Passport to Heaven: The True Story of a Zealous Mormon Missionary Who Discovers the Jesus He Never Knew
:How a Modern-Day Saul of Tarsus Encountered the Life-Changing Love of God When Mormon missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist pastor and his congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he...
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:How a Modern-Day Saul of Tarsus Encountered the Life-Changing Love of God
When Mormon missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist pastor and his congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he couldn't have imagined that the entire trajectory of his life was about to be changed-forever.
Micah's passionate effort to convert these Christians was met by a surprising challenge: to read the Bible through the eyes of a child, letting the Word speak for itself. He learned of a God whose love didn't have to be earned, and he wrestled with the radical idea of God's mercy for the remaining 18 months of his mission. As he struggled to reconcile the teachings of his Church with the truths revealed in the Bible, he encountered the true character of Jesus for the first time-and awakened to his need for His grace.
Passport to Heaven is a gripping account of Micah's 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.
- :<div><p>1. Naked And Alone</p><p>micah Wilder, A Faithful Missionary For The Mormon Church, Receives A Phone</p><p>call From His Religious Authority, President Farnsworth, Wanting To Meet With Him</p><p>for An Unknown Purpose. His Uncertainty And Fear As To Why He Is Being Called</p><p>into A Meeting With His Church Leaders Leads To Desperate Speculation.</p><p>2. Take Up Your Cross</p><p>micah Calls His Close Friend And Confidant, Eric, Seeking Help To Understand His</p><p>current Predicament. Finally Coming To The Conclusion This Meeting Is About His</p><p>newfound Faith In Jesus Christ, Micah Seeks Consolation In The Scriptures And</p><p>comes To Know His Call Of Discipleship And The Subsequent Potential Cost Of</p><p>following Jesus. He Heads To The Chapel To Meet With His Religious Authority.</p><p>3. God&rsquo;s Army</p><p>flashback To The First Day Of Micah&rsquo;s Mission As His Family Takes Him To The</p><p>missionary Training Center (mtc), The Place Where He Will Be Trained Over A 9-</p><p>week Period For His Two-year Mormon Mission Trip To Mexico. Micah Emotionally</p><p>says Goodbye To His Family For The Next Two Years.</p><p>4. The Band-aid Mission</p><p>three Weeks Into His Time In The Mtc, Micah&rsquo;s Lung Spontaneous Collapses,</p><p>sending Him To The Hospital And Changing The Destination Of His Two-year</p><p>mission. Micah Receives A New Mission Call: Orlando Florida.</p><p>5. The Bell Tolls<br /> Micah Comes Face-to-face With President Farnsworth, The Man Who Will Interrogate Him For His Faith In Jesus Christ. Introduction To Micah&rsquo;s Religious Superior, And The Inner Turmoil Micah Faces With Losing The Life He Has Always Known And Loved.<br /><br /> 6. Mud In The Eyes<br /> Flashback: Micah And His Mission Companion&mdash;due To Nature&rsquo;s Call&mdash;accidentally Stumble Upon A Charismatic Pastor Who Engages Them With Love. Pastor Shaw Challenges Them With Truth, And Then Prophesies Over Micah That He Will Go From Saul To Paul. At The Conclusion Of The Meeting, Pastor Shaw Prays Over Micah, That The Spirit Of Blindness Would Be Removed From His Eyes.<br /><br /> 7. Four Pillars<br /> Micah Follows Farnsworth To The Interrogation Room And Pleads With God For Strength To Witness Of His New Faith In Jesus Christ. Micah Reflects On The Pivotal Moment Of His Mission When He Encountered A Christian Minister, Changing The Trajectory Of His Life.<br /><br /> 8. Zeal For God<br /> Flashback: Micah And His Companion, In An Effort To Prove Their Salt, Deliberately Attend A Sunday Evening Service At A Baptist Church In Order To Convert The Pastor And The Congregation. After The Conclusion Of The Service, They Introduce Themselves To The Head Pastor, Alan Benson, And Schedule A Meeting To Return To His Office Two Days Later.<br /><br /> 9. Ready To Rumble<br /> Micah Zealously Prepares For His Meeting With Pastor Benson By Studying The Mormon Scriptures, Seeking To Convert Benson To Mormonism. Micah And His Companion Arrive At The Church, Meet With Benson, And Share Their Core Beliefs With The Minister.