Today’s post is by Zane Chartrand. When I was a missionary I once knocked on a door and after I had introduced my companion and I and identified us as missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he welcomed us with open arms and invited us to come into his house and talk to him. We were thrilled because everyone else that morning had rejected us. We went in and were invited to sit in some chairs in his living room and he told us that he was really excited to meet us. I became curious and also somewhat suspicious at the royal treatment that we were being given. In the past anytime anyone acted that happy to see us there was only a couple of reasons. Either they had a great spiritual experience and we were an answer to their prayers or they were setting us up for a big debate because they wanted to show us how wrong we were to have the beliefs that we did have.It turned out that I had now found a third reason. The man introduced himself and said that he used to be the minister of something or other in Iran as well as being a christian. He told us of the persecution that the Christians were receiving in his country and he wanted our help in coming up with a justification for polygamy for them from the Bible. It took a minute to recover from the shock and to realize that he was completely serious. He told us that the muslims in his country were allowed up to four wives and because of that they had a lot more children then the Christians and the muslim population was growing four times faster. He wanted us to help him prove that he was right and everyone else was wrong.
I think that is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for the Church today. No matter how much we try and talk our way around it we always come back to one thing. We are right and everyone else is wrong. When Joseph Smith had the First Vision he was told that none of the other churches were right. Today when talking to others about our church it is a hard point to get around especially if they are ministers or reverends for their churches. Unless we can get the spirit involved they have a hard time admitting or believing our claim that we have the full truth.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said:
The forces against which we labor are tremendous. We need more than our own strength to cope with them.To heads of families, to all who hold positions of leadership, to our vast corps of teachers and missionaries, I should like to make a plea: in all you do, feed the spirit, nourish the soul. “The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Cor. 3:6).
If we are going to succeed in convincing the world of the truth of the Church and the Gospel we need to feed our spirit and nourish our souls. I had a discussion with a man who started his own church a couple of months ago and the spirit was not present and I wasn’t able to convince him of anything and the one part that he was really stuck on was how we could say that we were right and everyone else was wrong. I thought about it a lot after that and I realized that without the spirit there was nothing I could have done because he had already made up his mind previously and just wanted to debate it. Maybe he thought that he was right and everyone else (including the poor deranged mormon) was wrong.