Wow! To me, this a fascinating article, as my parents were devout Methodists
when two young LDS missionaries knocked at their door, back in 1964-65, and
became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint. I have a high
regard and great early childhood memories of my former faith where I learned
about Jesus and His love for us. What a great article, which enabled many found
early childhood memories of my former faith.
"'Over the past year I've spoken to a number of LDS audiences, and the
message I try to deliver is that Mormons as a people need to do more to make
connections' with people of other faiths outside of only seeking
conversions." This statement is sooo true!!! As a member of the
LDS Church I count among my dear friends people from many different religious
backgrounds. This has been a blessing to me and my family as the walls of
misunderstanding have come down and our support group has enlarged. We attend
their church for their children's confirmations and other social activities.
They attend our church activities and have met their other LDS neighbors. One
of the families has asked the Relief Society president to be included in service
projects in the neighborhood and another family works in our ward scouting
program. We respect each other's beliefs and support each other in our everyday
trials as Christians.
LDS leaders have bonded with other faith leaders for a long time; Mr Campbell
is correct that members of the church can do a better job doing this as well.
All people are humbled---the Saints have their weaknesses---lack of social
skills, etc (D&C 1) and other churches have to humble themselves to accept
doctrine such as baptism, sacrament, new scripture, etc. In a perfect
world, we would meet together half way (and then go dancing). However, at the
beginning of the recession (2008-2009), an article stated the recession was the
nail in the coffin for many religions in the USA. So if someone is falling off
a cliff, you shouldn't, in the spirit of friendship--go fall off the cliff with
them. Robert Millett, I think said it best a few years ago at BYU education
week, the best way to be a missionary is to know about the Fall and to tell
others how much you struggle in life and how weak you are--it is easier to sit
by such a person in church.
To learn about those compromises visit the LDS official library and read the
original texts ... all of them.
"the church must have comprimised at some point for this to
happen."They did .. a lot.
The Saints were sevierly persicuted 150 years ago by all religons. now the
church is widely acepted and even praised and admired by the world.the church
must have comprimised at some point for this to happen.