LDS Missionaries

At the last General Conference, Elder Russell M. Nelson, a LDS apostle, gave a talk entitled, “Ask the Missionaries!  They Can Help You!”  In it he talks about how the missionaries can help people in a number of ways.  Some of the things he mentions are family history, conquering an addiction, having no sense of purpose in life, family problems, and gaining greater knowledge.  And with each topic he has this refrain:  “Ask the missionaries.  They can help you.”

I thought of that talk recently because some good friends have had a number of talks with some LDS missionaries.  (Two sisters made the initial appointment but when they came they were accompanied by an older man – a pattern that continued over the visits.)  My friends were upfront about not wanting to convert to Mormonism but wanted to talk to them to hear about Mormonism from official representatives. (This is something that Mormons often encourage people to do.)  They remained pleasant with them – a fact appreciated by the missionaries.

But a couple of weeks ago one of the sisters was suddenly transferred to another city.  About the same time, the man arrived earlier than the sisters and told my friends that the missionaries couldn’t answer my friends’ questions and that he would be answering them.  What was so striking about this is that the questions they were asking were not that difficult.  They weren’t asking about obscure LDS doctrines or unfamiliar Bible passages.  Many of their questions were in response to things that the missionaries had asked them to read before the next meeting – questions like exactly what does this passage or this statement mean.  It soon became obvious that they had not really thought through the very passages they themselves were referencing.  Their experience was in striking contrast to what Elder Nelson had stated in General Conference.

I mention this as an encouragement to act kindly towards LDS missionaries and engage them in conversations – especially in conversations that dwell with the major question of what people have to do to live eternally with Heavenly Father.  It was obvious to my friends that the sisters were interested in what they had to say about Jesus doing it all for them.  In fact, we suspect that the one was suddenly transferred because she was starting to ask questions.  We suspect that because numerous returned missionaries have told us that that sometimes happened when they were on their mission.

More importantly, some returned missionaries have told us that it was conversations just like those that planted the seed that eventually blossomed into their believing that they were already worthy before God because of what Jesus had done for them.  God’s Word is powerful!  The more we make use of opportunities to plant that Word – even with LDS missionaries – the more the Lord is glorified and the more his kingdom will come to more people.

In order to help you do that, we have just produced a small brochure entitled, “Please Open the Door”.  If you would like a copy, just email me at mark@tilm.org and we will get it out to you.

3 Responses to “LDS Missionaries”

  1. 1 Kent
    February 8, 2013 at 4:27 am

    That is ecouraging as when I talked to two missionaries recently, one in particular had been transferred to another assignment when his partner returned to see me and another young man was there in his place. I read to them 1 John 5:9-13 and asked them to at least try to see why I believed what I believe, from what the scripture was saying on its face value, from my point of view, that eternal life is in the Son of God and nothing else. The one who didn’t come back the second time seemed, in particular, more than the other one who came back with a new partner, to see that there was a point of view that he hadn’t considered before, different than what he had been told.

    The young man who returned the second time with the new partner seemed a little taken aback and he frowned slightly when I told him and his first partner on his first visit to not dismiss what the scriptures were saying because it was me, a non Mormon, presenting them as they don’t think I have the authority to tell anyone about the gospel but that the scriptures have authority, as the word of God, all their own.

    I really think the young man who didn’t come back the second time had some powerful seeds planted in his heart and in his mind that eternal life is indeed only in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. That if you believe on the name of the Son of God, you have eternal life!

    1 John 5:9-13

    9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

    10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

  2. 2 markcares
    February 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. We pray that the Holy Spirit will make those seeds blossom into faith.

  3. February 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Kent, because you took the time to witness to these young men God will use what you said to minister to them. Keep it up !

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