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Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew

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“You have a call, Elder Wilder.” When missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had no idea that he was the one about to be changed. Yet when he finally came to know the God of the Bible, Micah had no choice but to surrender himself—no matter the consequences. For a passionate young Mo “You have a call, Elder Wilder.” When missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had no idea that he was the one about to be changed. Yet when he finally came to know the God of the Bible, Micah had no choice but to surrender himself—no matter the consequences. For a passionate young Mormon who had grown up in the Church, finding authentic faith meant giving up all he knew: his community, his ambitions, and his place in the world. Yet as Micah struggled to reconcile the teachings of his Church with the truths revealed in the Bible, he awakened to his need for God’s grace. This led him to be summoned to the door of the mission president, terrified but confident in the testimony he knew could cost him everything. Passport to Heaven is a gripping account of Micah’s surprising journey from living as a devoted member of a religion based on human works to embracing the divine mercy and freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ.


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“You have a call, Elder Wilder.” When missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had no idea that he was the one about to be changed. Yet when he finally came to know the God of the Bible, Micah had no choice but to surrender himself—no matter the consequences. For a passionate young Mo “You have a call, Elder Wilder.” When missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had no idea that he was the one about to be changed. Yet when he finally came to know the God of the Bible, Micah had no choice but to surrender himself—no matter the consequences. For a passionate young Mormon who had grown up in the Church, finding authentic faith meant giving up all he knew: his community, his ambitions, and his place in the world. Yet as Micah struggled to reconcile the teachings of his Church with the truths revealed in the Bible, he awakened to his need for God’s grace. This led him to be summoned to the door of the mission president, terrified but confident in the testimony he knew could cost him everything. Passport to Heaven is a gripping account of Micah’s surprising journey from living as a devoted member of a religion based on human works to embracing the divine mercy and freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

30 review for Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Flapjack

    I have been aware of the testimony of Micah Wilder for many years, so I was naturally excited to get my hands on this book - but wow, I was unprepared for what I was in store for. Micah dives deep into very personal, and often times painful, memories of his experiences in leaving the Mormon church and the spiritual and social hardships he went through. But the end result is fantastic... gripping story that is beneficial to anyone who reads it whether they are involved, have been involved, or eve I have been aware of the testimony of Micah Wilder for many years, so I was naturally excited to get my hands on this book - but wow, I was unprepared for what I was in store for. Micah dives deep into very personal, and often times painful, memories of his experiences in leaving the Mormon church and the spiritual and social hardships he went through. But the end result is fantastic... gripping story that is beneficial to anyone who reads it whether they are involved, have been involved, or even never have been involved with the LDS church. Micah's testimony of what God did in his and his family's lives will renew your faith no matter where you are in your own personal life. Passport to Heaven is a page turner as I read it overnight in one sitting. It is packed with emotion and doesn't shy away from the hardships he faced. But it also puts the focus on why those hardships were necessary, and how much his life has changed for the better because of them. Micah's words and example of God's patience and love and power of transforming his life will be inspirational to any and all who read it. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Micah Wilder has been writing this book for 14 years! He shares a lot of emotions, feelings and thoughts of his experience in great detail. He set sail into the Mormon mission world full of fire to bring as many people as possible to the one and true church, and he was a man of big vision, he wanted to convert a Baptist pastor too. The greatest thing about this story is that it only proves what the Bible says: seek and you shall find. Micah Wilder was honestly looking for the truth and he found Micah Wilder has been writing this book for 14 years! He shares a lot of emotions, feelings and thoughts of his experience in great detail. He set sail into the Mormon mission world full of fire to bring as many people as possible to the one and true church, and he was a man of big vision, he wanted to convert a Baptist pastor too. The greatest thing about this story is that it only proves what the Bible says: seek and you shall find. Micah Wilder was honestly looking for the truth and he found it - Jesus Christ and salvation only through Him. It was also interesting to have a glimpse of a life behind the Mormon missionary uniform, very fascinating. The author seems pretty cool, like the kind of a guy that would be great to hang out with and meet his family. All the family pictures reveal a beautiful family!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Micah Wilder has written an excellent memoir on his journey from Mormonism to Christianity. He carefully details this journey, using multiple scriptures to mark the differences between Mormon beliefs (working your way to heaven) and true Christian beliefs (only faith in Jesus gets you to heaven). The story moves back and forth in time, starting at the end of his mission and looking back to the beginning of it and what happened to him along the way. If you are interested in understanding who Jesus Micah Wilder has written an excellent memoir on his journey from Mormonism to Christianity. He carefully details this journey, using multiple scriptures to mark the differences between Mormon beliefs (working your way to heaven) and true Christian beliefs (only faith in Jesus gets you to heaven). The story moves back and forth in time, starting at the end of his mission and looking back to the beginning of it and what happened to him along the way. If you are interested in understanding who Jesus is, this book is for you. If you are interested in understanding why Mormons are not considered Christians, this book is for you. If you are interested in learning how to talk with a Mormon about true Christianity, this book is for you. Wilder is passionate about his faith, and that comes through clearly in this book. He treats the Mormon church and those still in it with respect. His deep desire for them to find real faith in Jesus is tangible. This memoir is completely family friendly. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book. Opinion is mine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carina Shephard

