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Published: Friday, Oct. 19 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

Living internationally for parts of the year, we see the moment from the outside looking in sometimes. Our expat friends have been more quizative following the major events (most recently the debates). It has been interesting what questions they ask and finding out what myths we are debunking. Certainly talking about Mormonism in places that wouldn't have occurred otherwise.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: The difference between ‘interested’ and ‘curious’. Could Joseph smith read Biblical languages?
In(D&C 110: 1-16) Elias and Elijah appear to JS, but in the Bible they are the same person. The KJV translators attempted to transliterate Elijah to Elias because there isn’t a Greek character for the English letter J.
To avoid confusion, modern translations: NIV, NJKV, NASB and the Catholic Bible have Elijah instead of Elias in(Mt 11:14,; Luke 1:17)JS was fooled.
IN (D&C 84: 11-13) JS said he saw Esaias S/B Isaiah. Modern translation have Isaiah instead of Esaias see (Romans 9:27,29).

Blaine B
PROVO, UT

Hi President! Nothing like being able to go to the best mission in the Church. Sounds like a great book.

Blaine B
PROVO, UT

Hi President: Nothing like being able to go to the best mission in the Church. Sounds like a great book.

sleej
Springville, UT

The last four or five years has done more to bring attention to the Church worldwide than the previous 150+ years of our efforts. All the media attention will work in our favor (although many of the misrepresentations are painful) over the long haul. And I agree that sensitivity to inquiries from associates, friends, and, in my case, relatives is critical to keep from seeming as though we were just waiting to pounce on any query as a time to bring in the missionaries. From hard experience, I have learned to take it slow. As a convert, I wanted to share my faith with everyone, but I have had to relax and try to be a good example instead and wait for my friends and family to be curious, which has begun to happen because of Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns. Now if we can move to real interest I would be so grateful.

Swedish reader
Stockholm, Sweden

I couldn't agree more! When I joined the Church in 1976, it was the culmination of a long process that started with hearing about the Church through the questions curious reporters asked the Osmonds. Had I met a member who tried to get me to meet the missionaries, I would have run as far and fast as I could. Fortunately, I had the great blessing of hearing about the Gospel in a way that allowed me to ponder its principles and feel the Spirit telling me they were true. I wish the same blessing for everyone.

Our dealings with out fellow man should be honest and open. If you invite someone to dinner at your house, thet's what they agree to - not a missionary lesson they can't say no to without creating a very uncomfortable situation. After all, missionary work is not about checking off a list so that you can say you've offered everyone the Gospel. A geniune, open dialogue with others will promote mutual understanding, and not only will others understand what we Mormons really are and believe - we will understand them equally well. Isn't that what we all need?

mcarter
Tucson, AZ

It is true with all that is going on more people are asking about the church. Also in Tucson they had the I'm a Mormon campaign, it was on the TV and all the radio stations. That really opened a lot of questions. My high school kids get asked some of the weirdest questions about the church. For instance: I heard Mormons can't walk through doors on Fridays is that true? With all this interest we do have to be careful and be perceptive about when they are curious and when they are interested. Sometime the curious become interested. The last thing we want to do is push so hard that we drive them away. I think it helps to not rush to be offended by things that are said and remember that everyone has the right to think and feel differently. Just be friendly, kind and accepting.

GGuller
Mattoon, IL

I suppose I should be sorry, but for me the word "Mormonism" becomes more distasteful the more it is used. For me, the Church teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it was restored by Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph and as He has increased our knowledge in the nearly 200 years since He first appeared to Joseph. I do not even have a hazy idea of what one may mean by the use of the word "Mormonism". I agree with Paul, that I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Whatever Gospel was taught by the Prophets in the Book of Mormon was the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not the Gospel of Mormon.

donn
layton, UT

To: GGuller, I do not even have a hazy idea of what one may mean by the use of the word "Mormonism"? OK,
Mormon Church system and doctrines. The Biblical Gospel(Evangelical)good news. Christ’s death and resurrection as a atonement for our sins(1 Cor 15; 1-4; Gal 1:8)

Ron Hilton
Holladay, UT

All publicity is good publicity. Even negative publicity sparks curiosity that can lead to genuiune interest, and the truth will eventually prevail. Bad publicity can do short-term harm, cannot ultimately undermine true principles and the beneficial effects of those principles.

lespill
Camarillo, CA

Though there continues to be misinformation and falsehoods about the LDS religion, I have been grateful for the positive and accurate information relayed during this "Mormon Moment", as it has been a way for my family and friends to learn more about my faith in a very matter-of-fact, non-confrontational way. This has provided an opportunity for those who are curious to ask questions without fear or hesitation, since the Mormon faith has been a main-stream media subject at various times during this presidential election. Though I would hope that this curiousity would someday spark an interest to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I will continue to strive to be a good example of my faith and be prepared for the day when those who are close to me are ready to hear more about the gospel...the seeds are being planted, I am grateful for them, and I will patiently wait until the day those seeds begin to sprout.

Ricardo Garcia
Brisbane, Australia, Qld

@ donn-
So which Bible version is right? Why can't we have "one Holy Bible" instead of so many versions? And for that matter can "all" Evangelical Churches and "all" versions of the Bible be right when their doctrines are so different from each other?
I strongly believe that as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ we need to focus on building up the Kingdom of God here on Earth, working together to build bridges of common understanding and seeking out the truth where ever it may be. So that in that day when our Lord and Saviour comes again, we may be found worthy to be recieved in His presence and not be rejcted like the five unwise virgins!

A Scientist
Provo, UT

I, too, have been grateful for this "Mormon Moment" that has provided many opportunities to explain Mormon doctrine and history.

But I guarantee you, not all publicity is good publicity for your Church.

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