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| As a Church we have critics, many of them. They say
we do not believe in the traditional Christ of Christianity. There is some
substance to what they say. Our faith, our knowledge is not based on ancient
tradition, the creeds which came of a finite understanding and out of the
almost infinite discussions of men trying to arrive at a definition of the
risen Christ. Our faith, our knowledge comes of the witness of a prophet in
this dispensation who saw before him the great God of the universe and His
Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ . They spoke to him. He spoke
with Them. He testified openly, unequivocally, and unabashedly of that great
vision. It was a vision of the Almighty and of the Redeemer of the world,
glorious beyond our understanding but certain and unequivocating in the
knowledge which it brought. It is out of that knowledge, rooted deep in the
soil of modern revelation, that we, in the words of Nephi, ?talk of Christ,
we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we
write according to our prophecies, that [we and] our children may know to
what source [we] may look for a remission of [our] sins? (2 Ne. 25:26).
President Gordon B. Hinckley April 2002 conference
My Early Experience with Anti Mormonism
By Ron Johnston
I served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from April 1978 to May 1980. I met many wonderful people in the boundaries of the California Anaheim Mission (Orange and Riverside County), both members of the church and those who did not belong to the church. Something that I had not experienced before my 2 years in California was meeting people who spent a great deal of their time trying to find fault with or disprove the Mormons. The Southern California area had many anti-Mormon Churches. They actually preached from the pulpits about our beliefs that they believed to be incorrect. Growing up in a predominantly Mormon town in Utah, I was not familiar with people trying to prove the church was something other than the restored gospel.
Before I left on my mission I studied LDS teachings from reading the New Testament and The Book of Mormon. Additionally, I was taught in Sunday school and in Seminary. The lessons that were taught were controlled and conservative Mormon teachings. There was no need to bring up some of the problems or mistakes in the church?s history. I also had a great institute teacher at Weber State College that explained some answers to detractor?s disagreements. He also explained that those who teach falsehoods about the LDS Church were sometimes teaching things that we had at one time believed as a church.
As a full-time missionary of the church, I spent a lot of my time going door to door talking to people about the church. Many of those whose doors we knocked on thought our teachings were incorrect. Not only would they tell us we were incorrect, they would often give me and my companion pamphlets and information about why they believed the LDS church was wrong. They believed their church, usually a Christian church, was 100% right. They believed we were going to go to hell because of our belief in Joseph Smith?s teachings.
Along with the anti-Mormon pamphlets, they sometimes included a telephone number to call in the area (something like LDS 4 LDS). There would be a prerecorded message that was an anti-Mormon statement that included details about the Mormon teachings and what was wrong with the church.
After hearing the same comments from many of the people, it seemed like they had been told what to say when the missionaries came to their homes. I started calling the anti-Mormon telephone number. I would write down the statements they gave in the weekly discussion. Then I would find answers. I would find the answers by asking a member of the Seventy in the ward (Seventies were ward missionaries at that time) I ordered a reprint of the first edition of the Book of Mormon so I could have an answer to many questions about the changes since the first edition.
After I was out about a year, I was quick to answer the comebacks to anti-Mormon statements. At the doorstep they would make a statement against the church, I would smile and realize it was from the anti-Mormon recorded telephone statement. I was ready to give answers and I did. For example: A lady in Huntington Beach, California, ?We are told not to add or take from the bible in Revelations so you Mormons can?t be right because you have added the Book of Mormon.? My answer, ?it also says that in Deuteronomy 4:2 in the Old Testament. Does that mean everything after that shouldn?t be there?? The nice woman then said to me ?good answer.? We both laughed.
As a missionary I was quick to defend the church by giving answers but very rarely if ever did that get us pass the front door. If anything, I think people felt frustrated as I had an answer for pretty much everything they brought up.
One night, I received a phone call from a family who was joining the church in a few weeks. He said they had some questions about an anti-Mormon cassette tape he had received. I called a member of the Seventy (Seventies served as ward missionaries at this time) who lived in our ward and explained the situation. He was very intelligent when answering questions to negative statements about the church. I asked him if he could go with me on our weekly visit to the family and help answer the statements that were on the cassette tape that the family had listened to. After studying as much as I could, I was ready to answer questions about the negative statements about the church. I took the smartest ward missionary with me. I thought to myself, we are ready to go over each statement. At least that?s what I thought. What happened next changed me for the rest of my mission and for the rest of my life. It changed the way I deal with the hateful statements I hear about the church and for any anti-Mormonism.
The ward missionary said to the husband and wife who were planning on being baptized, ?We could go over each question that you listened to on this tape. We could answer your questions. We do have answers. What happens the next time your faith is challenged and the time after that?? He continued, ?I would recommend that you pray about the things you have learned about the church and ask for guidance about the negative things you heard about the church. Then ask which are true. Ask Heavenly Father for guidance because he will be there to help you receive answers to your questions a lot longer than I?ll be around to answer your questions.?
At that moment, the way I taught people about the LDS Church changed. No longer did I try to prove the teachings of the church. I taught the lessons as they were set up for missionaries and would answer questions or concerns to those who were interested in becoming a member of the church. If the lesson ever started to get into what we described as deep doctrine, I would explain it as best as I could, only if the person was indeed interested in becoming a Mormon. We would also have them talk to the church leaders in the ward. For those who wanted to debate religion with me?I would no longer argue with them.
I have been home from my mission now for many, many years. Occasionally someone will ask me about what my opinion is regarding certain church doctrines. With the use of the Internet, answers can usually be found quickly.
A few years ago a woman I know, was meeting with the missionaries and someone gave her an anti-Mormon book to read. She brought the book to me and said, ?Explain this!? I looked at a few of the items she was questioning in the book. My favorite one was a chapter about how Joseph Smith wanted the Mormon Church to carry on through his son, Joseph Smith the Third, and not Brigham Young. Supposedly, this book had proof. Included in the book was a copy of a document in Joseph Smith?s handwriting stating the church would continue through his son.
I explained to the future member of the church that ?The Joseph Smith the Third document? was actually a proven forgery by Mark Hoffman and was not written by Joseph Smith. We then looked at how many times the anti-Mormon book had been reprinted with the outdated information. It had been reprinted a number of times. She asked, ?Why do they continue to print the wrong information?? I explained that those who read something in a book often do not question if it is correct or not. In the decade since I talked to her about that, I could now add ?those who read things on the Internet often do not question if it is correct or not.?
We need to know as members of the church, we belong to Jesus Christ?s restored church. It was restored with the help of Joseph Smith and other people who were far from perfect. Therefore, errors are found and sometimes corrected as needed.
"by Ron Johnston" GoogleOwner of www.famousmormons.net and www.antiantimormon.com and the Author of Famous Mormons: Interesting Profiles of Well-Known Latter-day Saints
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