    "True love is not affirming others in their sinful and lost state, it is proclaiming the Christ who can liberate them from captivity." A powerful autobiography of a passionate Mormon missionary who is challenged to read the Bible "as a child" and discovers the transformative love of Christ. 5 stars, read July 2021. "True love is not affirming others in their sinful and lost state, it is proclaiming the Christ who can liberate them from captivity." A powerful autobiography of a passionate Mormon missionary who is challenged to read the Bible "as a child" and discovers the transformative love of Christ. 5 stars, read July 2021.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Fanchon

    The LORD has gifted Micah with a great writing style. My heart and mind were engaged as I read his story in short order! I was hardly able to put it down as the end of most chapters had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. Many times I found myself bursting into laughter, BUT the thing that impressed me the most was to so see the loving hand of God on Micah throughout his entire life. I have had the privilege of meeting Micah Wilder in person and hearing him sh The LORD has gifted Micah with a great writing style. My heart and mind were engaged as I read his story in short order! I was hardly able to put it down as the end of most chapters had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. Many times I found myself bursting into laughter, BUT the thing that impressed me the most was to so see the loving hand of God on Micah throughout his entire life. I have had the privilege of meeting Micah Wilder in person and hearing him share his testimony and the Good News. The love of God and the Word of God pour out of his heart like living water. I don't think I have ever met a more dedicated person. Through the Adam's Road Band ministry to churches I have had opportunity to see them several times and to meet the other band and family members. So, being familiar with these folks it was a delight to learn more about them and how God had worked in their lives as well. Such a huge miracle! God is so good. Because the truth of God's redeeming work is so generously weaved throughout this book it is the best testimony I've ever read. So many exit stories like this seem to get weighted down by comparing doctrines in an effort to educate the reader. PASSPORT TO HEAVEN reads more like a novel, one I intend to read again and gift to others. Isaiah 55:10-11 "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    The essence and story of Micah’s life is an amazing picture of God’s grace in pursuit of us. The Lord continually encourages and challenges me through how He works in others lives. There was also a lot of detailed information I found helpful (about the LDS experiences/views/pillars) that I haven’t read elsewhere. The only caveat to the five star rating is the writing style. Micah is a passionate, feeling, and emotional guy. These aren’t bad things, but at times the writing was a bit melodramatic The essence and story of Micah’s life is an amazing picture of God’s grace in pursuit of us. The Lord continually encourages and challenges me through how He works in others lives. There was also a lot of detailed information I found helpful (about the LDS experiences/views/pillars) that I haven’t read elsewhere. The only caveat to the five star rating is the writing style. Micah is a passionate, feeling, and emotional guy. These aren’t bad things, but at times the writing was a bit melodramatic as a result. There was an overuse of similes, metaphors, and synonyms to try and convey the story. A more simple and straightforward approach would’ve been less distracting and more readable. It does start to flow a little better as it goes. All that to say, don’t let it keep you from reading it through. If you come from an LDS viewpoint, read it with fresh eyes and heart. If you come from a (traditionally) Christian perspective, let it encourage us to be prepared to speak the truth in love since we never know what the Lord will do as a result. Loved what Pastor Benson had to say on this topic in the afterward.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lane

