If you haven’t had the chance to read the book, Unveiling Grace (Zondervan, 2013), by Lynn K. Wilder, I would encourage you to do so.
You can check the book out from the Idaho Falls Public Library; the call number is 289.3 WILDER.
It is the story about a family here in the I-15 Corridor being turned completely upside down. On page 187, Lynn recounts the struggle among two of her sons,
About this time, Matt called Micah in Florida to ask, “What in the world are you doing to the family?” The direct question was an older brother’s prerogative. In answer, Micah challenged Matt to read the New Testament as a child, with fresh eyes.
I think that is an excellent word of wisdom for all of us in Idaho Falls – “Read the New Testament as a child, with fresh eyes.”
On pages 206-207, Lynn shares a turning point in her life,
One night in October of 2006, Katie, Mike, and I watched the movie Luther. As I followed the tale of Martin Luther, the Holy Spirit, the one who lead us into all truth, showed me the parallels between the strength Luther’s faith in God gave him and the changes I needed to submit to. The legalism that Luther opposed in the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century had the same root I now needed to oppose in Mormonism. The Scriptures that Luther loved were the Scriptures I believed. The God Luther knew personally was the God I had met. Like Micah in front of his mission president and fellow missionaries, Luther stood before the church leaders and declared, “Unless my errors be proven by Scripture, I cannot and I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.”
I made my decision. I knew from my reading that only a good killing could reap a bountiful harvest. My contented sacred Mormon cow had to be slaughtered. I had to die before new life could begin and bear fruit (John 12:24). I was finally ready. Gathering speed toward the point of no return, I lay facedown on the carpet, arms extended, and cried out to God as Martin Luther had. “I am yours. Save me.” Instantly I was sucked over the event horizon.
Mike and Lynn Wilder will be speaking at Christ Community Church, November 22-23.