<br /><br /> 10. Enemy Of The Cross<br /> Waiting With Trepidation, Micah Prepares His Heart For The Response From Pastor Benson. Benson Lovingly But Boldly Rejects The Message Of The Missionaries, Responding With The Gospel Of Christ While Sharing Scriptures From The New Testament.<br /><br /> 11. Like A Child<br /> Micah And Benson Engage In A Back And Forth, Which Ends With Micah Furiously Refuting Pastor Benson&rsquo;s Message, Testifying Of Mormonism, And Storming Out Of Benson&rsquo;s Office. Pastor Benson Gives Micah A Simple Yet Life-changing Challenge: Read The Bible Like A Child.<br /><br /> 12. Quite A Calling<br /> Micah&rsquo;s Meeting With Farnsworth Officially Begins. Micah Is Questioned About His Plans Following His Mission, Which Leads To A Bold Confession. His Revelation Is Followed By A Line Of Questioning, Forcing Micah To Reconcile His Faith Verbally For The First Time.<br /><br /> 13. Mormon Of Mormons<br /> Micah Recaps His Zeal For The Church And The Perpetual Gulf That Had Formed In His Heart As A Result Of His Desire To Serve God&mdash;but Never Feeling Fulfilled Through The Church. Micah&rsquo;s Heart Constantly Longed For More, But Didn&rsquo;t Know Where To Find It. Micah&rsquo;s Missionary Companion Tells Him About A Unique Man&mdash;eric.<br /><br /> 14. It&rsquo;s All About Love<br /> Flashback: Micah Learns Of His Transfer To A Coveted Missionary Destination: Winter Garden. Upon Arriving In His New Home, Micah Anxiously Meets Eric For The First Time. Eric Shares A Life-changing Truth With Micah: &ldquo;it&rsquo;s All About Love.&rdquo;<br /><br /> 15. Charley<br /> Flashback: Micah Experiences The First Of Three Hurricanes, Where He Is Sequestered With Twenty Missionaries At A Local Chapel. Micah Meets Joseph Warren, Who Becomes His Best Friend. They Share A Comical Experience That Leads To An Important Lesson After Accidentally Breaking A Water Pipe At The Church.<br /><br /> 16. Frances<br /> Micah And Joseph Experience Their Second Hurricane, This Time While Serving As Volunteers At A Red Cross Shelter In A Local High School. Micah Challenges Joseph To Read The New Testament Like A Child.<br /><br /> 17. Jeanne<br /> Micah Endures His Third Hurricane In Six Weeks, This Time Serving At Eric&rsquo;s Hotel With Three Other Missionaries. Seeking Answers For His Unfulfilled Purpose, Micah Spends One-on-one Time With Eric Where He Is Given A Startling Revelation&mdash;and A Letter He Promises Not To Open Until The End Of His Mission.<br /><br /> 18. Shadows Of David<br /> Micah Recounts His History And Background Growing Up In A Mormon Home In Indiana, His Childhood, His Relationship With God As A Young Boy, And His Zeal For The Church.<br /><br /> 19. This Is The Place<br /> Micah And His Family&rsquo;s Relocation To Utah During His Teenage Years, His Faithfulness In The Church, Meeting Of His Girlfriend Alicia, And His Rigorous Preparation For His Two-year Mission.<br /><br /> 20. Confess And Believe<br /> The Interrogation With Farnsworth Continues As Micah Recounts A Pivotal Experience Of His Mission, When He Received The Shocking News That His Childhood Best Friend, Schuyler, And His Mother Were Killed In A Violent Car Accident. Micah Is Forced To Reconcile This Tragedy With Schuyler&rsquo;s Faith, Which Catapults Micah Into The Word Of God Where He Reads Romans 10.<br /><br /> 21. Love Elders<br /> Flashback: Micah&rsquo;s Slow Transformation Through Reading The Bible Reflected In His Leadership Position Begins To Cement A Division Within The Mission: Those Who Adhere To Farnsworth&rsquo;s Emphasis On Numbers And Obedience, And Those Who Focus On Micah&rsquo;s Emphasis On Love And Faith. Micah Endures Yet Another Hurricane, Wilma, This Time At His Apartment In Stuart, Fl.<br /><br /> 22. Standards Of Excellence<br /> Micah Attends A Leadership Meeting, Where His Loyalty To The Systematic &ldquo;standards Of Excellence&rdquo; Is Tested. Micah Witnesses Of What He Is Learning Through The Bible, And Encourages The Missionary Leadership To Focus On Love, Faith And Jesus; Not Numbers. Micah Is Reprimanded By His Leadership.