"I say to all... you will one day find yourself called upon to defend your faith or perhaps even endure some personal abuse simply because you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Such moments will require both courage and courtesy on your part." -- Elder Jeffery R. HollandSince I have been serving in the South, there have been many people who have come to my companions and me to argue with us. It is completely logical, let alone polite and fair, to have a 50/50 discussion when opposing viewpoints occur in the same "realm." Nevertheless, far too often the party who approaches us never gives us opportunity to "reason with them." As a result, they walk away thinking to themselves, "Yup, I completely won that round, and proved to them that they are wrong. Yup, I showed that I am smarter than them." We walk away thinking, "he didn't even give us a chance to speak. What an oxymoron. He (or She) claims he (or she) is a Christian, but he doesn't act like it." In other words, both parties walk away feeling less Christ-like than before the argument, and hindered in their progression to become more like Christ.
I believe it is primarily due to the fact that a natural result had not occurred, and that is something I like to call "The Spiritual Third Law." Issac Newton observed, "one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body." In other words, "for every action there is an equal, but opposite reaction." Which is why when we move forward, we have to push backward. This truth was observed, even before then, in a spiritual sense. The prophet Lehi said to his sons, "there must be opposition in all things." For progress to occur to us eternally, we must push against opposition. Naturally, objections arise against the only True and Living Church of Jesus Christ. As a missionary serving in the so-called "Bible belt," I have been introduced to many objections.
"Brothers and sisters, share the gospel with genuine love and concern for others. Be courageous and bold but not overbearing in sustaining and defending our beliefs, and avoid contention." -- Elder David A. BednarThese posts have been created for the humble, soft-hearted, and those who desire to have a better understanding of Christ and His latter-day saints. I caution you; it may seem I am stepping on toes and some may not be appreciative of the simplicity of the statements. I want to make it perfectly clear, these posts were made not to attack or insult any religion, but to defend mine.
Rejection of Additional Light: When one too many rude comments were made, and one too many doors shut on our faces, I felt a need to address the main concern used as an excuse to create this un-Christ-like behavior. Far too often we have heard, "I have a problem with Mormons. You have added another book..." Then, those who say that to us quote a scripture found at the end of the last book in the Holy Bible. As the first post in this series, it expounds upon several scriptures in the Bible to demonstrate the pattern of our unchanging God.
The "Other" Gospel: Soon after the first post, we began hearing a similar concern as the first, but with different scriptures being quoted. Instead of disregarding their concern, which occurs a lot to us, it is not argued, but directly addressed. This post further expounds upon the concept of the previous one, expounding upon the unchangeable doctrine of a loving God.
Works v. Grace: As we ride our bikes in our signature white shirts and ties, people look at us and automatically conceive motives behind our actions. This common misconception is addressed in the title, "will works or grace get us into heaven?"
That which is in Part... Shall Cease: The miracles the Teacher, Leader, and Savior of the world did defined Him as the Son of God. His servants performed miracles as well, but have they ceased? The reason miracles cease "among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust." (Mormon 9: 20)