    A blessing to read... I have been utterly observant of a number of LDS men over the years. I have been struck by their love for family and sincerity of faith. I have read a number of books on the LDS faith, have read significant portions of the Book of Mormon. Too often Christians will be boisterous about what they think about LDS people choosing to race through sideshow like racism, and polygamy which are non-issues for the modern LDS family. I have been impressed and intrigued about the young m A blessing to read... I have been utterly observant of a number of LDS men over the years. I have been struck by their love for family and sincerity of faith. I have read a number of books on the LDS faith, have read significant portions of the Book of Mormon. Too often Christians will be boisterous about what they think about LDS people choosing to race through sideshow like racism, and polygamy which are non-issues for the modern LDS family. I have been impressed and intrigued about the young men's desire to go on mission. It is important to respond as Pastor Benson did: affirm admiration for their zeal, and hold firm on the Biblical truth. BUT do so without aspersions. I absolutely appreciate what Micah has written. It helps me in my non-LDS Christian faith. It gives me perspective on LDS life...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Settle

    Wow, I was really excited to read this book after listening to a few interviews on my favorite podcasts by Micah Wilder. I don’t know what I expected but I wasn’t prepared for this book to be one that I couldn’t put down! I read the first 239 pages on day one. He does such an excellent job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, all the while watching his transformation unfold; it’s as though you experience it along side him. This book also opened my eyes to the life of an LDS missionary, givin Wow, I was really excited to read this book after listening to a few interviews on my favorite podcasts by Micah Wilder. I don’t know what I expected but I wasn’t prepared for this book to be one that I couldn’t put down! I read the first 239 pages on day one. He does such an excellent job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, all the while watching his transformation unfold; it’s as though you experience it along side him. This book also opened my eyes to the life of an LDS missionary, giving me greater compassion for them and desire to try to reach them for the truth in love. This book is also another great reminder that we might not always see the fruit of our labor and discussion, but when God moves, there is no stopping. Continue sharing the gospel in boldness, but do so with love, gentleness and respect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    For those who think cult evangelism is rather pointless, Micah Wilder demonstrates without a shadow of doubt the sheer and obvious providence of God in his life throughout his life including the events that transpired on his Mormon mission. I really could not put this book down. Micah’s story made me laugh, made me cry, and at one point made me angry (it was something silly with the angry part 🥲). I’m considering using this book as a new tract for Mormons as well as a gift to those who have reser For those who think cult evangelism is rather pointless, Micah Wilder demonstrates without a shadow of doubt the sheer and obvious providence of God in his life throughout his life including the events that transpired on his Mormon mission. I really could not put this book down. Micah’s story made me laugh, made me cry, and at one point made me angry (it was something silly with the angry part 🥲). I’m considering using this book as a new tract for Mormons as well as a gift to those who have reservations about reaching out to their neighbors who are in bondage to their cult lifestyle. This certainly is going to make a new Christmas and birthday gift I will give out from now on to those who do not own it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Pilgrim

    Passport to Heaven Wow!!! What an excellent read. I'm so grateful that my path was Christianity to begin with. I never knew what Mormonism was all about. I just thought that being a Mormon was like belonging to a cult and I wasn't far off. How tragic that because of their indoctrination they don't know the actual path to salvation. Thanks to Micah for witnessing so well and for all the lives that have been touched by his ministry and now through sharing his spiritual life through this book. The g Passport to Heaven Wow!!! What an excellent read. I'm so grateful that my path was Christianity to begin with. I never knew what Mormonism was all about. I just thought that being a Mormon was like belonging to a cult and I wasn't far off. How tragic that because of their indoctrination they don't know the actual path to salvation. Thanks to Micah for witnessing so well and for all the lives that have been touched by his ministry and now through sharing his spiritual life through this book. The greatest gift we have is salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. I pray for boldness to witness to others. Chris Pilgrim

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Micah was known as Elder Wilder as he was on his two year mission trip in Florida for his LDS Church. His goal was to transform a Baptist Church into an LDS Church. Pastor Benson of that Baptist church had a profound influence on Micah. Micah began to study the Bible. After a time Micah renounced the Mormon Church, through many person trials. He married his longtime girlfriend and started a ministry in Florida. "Adams road Ministry"...spreading the gospel through word and music. I won the book from Micah was known as Elder Wilder as he was on his two year mission trip in Florida for his LDS Church. His goal was to transform a Baptist Church into an LDS Church. Pastor Benson of that Baptist church had a profound influence on Micah. Micah began to study the Bible. After a time Micah renounced the Mormon Church, through many person trials. He married his longtime girlfriend and started a ministry in Florida. "Adams road Ministry"...spreading the gospel through word and music. I won the book from Harvest House Publishing. Thankyou

