Former Mormon compares LDS faith versus Christianity in her new book
Carma Naylor released recently Volume II of her book, “A Mormon’s Unexpected Journey: Finding the Grace I never Knew,” published by WinePress Publishing.
In the second volume, Naylor points out the shortcomings of Mormonism, but at the same time, she appeals to readers of the book to view the LDS with compassion.
Naylor also describes the challenges and emotional turmoil she experienced when she decided to let go of her Mormon roots. This was no small feat, as Naylor was raised by a bishop of the Mormon faith.
Furthermore, Naylor’s forefathers belonged to the Mormon church since 1856, when her ancestors travelled from Iowa to Utah, enduring extreme cold and hunger, the Mormonism to Grace website said.
On her website Naylor described her father as an inspirational leader, adding that he saw visions and learned from spirit guides who claimed to hear God’s voice. He kept, she said, practically every book that the LDS ever published.
Naylor embraced the Mormon faith for 40 years, and engaged as a full-time Mormon missionary in New Zealand. She and her husband met when they were students at Brigham Young University, and they married in the Salt Lake Mormon temple, according to her website.
Naylor said in her book that she and her husband participated in secret temple rites for 19 years, but she slowly came to see clear inconsistencies in the doctrine of the LDS.
Naylor said, “When I attempted to prove that Mormonism was the only true church, I realized that the unique teachings of Mormonism are found in modern-day revelation from Joseph Smith, not the Bible; Bible passages were taken out of context or contradicted by certain LDS teachings.”
Naylor was 40 when she became a Christian. The first volume of her book was published in 2006, her website said. Naylor noted, “Mormons need to see that a true Christian relationship with Jesus is better than what their religion offers them.”
In her book Naylor advised that Christians “Lead [Mormons] to the cross with love, instead of attacking them and causing them to hold on more tightly to their religion. Ask questions that will get them to read Bible passages. Tell them about your assurance of salvation and what Jesus means to you.”
Naylor’s book has been lauded by a number of church leaders, including author and radio speaker Chuck Smith, who founded the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement. Smith said Naylor’s book is “A must read for any who have wondered what Mormonism is about,” according to WinePress Publishing website.
Baptist pastor Walter Price, author of God Focus, said, “Carma loves Mormons. Her greatest desire is for each one to hear the truth and to know the Eternal Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, God come in the flesh,” WinePress Publishing Website noted.
Naylor currently lives in southern California. She and her husband have eight children and 27 grandchildren, according to her website.