Monday, June 7, 2010

What I learned from the Mormons

Last Saturday, after the prayer meeting, we went to McDonalds for breakfast, as per our normal custom. We were joined at the breakfast table by four Mormon missionaries – two young “elders” from Utah and two young “sisters” from Samoa. They wore name badges “Elder …., or Sister …., Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints.”. The men wore suits, and looked just as I expected Mormon missionaries to look – clean shaven, healthy, fit young guys.

I learned that

  • They will not normally give their first name. One of the elders said, and I quote: “I have been instructed not to tell you my first name”, although one of the sisters did divulge her name. We are requested to address them as Elder X or Sister Y. The reason given for this is to protect privacy and ensure personal security. By the way, my name is Dave.

  • They believe that the Book of Mormon has higher authority than the Bible. Therefore, of course, where there is a conflict, the Book of Mormon wins. On further research I found out that they believe the Book of Mormon is more “correct” than the Bible.

  • There is a Mormon Temple in Cathies Lane, Wantirna.

  • Mormons believe that Jesus is a god, not fully human God and fully divine God. The full deity and humanity of Christ is a key and vital point of difference between Christian orthodoxy and Mormonism.

  • That a Mormon testimony of coming to faith in God sounds very like a “normal” Christian testimony. They talk of forgiveness and love and it sounds convincing. It’s quite hard to distinguish the two.

  • They do not believe in the Trinity – or more precisely they see the Trinity as three entirely separate persons

  • Their commitment to mission and willingness to serve their church puts many orthodox believers to shame

  • For a more detailed apologetic see

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