Good advice. Now, they need to give current missionaries the same instruction
all throughout their missions. I see far too many without any respect for the
beliefs of others. Also, the Utah legislators could use the same advice.
What Mormon missionaries have "taught" me: that I don't want to be
like them, because I respect other religions. I don't go up to
anyone and tell them "my church is the only true church'
ChristoferB,I know several religions whose adherents believe they
have the right or true faith. I still find respect for them and they for me.My faith in the Church does not make me disrespectful to me. Their
faith in theirs does not make them disrespectful to them.It's
all in the way we treat each other.
Chris, every single comment I've seen you make on Deseret News, is either
bitter or angry against the Church. I'm not denying the reality of your
experiences. But seriously dude, take a chill pill. We are not all narrow minded
and bigoted(in fact, few of us really are). As for the "only true
church" statement, that needs to be explained. I'll let Joseph Smith
explain that: "Have the Presbyterians any truth? Yes. Have the Baptists,
Methodists, etc., any truth? Yes. We should gather all the good and true
principles in the world and treasure them up" and "We don't ask
any people to throw away any good they have,...; we only ask them to come and
get more. What if all the world should embrace this Gospel? They would then see
eye to eye, and the blessings of God would be poured out upon the people, which
is the desire of my whole soul"
In the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley: "Let me say that we
appreciate the truth in all churches and the good which they do. We say to the
people, in effect, you bring with you all the good that you have, and then let
us see if we can add to it. That is the spirit of this work. That is the essence
of our missionary service". There is a difference between "the only true
church" and "the only church where the truth can be found in all of
its' entirety, undiluted and untainted by the interpolations of men".
Holding grudges doesn't help anyone be happy or cheerful, I know by my own
Sorry. Editing error. I should have said:My faith in the Church
does not make me disrespectful to them.
As a lonely young stay at home mom newly moved away from family I was anxious to
make friends. I met another young mom who was a member of another faith. We hit
it off and spent a lot of time hanging out. I never brought up my religious
beliefs because I didn't want that to get in the way of our friendship.
However, she knew I was LDS. She and her husband invited us over for pizza and
to their Bible study group. We went and enjoyed it. Over time she began to be
more direct about my religion and her opinion of it. When it became clear to her
I was content to be a Mormon her friendship changed and quickly ended. I learned two things. First, I would not base any friendships on possible
conversion to what I believed. I had felt used by her and didn't want to do
that to anyone else. Second, I would be who I was - a Mormon woman, deeply
devoted to her religion. I would not push my beliefs, but I would not hide them
either. Because of this I have enjoyed many diverse and enriching friendships.
@Jeanie,I can relate to how you feel. Often parents where I am from
will not even let their children play with my children because they don't
believe the same way they do. I'm not sure everywhere is like Utah though.
J.D. Your kids are welcome to play with mine.
One of the primary sources of the "true church" ideology (there may be
others) is D & C 1:30. However, in the following verses, the point is made
clear that the spirit will not strive with individuals who sin without
repentance. This section was given in the early history of the LDS Church, and
who knows what changes, what progress, has been made in the attitude and
practices of all churches since that time, that have been pleasing to God?
Certainly, some of the unsavory practices of a frontier America have dissipated.
And the section definitely states that the Lord was pleased at that time with
the [LDS} church collectively, and not individually.That seems to put
limits on we members to wear the "true church" label too proudly. Taken
in context with the comments earlier from Joseph Smith and Gordon B. Hinckley,
we have no excuse to make others feel inferior.
@ ChrisIf you sincerely believe a church was true and didn't tell
others that would be a real sign of disrespect. By no means am I justifying
bad behavior by missionaries of any religion. They should share their message
with respect and honor and respect others choices too. @
Michael.Jensen, I saw Chris say some very nice comments about the Salt Lake
community, including Mormons once or twice.
@Hamath,Thank you for your comment, I was just going off of my own
I think it is disrespectful to stand in front of another's church trying to
pass out flyers about your church. Imagine catholics handing out rosaries on
temple square? I think it's disrespectful to knock on the door of everyone
else that is not a member of your church to tell them they are wrong and you are
right. I think it is admiral to set aside a few years to study
scripture and do humanitarian projects and instruct those who seek you out. I think since virtually all the average members free time is spent at
church activiites there are very limited situations where you interact with
nonmembers. If you had more time you would have more nonmember friends and that
could actually dispell a lot of misunderstanding about your church.
"I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and
the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in
his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: 'they draw near to
me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines
the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power
thereof.' --Joseph Smith--History 1:19How dare Jesus say
something like that. He should have had more respect. /sarcasm
Also I can take a couple guesses as to which church in the Philippines the guy
was referring to……