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This true story, of how a Mormon missionary came to know the saving grace of Jesus, has opened my eyes to the importance of sharing my faith and having compassion for those lost in a false religion. I had read Grace Unveiling (written by his mother, a former professor at BYU) a while ago and it was neat to see how Micah's conversion affected his entire family. This book is also helpful in understanding the challenges Mormon missionaries face, as well as the fear imposed upon them, should they ev This true story, of how a Mormon missionary came to know the saving grace of Jesus, has opened my eyes to the importance of sharing my faith and having compassion for those lost in a false religion. I had read Grace Unveiling (written by his mother, a former professor at BYU) a while ago and it was neat to see how Micah's conversion affected his entire family. This book is also helpful in understanding the challenges Mormon missionaries face, as well as the fear imposed upon them, should they ever disagree with the leadership of the LDS church.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Allen

    I live in a very historical area for the LDS church and try to get to know what happens behind the scenes. This book has given me a glimpse into what young missionaries do on their mission and what impact 1 interaction can have on an entire mission area. Very inciteful and honest. I have also read Unveiling Grace for this fellow's mother's journey. Highly recommend Mr. Wilder's book for any seekers (those looking at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) or people who want to know what I live in a very historical area for the LDS church and try to get to know what happens behind the scenes. This book has given me a glimpse into what young missionaries do on their mission and what impact 1 interaction can have on an entire mission area. Very inciteful and honest. I have also read Unveiling Grace for this fellow's mother's journey. Highly recommend Mr. Wilder's book for any seekers (those looking at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) or people who want to know what is taught by the LDS church compared to other churches. He lays it out very well in my opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I read this in one sitting. The author does a great job of building suspense and drawing the reader into his story. It reminds me of Nabeel Qureshi’s book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. It is all the more intriguing since I have lived in or near Winter Garden for decades and know the area well. Powerfully written and theologically compelling.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tim Wolfe

    You need to read this book This is a thoroughly awesome book. I've gone out and bought about 12 copies of the New Testament comprising four or five different versions. My goal is to read the New testament of each translation and to give away the extras. I pray that my eyes are opened similar to what happened to Micah. You need to read this book This is a thoroughly awesome book. I've gone out and bought about 12 copies of the New Testament comprising four or five different versions. My goal is to read the New testament of each translation and to give away the extras. I pray that my eyes are opened similar to what happened to Micah.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Colby

    Very interesting read even after reading his mother’s book, which covers similar information and topics since their lives obviously overlap. I though this book might be a bit repetitive after reading her book just a few months ago, but I was completely engrossed. His faith is amazing and the story of God’s call on his life is remarkable. Well worth the time to read this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doug Yonce

    Interesting, inspirational story of a young man’s journey of faith. Devout in his faith, he journeys through his two-year mission trip in search of Jesus. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    I've read several books about ex-Mormons. This is by far the very best. It's engaging, full of biblical texts that show the bad news of the Mormon "restored gospel", and suspenseful! I couldn't put it down. I've read several books about ex-Mormons. This is by far the very best. It's engaging, full of biblical texts that show the bad news of the Mormon "restored gospel", and suspenseful! I couldn't put it down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mamikie Mmky

    What a beautiful testimony of God's providence and ability to save his people! What a beautiful testimony of God's providence and ability to save his people!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Super encouraging read for anyone questioning whether seeds that are planted in faith ever come to fruition.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faye Allen

    Love for Jesus Loved everything about this book. Learned so much about Jesus’s love for each one of us. Thank you Micah! ❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Harm

    Beautiful testimony of the grace and love of God. Thank you Micah for writing your story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Alexander

    Rec by Tiffany Ransom

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I'll definitely need to reread this memoir as it is an amazing journey to Christ and has a depth you can't fully appreciate in one reading, and I read it in a single day. I'll definitely need to reread this memoir as it is an amazing journey to Christ and has a depth you can't fully appreciate in one reading, and I read it in a single day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katelynn Richardson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Qualls

  29. 5 out of 5

    david sandell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

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