Monday, March 29, 2010

Our Story ~ Our Journey

Polygamy: What Love Is This?
with Doris Hanson aired March 18, 2010
Rocky and Helen Hulse sharing our story.

Rocky was born a sixth generation Mormon and brought up in the faith. His father and mother were, and still are "Temple Mormons," being married in the Logan, Utah Temple. Born in California, Rocky’s family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was five years old. He lived in and around the Phoenix area until he enlisted in the Navy in October 1973.

Helen was born in a non-church attending family in central California. She lived in California when she met Rocky in the summer of 1979. Helen was neither a Christian, nor an atheist, she simply didn't know or care one way or another, if there was or wasn't a God. Rocky was a member of his ship's (USS HOEL DDG-13) rodeo team and most of their dating revolved around rodeos and bull riding. Rocky took Helen with him to Phoenix on a trip to pick up a new truck and Helen was literally thrown out of his parents’ house because she was not a Mormon. Thus began Helen's introduction to Mormonism.

In July of 1980, Helen and Rocky were married against the wishes of his family and the Navy transferred them to the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. When pressed by Rocky about his religion, Helen answered, "If or when, I should become interested in religion, your God will do." In July 1981, Helen and Rocky lost their first child in a pregnancy complication. At this time Rocky began in earnest to talk to Helen about Mormonism, as Mormon philosophy promotes the concept of being able to have and raise that lost child in the next life (Families are Forever). This idea appealed to Helen and she agreed to take the Mormon Missionary Lessons.

The Missionaries did their best providing the lessons and seeking Helen’s desire for baptism into the Mormon Church. Helen, however, did not merely receive the lessons and follow exactly the outlined program provided. She read the Bible extensively to gain the full context of the verses and was not satisfied with the proof-text explanations as detailed in the lessons. Helen subsequently would not agree to baptism and sought additional information about Mormonism. Her journey led her to a Christian bookstore (which she looked up in the yellow pages not knowing there even was such a thing as a Christian bookstore) and the clerk directing her to the cult section for information on Mormonism. This trip to the bookstore resulted in two things: the purchase of a book called "The Changing World of Mormonism" by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, and meeting a Christian woman by the name of Sandy Smith who the Lord would use instrumentally in Helen's becoming a Christian.

The book "The Changing World of Mormonism" caused a major upheaval in Rocky and Helen’s home. Rocky viewed the material as "anti-Mormon" and nothing more than a complete pack of lies. The book is a significant study by the Tanner's on early Mormonism and the changes and alterations of Mormon doctrines and publications. This information convinced Helen that the Mormon Church was not the "only true church on the face of the earth" and convinced her that indeed it was a false religion.

Sandy Smith invited Helen to attend Bible studies and church with her and in November of 1982 Helen was saved in Woodbridge, Virginia. Rocky was adamant that the Mormon Church was the only true church on the face of the earth and that Helen was wrong to have become a Christian instead of a Mormon. Rocky therefore set out to prove Helen was wrong.

Rocky and Helen were transferred by the Navy back to California, in October 1983, and were stationed in San Diego. Helen continued to attend various churches in the communities in which they lived; however, for the most part, Rocky refused to go. In 1985, while attending a rodeo, they heard of a Cowboy Church service to be held the following morning at the rodeo grounds, which they attended. At this service they met the cowboy preacher, Brent Smith, who invited them to attend Bible studies at his home. It was through these Bible studies and the "Cowboy Ministries" fellowship, that on New Year's Day 1986, Rocky was saved.

Rocky and Helen were active with "Cowboy Ministries" and attended Victory Chapel in El Cajon, California, until December 1989, when the Navy again transferred them to the Norfolk, Virginia area. Settling in Chesapeake, Virginia, Rocky and Helen attended "Chesapeake First Church of the Nazarene" until they moved to Virginia Beach in 1992. From then until transferring in May of 1995, they attended Calvary Chapel of Virginia Beach and during this time frame they were certified as Level 1 Trainers with Precept Ministries of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This next transfer took them out of the country to Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Rocky and Helen found a nice mixed congregation (about half military members and their families from the base and the other half local Puerto Ricans) off base in Ceiba and began attending Grace Bible Church in July of 1995. In December 1995, Rocky was asked to serve on the Elder's Board and served as an Elder until their transfer back to Norfolk in May 1998. In July of 1996 Rocky was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Safe Harbor Christian Servicemen's Center in Ceiba and served on the board until their return stateside.

