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Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 2:55 p.m. MST

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Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, TX

This story, and some of the commentary, reminds me of a question I was asked some years back.

The questioner wanted to know why Latter-day Saints were so intent on preaching the Restored Gospel to everyone. (I don't remember exactly how he phrased the question.)

My reply: Because we want everyone to have the opportunity to be as richly-blessed as we are.

kaysville, UT

I moved here a year ago from a very non-mormon area. The south is religious, but definitely not LDS friendly..overall. I was born and raised there. I love it there, and I shared the gospel with my friends and loved ones there, and I wouldn't change a thing! They didn't all respond by accepting the gospel, but I wanted them to know that I loved them and that I wanted to share my most prized possession, and I did.

I never dreamed I would leave there, so I'm glad that I didn't procrastinate sharing my feelings with them. As I read this article and comments that have been made my thoughts turned to some who felt I was "bold". I'm thankful that I am. I share the gospel here every time I have the opportunity. I have recently shared the gospel with a young woman here who will be baptized soon. It's so much fun to watch her testimony grow!

Be Bold! It brings happiness! It also lets others know you care about them! Even if they don't accept the gospel at that time!


I completely agree with Southernmiss - Be Bold! If someone doesn't want to hear about my religion and beliefs (once I've overcome my fear of sharing it), that person can choose to no longer associate with me ... and I've also been known to no longer associate with people if they insist on me changing my beliefs as well. In the long run, what's more eternally significant - principles or relationships? Who is John Galt? And, most importantly ... who is Jesus Christ? I know and I'm willing to share my knowledge. :)

kaysville, UT

Ahhh! Another Mississippian! I moved here from Hattiesburg! Boldness is in our blood. It has to be to some extent. We learn to stand for truth or submit ourselves to ridicule. Our beliefs and knowledge of the life of Christ and his ministry can be intimidating to some, and mis-interpreted by others who twist the scriptures to fit their lifestyle and needs as in one of the above writers, but the truth is the truth. It will bear the test of time and the eternities...

Lehi, UT

If I was the woman in this story I would have replied, "you keep your tacos and I'll keep my money" and then walked out the door.

us, CA

Sadly, I read a comment on here that pretty well sums up the experience of non-LDS with LDS who are over zealous. Jesus didn't say love one another, but only if they accept your message, if they don't cut them loose. In defense of the pushy employee, this person said if people don't want to hear about his religion or beliefs then once he has shared them they have the freedom to no longer associate with him. He followed this up with the really telling line...that he personally has "also been known to no longer associate with people if they insist on me changing my beliefs as well." He states very clearly how unwelcome it would be for others to try and change his beliefs, but he fails to see how it would be unwelcome to others to have that shoe reversed. I even sensed a tone of indignancy. I would guess had this young lady come in with a couple of mantra chanting Hare Krishna and starting sharing her beliefs about marriage with others in line or behind the counter they would not have liked it. This was unsolicited advice at an inappropriate place.

Oakley, ID

Gary and I go there quite often and love the place, especially the manager who was doing the talking. He was only doing what most of us want to do but are afraid to do. Hats off to you Diego.

Free Agency
Salt Lake City, UT

Diego is always welcome (as we all are) to talk about his own experiences and perceptions, but he did one thing wrong:

He made "you" statements rather than "I" statements.

He should have said what his temple marriage did for him, and left it at that. Instead, he said things like, "Do you love him? . . . Don't you want . . ."

The girl's saying, "Well, yes" doesn't necessarily mean she was "seeing the light." She might actually have been uncomfortable with his cross-examination and wanted it to end.

Again, if I were Diego, I would have just talked about my own marriage and temple ceremony and let the girl do with it (or not do with it) what she would.

He sounds overbearing, however good his intention was. I didn't find his action "inspiring" at all. Just the opposite.

us, CA

I applaud the zealousness in wanting to share your beliefs, but what happened to the right time and the right place. She went in to buy her lunch not get a sermon on temple marriage. Come next year when the atheists are in town and being zealous in sharing their beliefs or lack of them at say this same taco shop or on the steps of the SL temple as couples are getting married or in a DI thrift store will those applauding Diego have the same acceptance of their desire to share what brings them happiness? Time and a place people, time and a place.

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