I think Tequita's article was well-said. Some of the other comments were good
and they seem to be coming from members who are active. That is always
comforting. I agree it is important to be cautious how we express our views and
beliefs but we also must stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ in all we do and
say. So many people watch us, listen to us. As we are prayerful and reading our
scriptures we will receive the guidance and promptings that are needed to help
us feel confident enough to share the gospel with someone.
Bill in Nebraska -You answered a post of mine on another article
yesturday and indicated that belief in modern, ongoing revelation is key to my
furstrations and questions about the Church. And you are absolutely right. It
relates to this article as well. More than anything, in order for anyone joining
the Church to have real long-term success, they need to believe that their
general and local leaders are inspired by God. That this Church is God not man
made. Therein lies the heart of my struggles.As we talk to others
about the Church, it can be easy to focus on what we think will resonate with
them. Maybe it is the strong youth programs or an eternal family. But I think we
have to remember to emphasize that we believe this Church was founded on and
continues to progress and operate on revelation. If someone can't accept that
they likely will not be able to accept the Church/Gospel or sustain that
long-term. We shouldn't shy away from that when speaking to others because it
will prove key if they run into problems or struggles with doctrine/history.
Something to keep in mind when speaking to others about the church is to
normalize some of our unique LDS vocabulary. Some terms are second nature to us
but are actually foreign to non-LDS. Some terms have built in assumptions to us
that non-LDS do not understand. For example, we use the term
"atonement" a lot but we may need to explain what we mean and explain
how it connects to the Christian emphasis on the cross, being saved and grace.
Maybe just remember to explain what a term or phrase means after using it or ask
how they are interpreting it.
To Johnson72: Yes, I would vote for Romney as I feel he is the right candidate,
the right man and in the right place. Only history will bear if I am right or
not. As of right now my no vote for Obama was correct.
It's always exciting to see the Church in the limelight. However, as wonderful
as that is, it's also very difficult to bear the vile an hateful venom of those
who are bend on ridiculing and attacking it. I just wish people will judge the
candidates more on their character, integrity, capability and achievements and
not so much on what their religious affiliation is.
I won't vote for them... Will you?
You are absolutely right! Thanks.