She’s Mormon. He’s evangelical Christian. But that’s only the start of this couple’s religious challenges

Tom, 63, is an evangelical Christian, raised in a Kentucky Southern Baptist church. Libit, 52, is Mormon, raised in a Texas congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Both consider themselves faithful Christians who believe in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. Both want the other to convert. But Tom runs Christian Research & Counsel, a ministry designed to educate the public about what he calls “counterfeits of Christianity.”

His work focuses on Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“My purpose is not to make my wife look foolish or any Mormon look foolish,” said Tom, a retired graphic designer who runs the ministry from their home. “It’s my job to try to lead them to Christ. …Obviously, my goal is to see my wife experience eternal life.”

Libit, a painter and art teacher, has learned to deal.

“Tom feels like he’s been called to this ministry, ” she said. “And if I believe he is trying to follow Christ and live a Christ-like life, then I can’t argue with him on that.”

The Joneses will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary in October. It hasn’t been an easy journey. There have been major conflicts and fierce discussions. She left him – twice.

The couple have struggled to find their own space in the nooks and crannies of each other’s faith.

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What they believe

Tom and Libit Jones have been married for 25 years. For much of that time, they’ve disagreed stridently on the topic of faith. Here are some of their main views.

He believes:

– Jesus Christ is the son of God.

– God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

– Smoking, alcohol and caffeine are not sinful. But he avoids consuming substances that are unhealthy.

– The Bible is the final and authoritative word of God.

She believes:

– Jesus Christ is the son of God.

– God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods united in one purpose.

– God’s health law includes no smoking, caffeine or alcohol.

– God revealed more Scriptures after the Bible, including the Book of Mormon.

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