There has been a number of mormon missionaries hanging around the shopping centre of my town over the last few months – young boys from Utah sent across the Atlantic to talk about Mormonism to passers by in the shopping centre. I’ve spoken to one on a couple of occasions for a couple of reasons. Firstly to engage with them by trying to discredit the book of mormon – the fact that it just appeared on some plates which came out of the sky is troubling, and there is no evidence to show where it came from, and the plates no longer exist. And secondly becuase, if the missionaries are talking to me, then they’re not talking to someone else.
Their whole premise of discerning whether Mormonism is true is to read the Book or Mormon, and then pray to God if it was true or not. They were quite confident that God would show us that it was.
Last night at our (Christian) church, I met a young guy who had come to church for the first time – never been to church before. A few months ago he met one of these mormon missionaries on the street and decided to try out the mormon church for a few weeks. I guess he did exactly what the mormon missionaries had asked him to do – to try it out and ask God if it was true. Well, he decided it wasn’t, came to church for the first time in his life, and is now exploring the Christian faith for himself. Wonderful. Thanks mormons for being the first step in his path towards God!