Returning to Norfolk for sea duty aboard the USS BARRY DDG-52, Rocky and Helen again attended Calvary Chapel of Virginia Beach until Helen moved to their home in Berne, Indiana in December 1999 (this home in Indiana was purchased in 1994 looking forward to Rocky's retirement and setting up a Mormon Ministry servicing the Midwest) in anticipation of Rocky's pending deployment. Rocky deployed overseas to the Persian Gulf aboard BARRY and Helen attended Mount Hope Church of the Nazarene in Berne until September 2000, moving to Great Lakes, Illinois, commensurate with Rocky's new orders to Recruit Training Command. Rocky and Helen attended the base chapel at Naval Training Center until moving to Wever, Iowa, September 2001, to work in Mormon ministry.

In January 2002, Helen and Rocky submitted the paperwork with the State of Iowa and officially initiated “Mormon Missions Midwest Outreach, Inc.” The ministry the Lord gave them immediately took off and remained intensely busy. They conducted numerous seminars and Pastor’s Conferences at Christian Churches and began a weekly TV show “Truth Outreach,” on a local Christian TV station (WTJR Quincy, Illinois).

In August of 2003 Rocky was notified of a promotion to the rank of CWO5 (Chief Warrant Officer Five) and in January 2004 was transferred for duty onboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F KENNEDY CV-67 (JFK) in Mayport, Florida. The JFK deployed to the Persian Gulf on June 7, 2004 and returned to Mayport December 13, 2004. Upon Rocky’s return from the Gulf, Rocky and Helen began filming new TV shows (“Truth Outreach”) and once again began seminars in Christian churches to educate the Body of Christ concerning the false religion of Mormonism. In September 2005 they were selected to become the new Directors of the Nauvoo Christian Visitors Center (NCVC), which they “officially” began on October 24, 2005.

Rocky and Helen served at the NCVC until June of 2008. Family health issues caused them to resign allowing them to follow Biblical principles and take care of family. Rocky took no salary at NCVC and in order to provide financially for their extended family needs, Rocky had to go back to work. Moving first to California, the financial collapse there contributed to Rocky being hired by school principals only to be told by the Human Resource Offices that California schools were in a hiring freeze with no end in sight. These events led Rocky and Helen to Texas, which with a robust economy compared to the rest of the nation, hired Rocky immediately to teach Navy Junior ROTC in high school.

Teaching one year in Houston, an opening became available for a new program in the Austin area, and subsequently we have moved there and re-established our original ministry: Mormon Missions Midwest Outreach, Inc.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

So What Do We Do With Glenn Beck?

by Rocky Hulse

May 2009

First let me say that, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I have occasionally listened to his radio program, and lately, I have seen his new TV show on Fox News. Again, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I agree with many of his conservative views; however, I have found myself in stark disagreement with his cavalier attitude towards TV evangelism, and Christianity. I have seen him mock TV evangelists and this very night as I have begun to write this newsletter, April 24, 2009, he was on the O’Reilly Factor, and couldn’t help but let his disdain for evangelicals show forth. He was talking about Senator Diane Feinstein, (D) California, and some questionable activities relating to her actions as a Senator and the benefit those actions may have made financially to her husband’s company. Glenn portrays to Bill O’Reilly that the benefit to Feinstein’s husband’s company is “a miracle.” Then Glenn throws his hands in the air, and in his best Southern drawl mockingly says “Halleluiah! Thank you, Jesus.”

IT’S NOT HIS FAULT, HE IS A MORMON.

Glenn’s apparent disdain towards evangelicals, is deeply embedded in the roots of Mormonism. The Mormon Church belief is that all other churches in the world are false and that only it, the Mormon Church, is true. All other churches are an “abomination” in Jesus’ eyes. The following is an excerpt from the article I wrote titled “In Defense of Christianity,” which is found on our website www.MormonOutreach.org under the “Resources” drop down window at the top of the “Home,” page.

