Last month we had a good friend from our church, Jason George, share his story of leaving Mormonism and coming to Christ. You may watch that and see the pictures at the site posted above.

Dad speaking at our home
Mission teams

We were able to entertain two teams at our home on the same night. Altogether, there was a little over 30 people. One team was from South Carolina and our friend Lexi Zanias from Maven led them. The other team was from the Kansas City area and our friend Aaron Marshall from Ratio Christi led them. After we fed them, my dad shared how he witnesses to LDS and I was able to encourage them to trust the Lord with their week of witnessing to LDS.

Two weeks after this, my dad and I spoke to a team of about 20 from Bismark, North Dakota. This team was led by Marcus Bratton from Maven. They had a member who was highly allergic to various things and since we have an urban farm with animals, I thought it best to speak to them where they were staying at the mission house in Saratoga Springs. My dad shared the gospel with them, assurance of salvation, and how he witnesses to LDS. I spoke to them on how Joseph Smith failed as a prophet of the Lord.

Timothy Oliver

Timothy Oliver went to be with the Lord last month. He was a good friend, 
Dad speaking at mission house
whom I have known for about 40 years. He was an ex-Mormon who loved the Lord and LDS. He ran Think About Eternity ministries. We worked together to reach out to LDS on many occasions throughout the years. I first worked with him in Kanab, UT about 40 years ago.

Here's part 1 of his testimony of coming out of Mormonism. Part 2 is listed right after this. Also, here is a video I took of him preaching to Mormons back in 2015 at the Payson, UT Temple Opening. Finally, here's a plug Timothy gave me and my ministry quite a while ago.

Timothy has finally got his crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). I recall a conversation I had with Timothy a number of years ago at the park pavilion in Manti, UT. I asked him about his heavenly reward. He couldn’t understand what I was talking about. In his Reformed mind, heaven was a gift and he knew he already had salvation, so what sense does a reward 
Timothy and Rob doing a DVD outreach in Payson, UT
make here? Regardless of the sense, the 2 Timothy passage and other biblical passages make clear that we will one day be awarded crowns in heaven. Of course we get saved initially through the righteousness of Christ, and when we get to heaven, it’s because of His righteousness.

All Christians understand that, but we will still get heavenly rewards, and this is what Timothy experienced last month. Now, he sees face to face (1 Cor. 13:12).

Please pray for his wife Suzie. Those who love the Jesus of the Bible will all be with Him and Timothy sooner than we think!

Dad’s book

My dad had his book on The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy and Billy: A Psalm 23 Children’s Story published last month. He had a few individual chapters published before, but this is the book that contains all the Psalm 23 stories. My daughter Charis also worked on the illustrations. These are the stories that I grew up with when I was a kid, and my dad has also shared these stories with many kids throughout the years. Please pick 
Dad's new book
up a copy for the kids in your life. Available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and hardback.


We need your partnership

If you’re looking for ways to store up for yourself treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-20), may I suggest investing in our ministry? We not only need your prayers, but we need your financial partnership as well. Keep in mind that your investment is not simply for us, but for the lives of others we reach with the gospel. The standard way to financially invest is by writing a tax-deductible check to Courageous Christians United (CCU). For more information on various ways to invest in this ministry, including online giving, please see our “Invest” page on our sites. If you’re not a partner and are blessed by these monthly updates, please join our team and let us know soon. We’d love to be your missionaries here in Utah. Many thanks to those of you who hold us up in prayer and/or in your financial giving!

Be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6)!

Rob Sivulka
President, Courageous Christians United
P.O. Box 1374
West Jordan, UT 84088
(801) 792-6373


Did you know that D&C 20:27-28 teaches the Trinity?
27 As well as those who should come after, who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and of the Son; 28 Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen

[I replied:] Of course they say one God in purpose. That allows for separate Gods. However, verses 17-19 seems to go against that in teaching that God is a "being' (not a "team") who uses the third person singular pronoun--He--to refer to Himself as the Creator of all. Of course He also uses other pronouns, but those work for the doctrine of the "being" of the Triune God.

[He replied:] this is dated around 1829-1830.
Smith's theology evolved significantly over time. The first edition to the BoM had a Trinitarian (and sometimes Arianist) view of the Godhead.

[I replied:] BM Arian? How? It has always stated Jesus is God. Modalistic, not Arian.

[He replied:] my apologies. You're right. It would be Modalistic.

[I replied:] this is probably why the D&C passage should probably be understood as Modalistic rather than Trinitarian.

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