ABOUT US – A Short Biography of Bishop Lee B. Baker
A Short Biography of Bishop Lee B. Baker
My wife Kathy and I have spent many years in various Leadership positions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a retired Military Intelligence Officer, I found that the key principles of authority and organization within the Mormon Church provided me with a degree of confidence. I was ordained a Mormon High Priest by Charles P. Warnick, who was ordained by the current Prophet of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson.
This relatively short “Priesthood Authority Line” was also a source of confidence and pride.
As a member of the Mormon faith for 32 years, I have honorably held many Leadership positions at the Branch, Ward and Stake level. The most demanding of these “callings” was as the Bishop of the Mililani Second Ward, Mililani Stake in Hawaii. The most rewarding position was with my wife as the Young Single Adult Leaders, of the Columbia Maryland Stake. Our youth group (unmarried 18-30) drew its membership from as far north as Baltimore and south to Washington D.C.
As a Bishop and an Assistant Seminary Instructor, I was more sensitive than others to the written History of the Church and the subjects of Polygamy and Polyandry. When sensitive or delicate questions were presented to us from the Mormon and non-Mormon youth, I pledged my utmost support. Often the Christian visitors to our group knew more facts specific to the more distinctively Mormon Doctrine than we did, although the majority of these valid subjects would be considered as anti-Mormon.
In December of 2008, I forced my own excommunication after several painful years of meetings and letters to the highest levels of the Mormon Church concerning these questions of doctrine and history that began with the youth group. As an active Mormon High Priest and Ordained Bishop, I was asked and then warned to simply leave the Church without forcing any administrative or disciplinary action.
The comprehensive story of the full compilation of questions and the heart wrenching process of departing from such a controlling religious faction is detailed in my book Mormonism – A Life Under False Pretenses – The True Story of a Mormon Bishop’s Journey of Discovery.
As a former Mormon Bishop and member of the Church for over 32 years, my wife Kathy and I have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace. Yet, the most enlightening and rewarding action a member of the Mormon Faith can do is precisely what they have been told to do: “Study the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Prophets of the Restoration”. In so doing, we have found many of the most fundamental teachings of the LDS Church to be completely out of harmony with the Lord’s teachings in the Bible.
I know from my personal family experience, one of the most dangerous elements of coming to know that the LDS Church is false, and certainly the most treacherous long-term effect of this knowledge, is the thought that, if I was wrong about the LDS Faith, is it possible that I have also been deceived by Christianity itself? I know the discouraging and depressing fear of considering that as I had been so thoroughly deceived, maybe I had encouraged the deception by my own deep desire for it to be true. Yet, through five years of spiritual and emotional trials, my wife and I have come to better know Jesus Christ and His grace. Exposing the malice in Mormonism is not the verification that Christianity itself is wrong, only that the Mormon’s distorted version of Christianity is wrong.
In my book, I have documented my forced excommunication from the Mormon Faith by asking questions and searching for the truth. I discuss the fundamental difference that sets the Mormon Church apart from all truly Christian churches—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 behavior and thus rendered the past Mormon Prophets completely blameless concerning the motivations of their unspeakable actions.
So, to my former Mormon Brothers and Sisters, my testimony is this: Jesus is the Christ and that we need not worship Him from behind the dark shadows of men who would have us believe that He is individually the author of Polygamy, Polyandry, Blood Atonement, Lying for the Lord, or a myriad of other personally motivated corruptions. He wants a direct and very personal relationship with each of us, as He has ransomed us from our sins. Not through a maze of changing doctrines or through the endless layers of administrative officers and clerks or executive church officials, committees, counsels or presidencies. He wants you to truly know Him.