“The very beginning of the Mormon Church was, and continues to be, an all out attack on Christianity. The foundational belief of Mormonism from its inception is that all Christian Churches are wrong, all Christian Creeds are abomination in God’s eye and all professors of Christianity are corrupt.

BACKGROUND: Mormonism begins with Joseph Smith, the founding prophet and the “First Vision.” The “First Vision” story, as now told by the Mormon Church, is that Joseph Smith, born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805, was living in Palmyra, New York in the year 1820. There was a great excitement concerning religion happening in the Western New York area and Joseph was confused on which church he should join. The “official” version of the “First Vision” states that Joseph was reading in his Bible in the Book of James, chapter 1 verse 5: “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Joseph said “Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.”

THE VISION: So, Joseph claims he retired to some woods near his home and knelt down and prayed. Joseph states that as he prayed a vision opened up to him:

16. …I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

17. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
18. My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right – and which I should join.

19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:16-19, 1977)

The above quote comes from one of the books of the “Official” Mormon Canon, The Pearl of Great Price. This quote is part of Joseph Smith’s recounting of the “First Vision,” which is day one, hour one, minute one, second one, of Mormonism.

So, the first moment of Mormonism is an all out attack on the last six thousand years of Judeo-Christian history. The above passages are further broken down in Mormonism to state that Joseph said that the “Personages” were none other than God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; and that the “Personage” who answered him in verse 19 was Jesus Christ himself. The all out attack is as follows: (1) In that one sentence of verse 19, Joseph Smith destroys all of known Christianity. In that sentence prior to the semi-colon, three major points are made: first – that all Christian churches are wrong; second – that all their creeds are an abomination; and third – that all professors of Christianity are corrupt. This effectively destroys all of Christianity in one sentence: he eliminates all Christian Churches by stating they are all wrong; he eliminates all Christian Theology by pronouncing Christian Creeds as an abomination; and he eliminates all Christians by saying that as a professor of Christianity they are corrupt. (2) Joseph Smith redefines God. For six thousand years the Judeo-Christian belief was in one God. In this “First Vision” Joseph Smith and Mormonism say that God the Father is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones and Jesus also is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones.” (from the article “In Defense of Christianity).

GLENN’S MORMON ARROGANCE

This belief by the Mormon Church that they are the only true “church” on the face of the earth, and all others are in error, a state of apostasy from the original truth which Joseph Smith restored to the earth beginning with the First Vision, develops in many Mormons an air of arrogance. I know – been there, done that, had it myself when I was a Mormon. Growing up in a staunch Mormon household, I remember well mocking so called “Christianity.” As a Mormon you are taught the “First Vision”; in fact, you cannot be baptized into the Mormon Church and become a member of it unless you profess your absolute belief in this “First Vision,” and Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God.

If you listen closely to Glenn Beck you will catch this Mormon arrogance towards all things “Christian.” Glenn tends to become emotional at times and has broken into tears on his program, more than once. To these episodes, I have heard him make belittling remarks about this by saying “I’m becoming a freaking Tele-Evangelist,” or “I’m turning into Tammy Faye Baker.” This plays directly to the Mormon idiom that all of Christianity is an abomination in Jesus’ eyes and is in a state of apostasy from the truth. Glenn just can’t help himself. If you listen close, he falls right into the Mormon habit of mocking all things Christian.

As I said, I saw this arrogance growing up in a staunch Mormon family. To this very day, I see this same thing when I am around my Mormon family and they are engaged in conversation.

BEWARE WHAT GLENN IS SELLING.

On March 24, 2009 I had to go pick up some items from District Headquarters. So, it’s about 9:00 or 10:00 AM, can’t remember exactly, but instead of being in class with my students, I was driving to HQ. The radio in my truck was on 740 AM, KTRH Houston, and none other than the “Glenn Beck Show” is on. I’m just driving along, half listening, not paying that much attention; in fact I can’t remember what topic was being discussed. What I do remember is Glenn Beck pushing a book titled “The Five Thousand Year Leap.” Glenn keeps going on and on about this book – pitching it numerous times in my 30-45 minute drive to HQ. He keeps giving out the title, and then he mentions the author: Cleon Skousen. The moment the author’s name left Glenn’s lips he had my full attention. Cleon Skousen is not a common name, and I knew it well from my Mormon upbringing.
W. Cleon Skousen is a Mormon writer and my father had many of his books and I read a couple of them when I was still a Mormon. In preparation for writing this newsletter, I did a little research and did a “google” search on Cleon Skousen. The top of the “google” search was a website that highlights “The Five Thousand Year Leap”; and wouldn’t you know it, the “Foreward” is written by a fellow that calls himself “Glenn Beck.” Small world, huh?

