music from Adam’s Road. The members of Adam’s Road were at one time LDS missionaries who have all come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Adam’s Road is a Christian, non-profit testimony and musical ministry based in Winter Garden, Florida. Formed in 2006, they have ministered across the nation in over 35 states-on the road over four months annually – preaching salvation through Jesus Christ alone; by His grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Saturday morning, June 27

The conference resumes 9:00 a.m. with keynote speakers Michael and Lynn Wilder. Lynn is a former professor at Brigham Young University, and is the author of Unveiling Grace.

Pastor Ross Anderson of Alpine Church will speak next and address the challenge of rebuilding relationships for those in transition out of Mormonism.

Jerad Wallace, Utah Transitions Director, will talk about using the Transitions curriculum in churches as an important tool in ministry.

The final session will be question and answer period involving all the presenters.

Attendance is free. Offerings will be taken for Adam’s Road and for conference expenses. You can download a copy of the conference promotional flyer here. I hope to see you there.

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Discover Hidden Treasures Summit

Hidden-treasures-300x175On May 23, I’m sharing in a seminar at a conference on multicultural ministry in Utah. I invite you to consider attending. It promises to be an excellent event.

The panel is called “Understanding your Latter-day Saint Neighbors.” It will be moderated by David Rowe, author of I Love Mormons. Along with me, panelists include:

  • Sandra Tanner operates the Utah Lighthouse Ministry. She is known for extensive research into Mormon history and doctrine.
  • Ken Mulholland is president of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies and was founding president of Salt Lake Theological Seminary.
  • Greg Johnson is president of Standing Together, a group focusing on biblical unity among evangelical churches and building relational dialogue with members of the LDS faith.

Here’s a description of the theme of this session:

“To the Mormon I became like a Mormon, to win the Mormons.” Would Paul have included that statement if he wrote 1 Corinthians 9 today from Utah? With Scripture-based and culture-wise insights into contemporary Latter-day Saints, this panel will explore the differences between our worldviews but also seek to “get inside their skins” and bring the light of the Gospel of grace there.

To be sure, Mormonism is not the main focus of this outstanding  conference. If you attend, here’s what you will experience:

  • Grow in genuine relationships.
  • Benefit from different exhibitors & share resources.
  • Learn from other participants.
  • Implement a ministry among other ethnic groups.
  • Pursue opportunities for multicultural churches.
  • Learn skills for women in leadership.
  • Choose from many seminars to expand your knowledge of how to minister within ethnic groups.
  • Extend your communication network and learn practical points to reach new people.
  • Help to transition to next generation leaders.
  • Make gospel connections with our LDS neighbors.
  • Do multicultural worship well.

To learn more and to register: go to

Sponsored by The Vine Institute, partnering with Ethnic America Network.


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Church Planters Summit – Spring 2015


On TV, the sole survivor wins. But when it comes to ministry in and around Utah, sole survivors lose. Instead of going it alone, we encourage church planters and pastors to reach out to one another, pray for one another, and create informal networks where it’s safe to share struggles and encourage one another.

For: Planters, Pastors, Staff, Team Members, Spouses

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Location: Missio Dei Community, 510 W. 200 N., SLC

Cost: $10 per person. Free childcare available upon request.
Please register below.

8:00   Hang out with friends over coffee

9:00-9:45 Survivors on Mission Together

10:00-11:30 Survivor Break Outs:  Three simultaneous conversations to learn from and encourage each other.

  • Surviving Expectations:  Finding contentment when our own expectations and those of our leaders, supporters, and attenders are unmet. 
  • Surviving Big Hits:  Remaining Hopeful when challenges, tragic events, loss of key people, and life’s circumstances try to knock us down. 
  • Surviving Family Stuff:  Finding satisfaction in sacrifice while providing for your family.

11:45  Lunch

12:30  Invitation to an informal conversations & prayer with the survivors
The formal meeting is over with lunch. But long-tenured pastors and planters will stick around for informal conversation with anyone who wants to hang out. The Loving Utah team would love to pray with you, answer any questions, and encourage you wherever you may be struggling to survive


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