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Kendra Clark – Former Mormon

February 6, 2018 21 Comments

Kendra Clark became serious about her Mormon faith as a student at BYU, and was drawn in particular to the figure of Jesus Christ.  This fascination eventually caused her to split time on Sunday mornings – spending part of them in worship with her Mormon congregation, and part of them at a nearby Evangelical Church, where she could hear more about Jesus.  When her son went on his LDS mission to Poland, he met several Catholic families who had a positive impact on him, and it helped open Kendra to the claims of Catholicism.  After a series of transitions and losses in her life, she started to develop new relationships with several Catholic friends, and eventually decided to join RCIA.

Kendra has some great insights into the differences between the way Mormons and Catholics view certain issues, such as the divinity of Jesus, the afterlife, and the meaning of the Last Supper.  Well worth a watch!

  • Mary Lebaron

    This article gives me hope for my children. My daughter seems to have transferred her Catholic beliefs to the LDS faith, telling me they’re the same, while I know they’re not. I just hope it doesn’t take 30 years for her to see the light! Thank you.

  • Pat and Lannie’s Milillo

    I so enjoyed hearing Kendra’s story. We too were converts to Mormonism and came out in the early 1980’s after being very devout Mormons for 17 years. We related to do much of what Kendra said. I came home to the Catholic Church and my husband joined the Catholic Church during Easter Vigil 2010.
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  • Charlene Owen

    This episode meant a lot to me as I am struggling with leaving the Mormon faith. I, too, have a longing for Christ and am awed by His presence in the Catholic Church. The Mormon Church does not even have a picture of Jesus in their chapels. I have never felt Him there. I long for Him but afraid to leave the Mormon faith because of my strong family connection with the Mormon Church. I will be an outcast. Kendra’s testimony gives me courage. Thank you.

    • Mary Lebaron

      You will NOT be an outcast by everyone. You will find out who truly loves you and you will find others who will gladly accept you in the Catholic Church. But you are correct that you stand to lose, at very least, the closeness of some family relationships, and in some extreme cases, you may be cut out completely, as if you are contagious. It is so sad it is that way. I am the only Catholic in my husband’s family and I feel invisible at times. You can attend the Catholic Church while remaining Catholic…I know several people who do, but it so hard living a double life. I shall pray for you, for courage, for wisdom, for strength, for conviction. For peace.

      • Charlene Owen

        Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers. It is a scary thing knowing I won’t be part of the mainstream (I live in Salt Lake City, aka “Mormonland”) but it will be worth it, I’m sure. I just need to find a support network because it’s just such a lonely path. Solo journeys are the hardest, but can also be the most meaningful. I appreciate your words (and prayers) so much. You are a very kind person.

        • Mary Lebaron

          Any Catholic Church will have a class for those considering the church and you will find support there. It’s called RCIA which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation. You can find contact info in a church’s bulletin or on their website. But what a great idea you have shown me…. perhaps we need a more visible outreach in Utah? I live in So. Utah so understand your situation. God bless you!

    • CHNetwork_Staff

      Charlene,
      Be assured of our prayers for you and your faith journey as you seek a deeper walk with our Lord Jesus. Feel free to contact us if there is any way we can be of help to you!

      • Charlene Owen

        Thank you – I appreciate your support. I am so grateful for this show because it not only provides interesting and encouraging stories but it makes one feel like they are not alone in their journey. I’m sure you have helped so many people that you don’t ever hear from. God bless your ministry.

    • Curious & Analytical

      Invite your Mormon friends with you to the Catholic church.

      If they get hostile with you, turn-on your apologetics dial and inform them they “owe you” for misleading them …and say “what kind of friend is that?!”

  • Juanita Tigges

    Being a former Mormon I was confused as to why Kendra would support her sons decision to go back to the Mormon religion because as a mother “ who wouldn’t want their child in a faith based community”. Even though he expressed his love for the Catholic Church? The confusion comes when Kendra was asked what words she had for Trisha who wrote in about looking into joining the Mormon church, Kendra encouraged her look at the Catholic church first. After knowing the truth Kendra why would you be okay with your son rejoining?
    I’m not one bit satisfied that my family is in a “faith based community” the Mormon church, which is based on a lie.
    Truth is truth.

    • Mary Lebaron

      I so agree! It is SO hard to let them walk their own path!!!!

    • Betty Huza, Arizona

      I so agree! Kendra sounded very contradictory expressing her support of her son in the Mormon church. Why isn’t she insisting Truth!!!

      • Curious & Analytical

        1) She’s not analytical and she can’t help that because it’s not in her DNA as a female to be analytical. It’s all about feelings in a woman’s DNA.

        2) She isn’t aware of Patrick Madrid’s “Surprised by Truth” book that defends the faith.

    • Curious & Analytical

      Females (on average) aren’t analytical. That’s the problem. Me thinks that’s why Jesus Christ didn’t enlist female priests.

      I was thinking the same thing as you in that part of the episode.

      I’ll be the first to say it, … when I see a female on the Journey Home program, I tend to ignore it that night because more often than not, the decision making in their story-line is illogical.

      • AnneG

        I tend to make decisions after mulling the various possibilities, Son the way my biologist husband does. I think rather more globally, conceptually.
        You have forgotten, though that Kendra has friends, especially her son, still in the LDS. She can’t stand up and say it’s a cult. Respectful engagement while she lives the truth will help more than a yelling argument.
        She has to practice Mormon Nice, a “virtue” I’ve never mastered. She wanted them to watch and listen to what they might not have otherwise.

    • You can’t expect her to create barriers with her son. She’s praying for him. I think he will come home eventually.

    • Dominic Huber

      Just be patient. I have a brother who is agnostic after being raised Catholic. I’ve often tried reasoning with him, but the best I can do right now is pray for him.

  • Curious & Analytical

    Best advice I ever got was from Dr. Robert Schuller from his Hour of Power program:

    “Use your head, and your heart will follow.”

    Do all kinds of library research on your considered religion BEFORE you show-up for a service. Trial and error can be painful…and a waste of time.

    In other words, use an analytical approach in determining truth instead of randomly attending a church service because it sounds good and/or gives you a nice gut-feel.

    Would you go straight to a car dealership as the very first step in buying a new car or would you purchase a copy of Consumer Reports first? Why would it be any different with religion?

    • “Use your head, and your heart will follow.”

      Many, many centuries before that St. Catherine of Siena said, “Love follows knowledge..”

  • Sheila S. Conrads

    To people here who are more on the justice side than the side of mercy – let me say – God gives us free will – we must let our children make their choices. I was raised around Mormons, my brother is a Mormon, I was raised Baptist/Presbyterian. Joined the Episcopal Church at 15. I was not a Catholic until I was 50. I really understand where she comes from. My brother and I never discuss theology – we do discuss what we have in common which is social justice and life issues and marriage issues. My sons became Orthodox (Antiochian) in there 30’s. I am blessed.

  • Wow, a very touching story. It’s amazing what love for Jesus Christ can do. Thank you for your story Kendra and welcome!