<br /><br /> 23. Banished To Patmos<br /> As A Result Of His Bold Stance At The Leadership Meeting, Micah Is Given A &ldquo;special&rdquo; Assignment, Which Includes His Demotion From Leadership And Relocation To A Remote Area Where He Can No Longer Have Influence Over Other Missionaries. In His Isolation, Micah Dives Deeper Into The Word Of God And Has A Life-changing Revelation Through Reading The Book Of Hebrews&mdash;the Sufficiency Of Jesus Christ.<br /><br /> 24. Born-again<br /> Micah Shares His Testimony To Farnsworth Of God&rsquo;s Intimate Love In Christ And Professes That Jesus Is All He Needs To Be Saved&mdash;and That He Indeed Has Been Saved By God&rsquo;s Grace. Micah Recounts His Experience Of Being Born-again, Which Took Place Just Four Days Before His Meeting With Farnsworth.<br /><br /> 25. Passport To Heaven<br /> President Farnsworth Has Heard Enough, And Proceeds To Ask Micah The Official &ldquo;temple Recommend&rdquo; Questions, Which Determine His Worthiness To Continue On As A Missionary. Micah&rsquo;s Faces Overwhelming Turmoil In Answering The Questions Honestly, Fearing The Repercussions. Through God&rsquo;s Strength, Micah Witnesses Of His New Testimony, Answers The Questions Honestly, And Is Stripped Of His Temple Recommend&mdash;and In Turn Mormon Salvation Itself.<br /><br /> 26. Nehor<br /> President Farnsworth, Frustrated, Calls Micah&rsquo;s Stake President (another Religious Authority) Back In Utah. Micah Speaks To President Allred And Shares His Faith In Jesus. Allred Responds In Anger, Threatening Micah With Ex-communication And Calling Him An Anti-christ. Farnsworth Tells Micah He Is Filled With The Spirit Of The Devil And On A Path Away From God.<br /><br /> &#160;</p><p>27. Jesus Is Enough<br /> The Meeting With Farnsworth Ends And Micah Leaves The Chapel After His Multi-hour Interview. Driving Home, He Reflects On His Public Testimony Of Christ Which Had Contributed To His Current Dilemma. Micah Recounts Sharing His Newfound Testimony Of Jesus Christ Just Two Days Previously In Front Of His Missionary Peers And Leadership&mdash;an Emotional And Powerful Witness Of Jesus Alone.<br /><br /> 28. The Letter<br /> Upon Returning Back To His Missionary Home, Micah Is Uncertain As To What To Do. Knowing He No Longer Has A Future In The Lds Church, He Calls Eric In Deliberation. Realizing His Mission Is Over, He Reads The Letter Given To Him By Eric During The Hurricane And Is Given Clarity On Facing His Predicament. Micah Packs His Bags, Calls Eric For A Ride, And Decides To Go To The Hotel For Refuge.<br /><br /> 29. Kiss Of Judas<br /> Micah Calls One Of His Closest Missionary Friends, Buchanan, Seeking For Help In His Conundrum, Including A Location To Drop Off His Companion. Micah Arrives At Buchanan&rsquo;s House And Finds Out He Has Been Betrayed By The Very Person He Had Trusted. Micah Is Confronted By His Missionary Leaders.<br /><br /> 30. Jonathan And David<br /> Micah And Eric Leave And Head Back To Eric&rsquo;s Hotel. Farnsworth Comes To The Hotel To Give Micah A Promise Of Safe Passage Back Home To Utah To Be Honorably Released From His Mission By Allred, Coupled With The Promise That He Won&rsquo;t Be Interrogated If He Returns. Micah Is Uncertain And Fearful About Facing His Leadership. Micah Talks To His Parents And Expresses His Concerns.<br /><br /> 31. Salt Land<br /> With Apprehension, Micah Makes The Decision To Return To Utah To Please His Parents. He Flies Back To Utah Later That Day And Meets His Family At The Airport. Unknowingly, President Allred Had Scheduled A Meeting With Micah And His Parents Immediately Upon His Arrival.<br /><br /> 32. Saul<br /> Micah And His Parents Meet With President Allred Late At Night. Allred, In An Attempt To Bring Micah To Repentance, Vehemently Condemns Micah, Attacks Him, And Challenges His Faith. Micah Responds With His Testimony Of The Gospel Of Christ. Micah Is Officially Released From His Mission.</p><p>33. I Would Die For You A. Micah Returns To Florida, Marries Alicia, And Begins His New Life At The Hotel As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ. Joseph, Having Written Down Micah&rsquo;s Final Testimony, Writes A Song Based On His Message, Titled &ldquo;i Would Die For You.&rdquo; Joseph&rsquo;s Mission Concludes, He Is Born-again And Is Baptized By Micah. Adam&rsquo;s Road&mdash;a Musical Ministry&mdash;is Formed.</p></div>