The article puts a lot of emphasis on the service element of this project but
ignores the fact that it was a planned marketing gambit as well. You've
covered it in the same way that a corporate news letter talks about the theme of
the month, the latest stellar success, gushing and leaving out any thoughtful
analysis. @Rikitikitavi. It seems to me that if the leaders of the
church agreed with you that LDS history should be public, and that there was
nothing in it that might be damaging to current interests, they wouldn't
hide so many documents in their secret vaults and prevent even family members
and descendants from viewing them.
These missionaries were a "SHINING" example of Christ. Hopefully those
who went on to work or where ever shared the Christmas Spirit that day.
Having more LDS church missionaries out means more opportunities to serve and do
something useful and helpful to people rather than just trying to convince
others to join the church.HURRAY! Very good work Elders! Say hello
to my missionary out there!
I have never feared our history becoming public except in those instances where
cloaked in untruth and outright lies by designing men. Learned leaders are able
to dispel falsehoods to those who are sincerely interested in the truth.
Spiritual things require understanding by the Holy Spirit. Failing the
influence and witness of the Holy Spirit, it may well be a long battle to dispel
false allegations from past history. Keep on shining shoes! Let your light
shine through service and through genuine love.
Sometimes you have to think outside the box to spread The Word. It would be nice
to see a follow up on this activity.
@ Bakersfield:I would offer a reminder that you do not get to decide
what writings other churches hold sacred. Mormons have the Book of Mormon, Pearl
of Great Price and D&C. We Jews have the Talmud in addition to what you
call the "Old Testament". Catholics have the Apocrypha. There is no
reason for any of us, when discussing our beliefs, to begin by offering a
listing of what books we hold sacred or how we differ from what someone in
Bakersfield believes to be correct. The fact that you have limited your beliefs
to a particular book does not automatically make all other beliefs wrong or
require some special "disclosure" before talking to anyone about what we
Wonderful examples of service. I, too, thought of the Savior washing the feet
of His Disciples.
@BakersfieldCan I gently suggest you go to authoritative sources for truth
and actual fact of LDS Doctrine. Where you feel we may differ, can you not
afford we Latter-Day Saints the same respect we extend to you. I would NEVER
attempt to distort your deeply-held beliefs and values.
What a tremendous service! It's great to see such important work for people
who need the help!
Beats knocking doors when nobody is home anyway.
As our history becomes more public, this might be the only approach we have for
Yes, very sweet service from lovely missionaries.On the doctrinal
side, however, are the emissaries giving their full history of doctrinal changes
and extra-Biblical theology? Black Harlam was a hard sell in pre-1978 Mormon
gospel presentation.I always strive to keep the charity and good
works of Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, et al, separate from the huge doctrinal
distinctions. To that end, we follow LDS and other extra-Biblical
"Christian" missionaries with factual pamphlets on their complete
doctrines. It would be helpful if all missionaries would provide full
disclosure of their beliefs, but that does not always happen.But in
these kind and much-needed services, I applaud all these actions.
The photograph immediately caused me me to think of the Savior washing the feet
of his disciples. I am always touched by the creativity of others, which I lack,
to know how to reach people immediately around us in wondrous ways. I also
thought of the many people living in Harlem, and their ancestors, who not that
long ago were relegated to demeaning service [servitude] positions. I am ashamed
there are people who still believe and will occassionally voice their opinion
that "they" should still be in that station of life. Would that that
station in life were universally banished. That is what the Savior taught! Merry
Christmas and Happly Holidays!!!
"Let your light so shine..." was the charge given by the savior. There
are a varieties of way we can shine that light. With those missionaries shoe
shinning. Those people will be able to see where they're walking in the
dark. Love this story. Thank you for sharing
"Little Andy" has it right. If you want to influence people and have
them pay attention to your message, it's deeds and not words that will work
best. People will remember "those nice young men who helped me when I was
stuck" far more than they will remember yet another pair of people knocking
on their door.
Delighted to read about our dear friends who are the senior missionary couple
mentioned in the article, some of the best people I've ever known!
When I was in the mission field in England it snowed one day. They do not get a
lot of snow so just a little bit brought traffic to a halt. Never did see a plow
or salt or sanding. We put out books in our bike bags and started helping people
get their cars unstuck and going again. On the perticular corner we were at
there were many slick spots. So instead of knocking on doors we spent the entire
day helping the people with their cars. Many offered to pay for our service but
we did not accept but let them know who we were. You don't see two young
men in suits doing that sort of thing. We did not have badges in those days but
the people knew who we were and helped us in many ways. Good job Elders and
An excellent idea for getting people to stop and talk. I suspect it will result
in far more positive contacts than going door to door, as those who stop are
already open to discussions. Those who aren't interested or are hostile
simply keep going without anyone getting a door slammed in his face.
What a great story and loved the pictures...we love our missionaries!!
Bless those wonderful Missionaires that go about doing good and blessing the
lives of so many, for standing for righteousness, service, love, kindness and a
chance to share the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. My heart is so tender toward
these young men and young women who forgo college scholar ships in things they
have worked for to serve others. May the Lord Bless each of you and your
families as you go about doing good, may the Holy Ghost bear witness of the
truthfulness of all things as you bear your testimonies. I had 2 of my daughters
serve missions and I can not begin to tell you the blessings what those missions
brought into our lives. All of you parents who have taught your children to
share and love others, who took the time to study the scriptures, hold family
home evenings, daily prayer, seminary and projects that showed Christ like
giving will be blessed beyond measure not only in this life but in the life to
come. Jesus is the Christ, I bear witness he loves each of us and desires only
good for us,in his Holy name Amen
I love these missionaries...especially my daughter who is one of them!Their enthusiasm is inspiring!
I loved this article. What a wonderful way to serve and share. Merry Christmas!
Great story, great photos.