What serving a Mormon mission taught me about religious respect

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Oct. 7, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    Also I can take a couple guesses as to which church in the Philippines the guy was referring to……

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Oct. 7, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    "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 1:19

    How dare Jesus say something like that. He should have had more respect.


  • K Mchenry, IL
    Sept. 10, 2013 1:03 a.m.

    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.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    Sept. 9, 2013 5:46 p.m.


    Thank you for your comment, I was just going off of my own experience.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 8, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    @ Chris
    If 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.

    Sept. 8, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    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.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    Your kids are welcome to play with mine.

  • J.D. Aurora, CO
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:45 p.m.


    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.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    Sorry. Editing error. I should have said:

    My faith in the Church does not make me disrespectful to them.

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    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 experience

  • michael.jensen369 Lethbridge, 00
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    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"

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Sept. 6, 2013 3:26 p.m.


    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.

  • Christofer B Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    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'

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    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.