I completed my stop at HQ and got back in my truck and headed back to school. The Glenn Beck Show is still on the radio and Glenn takes a call from a female caller. She tells Glenn how he is her inspiration. Glenn quickly deflects her adulation and says (I’m paraphrasing here, this was a month ago on the radio): “Have you ever heard of Jon Huntsman? He’s my inspiration. In fact I called him and talked to him last night. Get his book “Winners Never Cheat.” Jon Huntsman is my inspiration; he’ll be your inspiration too.”
Who is Jon Huntsman? He is a devout Mormon who started his own chemical business and turned it into a major corporation. He is quite successful, and is a billionaire. His son, Jon Huntsman Jr, is the current Governor of Utah. He and Mitt Romney are being touted as Republican frontrunners in the 2012 Presidential campaign.

GLENN DRANK THE MORMON KOOL-AID!

The often mentioned reference to someone “drinking the Kool-Aid” comes from a misnomer of Jim Jones and the “Peoples Temple” in Jonestown, Guyana. On November 18. 1978 over 900 followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored “Flavor Aid.” This incident is commonly used to depict someone who blindly follows a person or ideology, and is referenced as “Drinking the Kool-Aid.”

Glenn Beck self-describes his “Drinking the Mormon Kool-Aid,” in a You-Tube video: “LDS (Mormon) Church. Glenn Beck on Mormonism.” The Video is 8:24 in length; I recommend you watch it. Below, I have transcribed the interview where Glenn is talking about how he became a Mormon. He was invited to go to a Mormon Church service, and I’ll pick up the dialogue:

“So we went, and my daughter who has cerebral palsy went. And, the kids weren’t digging the whole church tour thing. We were walking out and my daughter said, “Can we come back there?” My wife and I stopped in our tracks and said “What?” And my daughter said “it just feels so warm inside.” So, we started to go, “We figured, OK, the kids like it.”

It was about six months later that I was sitting in a meeting and one of the guys I had dubbed “The amazing plastic man,” because he was the happiest guy to ever meet us. He was like, hey, the first time he met us, “I just love you so much.” I was like, “Just give it a rest brother, you’ll hate me in 10 minutes, please.” I spent my whole life hating me. He was talking in Sunday School and he was talking about the concept, that I’d never heard before, of Zion. And he said, “How does this happen? How do we get there?” (Remember in Mormonism, Zion refers to the New Jerusalem that will be set up at the Second Coming of Christ in Independence, Missouri. Mormons believe they will live there in Zion and live a utopian life during the Millennium where they will conduct their temple ceremonies and thereby provide the means to give all men eternal life.) And he said, (Glenn chokes up here) it’s still a powerful memory, he said, “The only way this happens is if I truly love you and you truly love me. And, we may not agree with each other, but we love each other.”

And I realized he was the most genuine person I’d ever met. And it was then that I thought, “I don’t care if there’s Kool-Aid down in the basement, I’m drinking it! Cause I want to be like that, you know. I want to be able to, um, genuinely love someone the first time I met them. What a great goal that is. And that’s what really changed our life.”

These are Glenn’s words not mine. In the words printed above, or if you watch the video, you’ll clearly see what Mormonism is all wrapped up in: A warm feeling, and pushing the family. Don’t get me wrong, family ties and strength is a wonderful thing, a Biblical thing; however, Jesus Christ saves you, not family. No where do you hear Jesus Christ as the factor of change. Why? Because Jesus wasn’t the catalyst of change – it was a warm feeling; it was a concept of the utopia of Zion.

To emphasize this point, there is a second video on You Tube that you should go watch: “Glenn Beck on Mormon (LDS) Church President Hinckley.” This video is an excerpt from the January 28, 2008 Glenn Beck Show on CNN. The previous day the 15th Prophet of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, had passed away at the age of 97. Glenn was paying a tribute to President Hinckley. He recounts that his daughter came to his room the night before and told him of their Prophet’s passing.

“I surprised myself. I wasn’t sad. It was a warm feeling. I just thought of a great man finally being reunited with his sweet, sweet wife.”

This video is 2:48 in length and never does Glenn talk about this “great man, a Prophet of God,” seeing/meeting/talking to Jesus. No, it’s all about reuniting with his wife. Mormonism is all about warm feelings and family. Mormonism’s center is not on Jesus Christ.

So, back to the original question “What do we do with Glenn Beck?” We need to follow the counsel of Mt 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

In dealing with Glenn Beck we need to be wise. We, Christians need to be educated. Those whom he supports and pushes, those books he pushes – find out if they are Mormon. Glenn has, and will continue to support Mormons in his TV and radio programs – he can’t help it; it’s what Mormons are programmed to do.
For those who have never read my book: “When Salt Lake City Calls,” I highly recommend you buy it, read it, and keep it handy for reference. “When Salt Lake City Calls,” clearly defines in much greater detail than I can in this short newsletter, that Mormons are bound by oath and covenant of absolute obedience to their mortal leaders – Mormons have truly drunk the “Kool-Aid” of Mormonism and give complete allegiance to it.
Am I telling you not to listen or watch Glenn Beck? No, I’m not. He does an excellent job at bringing forth conservative issues of concern. I’m saying, watch him wisely; be an informed listener/viewer.

If you have any questions about who he is promoting or the books he may be promoting, do some research. Be that informed person; be wise as serpents!


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Monday, March 8, 2010

'The Person - Joseph Smith' March 12th-13th Capstone Conference Calvary Chapel Salt Lake City, Utah

This Year's Conference Topic
The Person - Joseph Smith
Conference Location - Calvary Chapel
460 Century Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84123

Guest Speakers
More details coming soon -- Schedule subject to change

Friday, March 12, 2010
5:30pm - 6:30pm Registration
6:30pm - 6:45pm Welcome, Worship and Prayer
6:45pm - 7:45pm Ron Rhodes -

The Key Differences between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity
7:45pm - 8:00pm Break
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ross Anderson
The Role of Joseph Smith in
Contemporary LDS Life Bill McKeever
Joseph Smith's
Golden Plates
Dennis & Rauni Higley
Masonic Connection and
The Temple Ceremony

Saturday, March 13, 2010
8:00am - 9:00am Registration
8:00am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast - God's Reign Forest
9:00am - 10:00am Keynote Address: Sandra Tanner - The Early Years
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am
Marvin Cowan
Joseph Smith the Prophet Jim Spencer
Joseph's Approach to Theology
Movie Premiere
The Bible vs.
Joseph Smith
11:15am - 12:30pm Lunch (On Your Own)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Chip Thompson & Doris Hanson - The Wives of Joseph Smith
1:30pm - 1:45pm Break
1:45pm - 2:45pm Keynote Address: James Walker - The Prophecies of Joseph Smith

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rocky Hulse
Like a lamb to the slaughter,
Joseph the martyr?
Matt Slick
An easy, non-confrontational
way to witness to the Mormons
Kurt Van Gorden
Joseph Smith's Bible
Translation and Effective Evangelism
4:00pm Closing Remarks / Prayer - Pastor Terry Long
Notes:
The Family Chapel will be open during the entire conference for communion and prayer.
Resource tables in the Foyer will be available during all breaks and lunch on Saturday.
THERE IS NO CHILDCARE PROVIDED DURING THIS EVENT.


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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sacred Groves: The Adam's Road Testimonies



Adam's Road Band Members each share their testimonies out of the LDS Church and into a relationship with their Savior Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Joseph Warren - Vocals, Guitar

Jay Graham - Vocals, Guitar

Steve Kay - Vocals, Bass

Matt Wilder - Keyboard, Vocals

Micah Wilder - Drums, Percussion

Genre: Christian/Acoustic
Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
Record Label: Book Of Life Records, Inc.



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Rocky and Helen Hulse

Rocky and Helen Hulse
Defending Christianity From Mormon Doctrine